Thrice
The Artist in the Ambulance


5.0
classic

Review

by Dylan Wachman USER (44 Reviews)
December 27th, 2005 | 86 replies | 10,999 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


12 of 14 thought this review was well written

Solid bands are rare to come-by in today's music scene. Many bands leave the scene faster then the hit the Top 40's list. The usual bands will release one album, and then have their music video, then jump the shark into the books of crappy and just plain bad pop music. The word punk has had many definitions over the past 30 years.

Ask any teenage girl what punk is and she will simply reply "OMG! Punk is like Panic! At the Disco and Green Day"! Or you will ask your dad, who owned a copy of "London Calling". He would respond "You have no clue what punk is or was, all you can taste of it now is from the music from when I was a teenager. The culture would blow your mind, and those who think they are apart of it nowadays are sadly mistaken". Then you have all the sub-genres to punk, Hardcore, Post-hardcore, Street, and Pop and all that other stuff. Then you have Thrice, who can be called Post-Hardcore or Melodic Punk. Personally, I hate genres, because they tend to start huge arguments, so letís set them aside and let me continue this review without them.

Thrice are beautiful. Take that sentence and let is sink in because it's the truth. As I write this on my laptop in Jersey, I begin to realize that I've never listened to as much Thrice as I did in the last week. I had heard the singles from the band, "All That's Left", "Stare At the Sun", "Image of the Invisible", but I never bought any of the albums. I figured that they would just be one of those bands that I just heard about from people and I would never take the dive. But when I raked in the cash for Christmas (Oh yes) I knew I needed to buy cds. So one late night on AIM, I saw DFelon was online. I remembered his Vheissu review and remembered him saying that Thrice is his favorite band. DFelon has a great music taste and puts his music through extensive tests in order to like it. Only the strong survive. That's when I said, "hey, I'm gonna jump into Thrice, maybe I'll like it". So I get it, and don't listen to it just yet. Then came the time to fly to Jersey, and I had my iPod with the album on it. So I get to my seat, near the engine so I'll have to turn the volume up loud. Oh yes, it's best listened to loud.

"Cold Cash, Colder Hearts" is the first taste I had from the album and it was a sweet one. No long intros, just non-stop chaos. At halfway into the track, I was excited to hear the rest. My heart was racing and it was up so loud that the person sitting next to me (An extremely ghetto black lady) was staring at me. She saw my shirt (Mars Volta shirt with skulls on it) and backed way off. Thought I was a satanist, haha. But anyway, back too the album. At the end of the first song, my blood is pumping, I want more. "Under a Killing Moon" begins and at this point I'm creaming myself. The musicianship is so solid, almost perfect. The guitar and the drums are just... so on the money.

Then thereís a song that deserves itís own paragraph. ďPaper Tigers" is a mixture of the heaviest, and most powerful music I have ever heard. It begins with electronic ambience, but quickly transforms into chaotic madness which is every bit as glorious as your first trip to Disney World. The chorus is a huge smack in the face combined with a taurine induced adrenaline rush. I donít think I will ever stop loving this song, and if I am forced to do so, my blood will itch from the withdrawal.

The only problem I could say that I have with the band would be the vocals in a few tracks, like in Silhouette. After hearing Vheissu though, you will begin to realize that Dustin is an amazing singer. The only singing problems would be for one song or two, and it's just a tiny complaint. When he tries to sing, like in Silhouette, I just think it fails miserably. But when he screams, you get your moneys worth. I feel it is his best ability as a vocalist. But don't take my little rant to heart. This albums is worth owning in every way possible. ďThe Artist in the Ambulance" is definitely a cd to get into if you like rock music.

ďThe Artist in the Ambulance" is the perfect album. It has itís incredibly heavy and screaming moments, which are amazing. Also having itís slower moments, filled with emotion and a fistful of meaningful lyrics. While listening to Thrice, youíre muscles will tense, youíre thirst will increase, and you will sweat profusely. Take the dive, it was truly worth it.

5 out of 5 dentists recommend Thrice.

-btbp



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NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yes, I'm back baby.

Shattered_Future
December 27th 2005



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review.

Even though I couldn't stand Vheissu, Thrice's first 3 albums are genius. Especially this one...I've listened to it the most, and consider it my favorite. All the songs on the album are ungodly good...half of the album falls into the perfect category, the other half ranks somewhere between mindblowing and godlike.

You have the more hardcoreish (I'm guessing) songs like Cold Cash And Colder Hearts and Silhouette, then you have the almost metal stylings of Stare At The Sun (one of the best songs to be considered punk I've ever heard), and everything in between.

For those of you who can't interpret anything, I'll do it for you: Buy this album. Now.

Pizza
December 27th 2005



687 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yeah this is one of my favorite albums ever. great reveiw too

Jawaharal
December 27th 2005



1832 Comments


I don't like Thrice.

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You are a sick sick man.

Two-Headed Boy
December 27th 2005



4527 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

the clash will be forever better than any new **** that comes out that consider themselves punk.

seriously, new punk's good, but The Clash is just an amazing album. TRUE punk.

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

To be totally honest, I think that the Clash sound more like a mix of punk, and any other 60's pop band. Songs like "Train in Vain" and "Rudy Can't Fall" sound like poop music. It's good, it's just not the most punkinsh punk. Punkish Punk is like Dead Kennedys or Sex Pistols. The Clash were just too melodic.

Hatshepsut
December 27th 2005



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good stuff, beyondtheblueprint. i haven't heard this yet...should i consider picking this up?

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Definitley dude, its unreal.

Hatshepsut
December 27th 2005



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok then. i'll download some songs you praised first and see if it's my kind of music. but i'm pretty sure it is because my genres are expanding, i used to only know pop-punk :upset:

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

same here man. when i was like 7 its all I listened to.

Hatshepsut
December 27th 2005



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

but it was all i listened to till i was like 12...but now i discovered this site and i've gotten into a lot more music

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

That's cool. Tell MX, it'll make him feel like he made a difference.

Hatshepsut
December 27th 2005



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ive downloaded a few songs. The guy's voice reminds me of the singer's voice of Story of the Year

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, he has that grungy growl.

Zebra
Moderator
December 27th 2005



2647 Comments


Good review, except for the whole mid section when you mention DFelon twice.

I'm not much of a Thrice fan. The new album is great, but nothing amazing like many people have said.



NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, well thanks to him I know more about the band.

Shattered_Future
December 27th 2005



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yea, that was one part where I didn't agree either...his vocals are quite good for the style of music they do.

However, this review was far from mediocre. One of the better ones I've seen on here.

NEDM
December 27th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

mediocre? thats not cool. just because you disagree with my statement doesnt make the whole review poor.

Well, your screenname is Vheissu, so you must like them a lot more then I do. So how could I argue.

fanboy.

Hatshepsut
December 27th 2005



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

However, this review was far from mediocre. One of the better ones I've seen on here.

agreed. i think it's a very good review.



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