Review Summary: Some nicely done re-imaginings of earlier works, plus two awesome unreleased tracks.
I love Thrice. I am almost convinced that they can do no wrong. This EP is impressive. Two new songs and 4 redone versions, 1 from Artist in the Ambulance and 3 from Vheissu.
The new songs are awesome. I especially like "Weight of Glory." It would have felt right at home on Vheissu with "The Earth Will Shake" and "Hold Fast Hope." It's got some decently heavy guitar parts with Dustin's screaming/yelling combination he does so well. The bridge right before the outro gets downright intense before everything mellows out and the song fades to the next track. "Flags of Dawn" is a more laid back song. It kind of feels like what's to come for the likes of the Beggars and Major/Minor albums. I also feel it could hold it's own along with "Atlantic" and "Between the End and Where We Lie." The verses are beautiful and Dustin really conveys some emotion in his singing.
The acoustic tracks are well done. I always like it when a band can really make an alternate versions of their song interesting and not just the exact same thing on an acoustic guitar. "Under a Killing Moon" and "Red Sky" are solo acoustic with Dustin and "Under a Killing Moon" is a pretty impressive take on a previously heavy and aggressive song. For Miles sounds pretty similar to the original, but minus the distorted guitars and the heavier, screaming parts at the end. The AOL version of Of Dust and Nations is incredible. I didn't think the song could be improved upon, but lo and behold, Thrice has done it.
An incredible outing from Thrice with two great new tracks and some extremely well done re-imagining of songs from earlier works.