Thursday
War All the Time


4.0
excellent

Review

by Michael Roberts USER (99 Reviews)
June 22nd, 2006 | 52 replies | 6,826 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Somewhere in between the words brutal, brilliant, and beautiful a description of Thursday is found. Hailing from New Jersey, they have made quite a name for themselves since the early 21st century. Their 2001 album Full Collapse is considered by many to be an extremely significant release for the modern day post-hardcore scene. Well following such a landmark album is no easy challenge, especially when it is your major label debut. Remarkably, Thursday delivered the goods once again with releasing War All The Time on Island Records. The album helped secure their place as one of the premier leaders of post-hardcore.

If there were any doubts of a huge change in sound they will soon be washed away with as soon as the first notes of For the Workforce, Drowning hit the listener’s ears. It is quite the energetic opener as its intro is very hard hitting. When singer Geoff Rickley’s voice comes in, the beauty is truly revealed. He has a very enjoyable voice to say the least and a powerful, raw scream to back it up. Many consider his voice to be slightly whinny; but it is more of an acquired taste than anything. Regardless of that, he truly is a perfect fit for the band, as his voice always seems to fit the music incredibly well whether it is heavy or soft. His lyrics often shown discontent and have a very frantic mood to them. Intensity is always felt from his wonderfully written lyrics, especially in the opener.

“And we're up to our necks,
Drowning in the seconds,
Ingesting the morning commute
Lost in a dead subway sleep
Now we lie wide awake in our parents' beds
Tossing and turning tomorrow we'll get up
Drive to work, single file
With everyday it's like the last.
Waiting for the life to start, is it always just ahead of the curve?"


A lot of the lyrics focus of issues that a general society can relate to, and at times in this album is very political. The themes are a definite plus, as it is something that separates Thursday from the vast amount of bands who’s lyrics are infested will lost romance tales. While they show vast amounts of angst, they reach onto different subjects than others do not. Despite the negative themes at times, there is never an overly gloomy mood on the record. It seems that the tracks are well balanced with their atmospheres, as a primary mood never overtakes another. The record is not overly depressing or extremely happy; rather it is a perfectly stabile equilibrium of the two. That being out there, the same can be said about the tempo of the record. Thursday has always been capable of producing a great mix of softer melodies with harder hitting sections, and this continues to be the case throughout the record. Marches and Maneuvers opens with a mid tempo intro that builds up very reminiscent to Autobiography of a Nation from FC. Geoff’s vocals have a lot of variety throughout the track, and his transitions from singing to screaming are absolutely flawless. The song itself contains plenty of variation between slower delicate parts to at times chaotic sections.

The title track War All The Time is one of the more depressing songs on the album. Overall a gloomy mood arises for the majority of the track. The music and lyrics just really take a hold on the listener and everything seems to move in slow motion.

“War all of the time
In the shadow of the New York skyline
We grew up too fast, falling apart
Like the ashes of American flags
If the sun doesn't rise
We'll replace it with an H-bomb explosion"


Its slow opening leads into a soft verse and chorus, which works great. With about a minute remaining things start to pick up as the distortion kicks in with full effect and a nice riff playing behind the rhythm section. While its feel is slightly different than the majority of the album, it still features all of the wonderful qualities the record has. Throughout the CD, the wonderfully written lyrics, solid guitar rhythms and riffs, great vocals, and variation filled drumming seem to persist. No matter what style of music the band is playing, they seem to maintain all of these elements. This simple reason is why War All The Time is a fantastic listen.

It seems that when many bands try to make an album with variation, their signature strengths seem to dissolve away. Thursday is certainly an exception to this; as it seems the band is extremely capable of touching onto many different styles of music. Not only does the band incorporate various types of music, but they also use many different styles of song structure. The mass amount of variety is still pulled off very successfully and convincingly. This is no Full Collapse; rather it is expanding on that and taking a step down a slightly different path. This is proof that Thursday is not going to go down as one album heroes. They have a long lasting sound and enough creativity to keep things coming for an extensive amount of time. With War All The Time, Thursday made an ideal major label debut and have secured their place as successful post-hardcore musicians for the modern era.

Final Rating: 4/5



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Comments:Add a Comment 
cbmartinez
June 22nd 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Their weakest album. The first couple songs, minus Division Street, are pretty breathtaking though. But a couple of the songs on hear try way too hard to be these sing along, emo anthems for the kids, especially the title track. Plus, it's a little overproduced. But you can see how it was the transition from their quieter Full Collapse sound to their grandoise A City By The Light... sound.

3/5

f_u_c_t
June 22nd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ ill have to disagree and say that this is my fav. Thursday album, just because the songs appeal to me a bit more. And was my starter Thurday album.

cbmartinez
June 22nd 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Keep listening to Full Collapse my friend.

Hatshepsut
June 22nd 2006



1997 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. I don't like Full Collapse all that much, even though it's not a bad album.

f_u_c_t
June 22nd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ive heard Full Collapse, all as much as i had War All the Time, and City By the Light Divided, and to me its their weakest.

cbmartinez
June 22nd 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It pains me to hear that.

Full Collapse299
June 22nd 2006



507 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Great review! This was my first Thursday album and I absolutley love this album. But after listening to Full Collapse, I like that more.

metallicaman8
June 22nd 2006



4677 Comments


Excellent review as usual.

Pyramidman
June 22nd 2006



1340 Comments


now, im not sure if ive typed this elsewhere, and im not sur if this is true anyway, but ive been told that whatever you first thursday album was isthe one youll prefer more

its true for me anyway

i dont have ACBTLD though
:-(

f_u_c_t
June 22nd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^ i can believe that. And i can believe that that can go the same way with any bands album. I dont know why, but they oughta try to prove that theory.

ToWhatEnd
June 23rd 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That is actually sort of interesting. The first underOATH CD I heard was They're Only Chasing Safety which is defintely not my favorite. Aside from that and some other exceptions, that theory is correct for me.

f_u_c_t
June 23rd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

what? but this isnt Underoath

Pyramidman
June 23rd 2006



1340 Comments


hes just respondin to what you said that it can go like that with any bandThis Message Edited On 06.23.06

ToWhatEnd
June 23rd 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And i can believe that that can go the same way with any bands album.
....?!



The Jungler
June 23rd 2006



4827 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

He was responding to Thursday's theory


f_u_c_t
June 23rd 2006



1406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol@ our confusion. Sorry ToWhatEnd, i had a brain fart. Yeah for the most part, that theory is usually right. A good amount of my fav. albums are the ones that ive first heard from whatever band. What can we do on this site to prove this. Take a poll maybe?

cbmartinez
June 23rd 2006



2525 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I got Identity Crisis by Thrice as my first album and it's my least favorite.

ToWhatEnd
June 25th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You know if you were to ask me what's my least favorite Thrice album I would have a VERY tough time answering. TAITA was the first I heard so obviously the theory checks out correctly there. We should take a poll or something, it would be interesting.

Has anyone else caught Thursday on this years Warped Tour or at previous shows?



ToWhatEnd
June 25th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And capitalize it or something else?

ToWhatEnd
June 25th 2006



3172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

X-Mas come early, now I'm going to stop spamming in my own review. Or maybe not....



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