Thrice
To Be Everywhere Is to Be Nowhere


4.0
excellent

Review

by Nick Mongiardo USER (134 Reviews)
May 27th, 2016 | 523 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thrice sound refreshed after a long hiatus and it makes for a welcome return.

It’s a breath of fresh air to finally hear Thrice playing music again. Their evolution has been nothing short of intriguing to experience. From their post hardcore roots to the sudden increase of dreamy atmospheric leanings, the band never managed to release any bad albums. In the process, they stayed true to themselves, clearly had fun with it and weren’t afraid to take things down a notch with Major/Minor. With their comeback album To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere, they continue down that path in favor of an even more hard rock/alternative rock driven atmosphere while remaining surprisingly consistent even nine albums later. Those beautiful atmospheric moments reminiscent of Vheissu still remain very much intact as well. Lyrically, Dustin doesn’t exactly shine here, but his voice boasts a raspy tone that reeks of charisma. Rest assured, Thrice are back and while it they may not be better than ever, it’s still a welcome return.

The band’s approach here proves to be very nuanced and cohesive this time around. For example, songs like “The Long Defeat” and “Stay With Me” juxtapose their soaring Vheissu esque atmospheric side and hard rock/alternative side of Major/Minor. Little bits of Fire and Water are thrown into the mix as well, but the album still stands on its own with plenty of character. Coupled with Dustin’s fantastic vocals and a stellar guitar sound on “Stay With Me,” Thrice manages to bring lots of genuine emotion to the table. The same goes for “The Long Defeat” as it gingerly fades away with soothing guitar melodies. This song also gives the album’s interlude “Seneca” a significant amount of emotional weight as it expands on the last minutes of “The Long Defeat” for a short while. “Salt and Shadow” also shows off the band’s solely dreamy side, with Dustin’s falsetto and spacey instrumentation paving the way. Thrice fans are in for a treat in terms of variety here.

In terms of chemistry, the band remains as connected as ever. Everyone has a chance to be heard at the perfect volume. The bass work is solid, the drums never falter and many riffs are memorable. However, Dustin often shines a lot brighter than everyone else. Over the years his voice has developed from that standard post hardcore voice to a raspy style with plenty of grit. Throughout the album he consistently provides compelling choruses and nails every high note. The albums powerful opener “Hurricane” is evidence of this, with Dustin passionately singing “It’s gonna rain till the levee breaks.” His voice plows through the beefy guitar sound so well he makes it sound easy. He also boasts some more dynamic energy on songs like “Black Honey” and “Death From Above.”

It feels so great to be able to welcome Thrice back with open arms. Their signature brand of post hardcore sounds and dreamy atmospheric elements still impresses after all these years. We witness the band continuing down their Major/Minor path while adding a little more heaviness to it and it's mostly for the better. With the exception of the truly subpar, simplistic and grating “Blood On The Sand,” Thrice’s comeback album sees them aging gracefully. It may not be their best outing, but it features enough spectacular hard rock esque instrumentation and engaging vocal sections to celebrate. Granted, it’s nothing too new for them, but their musicianship helps make for an exceptional experience and makes one eager to see what they have in store for the future.



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Mongi123
May 27th 2016


20532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Loving this album. The Long Defeat and Stay With Me are highlights. Any critiques are welcome!

TooManyFriends
May 27th 2016


3096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

stay with me is perfect. anyone who doesn't like that song should get a spiked boot to the nads

wayfaringstranger
May 27th 2016


223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Hurricane, Stay With Me, Whistleblower, Salt and Shadow, and Black Honey are just out of this world. Such an amazing return, easily my favorite band.

TalonsOfFire
Staff Reviewer
May 27th 2016


18664 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Over the years has voice has developed from that standard post hardcore voice to a raspy style with plenty of grit.




Great review Mongi, this is the only error I found.



Stoked to hear this, am planning on jamming M/M and this for the first time today.

Digging: Bon Iver - i,i

Mongi123
May 27th 2016


20532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks man, and yea definitely do it. Both are sweet records.

DinosaurJones
May 27th 2016


10108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Listening to M/M right now actually. I'll be getting this when I get out of work, I'm stoked to hear it.

Gyromania
May 27th 2016


28190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thrice have been stagnant for years now, constantly rehashing the same ideas and tired sounds. i haven't heard this yet but the singles sounded pretty generic. haven't been able to enjoy much from these guys since artist.

YoYoMancuso
May 27th 2016


12746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

great review, Danny DeVito. Almost done with my first listen, surprisingly not disappointed with this record

captaincrunch11
May 27th 2016


1527 Comments


This is incredible. I mean Thrice is already fantastic but damn...this is so refreshing and delicious.

jmh886
May 27th 2016


2394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

everyone is hating on blood on the sand. while clearly not their best they have a song along these lines on almost every album. all thats left, image of the invisible, all the world is mad, yellow belly (to a lesser extent). i find it enjoyable but merely ok for their standards.

wwf
May 27th 2016


6361 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

literally blows my mind that the average on this is so high



I mean it'll probably drop a few points but still

YoYoMancuso
May 27th 2016


12746 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I'm predicting it'll level out at either 3.8 or 3.9

Gyromania
May 27th 2016


28190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thrice are always overrated on sputnik tbh. same with brand new and other staples



gotta admit though, i just got to black honey and the hype is valid. most excited for the final track which i hear is one of their best songs in a while

DinosaurJones
May 27th 2016


10108 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Plus, a lot of new albums are overrated right after release, but tend to even out after some time.

TooManyFriends
May 27th 2016


3096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ye this will settle in at a fat 3.8

TomArnoldsArmpit
May 27th 2016


3081 Comments


yikes

jmh886
May 27th 2016


2394 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i predict an even four.

wwf
May 27th 2016


6361 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This deserves a 3.5 average tops

Gyromania
May 27th 2016


28190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

agreed with wwf. this is yet another w.e thrice album.



salt and shadow though, god damn...

Mongi123
May 27th 2016


20532 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Prob like 3.7-3.8 but who cares? Yea the closer is really beautiful and would be right at home on Water.



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