This is a review of a split album between Portland, Oregon's The Body and Baton Rouge, Louisiana's Thou called "Released From Love" which was released by Vinyl Rites and we will start off the review with The Body a band that has been featured before in this zine and plays an apocalyptic and experimental form of doom metal.
Their side of the split begins with a very dark and distorted sound that goes into a heavier doom metal direction along with some sludge/grind style screams and on the second track they bring in some experimental and harsh noise sounds and mix it in with doom metal along with a dark and heavy production and lyrics that cover apocalyptic and alchemy themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Body and if you are a fan of apocalyptic and experimental doom metal, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Manifest Alchemy".
Next up is Thou a band that plays a noise soaked form of sludge/doom metal.
Their side of the split starts off with a very distorted sound that gets more dark, heavy and melodic after awhile along with some high pitched screams and you can also hear atmospheric sounds in the background and they also add in a good amount of drones later on in the track before going into the second song which is a cover of Vic Chesnut's Coward which starts off with an experimental sound before adding in screams that have a depressive black metal feeling to them which leads to a heavier sound which is more close to sludge/doom metal, the production sounds very powerful and the lyrics cover darkness and sorrow themes.
In my opinion Thou are a very great sounding noise soaked sludge/doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out their side of the split. RECOMMENDED TRACK "Coward".
In conclusion I feel this is a very great sounding split and I would recommend it to all fans of sludge/doom metal. 8 out of 10.