Album Review – THROES | In The Hands of An Angry God

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Photo – Kendra Connally

Heavy music may not be easy to find on TV or radio these days but, beyond the mainstream, extreme music has never been healthier. One of the labels consistently delivering quality in the scene is the UK’s Holy Roar Records, home to bands including Full Of Hell, Bossk, Touché Amoré, Conjurer (who will be in Montreal in September), Employed To Serve and Baptists.

With the release of Boise, Idaho punk-fuelled post-metallers THROES‘ debut album, In The Hands of An Angry God, Holy Roar have unleashed yet another blistering full length into the world. It’s a record so fully-formed and intense, that it’s hard to believe this is their first album.

The five-piece waste no time in getting to the point either. Opener Bad Meat is as repulsive and stomach-churning as the name suggests. In a good way! Bludgeoning riffs and ferocious vocals from Tyler Squire prove a level of competence and intensity that brings to mind the likes of Neurosis, Cult Leader and labelmates Conjurer. It sets the bar high from the outset but THROES do not let their guard down for the next 40 minutes.

The intensity remains for the crushing Derelict, From Their Nails and Carrion, the dissonant guitars and spacious production allowing the tracks to feel spacious whilst still pummeling you in the head.

There is only really one track that takes the ferocity down several notches and that’s Disillusion, a slower yet no less intimidating song that could draw comparisons to Deftones albeit with a bit more sludge and doom in the mix.

Ruin adds more layers of intensely caustic, miserable sludgecore before a throttling conclusion that makes way for the brutal 94-second finale that is Fang.

Photo – Jake Villanueva

THROES say their music is about “intense or violent pain and struggle, especially accompanying birth, death, or great change” and listening to In The Hands of An Angry God is certainly not the faint of heart. However, it has so many twists and turns and unexpected layers that it rewards the listener time and again.

Undoubtedly these songs will take on an extra level of immenseness when they’re performed live. I for one will be awaiting a Montreal date with bated breath.

Steve Gerrard

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