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Album Review

Irvine, CA-based quartet Thrice are oft-described as “the Radiohead of heavy music,” and true to that somewhat grandiose tag, their music transcends nearly all of the genre-bound strictures of the metal, hardcore, and punk that have been woven into their post-hardcore DNA. Beggars, the group’s seventh album, wisely sidesteps some of the indulgences of their ambitious (but flawed) EP series, The Alchemy Index. Containing all of the progressive fire of that series, tempered by a straightforward and honest approach to songcraft, the album delivers a lot of what longtime Thrice fans have been clamoring for (colossal, heavy riffs) while striving for a sound that won’t alienate newer, more mainstream, listeners.

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Emotionally Mature and Utterly Compelling

If it's one thing Thrice have managed to achieve so well over the years, it's how to change their musical tone without compromising lyrical brilliance into what can be summed up as utterly astounding music. Far from the screaming and headbanging of the Illusion of Safety era, the quartet have produced something mellowed down, still with superb lyrics and for the first time ever, Groove. From the pounding bass on the opening track, the ethereal ambience of Circles, the haunting of Wood and Wire to the acceptance 'we are beggars all' on the closing track this is a fantastic audible tour-de-force of immersive brilliance that will keep you hooked for many listens to come. Personal favourites go to The Weight, Doublespeak (for the groove) and Wood and Wire. In short i'm finding it hard to find a reason not to own this fantastic record now. Also buy the CD when it comes out on September 15th as it has five extra tracks as well. You owe it to your ears to do both

Stepping even further out of the box. Amazing.

As pushed forward as the release was it in no way hindered the final product. This is to me a further evolution of the style the air and earth discs were written in and stands without compare. The music and lyrics have matured further, songs like 'The Weight' and the title track 'Beggars' were instant classics to me, not that it's easy to call favourites on an album so consistant. Basically, I've followed thrice from their first album and heard many other bands in the mean time. I wouldnt bother with a rrack by track analysis or waste to much of your time giving my opinions as the record simply needs to be heard to be done justice. To any one who asks I've always said thrice are probably the best band in the world and with Beggars, they've proved me right yet again.

Blessing or curse

Released early owing to the ever increasing prevalence of internet theft and piracy, it is hard to say whether the early release of this album is a blessing or a curse. Surely for fans it is a blessing, released a month or two earlier than the anticipated date and with the promise of five bonus tracks on its full physical release, what more could we ask for, perhaps for their collective hands not to be forced? Undoubtedly this is a curse for the band having put their heart and soul into its creation and the tangible sense of anticipation in reaching the official release date only to find some snivelling weasel has hacked the vagrant promo section and unleashed a 'watermarked' mix on to the internet, it must be exceptionally frustrating! The band have sought to create a more melodic and organic album in Beggars and on first listen it's clearly more whimsical than the Alchemy Index (but by no means is this Thrice-lite), which is no suprise given that body of work contains some of the most intense and perhaps claustrophobic music in the genre. In a time when so much music is transient and contrived, Beggars proves that Thrice are a truly dynamic force.

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Irvine, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The post-hardcore quartet Thrice formed in 1998 in Irvine, California. Guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge all knew each other from high school and the neighborhood skate park, and the usual round of practices, music competitions, and local gigs helped hone their new band's sound. By late 1999, Thrice had amassed enough material to cut a proper record. Working with Death by Stereo's Paul Miner, the quartet recorded...
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