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Thrice: Red SkyRed Sky (2006)
Island Records

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Thrice is determined to have everyone hear their B-sides. Between 2005's If We Could Only See Us Now, iTunes, video games, vinyls, and this EP, Thrice will have released most of their known B-Sides to the public. Is this good or bad? Well, Thrice's B-sides have always been hit or miss. "Flags of .
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Thrice is determined to have everyone hear their B-sides. Between 2005's If We Could Only See Us Now, iTunes, video games, vinyls, and this EP, Thrice will have released most of their known B-Sides to the public. Is this good or bad?

Well, Thrice's B-sides have always been hit or miss. "Flags of Dawn" is a kind of slow-paced ballad that may appeal to you if your favorite tracks from their latest album were the slower tracks. Lead singer Dustin Kensrue displays his strong vocal abilities here, while the rest of the track is just kind of boring.

"Weight of Glory" sees Thrice summoning some more hardcore elements, along with a more experimental side. I'd like to think they were listening to some Mars Volta while recording this. Dustin growls and yells his way through this track, while guitarist Teppei Teranishi gets a little more showcase here. The track closes with almost a minute of piano and drum beats, which actually enhances the song a little.

The rest of the EP's 6 tracks are comprised of live acoustic tracks, including a rendition of "Under a Killing Moon," from their 2003 effort The Artist in the Ambulance, along with "For Miles," "Red Sky," and "Of Dust and Nations" from Vheissu.

"Under a Killing Moon" is kind of refreshing to hear acoustic, but nothing really impressive. "For Miles" is stripped of its harder edge as an acoustic track, which doesn't really hurt it too much. I think the vocals could have used more energy, though. "Red Sky" is simply awesome as an acoustic track, becoming a little more folksy and a little less of a ballad; the song benefits a lot from the acoustic makeover. But it's not just that. Dustin Kensrue's performance is full of passion. Out of Thrice's many acoustic tracks, this is certainly the best. "Of Dust and Nations," my personal favorite track from Vheissu, loses too much energy as an acoustic track, and it's just kind of boring.

Overall, this EP just doesn't feel complete. "Lullaby," Thrice's most lyrically interesting (but musically boring) song from the Vheissu sessions is absent, and the live tracks just kind of seem like throw-ins. With only two new tracks, the band could have just offered this EP as a download.

Conclusion: This EP is for the fans (who didn't already have all of the tracks) and no one more.

 

 
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i-hate-winnipeg (July 21, 2007)

whoops... i only put one star. that's okay.

i-hate-winnipeg (July 21, 2007)

they did a good cover of Minor Threat's Seeing Red/Screaming at a Wall & for that, they get 2 stars...

coldwaffles (July 13, 2007)

i really hate my review for this. score is for my writing.

Coldwaffles (April 25, 2006)

"No intensity, no soul and no good songs.....this band (and a million of their copy cats and peers everywhere) should just take a long walk off a short bridge. I want something new and I want it now.....I'm sick of having to watch live shows from the early 80's to get my fix of intensity and raw energy."

Western Addiction? Hahaha.

Anonymous (April 24, 2006)

When will Island drop these guys?

You can't polish a turd...

Anonymous (April 24, 2006)

No intensity, no soul and no good songs.....this band (and a million of their copy cats and peers everywhere) should just take a long walk off a short bridge. I want something new and I want it now.....I'm sick of having to watch live shows from the early 80's to get my fix of intensity and raw energy.

Coldwaffles (April 24, 2006)

"I think Motion Isn't Meaning is one of my favorite Thrice songs."

Ever read the lyrics? That song is pretty bad. It's like they took all their leftover not so great lyrics, and threw them together.

jamespastepunk (April 23, 2006)

I think Motion Isn't Meaning is one of my favorite Thrice songs. So is Under a Killing Moon.

Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

This band has lost all of its energy and now is on my "used to be one of my favorite bands"list. Seen them two times live in the last 4 months, same set list except for one song and about as go through the motions as ive ever seen. Sad, sad, sad.

Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

i give this a 9 just for under a killing moon acoustic alone. I got chills up my spine during this song, its incredible how thrice can consistently adapt their songs even heavier ones perfectly to a chilling acoustic rendition

Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

I hate the turn this band made musically, but damn, i must say that the artwork for this EP is fucking awesome.

-phdecontrol

Coldwaffles (April 23, 2006)

""strong vocal abilities"

ha"

kbrah

Anonymous (April 23, 2006)

"strong vocal abilities"

ha

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

" selling out by signing to major labels"

"ohhhh, I'm soooo fucking punk." Shut up.

Jim

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

what a bunch of pop garbage

feeeding5000 (April 22, 2006)

Thrice....ewwwww. I HATE it when people call this hardcore....Cause it's not.

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

"Maybe the irony is that their best CD was Identity Crisis and their latest cd IS an Identity Crisis.. oooh deep. hahah"

Identity crisis jambled up so many genres and styles that it was definitely a period when they were trying to find there sound. Vheissu in my opinion flows togethher a lot better then identity crisis did.

Tinner (April 22, 2006)

I really miss being able to enjoy this band as much as I used to. Vheissu and IYCOSUN just ruined this band for me, and I really tried to like the new stuff too!

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

How about Russell and Tate: Attorneys at Law?

are you one very mean brother with a degree from Harvard Law, who will go crazy academic on someones ass if they try to mess with my money?

Did you bust your hump doing a federal judgeship, and all those appointments at the Congressional Committee just so some bitch could steal my knot?

wyzo

Anonymous (April 22, 2006)

your not part of McMahon and Tate are you?

wyzo

Jason_Tate (April 22, 2006)

This EP deserves a much higher score.

Gunner (April 21, 2006)

My favorite Thrice song is the acoustic version of Stare At The Sun. Most of the other B-sides they've had have been pretty boring though, nothing even close to the quality of the albums.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

Maybe the irony is that their best CD was Identity Crisis and their latest cd IS an Identity Crisis.. oooh deep. hahah

Coldwaffles (April 21, 2006)

"I saw this at Best Buy, it had a tag that said "Free w/ any Thrice purchase" but it rings up $0.00 no matter what, so it came free w/ Keasby Nights II for those who want to snag this. Same thing w/ the "Frances the Mute" single from the Mars Volta.

- Kirby"

That's not this, that's the Red Sky Sampler, I think. Which is a couple of Apple Sessions tracks that aren't on this.

Coldwaffles (April 21, 2006)

Oh, and I didn't mention it in the review, but the first track is pretty Jesus-rocky, as far as lyrical content goes.

Coldwaffles (April 21, 2006)

No one gave me shit for my piss-poor writing?

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

"I hate this band.

They embody everything that's wrong with the punk scene today; changing their sound to fit the new style of punk rock, selling out by signing to major labels, making gay music videos and with records like this one, just milking it so they'll make as much money as possible before it's too late (aka when the fans will discover their deceit).

Gay lyrics too."

People like you shouldnt be alive. You're a duche.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

""You're wrong. Their new record is dogshit. They uuused to be fun. Now they just want to preach the word of God. I'd have to say that Vheissu is slightly more fun than just reading the bible itself. Slightly."

you might want to listen to the lyrics of their "fun" albums again."

I know...but there's a difference between having subtly suggestive lyrics with one or two songs directly referencing God VERSUS an entire album dedicated to Christianity. There's a huge change here. And by "fun," I was referring to the music too, which has gone to shit.

-CaveatMalefactor

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

I hate this band.

They embody everything that's wrong with the punk scene today; changing their sound to fit the new style of punk rock, selling out by signing to major labels, making gay music videos and with records like this one, just milking it so they'll make as much money as possible before it's too late (aka when the fans will discover their deceit).

Gay lyrics too.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

"You're wrong. Their new record is dogshit. They uuused to be fun. Now they just want to preach the word of God. I'd have to say that Vheissu is slightly more fun than just reading the bible itself. Slightly."

you might want to listen to the lyrics of their "fun" albums again.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

Why the hell write a review for an album that you already know will suck ass?

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

I always felt this band was way overrated and I never really liked much from them. I would say they are overrated still, but from the looks of it...everybody think's they suck ass now.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

what hapened to this band? i miss identity crisis!

it's clear what happened to this band. they used all of their talent up on identity crisis....now they are just throwing together shitty song's on one album, then recording them in acoustic for the next.

coffinfullofnails (April 21, 2006)

what hapened to this band? i miss identity crisis!

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

this band blows goats balls.

tylerdurden8136 (April 21, 2006)

Vhiessu sucked ass.

what has happened to you, thrice?

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

"anyway, after completely disliking or not caring about thrice's popularity (thought they were technically proficient but soulless), I have to say the new record is pretty good. its a keeper. Much past their limitations of a hardcore band. It grew on me after sitting it to rot on a shelf, definately one to relisten to if you didn't like it now that some of the press blitz and bullshit has died down"

You're wrong. Their new record is dogshit. They uuused to be fun. Now they just want to preach the word of god. I'd have to say that Vheissu is slightly more fun than just reading the bible itself. Slightly.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

There older B-sides were the best part of the "Hopelessly Devoted To You" comps.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

Thrice? one listen was bad enough for me.

sprainedsoul (April 21, 2006)

Vehissu was a huge disappointment.

Allular (April 21, 2006)

I kinda got burned out on Vheissu really quick. I still listen to "Atlantic" and "The Earth Will Shake", probably two of their best songs ever.

I should re-listen to it.

wyzo (April 21, 2006)

i believe this is called contractual obligation, and thrice's next record will not be on island. I could be wrong, but this and if we could only see us now smells of hurrying up a set record deal.......

anyway, after completely disliking or not caring about thrice's popularity (thought they were technically proficient but soulless), I have to say the new record is pretty good. its a keeper. Much past their limitations of a hardcore band. It grew on me after sitting it to rot on a shelf, definately one to relisten to if you didn't like it now that some of the press blitz and bullshit has died down.

wyzo

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

i like the old stuff better. so what? i thought this band sounded better fast...oh well.

hubitcherkokov (April 21, 2006)

Holy hell I had no idea this existed. I really love Thrice and despite the current musical trend they helped spawn (along with Grade (unless I'm completely missing out on another band(s)...)), I think each one of their releases is unique and completely stands on its own, with Vheissu my own personal favorite. With that said, I also really enjoy their B-sides/rarities. The Christmas songs they had up on theirspace, the Illusion of Safety B-side from that Hopelessly Devoted To You compilation (four, i think), that itunes acoustic set I made a friend download so I can hear it, and the "If We Could Only See Us Now" audio disc are all unbelievable! I'm really looking forward to picking this up this weekend.

GreenVandal (April 21, 2006)

Vheissu is really good.

Whats the only really bad song on it you ask? (and dont try to be witty and say the whole thing)

Why....RED SKY is the worst song. In fact, it fucking sucks. Score is for that boring ass song. Now atlantic...thats a pretty song.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

Still waiting for A Jesu review.....

fallingupwards84 (April 21, 2006)

Vhiessu is far and away their best album

Vincent_M (April 21, 2006)

Keasbey Nights II? You mean the SM cover, right? Cause if not, I'm gonna go ahead and shoot myself for missing that

kirbypuckett (April 21, 2006)

I saw this at Best Buy, it had a tag that said "Free w/ any Thrice purchase" but it rings up $0.00 no matter what, so it came free w/ Keasby Nights II for those who want to snag this. Same thing w/ the "Frances the Mute" single from the Mars Volta.

- Kirby

danperrone (April 21, 2006)

i just wanted to say that, amongst all this dislike that the band has been receiving as of late

I HAVE NOT LIKED THEM FROM THE START

:]

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

I know it was you Thrice. I know it was you. You broke my heart.

Anonymous (April 21, 2006)

Thrice is now in my snore-core list. They used to be fast and fun.

almostpunkenough (April 21, 2006)

hey! i wonder if this is crap!!!

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