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Thrice has been a staple in the alternative-modern-rock world for nearly ten years now. With no real need for introduction, Thrice is known for effortlessly and continuously releasing groundbreaking records. Their eighth album Major/Minor is no exception.

Building off the momentum of 2009’s Beggars, Thrice (frontman/guitarist Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist ... Read more in Amazon's Thrice Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B00005A878
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 141,954 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Identity Crisis (Album Version)
2. Phoenix Ignition (Album Version)
3. In Your Hands (Album Version)
4. To What End (Album Version)
5. Ultra Blue (Album Version)
6. As The Ruin Falls (Album Version)
7. The Next Day (Album Version)
8. A Torch To End All Torches (Album Version)
9. Unquestioned Answers (Album Version)
10. Under Par (Album Version)
11. T & C (Album Version)

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The southern California band Thrice merges hardcore, punk, and metal influences into a not entirely convincing whole on Identity Crisis. It doesn't help that the ordeal is anchored by oddly verbose, emo lyrics. Try the title track, for example: "Image marred by self-infliction/Private wars on my soul waged/Heart is scarred by dual volitions/Juxtaposed and both engaged/Kindle flame, a test of faith/Pray help me see it through/I put all my trust in you.../End this crisis of identity." That same track also represents an awkward conflation of styles, opening with a riff that, while probably aiming for Metallica territory, ends up closer to the '80s metal of Judas Priest or Iron Maiden. The riff is then followed by typical California punk-pop vocals that give way to hardcore screaming just when the listener is settling in. Other times, the group likes to start with innocuous acoustic strumming that gives way to frenetic blasts, a shock tactic that has gained the proportions of a clich over the years. While it seems that, on the whole, Thrice's reach exceeds its grasp on Identity Crisis, tracks like "In Your Hands" and "Ultra Blue" represent the group's best side: melodic California punk. If Thrice would drop all of the style roving and avoid an excessive reliance on dynamics and posturing, the band would have real promise

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "eighty_8_fingers" on 13 Sept. 2002
Format: Audio CD
Thrices debut offer is brilliant, the californian quintet shows those who are not quite up to the fused punk-thrashmetal scene just how it's done. Blending melodic strings with hardcore bursts, sheer brilliance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "gangetheonlyway" on 23 Dec. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album is perfect, starting out hard hitting and then reeling you in with a few melodic numbers and then speeding up so fast you think you're listening to an old metallica album, not only is this one of my favourite albums it is sequenced and arranged exactly right. buy now you won't be disappointed, unless you won't listen to something because it's not 'punk' enough
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David - Thrice fan on 9 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
Thrice is amazing, they are by far my favorate band and in my opinion one of the best in their genre. I first heard the intro to T&C and immediately bought the CD, a decision i've never regretted. They have all the qualities of a good band; good lyrics, good singing and good instrumentals.
The album opens with Identity Crisis, one of the best on the album and an excellent way to open it. Brings you right into the feel of the music, your immediately taken in; swallowed up.
Then in Phoesnix Ignition comes a good acoustic intro, some good lyrics and then into one of the heavier tracks with an excellent bridge in the middle tieing the song together.
In your hands combines some good riffs and harmonies used with the lyrics, well executed to give a great song.
Then To What End is very much the bands emotions towards parts of life, again there are great riffs and lyrics.
Ultra Blue, my second favorate, a truely amazing piece of music. The lyrics combined with supporting guitar is amazing. The guitar on its own is superb, especially in the bridge/solo.
As The Ruin Falls is another heavy song but fits in well with the aura of the other tracks. Leads well into the next track.
The Next Day I wouldn't class as a song but the eye of the storm, a little piece or maybe an interval. With the storm in the background and the soft guitar is quite relaxing and in its own way is an emotion of the band, relaxed and happy.
After that brief interlude we lead back into another of the heaviest tracks, A Torch To End All Torches, the heavy guitar is well placed and gives great effect, alot of thought went into this song and was well worth it. The Next Day lingers on in this track with a calm to it all and well brought back into the song with the heavy guitar.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is Thrice's debut album, and what a record to explode onto the scene with. From start to finish, this album won't disappoint, and while it's not as finely woven and well written as their later work, it's still an excellent record, it's one of those you can listen to all the way through. Stand out tracks for me are 'Identity Crisis', 'Ultra Blue' and 'T & C' although that's not to say there are only a few good songs, these are simply the ones giving us a glimpse into Thrice's immense potential. Definitely buy this album, an excellent debut for an excellent band.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The first of three amazing albums 12 Mar. 2005
By David - Thrice fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Thrice is amazing, they are by far my favorate band and in my opinion one of the best in their genre. I first heard the intro to T&C and immediately bought the CD, a decision i've never regretted. They have all the qualities of a good band; good lyrics, good singing and good instrumentals.

The album opens with Identity Crisis, one of the best on the album and an excellent way to open it. Brings you right into the feel of the music, your immediately taken in; swallowed up.
Then in Phoesnix Ignition comes a good acoustic intro, some good lyrics and then into one of the heavier tracks with an excellent bridge in the middle tieing the song together.
In your hands combines some good riffs and harmonies used with the lyrics, well executed to give a great song.
Then To What End is very much the bands emotions towards parts of life, again there are great riffs and lyrics.
Ultra Blue, my second favorate, a truely amazing piece of music. The lyrics combined with supporting guitar is amazing. The guitar on its own is superb, especially in the bridge/solo.
As The Ruin Falls is another heavy song but fits in well with the aura of the other tracks. Leads well into the next track.
The Next Day I wouldn't class as a song but the eye of the storm, a little piece or maybe an interval. With the storm in the background and the soft guitar is quite relaxing and in its own way is an emotion of the band, relaxed and happy.
After that brief interlude we lead back into another of the heaviest tracks, A Torch To End All Torches, the heavy guitar is well placed and gives great effect, alot of thought went into this song and was well worth it. The Next Day lingers on in this track with a calm to it all and well brought back into the song with the heavy guitar.
Unquestioned Answers was a good intro and some great guitar, then topped with good vocals and lyrics.
The second best intro takes place in Under Par, amazing guitar. Then the heavy guitar takes over and helped by the vocals makes an excellent song.
And finally the best song with the best intro, T&C, amazing! Truely something that should be in a musical history book. It is amazing, every part is played perfectly and every element of the song is great with each other. The vocals, the guitar, the everything, there is nothing better that this, i can't think of anything that can top it. Then leads into a climax at the end as the album is brought to an end. The CD could be bought for this one track alone it's so good.

Every song is 10/10, truely amazing and just adds to an amzing album, then Thrice followed this up with two more excellent albums. This is a must buy, if you don't you have a problem and should see a psychiatrist. The best album of the best band.
David
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Real Good Stuff Here 24 Dec. 2001
By Alucard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I never heard of these guys until a got a reccomendation from someone at my school to listen to them. I really didn't know what to expect going into this cd, but in the end, I was very impressed, like the time I heard Junction 18 for the first time. These guys have a very unique sound to them. The same person who told me to listen to them said they sounded like Thursday. In a way, they do, but that's not a very good comparison to make about them. For one, they have a much, much punkier sound then Thursday. Thursday is more of a hardcore emo band. Two, they are much faster than Thursday. Thursday has much more of a slower, flowing pace to them. These guys always have a pretty fast pace in their songs. The only comparision I can make about the two groups is that both their lead singers can go from singing to screaming instantly. I've always liked when bands do that, It adds more intensity to their songs. Anyhow, this is a really good cd, and Thrice has an original, good sound that will pull you into the cd.
Like Thursday's lead, their singer can go from singing to screaming in seconds. Along with the fast pace, it goes very well. They remind me mostly of AFI, another band that intertwines singing and screaming at a fast pace. Anyhow, I really should stop making comparisions, I'm just trying to think of ways to describe their sound. The lyrics on this cd are very good, well written and deep, especially on the title track "Identity Crisis".
The guitar and basslines are also very good, keeping the pace nice and fast and having a harder edge to them. The drum work is also good, setting the pace very well. Also look out for some nifity guitar solos in "To What End" and "T & C".
My favorite tracks would be "Identity Crisis", which sets the setting for the cd perfectly, "In Your Hands", a really good song without any screaming, "Ultra Blue", which is really cathcy, and "To What End" and "T & C" for their awesome instrumentations.
So, do not overlook these guys. They are really good and have a really awesome cd out. I'm hopefully going to see them live one day, pending on when they come to my area or not, I really hope they do.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb 14 Jan. 2003
By Enigmatic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A seamless blend of cruching Metallica-inspired riffage and emotional hardcore at its most melodic. Lead singer Dustin Kensrue's voice moves effortlessly from melodic singing to passionate screaming, and the lyrics show an intelligence and insight rare in modern bands, with To What End being one of the best examples of the band's ability to articulate themselves. It's a pity that the subtleties of the lyrics have a tendency to be lost amidst the music, but you're never left in any doubt of the passion and conviction behind the songs.
The melody of the opening title track is simply irrestible, and the variation in their music is demonstrated by the second track Phoenix Ignition, which opens like an acoustic ballad and then develops into the heaviset song on the album, remaining powerful yet melodic. Other highlights come towards the end, with the powerful Torch To End All Torches, the memorably melodic Unquestioned Answers and Under Par showing their metal influences, before finishing on a high with Teppei's solo in T&C.
My main grip with the album is that it finishes too early, with 11 fairly short tracks, one of which (The Next Day) is a simple 1 minute instrumental which really can't be considered a song at all. Still, at least it means there isn't a surplus minute on the album, and packed into a short space of time you get enough brilliant songs to persuade you to hit the repeat button. You're not being short-changed here. Even the poppier songs like Ultra Blue (which the band claim to hate) and In Your Hands have a heavy underpinning and don't get irritating. In fact, it's a pity that todays "pop punk" merchants don't write songs more like Ultra Blue.
For a debut album, the production, musicianship and songwriting are simply superb; light years ahead of their demo release. It's easy to see why this album won Thrice such rave reviews in the US underground; it's a CD worthy of any collection, and one which is worth many repeat listenings. If you liked Thrice's album The Illusion Of Safety, then it's a must buy. And if you're wondering which one to buy, buy them both! (this is my personal favourite; most fans prefer the later IOS, but both are steets ahead of most of their contemporaries)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Technical, musical and lyrical KNOCKOUT 9 Mar. 2001
By Matt House - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD, simply put, is a MUST BUY! I have followed THRICE since the beginning and have owned this CD for over a year. I haven't stopped listening to it. It definitely satisfies. THRICE puts the core in hardcore. Each song bleeds passion and each song cuts right to the soul. Everything about this album leaves me speechless. Still waiting for the next one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This CD has its high points 20 Feb. 2003
By Jon Dough - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is an awesome CD. I can't say enough good things about Thrice. They are able to combine hardcore riffs with beautifully composed ballads to create an unheard of sound. The disc opens with the title track, which is one of the best on the album, and continues to rock with tracks like Ultra Blue, which isn't as hard as the rest of the songs on the album but is a great change of pace. The disc concludes with T&C, which is by far the best and most powerful. Overall this is a very good CD, but there is a lot of filler, especially for such a short album. Personally, I thought The Illusion of Safety was a better overall album, but this is still a great buy.
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