Thrice
The Alchemy Index Vol. I: Fire


4.0
excellent

Review

by Eucatastrophe CONTRIBUTOR (78 Reviews)
November 29th, 2014 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A swansong from which rose a phoenix...

In 2005, Thrice bet their very existence on a dangerous gamble. Vheissu saw the group venture into a completely foreign realm of sound musically for the group up until that point and to say it was received well would be an understatement. Thrice was evolving, and nothing was going to stop the inevitable transformation. In a way, Volume I: Fire can be considered the band’s homage to their early career. In many other ways however, Volume I: Fire is the heaviest the band has ever been. Dustin’s voice has never roared with the ferocity he displays throughout these tracks, which are beautifully actualized by thick, hazy ambient hums and a sweltering dissonance produced by Teppei Teranishi’s guitars.

Throughout Volume I: Fire’s run time, the listener is certainly beaten over the head with the EP’s concept, but through the band’s newly found nuanced songwriting and sampling the songs never come off as contrived or gimmicky. The EP maintains a methodical pace throughout which allows for the concept to retain relevance musically without devolving into the aforementioned gimmicky status. A good amount of variety is also displayed as effects-laden and blistering “The Messenger” has the band at their most overtly violent while the more pensive “Burn The Fleet” brings together sounds from both Volume I and II of the Index while telling the tale of a doomed voyage on burning seas. Where Volume I: Fire really captures its concept is with the closing track “The Flame Deluge”, which is every bit as violent as “The Messenger” while adding a palpable aura of hopelessness to the mix which really cemented the band’s dedication to their new musical direction.

Volume I: Fire was fan’s last glimpse into the hidden beast within Thrice. The band would go on to create some fantastically emotional and thought-provoking songs in later releases but the energy and fervor brought forth on this EP was both completely familiar and an all too brief flash of what could have been had minds and motivations not changed. And while Volume 1: Fire doesn’t encapsulate it’s element as fully or elegantly as Volume II: Water did, both its familiar energy and bombastic violence served to prove that this was one band who had the vision to create whatever they wanted.



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Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2014


16110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry I don't have a stream =(

Mongi123
November 28th 2014


20296 Comments


Nice dude! Water and Air are definitely my favs though.

cryptside
November 28th 2014


2397 Comments


Awesome review, awesome release. Agreed that it was a downhill slump going forward from the The Alchemy Index collection.

cryptside
November 28th 2014


2397 Comments


Water is probably my favorite, but I liked Earth better than Air.

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2014


41590 Comments


Except Beggars is the best
Nice review and agreed that Flame Deluge is absolutely soul-crushing

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Mongi123
November 28th 2014


20296 Comments


M/M is pretty sweet though. It's prob a tie between Water and Air though for the best in the Alchemy Index.

indigonowhere
Emeritus
November 28th 2014


10727 Comments


Volume I: Fire was fan’s last glimpse into the hidden beast within Thrice.

Agreed. There are some fierce songs on here

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
November 28th 2014


18260 Comments


About time this got a review, great job. pos'd.

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Gyromania
November 28th 2014


26825 Comments


Nice dude! Water and Air are definitely my favs though. [2]

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2014


16110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks everybody!

treeqt.
November 28th 2014


16962 Comments


were they ever even individually released?

Calc
Contributing Reviewer
November 28th 2014


16110 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no lol, but they are on this site separately

KerfuffleinaHussle
November 29th 2014


1033 Comments


only heard my first few thrice songs a day or two ago and have some albums downloaded and ready to jam. seems like good shit.

KerfuffleinaHussle
November 29th 2014


1033 Comments


only heard my first few thrice songs a day or two ago and have some albums downloaded and ready to jam. seems like good shit.

TheSupernatural
November 29th 2014


1835 Comments


I thought it was Water > Fire > Air > Earth, but that's just me. All the Alchemy Indexes are pretty good though. I generally prefer their first four albums but when it's Thrice, you really can't go wrong.

Mongi123
November 29th 2014


20296 Comments


Kerfuffle you won't regret trying out Vhessiu it's amazing.

PappyMason
November 29th 2014


5702 Comments


Nice dude! Water and Air are definitely my favs though. [3]

Yeah, that Water disc is something else! I jammed that a couple of days ago and it's just as beautiful as I remember.

I liked some of the ideas on 'Beggars' too.
I probably need to jam 'Major/Minor' again though, out of all of Thrice's albums it's the one I remember the least.

Apollo
November 29th 2014


10680 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Burn The Fleet is one of Thrice's best songs. Probably one of the favourite bands of all time.

KerfuffleinaHussle
November 30th 2014


1033 Comments


"Kerfuffle you won't regret trying out Vhessiu it's amazing"

Jammed it for the first time yesterday and it blew me away. That tapping lick in Of Dust and Nations is just awesome.

I like this whole Alchemy Index idea so might have to pick up one of these next.

trackbytrackreviews
November 30th 2014


3382 Comments


Artist > Vheissu



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