Thursday - Full Collapse (Cover Artwork)


Thursday: Full CollapseFull Collapse (2001)
Victory Records

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Contributed by: AubinAubin
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I think I can pinpoint the exact time when Victory Records stopped being just a hardcore label. I mean, sure, they had bands like Catch 22, and Electric Frankenstein, but people still called them the 'angry tattooed straight-edge guy label' until just recently. Well, in case you haven't guesse.
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I think I can pinpoint the exact time when Victory Records stopped being just a hardcore label. I mean, sure, they had bands like Catch 22, and Electric Frankenstein, but people still called them the 'angry tattooed straight-edge guy label' until just recently.

Well, in case you haven't guessed, Victory's name and sound suddenly became a much bigger thing about the time they signed Grade. Suddenly the emo kids, the college kids, and even the pop-punk skatekids knew Victory. Well, Victory didn't want just want one breakthrough band, and they seem like they're really committed to signing good, unique sounding bands, not just Grade-clones.

Which of course brings us to Thursday. Some of the more risque among you might have picked up their great debut Waiting, which really hinted at something amazing, but wasn't there yet. Well, Full Collapse delivers on the promise of Waiting and then some.

How to describe Thursday? I hate describing the sound of a band, they're always much more than you can adequately describe with words. At the simplest, Thursday uses a mixture of post-punk and hardcore. And when I say post-punk, I mean, a la Deep Elm. They use some piano on some of the tracks. But don't let that put you off. There is some serious intensity here, great powerful riffs, and a singer who can actually sing, and scream.

There are a lot of stand out tracks on this disc, starting after the :36 second intro, "Understanding in a Car Crash" starts off soft, and slow, but explodes into, well, what pain probably sounds like. "A Hole in the World" has a Jawbreaker-esque riff, and sparing, but touching use of that piano I mentioned earlier. The band has really mastered the use of tempo and volume, as the vocalist will scream, while the instruments echo that sound, and suddenly, the song drops into a quiet bridge, with just the bass and piano playing.

A band like this evokes a lot of emotions in listeners, as they've really captured their feelings in both the lyrics and the music. None of the melodic parts seem forced, nor does the screaming. It's harsh, it's catchy, and just beautiful. Don't miss it.


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renaldo69 (March 20, 2015)

10/10 for this. Godmode record

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

the best

crazytoledo (May 19, 2005)

Ok album at the best, way better choices out there...

revolutionary (October 30, 2004)

The melodies and instrumentals on "Full Collapse" continue hypnotize me. I dont know much about music other what sounds good and whats trite. The music beats out so many othe rbands, buts its the vocals and lyrics that reduce me to blind fidelity to this band. Geoff's vocals are phenonminal and mezmorizing. His screams evoke unsensed emotions. Thursday's lyrics should be studied for the purpose of the progression of peotry. Pure originality, societal observation, and the mystery of love and tragedy are some of the important foci of Thursday. FUCK HATERS. DIE FUCKERS.

HaFuckYouHa (September 1, 2004)

I love this album, truely an awesome band. I notice something that is funny...all the people bashing on the band and album list themselves as anonymously...pussies bash on good music and then talk shit but not say who it is...sad. Thursday Owns

AlienF (June 20, 2004)

Out of all CDs I've ever owned, Full Collapse is by far the album that best describes emotion in both lyrics and music. But if you think that this album is a joke, that means you lack empathy, and no one can blame you for it. And if you think emo sucks, well I think it's time to stop comparing this with Dashboard Confessional because Thursday aren't whining about ex-girlfriends. That's all I have to say.

Anonymous (July 6, 2003)

Are you fucking kidding me? This album is a classic. I met Geoff Rickley at a show in NC and already being my idol it made me even think higher of Thursday. If you don't already have this gem you should retire. Also get Waiting, it's amazing. I also met Tucker and Tom...Great guys. Watch them live it's crazy. Victory sucks and I'm glad they're with Island now. Victory is a joke, they sign bands to 10 album contracts...ridiculous.

Anonymous (February 6, 2003)

With a band like Thrice existing, why would anyone listen to this garbage? If this CD came out 10 years ago, this band would have been the laughing stock of music. It blows my mind that this is what is considered good now. Go look into Victorys back catalog for some real music, not this bullshit.

plowro (January 23, 2003)

Well said. Whether you like it or not, undeniably a good album. At first the screaming was overwhelming and I wished it was notched down a bit....4 listens later....Nothing is missing, nor is there anything extra. Simply stated....Superb!

Anonymous (January 16, 2003)

best album of all time

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Anonymous (April 2, 2002)

Thursday is much better in a bowling alley than a House of Blues type venue. Although they kick ass plain and simple, Thursday is bigger than God. Look for them soon on Conan and Craig Kilborn. You think I'm kidding?? Oh, and by the way I don't remember anyone calling Victory a "tattooed straight-edge angry guy label" They have one straight edge band out of 27 on their roster.

Anonymous (February 21, 2002)

wow. and here's another lame person. i can't believe someone can be this lame. seriously, Thursday is ROCK AND ROLL. pure pleasure to listen to, and watch. they rocked more than saves the day or hey mercedes, they're just rock. i mean, i saw them in MN when they got "rid" of their food poisoning, all of em had their hospital bands on, and they rocked. hardcore. so quit whining with the whole "oh they're on mtv2 so they suck". you're probably a rancid punk, and they where on mtv numerous times. GREAT album.

Anonymous (February 17, 2002)

yeah, these guys went on mtv 2 so they suck now. they sold out, what a gay thing to do

Anonymous (November 20, 2001)

has there ever been a more overrated band in history? the get up kids are the only one that comes close. thursday and all scremo licks balls.- fathead

Anonymous (November 2, 2001)

This is honestly this best album of all time. No doubt about it.

Anonymous (September 16, 2001)

it's simply too good! in my opinion, they do the emo/hardcore blend even better than Grade, and that is saying a lot. Awesome, fantastic, buy it if you have any feel for 'emotional' music.

punk_kid (August 3, 2001)

these guys are the most emotional band ive ever heard... and theyre not even an 'emo' band

Anonymous (July 25, 2001)

Thursday is the best band

thursday ownz!

punk_kid (July 7, 2001)


coldjuly (June 26, 2001)

Oh man, This album is totally amazing! To think that guys as young as thursday can write lyrics and music this heartfelt and moving. Victory records has some of the worlds best hardcore, punk, emo and emocore bands, i.e. grade boysetsfire, snapcase, reach the sky, shelter, waterdown..and on and on. get full collapse..and see what youve been missing

lastnightidied (June 8, 2001)

I can't even begin to explain this band. It's been a long time since I've been struck this hard by a band. I've been an avid Grade fan for about 5 years (maybe a little longer) and this proves the integrity of Victory when it comes to it's new found diversity. Don't get me wrong I like alot of Victory stuff but it's great that they are diversifying and showing they're potential. Now to this band... incredible lyrics, amazing musicianship, just plain great.

Aaron (April 12, 2001)

This album is incredible. The music is hardcore yet very emotional. Thursday brings a very unique and original sound to the table, blemding beauty with hardcore. The amazing thing is that they are even to bring this sound to their live set, which blew me away. Get this album, one of the best releases of 2001.

Anonymous (April 2, 2001)

Thursday is going to be on what i consider the best upcoming tour of the spring, with Cooter, the movie life and glassjaw. I havent heard thursday yet, but if they are as good as everyone says, these will be some truly awesome punk shows. go to pollstar.com for all the dates, and i'm pretty sure cooterrock.com has them too.cant wait!

Anonymous (March 28, 2001)

seriously, this album is incredible. the singer has a beautiful voice

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