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Thrice – ‘To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere’

Tomas Doyle
Tomas Doyle 26 May 2016 at 17.03

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This is pretty special. 

Make no mistake about it, Thrice are a true artistice diamond in the often cookie-cutter world of rock music. Over a near 20-year career the Californian natives have time and again demonstrated their ability to experiment, innovate and create music which pushes both emotional and creative envelopes to breaking point in a way precious few bands can claim to.

Little surprise then that as they return with their ninth studio album (and first for five years) Thrice are once again delivering the goods in articulate, cerebral fashion.

From the potent swell-and-burst dynamics of ‘Stay With Me’ to the cleaving slow-burn of ‘Black Honey’ there are seemingly endless depths to get lost in here, while a gorgeously layered production job practically begs you to explore every nook and cranny with headphones on and concentration focused.

Moreover, it is a notably heavier record than Thrice’s last two full-length offerings and it’s pleasing to see the band heading into darker territory, with furious maelstroms like ‘Whistleblower’ combining hammering instrumental brilliance with Dustin Kensrue’s glass-on-asphalt voice to mesmeric effect.

In short ‘To Be Everywhere...’ is another triumphant step for a band whose two-decade growth from able but impetuous riff merchants to purveyors of truly ambitious art has been nothing short of inspiring. Don’t miss out on the next chapter of their journey.

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