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this album just completely blew me away, i honestly consider this to be one of the finest alt/metal albums of the last 10 years ago. Whilst have experimented with their sound on every release this is the first one which saw them totally change tack, introducing a much sludgier heavy low sound. Soaring uplifting vocals throughout there really isn't a bad track on the entire cd.
It really mixed fans opinions as their previous stuff was a lot faster and to the point and similar to quite popular screamo/emo type bands at the time, now they sit more in favour with Tool, dredg, circa survie etc.
The Artwork is just lush and the digipack and special edition digipack show this off even more.
if i had to pick a fave it would probably be 'like moths top flame' ooh and 'of dust of nations'
they then went on to produce the alchemy index which only showcases their incredible range and talent for songwriting..
Thrice have already been one of the most progressive rock bands around - Illustrated by their evolution over their recorded work. Their album before this 'The Artist and the Ambulance' showed signs of the bands branching out from their original thrash/hardcore roots as they introduced greater elements of melody and dynamics into the mix. This progression has carried on with 'Vheissu'.
It start with the morse coded intro of 'Image of the Invisible' before exploding into the powerful chorus, showing a thicker, more sedate price than some of their previous work. Album highlight 'The Earth will Shake' is a monster - Grinding guitar work over guttural screaming before the chain-gang style breakdown
The attractively orchestrated 'Music Box' adds more colour to the Thrice palette before moving through the gears again. Add into the mix the mature balladry of 'Red Sky' and 'Atlantic' and you have a complete work of metallic age, one that will last through the ages
Although released three years ago now, this still stands up as Thrice's most impressive work in my opinion. The band have continued their huge progression with their recently released EP collection 'The Alchemy Index', forming their songs around the four elements; Fire, Water, Air and Earth.
While this may be too pretentious for some people, 'Vheissu' briges the gap between 'The Artist in the Ambulance' and 'The Alchemy Index' perfectly.
The songwriting on this album really is exceptional, combining all four minds of the band to provide an awesome listening experience. The first standout track of the album is 'Between the End and Where We Lie', as it demonstrates the willingness of Thrice to experiment away from the safety which they could so easily rely on. The following track 'The Earth Will Shake' can only be described as a mammoth of a song, with guitars tuned to Drop A, it makes the song sound huge, especially with power of Dustin Kensrue's more aggressive vocal style.
Reading the notes that accompany the special edition of this album gives the album more depth, as each band member discusses each song. It makes you listen even closer to the songs on 'Vheissu', which are already packed with different layers to discover on each listen.
As for the heavier tracks on the album such as 'Hold Fast Hope', 'Like Moths to Flame' and the ending to 'For Miles', they all have a new dimension compared to the 'heavy' songs Thrice used to write. The end of 'For Miles' is epic, as is the whole song. The song breaks down into a 'calm before the storm' section and then breaks into an ending of powerful vocals with a perfect accompanying riff from Teppei Teranishi which closes the song perfectly.
As for the lyrical content of the songs on this album, Kensrue uses his knowledge of literature, films and religion to good effect. 'Like Moths to Flame' in particular has a religious tone to it, but not so much in a way that it is not accessible to people that are not familiar with religious stories, as this is one of the best songs on the album.
I can't praise this album enough though, there is not one bad song on it. It is still underrated by many, especially in the UK, as singles 'The Image of the Invisible' and 'Red Sky' barely got any exposure, unless you happened to be flicking through late night alternative music channels or radio stations.
Overall, brilliant album from an a band that continue to progress and make something fresh and new each time they write.
Thrice hadn't been around for a while when they released this album in 2005, however when they came back they proclaimed to have a new, 'more mature' sound. When bands say this I often worry as more often than not it means that the band are now taking themselves too seriously and as a result their quality is compromised in favour of an 'experimental' album of utter rubbish. Thankfully this is not the case here, with Thrice once again bringing out a brilliant album.
Opening track 'Image of the Invisible' will right away unveil the bands new sound, and this song is definitely one of my favourites on the album. Here the band show that not only have they matured musically, but their song writing skills have also improved tenfold and they are lyrically now better than they ever have been before. The band head into unknown territory on this album, with the opening track alone containing far more lyrical depth than everything the band have ever written before put together. I genuinely think that the band spent a lot of time writing and planning for this release as they are musically sound here and lyrically sublime.
Tracks such as 'Hold Fast Hope,' 'Music Box,' and 'Of Dust and Nations' will remind hardcore Thrice fans of the music of old and will probably put a smile on their face for nostalgic value. Sure, these songs don't have as much bite as their counterparts in the bands earlier albums 'The Illusion of Safety' or 'The Artist in the Ambulance,' however they still contain a lot of bite and I feel that they are much better written tracks than anything that appeared on either of these albums.
I remember way back when receiving a 'The Illusion of Safety' album sampler and being mightily impressed with what I heard. Back in 2002, Thrice were a driving force in what was then perceived to be the 'Emo' scene of the time along with bands such as Thursday and Taking Back Sunday, with home grown talent in the form of Funeral For a Friend storming out later that year with the almighty Mighty Atom EP 'Between Order and Model.' Sure, back then Funeral For a Friend were nothing more than an underground phenomenon, however since then have shown signs of 'maturing' themselves and shown how that can not always be a good thing. Whereas Funeral For a Friend have seemingly got progressively less exciting with every album, with the release of 'Vheissu' in 2005 Thrice really showed that they are still a band that desperately deserve your full undivided attention.
Thrice may well have lost a few fans with this release as it definitely shows a more melodic, less Hardcore sound for them - however I still think that they are one of the best bands at what they do and hopefully we will hear a lot more from Thrice in the future. They have been around for a long time now, and with 'Vheissu' prove that not only are they still capable of writing great music, but also that they are showing great signs of maturity unrivalled by any other bands in the scene. Since 'Vheissu' the band have gone on to record 'The Alchemy Index Vols. I-IV', the first two volumes were released as a double-disc feature in October 2007 and the last two are set to be unveiled later this year in April. It is a concept album with the four discs representing the elements of earth, water, fire, and air; although I'm yet to hear it I'm greatly excited to find where Thrice went next after releasing this fantastic album that is 'Vheissu'. This is an album that I would wholeheartedly recommend to all.
Release Date: October 17th 2005
Originally posted by me on my website Alt-UK.com
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Image Of The Invisible
2 Between The End And Where We Lie
3 The Earth Will Shake
5 For Miles
6 Hold Fast Hope
7 Music Box
8 Like Moths To Flame
9 Of Dust And Nations
10 Stand And Feel Your Worth
11 Red Sky