The LP is pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a jacket with black flooded pocket, printed inner sleeve and free download card. Initial copies pressed on limited clear vinyl, remaining copies on black.
The Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. ‘You, Whom I Have Always Hated’ is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands’ unique abilities to create music that is emotionally effecting and unrelenting.
On ‘You, Whom I Have Always Hated’ each band’s distinctive elements shine through and combine to create something more visceral than the sum of their parts. While the groups have different approaches to live performance and stylistic nuances, they share general creative ideas and have a history subsumed in themes of alienation, melancholy and despair. They describe the new collaboration as “a twilight dungeon crawl exploring the winding, ruined halls of Mad King Duro’s Castle, best friends at your side, enemies crushed beneath your heels, mysteries solved, and treasures found.”
Seth Manchester and Keith Souza (Battles, Lightning Bolt, Javelin, The Body) recorded the album at Machines With Magnets. · The Body and Thou toured together last summer (playing both collaborative and individual sets), headlining Gilead Media Festival. Both bands have an active tour schedule for 2015 including more touring together.
In keeping with Thou’s tradition of 90s worship and The Body’s knack for ingenuity, the release includes versions of ‘Terrible Lie’ by Nine inch Nails and ‘Coward’ by Vic Chesnutt.
The Body’s Thrill Jockey debut ‘Christs, Redeemers’ was praised by Pitchfork, The New York Times, Decibel, Noisey / Vice, The Fader and SPIN. The album also landed on Best Of Year lists with Pitchfork, The Quietus, All Music Guide and Cvlt Nation.
Thou’s 2014 album ‘Heathen’ was praised by NPR, Decibel, Pitchfork, Metal Injection, Cvlt Nation and Steel for Brains. The album was on Best Of Year lists by Decibel (#6), Stereogum, Metal Sucks and Steel for Brains.