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War All the Time

Thursday

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Album Review

While the number of youthful groups of men in form-fitting T-shirts performing pensive, often anguished post-hardcore music punctuated with arty lyrical references has become overgrown and/or ridiculous in the past few years, New Jersey's Thursday deserves props for putting all of its fragile eggs in a huge, well-appointed major-label basket. War All the Time, its Island debut, arrives grandiose and gatefolded, with moody, urban impressionist artwork and a thank-you list that lasts for miles. Helmed by longtime Thursday producer Sal Villanueva and mixed by Rumblefish, the album rocks on the dynamics between singing and screaming, between rage unleashed and thoughts cast inward. Lyrically, the band's earnestness is admirable. "In the spring, you will bloom, like her heart"; "We'll douse ourselves in gasoline and hang our bodies from the lampposts" — coupled with musings on suicide and life's never-ending grind, vocalist Geoff Rickly and his mates are providing diary material for 10,000 lonely teenagers. But despite its righteous gospel, startling dynamic shifts, and hurtling minor-chord choruses, War inevitably begins to resemble one long, 40-minute song. Touches of programming, plenty of overdubs, and some piano do help to separate things, especially on the raw, dirge-like "This Song Brought to You By a Falling Bomb," a respectable brother to U2's "October." But an identically spiraling guitar line twists its way through both "Asleep in the Chapel" and "Steps Ascending," and despite his emotional delivery and obvious erudition, Rickly's bloodied-knuckle lyricisms start to run together over the endlessly crushing mid-tempos. The framework of the new, thinking man's hardcore movement that Thursday marches in is guided by the principles of its martial predecessor. Uniformity in style and the common themes of disaffection and social rebellion have always rallied the youth around the records. But as more and more groups climb out of the steadily glowing underground embers and bask in the glow of major-label fireworks, that signature sound is becoming dangerously homogenized. Credit Thursday with an album that doesn't dilute its lyrics or fervor. But in the quest for a new musical rebellion, the song is starting to remain the same.

Customer Reviews

The Band How Defined The Scene, Re-Defines It.

I got it all wrong when I first put in the new Thursday record. I put it in and instantly started comparing it to "Full Collapse," the revolutionary emocore record that shocked a generation. I became a victim to my own demise, and found myself disappointed initially. I'm so glad I lifted that off my shoulders, because when I realized this record is not a "Full Collapse," my resent turned into appreciation. Suddenly, I realized, I don't want another "Full Collapse." Thursday not only matured, they got improved, and slowly my empathy for this album has grown. Obviously, between this record and "Full Collapse," a lot of angst is apparent in Geoff's voice. That's what takes them away from the full-frontal pop hooks and sing-a-long melodies that I so cherished in their previous efforts, and transformed the band. Now their sound is, believe it or not, original, but keen to their roots. Sure, the "hooks" and poppiness of Geoff's smooth voice still rise above the drilling guitars, but that's not what to focus on. Gladly, the band has decided to round themselves out, balancing smooth vocals with angry, layered guitar melodies. The sound is so deep, and infectious, that I just know this will last longer than most of the processed stuff coming out these days. The guitars bounce and churn, as they used to, but you can hear a little more influence in the band's style. I discovered the truth that a band who defined the scene has the ability to redefine it, and that's exactly what Thursday does on this new album. The lyrics? Still with that political angst, a depth you can rarely find in many of today's mechanized bands. The title track personally depicts a scarred nation, reflecting on the September 11 attacks. I could pump out the numerous specifics, and point out the many dropoffs, anguished vocals, and clean layering that filters through the millions of guitar lines on this CD, but all in all, the only thing I can say is that the new Thursday record is, by all means, revolutionary.

The Start Of Something Great! (Responses To The Close-Minded)

As many know,or should know,Thursday is one of the few was one of few artists to start the genre of post-grunge-otherwise known as emo.Many a person would have you believe that "emo" stands for something bad,such as slitting your wrists,wearing makeup and tight jeans,and crying.However,while I am,not by definition emo,I have to disagree.I'm sick and tired of browsing reviews of artists such as Taking Back Sunday,Hawthorne Heights,and My Chemical Romance to find reviews stating that the people who listen to these artists cut their wrists or wear eyeliner.Really,preassuming that everyone who listens to that genre is emo,now that's a bit absurd.I listen to these bands,does that make me emo?No,it most certainly does not,and if you disagree I'd be happy to get some feedback.Like I was stating before I cleared 45% of itunes reviewers good names,Thursday pratically invented post-grunge,being brilliant at it then and now.They are one of few bands that can reinvent their own sound and make it sound completely different at the same time.Standout tracks would have to be "War All the Time","For the Workforce,Drowning",and "Signals over the Air",,just to name a few.This cd is most definitely something to put on your shopping list.Being their first major release,and having the impact that it did changed the music scene to what we know today.It obviously worked look at how many "Fall Out Boys" we have.Case in point.

its time for a little bit of thursday on this thurday =]

theyre good so i gave them five stars.. but it's really only a matter of time until you see them on MTV. and then I won't like them anymore because all the MTVers will listen to them and think that they had them first.

Biography

Formed: 1997 in New Brunswick, NJ

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A significant player in the early 21st century's post-hardcore scene, Thursday formed in 1997 in New Brunswick, NJ. Led by vocalist Geoff Rickly, the band's initial lineup also included bassist Tim Payne, drummer Tucker Rule, and guitarists Steve Pedulla and Tom Keeley. After issuing their debut, 1999's Waiting, through the New York-based indie label Eyeball Records, the band signed to Chicago's influential Victory label for 2001's Full Collapse. Tours alongside Boy Sets Fire and Sparta helped support...
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