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THIS WILL DESTROY YOU is a post rock band from Texas formed in 2005 by Chris King (guitar), Jeremy Galindo (guitar), Raymond Brown (bass, keyboard) and Andrew Miller (drums). In June 2006 the band released their first EP entitled "Young Mountain" which was originally meant to be their demo tape. The EP was well received by critics and fans. In February 2007 the band began recording their first full length and in late January 2008 the band released their eponymous self titled debut. The band is currently signed to Magic Bullet Records.

Recommended for fans of Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

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3.78 | 33 ratings
This Will Destroy You
2008
3.73 | 21 ratings
Tunnel Blanket
2011
4.04 | 10 ratings
Another Language
2014

THIS WILL DESTROY YOU Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 4 ratings
Live In Reykjavik, Iceland
2013

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4.19 | 20 ratings
Young Mountain
2006
3.78 | 9 ratings
This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc Systym: Field Studies
2008
1.42 | 5 ratings
Moving On the Edges of Things
2010

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 Another Language by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.04 | 10 ratings

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Another Language
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars There are several post rock bands out there that use a basic formula and that is starting off with a slow and soft section that builds and crescendos to a climax and ending with a loud and usually chaotic ending. This formula can start to get old after a while unless the band starts adding some ingenuity to the formula, or retaining the post rock sound without even using that formula. The best post rock bands do this, like Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Mono, Godspeed You! Black Emperor (and all of it's spin offs), and others. This Will Destroy You is another band that should be considered in this group of post rock band elites.

They do use this basic formula for the most part, but there are plenty of variations on it to keep things interesting. They are also not afraid to veer away from it and also experiment with the formula. Their original debut EP "Young Mountain" really does well to show this inventiveness and establish this band as one of the best, but for some reason, they have been ignored by a lot of people who love this type of music. The band also gets compared to "Explosions in the Sky" which is a good comparison, but they don't really care for this comparison and say that their next album will prove that they are much different. Of course, there are some similarities since they are in the same genre, but I find that This Will Destroy You is a lot more adventuresome and experimental with their sound.

"Another Language" is currently their most recent album, though there are talks to do more, which is good. It follows in the same vein as "Young Mountain", except there is more of a metallic sound to this album. Reverb is used a lot heavier on this album, which makes for some beautiful and atmospheric passages throughout the music. Dynamics are well utilized here too, which was also the case with "Young Mountain". With the use of reverb here though, the louder passages are very chaotic and heavy sounding, and at times, the effects can almost make you think you can hear some vocalizations deep in the mix, but that is not the case.

There are other effects done with the strings that give the music some very interesting atmosphere. This is really apparent on the softer track "God's Teeth". This one does not have any crescendo, but stays pretty soft throughout, and the track becomes more of a shoegaze style, but with a lot more interesting aspects added in. Shoegaze to me, can sometimes get quite un-emotional and boring, but this track does not become that. The band considers this album to be more of a "doom- gaze" style, taking aspects from doom metal and shoegaze music. Personally, I still find the first half of this album very post rock sounding, as was the case in the past, just with more reverb and loudness. The second half is more quiet, sometimes almost ambient and slightly drone like, but remaining interesting throughout. The reverb effect that is used extensively here, makes the music darker and thicker, almost orchestral and cinematic in feel with a lot of distortion in the loud passages, but I don't hear the doom metal aspect so much.

The album is completely instrumental as usual. The music does become more interesting and varied as the album goes on. I was hoping for this because too much of the same style or formula tends to get stale quickly. Although, I don't find the band quite as inventive as some of the post rock bands I mentioned earlier, they are still willing to try new things and utilize effects that make them and their songs unique. I continue to consider this a band worth checking out, especially if you are a fan of post rock. They just don't tend to get noticed as much as their peers, and they should be recognized for their unique sound.

 Another Language by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.04 | 10 ratings

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Another Language
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars In these muddy, impending doom, drone-like, shoegaze, noisy, white noisy, trashy and snary, old radio like environments which could simply turn out to sound anonymous due to the fact that all these "musical elements" are a constant in most Post Rock/Mathers bands, you really have to watch out for "unique" proposals to distinguish one from the other.

Well, texan band "This Will Destroy You" brings some new exciting and attractive cards to this Prog sub genre's table in this, 2014, "Another Language". Let me start with its music composition which travels from chaos to peace with an astounding, yet raw, clarity. Its quirky, perfectly built melody lines outstand even among the most explosive abstract sections, offering simultaneous and opposite musical perspectives, taken to highly heavy bombastic altitudes and crash landing peacefully and beautifully by its good and attractive songwriting.

As such everything sounds perfect, but at the end of the day, the inherent musical elements of this style will hardly be distinguishable among the upcoming and ongoing Post Rock/Math Rock bands and crowds, if not for its brilliant songwriting, song selection and disposition which shines all along this dirty and washed out road.

****4 PA stars.

 Moving On the Edges of Things by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
1.42 | 5 ratings

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Moving On the Edges of Things
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by memowakeman
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

1 stars This is a very nice post rock band from Texas whose music I've been following for the last couple of years, due to the great atmospheres they create mainly with guitars. In 2010, they released a single entitled Moving on the Edge of Things in which we can listen to a couple of tracks that don't really give us a hint of what This Will Destroy You music is about. Here, they put experimental music, of course with some post rock tones but with an industrial and drone tendency. So be careful, because you might be surprised here, and maybe not in a positive way.

The first track is "Woven Tears", which starts with 30 seconds of an atmospheric, yet industrial sound that later is complemented by drums. The music continues in the same way, it sounds raw in moments, with a constant noisy- industrial feel that prevails until the very end. Though it is not bad at all, I think this track is a bit weak for post-rock purposes. The second song is "Ritual" which follows the same direction as the first one, though here I think the drone tendency is much more evident. This track lasts 11 minutes, so if you like drone music, you will like this, otherwise, I'm afraid you will want to skip it or finish it soon.

An experimental side of This Will Destroy You, not my favorite definitely. Enjoy it!

 Young Mountain by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
4.19 | 20 ratings

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Young Mountain
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Even though this is an E.P, it clocks in at 36 minutes of beautiful, blissful post-rock instrumentals. This was the band's debut recording and it was self-promoted and self-produced. However, the E.P. was getting a lot of buzz and great reviews, which, for a beginning band, were well deserved. They were soon signed on by a label and this E.P. was re-released by the label. The production is superb and sounds nothing like a debut album.

The band hails from the same place as the post-rock band "Explosions in the Sky", but to me the sound of this album is so much richer and varied then EitS. They do tend to follow the basic post- rock formula on this album, but I find it is more emotive and beautiful, especially in the softer sections. Probably more closer to Mogwai than EitS, they are also not afraid to use digital percussion at times, or, at least, that is what it sounds like.

The first track is "Quiet" and it sounds very much like a typical post-rock song. But "The World is Our _____" is so much better, with that pretty build up that climaxes a few times, and the build up isn't overly long. Again, the sound is so well textured that every sound is heard and the music isn't as dense and hard to access as it is in another post-rock band called "Pelican". This music is so much more penetrable and that works to a definite advantage. "I Believe in Your Victory" is another one similar to the 1st track except the climaxes are not as dense and the guitars have a nice ringing, chiming sound. On the second build up, there is a very strange percussion pattern that is definitely original, kind of a start/stop beat that helps to build tension.

The intermediate, short track called "Grandfather Clock" is a very nostalgic feeling song which doesn't have a build up, but it lovely nonetheless. It breaks up the formulaic feeling before it gets too repetitive and is well placed on the album. "Happiness" comes next and this one is an example of a post-rock symphony, so well layered and beautiful. Again the climaxes aren't overly dense but are lighter sounding than a lot of Post-rock music and that is what is so attractive to me. Such a well thought-out song with a lot of real emotion pouring out of the instruments. Very nice. Last but not least is the multi-part "There Are Some Remedies..." which is a little more harsh, but still not impenetrable. When the second build up comes in, the rhythm's change and build up to a very explosive climax this time which suddenly ends leaving you suspended in the middle of some special effects by the guitars. The ending is a little quick and even though the suspension at the end is a effective ending, it would have been nice to be allowed to shimmer a little longer. But that is a minor complaint really.

Overall, this is a vary good debut recording by the band and definitely leaves you wanting to explore more of their music. There really isn't anything ground breaking, but it definitely is post- rock that rises above the norm even with the formulaic structure. The emotion level is much higher than what I have heard in most cookie-cutter post-rock bands. I feel there is a lot of promise in this E.P. and as for myself, I want to explore more of their music. Even though I have had this excellent E.P. for a while, I still have the desire to listen to more of their discography. In the meantime, I will give this a 4 star rating, albeit a very strong 4 stars.

 This Will Destroy You by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.78 | 33 ratings

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This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars A powerful debut album from these Post/Math Rockers. Great sound production throughout. Rough and raunchy or ultra-clear whenever they want it, there are moments of MONO's beauty, MOGWAI's punch, SIGUR RÓS's style with RED SPAROWES overall consistency and the sound and production reminiscent of post-Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me THE CURE. Also, there is some great JOHN MARTYN-like electric (any Echoplex here?) guitar work. Often the music develops a little too slowly or with too little surprise and variation, but it is very high quality Math Rock.

Favorite songs: "They Move on Tracks of Never-ending Light" (6:56) (9/10) and"Villa del Refugio" (7:06) (9/10).

 Tunnel Blanket by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.73 | 21 ratings

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Tunnel Blanket
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by The Truth
Collaborator Post/Math Rock Team

4 stars One of the best releases of 2011.

Tunnel Blanket is my first delve into This Will Destroy You and it definitely won't be my last, the epic GY!BE-esque atmosphere that these guys create is stunning and somehow falls into a whole new category of post-rock.

Guitar drones are one of the key components of this album's overall sound and they really make your ears sweat with epicness. Each track is well thought out and well produced winding up in a polished but still somewhat raw sound that helps maintain some of it that great intensity. Slow building tracks have always been a favorite of mine and This Will Destroy You really puts them to great use on this album. Sometimes you are almost soothed to sleep and sometimes you're being thrown into a concrete slab, the diversity is just mind bending.

A great album, highly recommended.

 This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc Systym: Field Studies by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
3.78 | 9 ratings

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This Will Destroy You & Lymbyc Systym: Field Studies
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by JTP88

4 stars Asides their magical 2008 album, This Will Destroy You have also released a split with, at least to me, a very unknown band, Lymbyc Systym, also texan, also post-rock, also beautiful.

This starts with the best track on the EP, "Brutalism & The Worship Of The Machine" is a clear take on a much more ambient sound, not as ambient as "Villa Del Refugio" on their self-titled LP, but a much heavier and much more thought out than the aforementioned. And it runs from an epic start to beautiful melodies and perfect windy atmospheres, a really wondrous track. Next comes the second TWDY track, "Freedom Blade", a really soft and sympathetic track, with gorgeous xylophone (or something similar) and tender melodies.

Then, the Lymbyc Systym side, not as good as TWDY's one, but also very fine. Lymbyc Systym have a more dynamic and song-oriented song-writing, adding electronic percussion to its tracks (which TWDY don't in this EP), and very appealing melodies, this made me immediately like Lymbyc Systym, although I found then much more pleasure in the TWDY's tracks.

This is really excelent, This Will Destroy You still cannot fail for me, and anyone who likes post-rock, and especially TWDY or Lymbyc Systym, should definitely listen to this one (it is very short, clocking at 26 minutes, so it isn't a bore at all).

 This Will Destroy You by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.78 | 33 ratings

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This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

3 stars THIS WILL DESTROY YOU is a Post-Rock band out of Texas who are often compared with EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY and MONO. Lots of ambient sections here and they often build to a climax. So yes this is "Post-Rock 101" if there is such a thing.

"A Three-Legged Workhorse" opens with faint "noises" that build. A change after 1 1/2 minutes as drums come in with guitar as the "noise" stops. It's building until it kicks in heavily at 4 1/2 minutes. It settles before 6 1/2 minutes then starts to build again. "Villa Del Refugio" opens with these humming sounds that come and go. It's getting noisier. It settles to end it. "Threads" features these relaxing guitar sounds with drums. It's louder 2 1/2 minutes in. "Leather Wings" opens with fairly heavy drums as gentle guitar joins in.

"The Mighty Rio Grande" is the longest track at almost 11 1/2 minutes. Mellow guitar comes and goes as faint synths continue in the background. It starts to build. It settles 4 1/2 minutes in then kicks back in before 9 minutes, it's not as heavy as before though. "They Move On Tracks Of Never-Ending Light" is pastoral with guitar. It starts to get fuller after 2 1/2 minutes. "Burial On The Presidio Banks" is again mellow. Drums before 2 minutes then it settles a minute later. Drums return then it kicks in at 6 1/2 minutes.

A pretty good album but this one seems to need more patience then I can give it.

 Young Mountain by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2006
4.19 | 20 ratings

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Young Mountain
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by JTP88

5 stars I already wrote a review for their self-titled album, and I gave it 5 stars, little after that I listened to their Young Mountain EP, and what can I say? I think I even like it more than the album!

While their S/T was more about ambient soundscapes, really slow movements and little climaxes, this approaches much more to the Mogwai sound (yes, I am not gonna lie, this guys aren't the most original band out there). The band creates a much richer sound, more emotional and also faster, and in consequence, much more dynamic. All the songs here are absolutely beautiful and different in its own way, from the emotional slow moves of "Quiet", to the headbanging climax at the end of "There Are Some Remedies Worse Than The Disease", passing by the bright electronics of "Grandfather Clock".

I don't really like to describe post-rock, but I can only say that this is very warm and touching music, a masterpiece in post-rock.

 This Will Destroy You by THIS WILL DESTROY YOU album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.78 | 33 ratings

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This Will Destroy You
This Will Destroy You Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Diego I

3 stars Nothing under the sun ... this album it´s not an exception, with "classical" melodies, almost monotonous, continue on the line of many other bands like Russian Circles, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, and Vorkoma, already had heard such melodies, long crescendo tunes, melancholic feelings, with long instrumental climax, and simplicity, but not in the possitive way, is not persuasive that looks like a copy of what these bands have done call, even if somebody´s being told me it's a new album of them, i would believe unequivocally... This Will Destroy You Ep, is only for post-math-rock fans, no more than three stars...
Thanks to burritounit for the artist addition.

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