ARTIST:

THUMOS

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

THE END OF WORDS

(2021)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

DOOM

TAGS:
Instrumental
"Thumos is a very particular band, craftsman of a post doom rid of any superfluous but nevertheless heavy and tragic. To discover imperatively !"
CHILDERIC THOR (13.07.2021)  
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In the middle of the ambient mediocrity and conformism, it's always nice to find a band like Thumos that breaks with the formal and thematic standards that mark out doom, the genre to which it is attached. Perhaps in a bad way. In a reductive way without any doubt but we will come back to it.

Its name, borrowed in particular from Plato, as well as its aesthetics inspired by ancient Greece, announce from the start a singular formation of which we know nothing except its American origin. Its entirely instrumental character participates in this difficult approach that a stripped sound recording makes even more harsh.

This absence of vocals associated with extremely heavy tones lets at first glimpse a post rock expression. Or post metal, post doom, as you want. However, very quickly, we measure that this definition is smashed against a music devoid of any atmospheric impulse, of any aerial velléité. Thumos remains definitively prisoner of an earthy gangue that it stirs up with great blows of leaded riffs, of chords numbed by an inexorable sadness. The rhythmic only serves as a base on which the guitars reign as lords. As if the musicians were trying to tame the dark energy released by this instrument.

EP 4 titles (for almost half an hour of telluric sound), "The End Of Words" could seem monotonous but, in addition to the fact that the mourning despair which surrounds it can only touch the soul and the heart, a form of progression prevails however all along on the immobility. Each piece swarms in its arteries of a bubbling sap which confers him a force as subterranean as obsessing. Like for example 'Epithumetikon' whose grainy riffs undermined by an absolute desolation twist it and lead it through a fatal path.

What to say also of this 'Thumoeides' almost catchy in comparison (all is relative) whose thick heaviness is combined with an ardour nevertheless aborted and always broken by this funereal melancholy. By their rough deprivation, these pieces possess something of draft. Almost like a skeleton, from which the last pieces of skin have been removed. To the point of believing that "The End Of Words" would only be a demo. But there also lies the personality of this mysterious band, shunning artifices, which never exonerates its doom from a dull beauty, as witness the painful 'Metempsychosis' whose bony features radiate a powerful dramaturgy.

Thumos is thus a very particular band, craftsman of a post doom rid of any superfluous but nevertheless heavy and tragic. To discover imperatively !


More informations on https://thumos.bandcamp.com



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TRACK LISTING:
01. Epithumetikon - 6:33
02. Thumoeides - 8:06
03. Logistikon - 6:40
04. Metempsychosis - 7:39

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