The Helm of Sorrow

Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou - The Helm of Sorrow
Critic Score
Based on 4 reviews
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2021 Ratings: #72
Liked by 6 people
January 15, 2021 / Release Date
EP / Format
Sacred Bones / Label
Sludge Metal / Genres
Thou, Emma Ruth Rundle / Primary Artists
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Taken on its own, The Helm of Sorrow is a fine addendum to May Our Chambers Be Full, but adding these four songs to the seven tracks of its predecessor enhances the listening experience for all the material.

This project started as a one-off collaborative performance at Roadburn, finishing their set with this very cover, and there’s a wonderful sense of completion by ending their dual-record collab in the same way. If this is the last we hear from the partnership, then it’s the perfect way to go out.
FLOOD Magazine
The title tells you exactly what to expect—here are some more mournful explosions of existential tragedy and aggressive solemnity that transcend genre while staying true to the roots of both artists.
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For those who regard May Our Chambers Be Full as a contemporary gem, The Helm of Sorrow will occur as one of rock’s anticlimaxes.

Nothing really outstanding. Just 4 new songs that could have been on the first record. Not bad but not THAT great as this project lacks of ideas to create something that just doesn't sound uniform. Still interresting to have a listen nevertheless.
I just adore Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou together, and the reason it works so well is the way that the two balance each other out in a fashion that leads to both shining.

ERR brings a dynamic vulnerability to the game that counters the sour bite of Thou beautifully, and Thou contribute their hardened edge to give ERR a cathartic punch in the vastness of her grace. It's great.

The closing track, "Hollywood" is a good example of this balance. It rises and falls like a tide of emotion ... read more
Unbridled moments of sludge and noise contrast very nicely with Rundle's bittersweet performances and writing. I'm definitely not complaining about a second - equally great and focused - helping from these folks.
Extreme metal types aren't really my thing, though I'm glad I gave this EP a chance. I really liked how an artist who works in post-rock and ambient genres and a sludge metal band combined their styles in such a successful way. As a result of this success, the places where the songs rise and calm down are also beautifully balanced. If I were a brutal vocal fan, I would definitely give this EP a few points higher.

Fav Songs: Orphan Limbs, Hollywood
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Track List

  1. Orphan Limbs
  2. Crone Dance
  3. Recurrence
  4. Hollywood
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Added on: December 10, 2020