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Thursday - No Devolucion

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Posted: 04/10/2011 | Comments: 12 | Rate:

For my 200th review, I’m going to get a trip down memory lane and catch up with a band I haven’t paid much of any attention to in about 8 years, Thursday. 2001’s Full Collapse launched the band into post-hardcore stardom. I feel that from the fall of that year when the album was released to the conclusion of the summer in 2003, I must have seen Thursday about 20 times. I felt like I was seeing them atleast once a month between festival appearances, scheduled tour dates, or just popping up at random on a show in town last minute. Needless to say that by the time that War All The Time, their most commercial success, came out I was already burnt out of the (at the time) five-some from New Jersey.

Since I lost track of what the band has been doing, aside from hearing a song here and there, the bands 6th release, No Devolucion is the first time I’m sitting down to listen to a Thursday record in its entirety. That’s not to say that I’m completely clueless as to their history. I remember being at a party and hearing probably half the of the A City By The Light Divided record. While I wasn’t able to completely focus on the music due to other distractions, I was surprised to hear the amount of different genre elements incorporated. If I recall correctly I heard stuff that should have been on a U2 record mixed almost near perfectly with stuff that was very grindcore in nature. It still sounded like Thursday but was not 100% the same band I was familiar with. There seemed to be a lot of chaos in their evolution.

Unfortunately for this review, I’m pretty ignorant to any of the material that made its way onto Common Existence with the exception of the songs Last Call and Resuscitation Of A Dead Man, because they leaked years prior. There were other songs that were apart of that leak that made it on this album but for the life of me I can’t remember anything about them. I’ve read up on the album to find that this one is a lot more focused than A City By The Light Divided and is more reminiscent of War All The Time and Full Collapse, although still progressing through experimentation.

This leads me to the bands newest release, No Devolucion. When I was first presented with this record I kind of laughed to myself. It’s been so many years that I have listened to this band that I felt the music that I was about to hear would be dated. I anticipated that it would be a nice little nostalgia trip and when the disc ended I was going to already be over it. It seems that Thursday almost has the same feelings towards the genre in which they started. I absolutely loved Waiting. Full Collapse was a great way of taking that style and perfecting it. But in 2003, I was beyond that wave of emo/post-hardcore. I had moved on to the next thing and really just left Thursday behind.

It seems that Thursday left that same band back in 2003 as well. What I found myself listening too on this record was such leaps and bounds beyond what they were doing 8 years ago that I almost want to forget those first two records exist. Showing off their true level of musicianship the band creates and unbelievable sense of atmosphere and ambience. They surely don’t sound like the Deftones but a lot of the melodies used on this record had me thinking about Diamond Eyes. The use of the keyboards and synths, that I didn’t even know the band had, gives the listener the idea that they’ve been listening to a lot of 80’s new wave like New Order and The Cure. Geoff Rickly’s soft vocals, delivering his trademark melancholy lyrics, are the perfect fit for the sound around them. The little bit of “hardcore” that the band ever had, even in their early days, is almost non-existent on this record. That’s a good thing. It’s allowing them to step out of a genre and define their own. They seem to be constantly moving forward and that’s only going to make for better records.

Production wise this album is perfect. Dave Fridmann was able to take all the stimulation thrown at him and l

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Comments
8====D
66,357 Posts
35/F/PA
Give me the CD so I can listen to it.
Stoked,Pumped
11,858 Posts
33/M/PA
Well written review. Makes me wanna check out the record. I'm in the same boat with their most recent releases. After war all the time, which I loved, I totally lost track of the band.
cumb0ner
14,013 Posts
30/M/PA
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vanilla gorilla
213,232 Posts
38/M/PA
this has made me want to check this out.
Woooo!
27,787 Posts
43/M/PA
Originally posted by: cbrickhouse

this has made me want to check this out.

breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
33/M/NY
Originally posted by: Lifetime74

Originally posted by: cbrickhouse

this has made me want to check this out.

awesome
595 Posts
36/M/ID
I've been a diligent follower of all things Thursday since I first heard "How long is the night?" blasting from a friend's dorm room in fall of 2001. I liked War All the Time, and while it was commercial, it also had some amazing melodies and a lot of emotion, which is usually lost when one mentions "commercial success."

A City by the Light Divided and Common Existence both still make frequent appearances in my playlist, as Thursday has never come out with an album that duplicated any prior sound. Every album is a serious artistic progression from the one before, and in that sense, I could see No Devolucion coming from a mile away. Especially with Divided, they began to embrace a much more ethereal, distorted (not in the guitar sense of the word) and fluid sound than they ever had before. A huge synth presence was embraced, with more irregular vocals and hooks that were dramatically less apparent.

My only complaint about No Devolucion is that it's almost totally lacking that driving beat that, combined with layered guitars and vocals, defines Thursday for me. As Thursday originated with Waiting and Full Collapse, I see this newer venture in sound a departure from their roots. I still like it, but Thursday is almost totally redefined at this point, and they're just not quite the band that they once were, in terms of how they fit my taste. Basically, there's no rock and roll left in them, which if you go back to Cross Out the Eyes, At This Velocity, Last Call, Friends in the Armed Forces...it's an integral part of their sound. I don't think of it as the "hardcore" but just the straight up ass-kicking element that they always employed.

Altogether, though, still a fantastic album. Amazingly contextual, thoughtful and artistic. Thursday will forever be in my top three bands, right next to BTBAM and Circa Survive.
a quarter chord
1,135 Posts
35/M/CA
Can't wait to hear this. Very good review, probably wouldn't have even checked it out without it.
I have no legs!
8,535 Posts
29/M/PA
Originally posted by: kyle_n

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Woooo!
27,787 Posts
43/M/PA
I tried to get into the new album, but it was not happening.
a quarter chord
1,135 Posts
35/M/CA
I think it will take some time for me to get into it. Definitely a change. I haven't listened to more than 2 songs in a row off any album since War All the Time. I wish it had some of that more driving sound they used to have. I do really like the clean yelling vocal parts in a few of the songs.
vanilla gorilla
213,232 Posts
38/M/PA
after listening to a few songs, i still have no idea what to think about this

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