Thrice
Vheissu


5.0
classic

Review

by myhigherpie USER (13 Reviews)
June 6th, 2009 | 20 replies | 6,171 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thrice pull all their influences together to create a magnificent transitional album that breaks all expectation.

1 of 5 thought this review was well written

There comes a time in every band’s career where they must face a crossroad regarding where their music should go. This choice often defines what the band will become over the course of their career. A great example of this would be Metallica, who decided to take a more commercially acceptable approach to their music. The change started for them with … And Justice for all, and was eventually solidified by the Black Album. In this sense, Thrice and Metallica are very similar. Somewhere along the line, Thrice decided that they didn’t want to play what they were playing anymore (an eclectic mix of post-hardcore, pop-punk, and heavy metal). Like Metallica, Thrice decided to change their sound to something more diverse and accessible. Unlike Metallica, however, Thrice decided to do this without sacrificing their musical integrity.

Instead of experimenting more with odd time changes and technical guitar riffing, which was what was expected from them, Thrice decided to experiment more with various musical genres. Instead of creating fast, catchy, heavy, and very technical 3 minute songs, Thrice decided to create music with more melody, atmosphere, dissonance, and variety, all the while mixing things up with various other musical genres and instruments. For example, The Earth will Shake contains influence from post-metal bands like Isis and Neurosis. It starts with a faded out acoustic guitar and Dustin Kensrue’s crooning voice, but eventually erupts into a powerful explosion of crushing guitars. Meanwhile, songs like Atlantic and Between the End and Where we Lie are prime examples of melody and dissonance.

One very noticeable improvement in Thrice’s music is Justin Kensrue’s voice. Obviously this guy has been working on it. His screams are noticeably sharper and his cleans far more in tune, however, his most noticeable improvement is his lyrics. Throughout the album Dustin’s lyrics speak cryptic messages of hope and loss with a wild passion. His messages are powerful, deep, meaningful, and intelligent. For example, The Earth will Shake is about oppression and tyranny, told through a powerful metaphor, comparing us to prisoners in a prison.

If there is one flaw with this album, it is that while many of the songs are great, some are indeed terrible. The main flaw with this album is the opening track, Image of the Invisible. It completely fails as an introduction to the album, as it sounds nothing like any of the other songs. Its misplacement, coupled with its predictable, generic structure that relies too heavily on its chorus is a complete bore that, after a while, gets really old. Most people will consider skipping it after a couple listens. Music Box as well is a song that does not quite meet the standards that are set by the other songs. By no means is it as bad as Image of the Invisible, but it is still heavily reliant on its gimmick (a Japanese music box repeating over and over again) but it is also predictable and boring.

These flaws however are alleviated by the many exceptional songs on the album. It is dynamic, powerful, melodic, heavy, sooting, and abrasive all at once, and is a fantastic example of how to successfully change your sound. By no means is it the perfect record that everybody proclaims it to be, but as many sputnikians say, It’s almost worth the mounds of hyperbolic claim it receives.



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mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 6th 2009



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

more like every song rules

myhigherpie
June 6th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

review sux.

w/e. just trying to get back into writing. any criticism is greatly appreciated.

BallsToTheWall
June 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Namedropping Neurosis, Metallica, and Isis on a Thrice review FTL. One large paragraph FTL. Calling a Music Box a gimmik FTL and calling it not up to standards also FTL you fucker. One of the best songs on the album. Myhigherpie reviewing Vheissu FTL. life ftl.

Cesar
June 6th 2009



2732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

It isn't a giant paragraph, it is just missing the space between them.
I love Music Box, album rules as we all know it does.

gaslightanthem
June 6th 2009



5209 Comments


worst album in my collection

Chewie
June 6th 2009



4531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

go edit the review and add a space at the beginning at each paragraph so they're more separated

BallsToTheWall
June 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good joke Kane you fucking toolbag but an awesome user.

joshuatree
Emeritus
June 6th 2009



3743 Comments


listen to balls hes a contributer

burnafterbreeding
June 6th 2009



1466 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

sorry dude, review is kinda shoddy.

roofi
June 6th 2009



959 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i too enjoy justin kensrue's vocals

AUTO-NEG

gaslightanthem
June 6th 2009



5209 Comments


One very noticeable improvement in Thrice’s music is Justin Kensrue’s voice.


*Dustin

review starts off well enough but the last two paragraphs come across a bit rushed

not neg-worthy though

BallsToTheWall
June 6th 2009



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed. The negs are undeserved.

Chewie
June 6th 2009



4531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

well I pos'd him twice to even it out a bit

Chewie
June 6th 2009



4531 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

wait, you can't pos twice?

ToWhatEnd
June 6th 2009



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

In before willfellmarsy leaves the pointless "thrice sucks" comment and goes about his gayness.

Fugue
June 6th 2009



7352 Comments


lol at Justin Kensrue

Phantom
June 6th 2009



8930 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dustin a nut

myhigherpie
June 6th 2009



3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok ok ok I admit, this review is shyt.

however, I'm not the first dumbass writer to publish before thinking.

I'll look over it over the next couple of days and try and fix it.

and Balls, thanks for the honesty -_-

Fugue
June 6th 2009



7352 Comments


Ahh man its not shit, it just needs a little sorting is all.

kingjulian
April 3rd 2010



1297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I don't understand how it's a five if there are "terrible" songs. In my view (and in what I've come to believe is the view of Sputnik) a 5 album is perfect. No bad songs. Not even any weak songs. If there are terrible songs on the album, I don't see how it can be a 5.



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