Thrice
Identity Crisis


3.5
great

Review

by Hatshepsut USER (13 Reviews)
February 21st, 2006 | 85 replies | 20,982 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


4 of 10 thought this review was well written

Thrice- Identity Crisis

I donít think I have ever tried so hard to love an album. Ever. Why? Because itís Thrice. Thrice have quickly become on of my favorite bands since I have listened to Vheissu and The Artist in the Ambulance, two of my all-time favorite albums. Their music is catchy, hardcore, melodic and downright...beautiful. Lead singer Dustinís vocals are usually strong, and when he has to scream, it sounds great. Itís not like a desperation scream that makes it seem like heís going to burst a blood vessel in his throat; he doesnít have to try that hard. Lead guitarist Teppeiís guitar playing is nothing short of consistent. He doesnít use those generic power chords all the time, making him seem at least a bit more creative. He might even throw in a little guitar solo somewhere.

For the past two weeks, I have listened to hardly anything but Thrice, but for the last few days I have tried to get into this album. I tried to find the little things that can make someone fall in love with an album, but this time was different. I tried harder than I usually have to. I didnít know what was going on so I decided to review it to help me find out.

Blah.

The Good:
- Teppeiís guitar playing is very consistent in terms of complexity and catchiness. Heís not exactly Steve Vai, but he shows that he has some skill and speed, such as in the Phoenix Ignition bridge, a few nice riffs in To What End, the bridge of Unquestioned Answers or the solo of In Your Hands. He also has a fun little opening riff on T&C, which is repeated throughout the song, and also a fast-paced and enjoyable solo.
- Teppei is also the background singer, and heís pretty damn good at that in almost every song. Notables are in the title song Identity Crisis, the second verse, mainly, the end of In Your Hands, and pretty much in all of Ultra Blue. This is important clearly because it makes the songs more enjoyable and he supports Dustin really well.
- Dustinís lyrics are great almost everywhere. From the title track [Draw this darkness out like poison/ stab, retrieve, again decline/ Help me drive the dagger deeper/ Trace with me explicit line] to Under Par [Judged for how I look, not for the good that I have done/ I try the best I can but it seems like Iím not the perfect son/ Shaped by God, and my volition/ and the seeds that you have sown/ but I ask you again, when does my life become my own?], he shows how poetic and creative he can be with his writing. Hell, even As the Ruin Falls, a 2 minute track, has good lyrics.
- Phoenix Ignition is a great song. It starts very country-like, which almost kills the other two parts of the song. It would succeed if the other two parts werenít so great. It turns very aggressive with a very strong guitar performance with its powerful power chords, quick drumming and screaming by Dustin. It also has good lyrics, with Like a phoenix ignition, like a crematorium/ Like a swelling volition from the barrel of a gun/ From the ashes and the embers, like a rocket Iíll ascend/ Like a cry gone up for a fallen friend. It then changes up again, slows down with Dustin screaming No regrets/ just rebirth/ move forward and ignite. The three part song, mainly because of the slow-fast-slow parts, reminds me of Paranoid Android of Radiohead, just not as good.
- This album is so consistent. There are virtually no bad songs, unless you count the filler The Next Day, which is composed of static, reminiscent of Toolís Useful Idiot, except there are little hints of guitar.

The Bad
- Eddie, the bass player, is barely audible. I found but a handful of signs of his existence in the very beginning of the title track, parts Unquestioned Answers, a cool little fill on To What End, a few seconds of A Torch to End All Torches and I hear him in parts of T&C. You can tell how low the bass is turned in Ultra Blue when there are many spots of no sound due to the guitar parts. You can clearly hear that thereís a bass, but itís amazingly quiet and you can barely make out the notes.
- The drumming is very basic, with simple beats that a beginner can play, with the exception of a few nice rolls and fills like in Phoenix Ignition. Several songs are off-beat too like A Torch to End All Torches, and Unquestioned Answers, which I can find rather annoying. But hey...is that double bass I hear in As the Ruins Fall?
- The beginning of Phoenix Ignition is way too country for me. Acoustic guitar with Dustin and Teppei singing does not fit with the rest of the song at all.
- Dustin screams in every song except In Your Hands. Thatís 9 songs (not including the filler). Yes, his scream can be enjoyable, but nearly every song? Thatís fucking annoying.
- The lyrics of T&C are a bit repetitive and even a little cheesy...if you will.
- This album is so consistent. There are virtually no stand out songs, all of them are just plain good. I think a standout wouldíve been Phoenix Ignition if it werenít for the crappy start.

Overall, I thought this was a good album, but Iím disappointed that Thrice came up with this. Itís not that bad because there are high points, like Dustinís lyrics and the fact that there are no bad songs. But the simple drumming, nearly non-existent bass and excessive the screaming bring it down too much. However, this leads up to their monster albums Vheissu and The Artist and the Ambulance, and you can clearly see where theyíre coming from with this album.

Overall Album Rating- 3.5/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Storm In A Teacup
February 21st 2006



12702 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This seems a bit rushed.

Neoteric
February 21st 2006



3243 Comments


It does but what you already have is great. Expand plz.

Hatshepsut
February 21st 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I would but I should be doing homework right now :upset:. But I will soon enough. ThanksThis Message Edited On 02.21.06

CushMG15
February 21st 2006



1802 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Teppie's Playing - No Mention of T & C?
Eddie's Playing - The bass "solo" in To What End.

Other than that, pretty solid review. Although I enjoy this album more than you do. I view this as a building block for Thrice, and a very impressive Debut.

Hatshepsut
February 21st 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, like I said, I'm gonna expand on it.

Hatshepsut
February 21st 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok so I edited it a little bit, but that's all I'm gonna have time for tonight. If you guys say so then I'll fix up some more tomorrow. Cheers.

Shiftyly
February 21st 2006



82 Comments


its okay if you dont like this album, Thrice themselves have dismissed this album, or there EP. But if you dont like this album cause between this and the illusion of safety, there was a very drastic change. My personal best for Thrice was the illusion of safety. okay review though

Hatshepsut
February 22nd 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Is the review any better?

DFelon204409
Emeritus
February 23rd 2006



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Reviewer, your Thrice upbringing was not defined by having this album (and IOS)and pooping your pants waiting for The Artist in the Ambulance to arrive. This CD is amazingly heartfelt and emotional. Homogeneous (but only compared to other THrice albums), simple (but only compared to other Thrice albums), and the intro to "Phoenix Ignition" is not country. It's awesome.

ktstein
February 23rd 2006



438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Man, I'm glad someone finally reviewed this. I dont necessarliy agree with you on some of the points you made, but overall, pretty good review. Ed had probably only been playing bass for a year and a half, maybe 2 when this came out. They probably had him turned down for that reason. You can see how much he's progressed if you listed to IOS, TAITA, or especially Vheissu. Anyways, I give this album an easy 4/5. T&C (NOT cheesy!!), Phoenix Ignition(really bad comparison to PA), Ultra Blue, Identity Crisis, and The Torch to End All Torches (coolest song title ever) are really awesome songs. The riffs for T&C and Identity Crisis are both fairly easy, and really similar...but they sound good if you want to learn them and impress someone. Hahaha! About the drumming...this is a punk-ish album, so there will be punk-ish drumming. And the T&C guitar solo still gives me goosebumps...especially the harmony part.

santi3hg
February 23rd 2006



440 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album was an awesome expression of raw energy and emotion. the band shows a lot of promises with this album and fulfilled with it, and his album shows there great technical abilities. bigger rating on this album from me.

STFDood84
February 23rd 2006



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this def. gets at least a 4. Great punk/melodic hardcore album in the vein of Good Riddance getting lovingly f*cked by Metallica, although it's rough in parts. And I don't mind punk drumming at all, listen to some NOFX dude... Erik Sandin does those kicks on ONE foot and basically makes it sound like a double-bass pedal... calling it basic doesn't translate to bad music. It's probably better than any first album my band will make, lol...

Tam-Tam
February 23rd 2006



93 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thrice are awesome. There is no discussion, there is no debate....this was however, their most clumsy work.
Still very good stuff though and not the least bit tiresome like so many others. They work real well together.

cbmartinez
February 23rd 2006



2525 Comments


Hm, where's my review for this. Anyway, this is definitely the weakest Thrice album. To hollow sounding. Some great tracks though namely the title track, "To What End," "Phoenix Ignition," "As The Ruin Falls," "Torch To End All Torches.' There are some pretty bad tracks though like "Ultra Blue" and "In Your Eyes."

Hatshepsut
February 23rd 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hm I've been listening to this album more and I'm thinking if I should push the rating up to a 3.5...

Thanks for the comments everyone.

STFDood84
February 24th 2006



179 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah dude... a 3 is pretty harsh. And not only that, IOS shats on TAITA so hard.

Hatshepsut
February 24th 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Fine.

ToWhatEnd
February 28th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was a great album and they have only gone uphill from there.
Thrice = pwnage

weerez1391
March 14th 2006



89 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

T & C=pwnage

rustysurf84
March 19th 2006



327 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eh, this is thrice in their rawest form by far.
i personally like this better than Vheissu but if it was refined a bit, this could truly be some great stuff



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