Thrice Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Other Music' started by Atticus, Jul 14, 2014.

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    Atticus

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    After people began making Thrice comparisons to several elements of The Hunting Party, I decided to blindly dive into their discography. What an incredible shot in the dark that ended up becoming! This band is so diverse, I can't help but compare them to Linkin Park's equally transcending career.

    Although early on I regretted my decision, as Thrice's first few albums felt stagnant in sound, The Artist In The Ambulance finally sounds great as a cohesive album with several powerful anthems. Vheissu is a risky dabble into unknown territory, although the result is spectacular as the more experimental mix of softer more melodic ballads with their heavy aggressive origins feels like second nature and a proper evolution.

    The Alchemy Index is a conceptual masterpiece. The idea of taking 4 individual EPs and devoting each disc to a separate natural element was an incredibly ambitious and daunting task, yet Thrice greatly exceeded my expectations. Fire is a purely aggressive, piercing album. Water is simply magical in how it incorporates a digital filter to the music to feel as though you're listening underwater. Air actually feels like you're floating on a feather in a vast, calming soundscape. Last but not least, Earth brings the conceptual release to a humble finale with incredible acoustic performances. I dream for the day Linkin Park becomes this ambitious, as Thrice's efforts are nothing short of phenomenal.

    Beggars and Major/Minor feel largely similar to one another, however they carry enough diversity between each album that they are both welcome additions. The stripped-back, organic side of Thrice is just as compelling as their previous, more dense endeavours. When I listen to these albums, I feel battle-hardened years of experience and passion gushing from the music. The absence of any truly heavy, screaming vocals feels like a missed opportunity however, as I feel Dustin Kensrue has some of the most tasteful screams outside of Chester himself.

    Overall I'm incredibly glad I took a chance with Thrice. They definitely proved themselves worthy as a band that transcended post-hardcore territory, resulting in alternative rock anthems, emotional ballads, aggressive hard-rock/metal, and brilliant acoustic performances, all while presenting glorious instrumentation and poetic lyrics. It's a shame they are currently on a hiatus, but I hope they will eventually return with a renewed passion. I'm hoping there are other forum members here who share the same positive experience I had.

    RECOMMENDED TRACKS - Never has a band given me so much difficulty in selecting a list of songs, other than Linkin Park

    The Earth Will Shake: Heavy and aggressive while extremely experimental thanks to several shifts in sound. I would kill for a cover from LP.
    Atlantic, Circles, In Exile: Equally stunning softer, melodic alternative tracks.
    For Miles, Music Box: Songs that begin soft and quiet but grow overtime until the final minutes explode with intensity.
    Like Moths To Flame: Everything wonderful about this band in a single song.
    Of Dust And Nations: Has a siren-like synth in the intro that sounds remarkably like "Lost In The Echo".
    The Alchemy Index: Seriously, you need to listen to it all. Such a powerful journey, though if I HAD to choose one song from each element, they would be the following:
    Fire: Firebreather - That epic, siren-esque synth is bone-chilling. The crushing vocals and guitars are an added bonus.
    Water: Digital Sea - The best showcase of feeling underwater, along with incredible vocals.
    Air: Daedalus - This is a brilliant ballad. Nuff said.
    Earth: The Earth Is Humming - An acoustic performance that carries an amazingly powerful ambience.
    Yellow Belly, Talking Through Glass, Red Sky: Brilliant alternative rock anthems.
    Call It In The Air: A soaring, gigantic rock ballad.
    Anthology: The band's swan song.
     

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