Thrice
Vheissu


4.5
superb

Review

by Puzzles USER (17 Reviews)
December 5th, 2011 | 53 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thrice continue to be stubborn and refuse to fit into a neat little genre as all music should.

It’s easy to tell that Thrice were in good form during the writing of ‘Vheissu’. For some artists, their finest work sprouts from conflict and tension – look at Deftones, Soundgarden and hell, even Kings of Leon. For some comes commercial success, others artistic, and for few comes both – what that does for the band is entirely unpredictable. In the case of Thrice, relative peace and prosperity within the group spawned what is a strong, consistent alternative slash progressive slash metal slash everthing else. It is a wonder, with their chronic stylistic convulsion, how the band managed to come through with both their fan base and critical reception intact and better than ever. The surprise comes with how well ‘Vheissu’ was received among fans of the pseudo-pop punk, post-hardcore ‘Artist in the Ambulance’ – if it were any other band they would have been, suffice it to say, ***ed.

It would be curious to note the intent behind ‘Between The End And Where We Lie’. Reflections of the band’s former pop-punk/hardcore sound are seen throughout, with obvious grabs for radio play given the second-track placement and the someone uninspired, hook-laden content. It falls far short of the intensity and vibe of the opening track, which proves to be one of their best and most anthemic. The viewer’s first glimpse of artistic perfection is found in ‘The Earth Will Shake’, the delicate yet chugging, brutal yet stunning epic with a sporadic form and textural construction. Dustin Kensrue’s vocals shine here more so than ever, and the guitar work of Teppei Teranishu is brilliant and expansive at worst. Bliss is thrice more found in ‘For Miles’, ‘Of Dust and Nations’ and ‘Red Sky’, the first of which is I can safely declare is the best track on the record. Its piano-ridden instrumentals provide a stellar backing to one of Kensrue’s finest and most emotional vocal performances. As the man screams ‘when someone stands in your shoes and will shed his own blood, there’s no greater love,’ it is nothing short of chill-inducing, and a sure album highlight.

The band’s musical epilepsy is exhibited ever so fruitfully in ‘Of Dust And Nations’, with some of Teppei’s most thrilling and otherworldly guitar work found throughout. The chorus is uplifting in a way that only Thrice seems to be able to do, and the progressive rock sort of breakdown at the end proves to be the atmospheric summit of the record. ‘Red Sky’ may well be a Glassjaw song, and it has since proven to be one of the band’s most popular and closes the album in style. There isn’t a truly boring track here, with some only proving to be opposing to one’s own personal preference when taking into account the intensity of ‘Hold Fast Hope’ or the odd key signatures of ‘Music Box’.

It truly is a shame that Thrice decided not to go on for a while, but in retrospect of their career it seems that the band had a fulfilling natural life. ‘Vheissu’ was their clear peak, but Major/Minor proved not only to be a solid closing record but one of their best. What the band lacked in hair, they always made up for in the raw emotional content and endless instrumental depth of each LP, constantly growing and challenging their fans (to the point where it’s a wonder they have any left). Perhaps if the band had shot for a ‘Vheissu’ number two, they’d be playing stadiums by now, but we all know in hindsight that we wouldn’t change a thing.



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Puzzles
December 5th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

More reviews to come in this onslaught of semi-pointless critical writing.

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
December 5th 2011


10271 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Love that the artwork for this one was done by Dave Eggers of all people

Puzzles
December 5th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think it looks better from far away, but when you look at it closely it's not as sophisticated as you thought. ha

kingjulian
December 5th 2011


1297 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Good review. Pos. No mentioning of Stand and Feel Your Worth saddened me but whatevs, everything's good on this.

Puzzles
December 5th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

That's actually my least favourite track off this record, perhaps it's a grower?

DirEnRefused
December 6th 2011


2186 Comments


The end of For Miles is so fucking electric.


Gilgamahesh
December 6th 2011


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

For Miles is my favorite here. But everything else is also awesome. This and Major/Minor are their best work imo. I'm not a huge fan of the production on M/M, it's very claustrophobic and lacking in panning. The soundstage sounds comparatively pathetic compared to the work in this album, which is appropriately spacey and epic.

Puzzles
December 6th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I always thought that added to the character of Major/Minor, but it made it all the more difficult to get into the record initially. For me the top three goes Vheissu, Beggars then Major/Minor. I really can't seem to get into the early stuff though.

Gilgamahesh
December 6th 2011


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah me neither. Alchemy Index is kinda iffy for me, there's some good stuff in there and it's ambitious, but when other stuff in their discog's so superior why bother? Nice review btw. Pos'd.

DirEnRefused
December 6th 2011


2186 Comments


Bitches don't know about IoS.

Gilgamahesh
December 6th 2011


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol Illusion of Safety is even less my style than Artist was. Later Thrice is better Thrice.

DirEnRefused
December 6th 2011


2186 Comments


Later Thrice is different Thrice.

Gilgamahesh
December 6th 2011


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fair enough.

Puzzles
December 6th 2011


3065 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I find Alchemy Index boring as shit aside from the Fire disc, but that's just me. It's all good stuff, especially Come All You Weary and Broken Lungs.

Gilgamahesh
December 6th 2011


1006 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I've surprisingly yet to get Beggars. I've heard it's a step down from M/M or Vheissu.

AsoTamaki
December 6th 2011


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Puzzles: What? The songs you mentioned are from Earth and Air.

Water is almost on par with this, imo. The rest of AI has it's strong points, but is only just "good" overall.

Also, I like Beggars better than Major/Minor. Still doesn't come close to touching this or The Artist though.

minty901
December 6th 2011


2067 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Something I notice throughout this album is that the verses are always a lot more creative, catchy and interesting than the choruses. Seems the wrong way round. Between the End and Where We Lie is an example of such a track. Great album though. For Miles is incredible.

Gyromania
December 6th 2011


15941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

My rating keeps dropping.

Digging: Lantlos - .neon

Axel
December 6th 2011


189 Comments


hmm

at first didnt like this, then loved it, now its just a great album i never listen to

Gyromania
December 6th 2011


15941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Haha, exact same here, Jared. Some of the tracks here are phenomenal, and others just don't do anything for me these days.



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