[MP3] Thrice – “Words In The Water”

they were honey on my lips, then a bitter twist in my side, i knew they’d lay me in my grave

♫ Thrice – Words In The Water

No matter where you stood on the early-aughts emo/hardcore/whatever scene, it’s hard to deny California’s Thrice as a musical behemoth beyond any genres. Early tracks like “Ultra Blue” and “Stare At The Sun” (all of The Artist In The Ambulance really) were huge for me. I fell off the Thrice train after 2005’s Vheissu but was always aware of their new releases and even sampled a track or two occasionally. Well perhaps it’s time I got back on the wagon because “Words In The Water,” from the band’s recently released 8th album Major/Minor, is hitting all the right notes. The slow burn cooks a batch of gentle guitars and tense drums under Dustin Kensrue’s signature voice, eventually boiling over into a piece of beautifully spacious hard rock that the band has seemed to perfected in their latter years. Plus, almost all the reviews I have seen are high praise. Time to find the record!

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  1. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Nice, Brandon. Like you, I kind of fell off Thrice for a while until a friend of mine introduced me to their  Alchemy Index.

    If you’re just getting into them again, Beggars and Major/Minor are absolutely fantastic (I love this track but my favorite is Anthology) but do yourself a favor and listen through The Alchemy Index. They travel through the four elements of Fire, Water, Air, and Earth and the styles of writing, production, and instrumentation all balance magically to recreate these elements. While listening, take notice of the final moments of the closing track of each element. While different, they each end in unison on the same chords.

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