Thou & The Body Premier a Nine Inch Nails Cover “Terrible Lie”


Lars Gotrich premiered a new track from The Body and Thou’s upcoming collaboration on Wednesday. You can see the article and song premier at NPR here. This comes just weeks ahead of the release of their heavily anticipated second collaboration: You, Whom I Have Always Hated is set to be released on Thrill Jockey January 27th.

Thou and The Body worked together on 2014’s Released From Love, which was a vinyl only release via Vinyl Rites in April – that came out of nowhere. Admittedly, I was late to that party. I didn’t hear Released From Love until nearly the end of 2014, but once I got my hands on it I started listening to it compulsively. That EP featured four tracks, including their take on Vic Chesnutt’s “Coward”. Released From Love actually turned me into a legitimate Vic Chesnutt fan over the last month. Check out the original version, and check out their version of “Coward”.

These southern bands have chosen Nine Inch Nails as the focus for their latest homage. This time the cover is of “Terrible Lie” from Nine Inch Nail’s 1989 debut album Pretty Hate Machine. Released From Love sounds like a Thou project featuring Chip King shrieks, but this cover of “Terrible Lie” has The Body smeared all over it. Lars Gotrich called this an “industrial sad-bastard fest”, but dang this sucker is heavy – and angry.

This four minute track opens on a massive industrial shake. Like other projects of The Body, it adds and adds to the mix: synths, reverbs, fuzzed out static, and guitars all play into this cacophony. The vocals are initially buried amidst the chaos, but Nine Inch Nails fans should have no problem mouthing the verses or screaming along. Things quiet down about halfway through (quiet is relative here); driving riffs and repeated lyrics are given their due before the track falls into chaos again for its duration.

Look, I like everything about this. I love covers when they are well done. I love The Body. I’m a fan of Thou (Heathen almost made my best albums of last year) and I have been a fan of Nine Inch Nails for a long time. This is a great cover and a great track. I’m anticipating You, Whom I Have Always Hated to be one of the first great metal albums of 2015, along with Napalm Death’s Apex Predator – Easy Meat. List season never stops at the Toilet Ov Hell offices. What do you think of “Terrible Lie”? What are your most anticipated heavy metal records for 2015?

You, Whom I Have Always Hated comes out on Thrill Jockey January 27th in LP, CD, and digitally.  Thanks to Lars Gotrich at NPR for premiering this track.

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