Manifesting Alchemists

The Body & Thou

Released From Love

Vinyl Rites

1st April 2014


Vinyl-only independent label, Vinyl Rites, this week releases Released From Love, a fully collaborative recorded effort between THE BODY and THOU. This is not a split but a collaboration between the two bands,

With three original tracks, as well as a harrowing cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Coward,” recorded last year with James Whitten and mastered by Machines with Magnets, the entire lineup of Baton Rouge’s noise-soaked doom/sludge quintet, THOU, and now-Portland, Oregon-based apocalyptic/ experimental doom cult, THE BODY, provide for  twenty minutes of material through this four-movement mini-LP. On this collaboration, everything comes to its peak. Everyone’s voice is heard, through instrument or otherwise, clearly defining their role in the project. All the things that make both groups special are apparent and fleshed out.

Released From Loveis a vinyl-only release, pressed on 180-gram black vinyl with heavyweight covers and letter-pressed inserts by Beck Levy. There will be no CD pressing nor any form of digital distribution of the material. Orders for the wax can now be placed  at the Vinyl Rites website.

Released From Love Track Listing:

Side A
1. The Wheel Weaves as the Wheel Wills
2. Manifest Alchemy

Side B
3. In Meetings Hearts Beat Closer
4. Coward (Vic Chesnutt)

THOU has been active for over seven years, honing their sound over dozens of releases. Stereogum called their most recent full length, Heathen (Gilead Media), “…dark, bombastic, hugely ambitious album of great sorrow, but perhaps even greater beauty.”

THE BODY is two men who have been recording, playing, and consuming heavy metal together for most of their lives.  Their newest LP, Christs, Redeemers (Thrill Jockey), is so original and devastating that The New Yorker called THE BODY “[One] of the most remarkable acts bubbling up from the extreme-metal underground.”

The Aural Delights View: A somewhat unforgiving maelstrom of tortured vocals, extremely distorted guitars, and, a very heavy percussion attack. The density of the music reaches  maximum mass, the needles hit red, guitars make impossible noises, and,  the barrage of noise takes no prisoners. A remarkable piece of work.




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