From a pebble to boulder.  Can’t stop returning to Thou’s Summit album, the title of which ultimately serves as a precipice for the entire album to sonically fall from. “By Endurance We Conquer” is the first track, and the song seems to break itself free as an innocent little stone at the peak of the mountain and starts tumbling down into a flurry of blast-beats that quickly dislodges a fast-growing cacophony of rock and debris as it tumbles down.   The riffs build in mass, the tempo rears back and you can’t help but feel that the entire mountain begins to collapse under the epic weight of its own avalanche around the 3:00 mark – “waves crash down, unrelenting, unending“, indeed.  By the time you get to the conclusion, the song itself is deconstructed into smoldering pile of dust and destruction (and brass!) at the bottom of the valley.

Thou – “By Endurance We Conquer” (2010, 9:03)

Debris flow deposit in the Eliot Glacier drainage, north flank of Mount Hood, Oregon, Photo by Anne Jefferson 2006, from