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★★★★★ - The Guardian
“This is simultaneously both the most pulverising and the most memorable release the band have put their name to in years.” - Kerrang!


 “Musically fearless in the way it embraces the harsh, dissonant, punishing side of their sound whilst being some of the most compelling, listenable music they’ve recorded.” - The Quietus

“a direct and immediate assault… the most fervent work they have produced” - PopMatters

“In pushing the reset button on everything Thou have ever stood for or believed in, both sonically and thematically, they’ve stumbled on a late-career masterpiece which will be spoken about long after they lay themselves to rest.” - Distorted Sound, 10/10

“‘I Feel Nothing When You Cry’ feels like an oddly accessible entry point into Thou's caustic doom: it's rough, rowdy and hooky… This song is built to destroy some punk basement in small-town America.”

“If you love it heavy, if you love it hard, if you love it harsh, you’re going to love Thou”- The Needle Drop

 “four minutes of blackened, sludgy madness” - Brooklyn Vegan

“slathered in textures of feedback and harsh howling vocals” - Consequence

Thou has always been a force of raw energy and unapologetic dissent, defying easy categorisation and challenging listeners to confront the complexities of existence. Their forthcoming album, Umbilical, is their firmest nod to the raw intensity of obscure '90s DIY hardcore punk. It’s a record filled with mosh-ready riffs, heavy breakdowns and scathing vocals. The band’s aesthetic and political impulses have always been punk and like anyone embroiled in the subculture Thou have been exploring what it means to exist within and without a rigid morality. That exploration takes thematic centre on Umbilical and their self-assessment is as harsh as that of the world around them.



"They've called us anarchists, criminals, foreign meddlers, lunatics, dispossessed, relativists, utilitarians, egoists, passion maximisers, ascetics, negators of everything. Clearly, the "Thou" experiment is never going to appeal to audiences who demand that art rigorously enforce a coherent and righteous worldview.

And yet, are we not ourselves constrained by our own rigid morality? In those quiet moments of deep contemplation, when the bargains and concessions are thoroughly examined, when we yield before the Judging Eye--what is the summation of our choices? If the unspoiled self beyond the immensity of time were given voice, what pronouncements would be made? What would such an internal audit yield? What undeniable character would be revealed?

This record is for the radicals, the crackpots, the exiles who have escaped the wasteland of capitulation. This record is for the militants and zealots refusing to surrender to comforts, to practicalities, to thirty pieces of silver. And this record is most especially for the weaklings and malingerers, burdened by capricious indulgence, hunched by the deep wounds of compromise, shuffling in limp approximation, desperately reaching back towards integrity and conviction." - Thou

Umbilical is Thou's first full-length release of original music since their 2018 Sacred Bones debut Magus, and 2020 collaborative split with Emma Ruth Rundle, May Our Chambers By Full.  Umbilical will be released across all digital platforms and available in stores May 31 via Sacred Bones. 

Thou will be heading to Australia for the first time this August, in support of Umbilical. Bringing with them Maryland grindcore band Full Of Hell. Full tour details below. 

United Front Presents
Thou & Full Of Hell Australian Tour

August 14 - The Zoo, Brisbane

August 15 - Mary’s Underground, Sydney

August 16 -The Basement, Canberra

August 17 - Stay Gold, Melbourne

August 18 - Crown & Anchor, Adelaide

For tickets and more information head to
United Front

Umbilical Track Listing:
1 - Narcissist's Prayer
2 - Emotional Terrorist
3 - Lonely Vigil
4 - House of Ideas
5 - I Feel Nothing When You Cry
6 - Unbidden Guest
7 - I Return as Chained and Bound to You
8 - The Promise
9 - Panic Stricken, I Flee
10 - Siege Perilous

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