Kill The House Lights [DVD] Review

artist: Thursday date: 04/14/2009 category: compact discs
Thursday: Kill The House Lights [DVD]
Released: Oct 30, 2007
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock
Label: Victory
This is a compilation album by New Jersey rock group Thursday. The album includes many unreleased versions of older songs as well as three new songs. It also includes a DVD with a documentary on the band and live performances.
 Sound: 10
 Content: 8
 Production Quality: 7
 Overall Impression: 8
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overall: 8.3
Kill The House Lights [DVD] Reviewed by: toyboxmonster, on april 14, 2009
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Sound: Since their very first release Waiting, Thursday's once-raw and chaotic post-heardcore sound has become increasingly tamed and produced with each album. The appeal in the sound of Kill The House Lights is that it retains all of the band's early fury in the loud, surprisingly low-fi recording of a live show at New Jersey's Starland Ballrooom. From the first shouted note of "At This Velocity", Thursday launch into one of the barest, grittiest and most personal set to be recorded by a mainstream band in the twenty-first century. Thursday's sound is one that has influenced a generation of post-hardcore groups, but which retains all of it's individuality in it's refusal to pull and punches. Not once do Thursday fall back on the easy sing-scream-sing-scream dynamic adopted by countless post-hardcore bands from The Used to The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Rather, they deliver a barrage of furious but precise noise, with Tom Keeley and Steve Pedulla's duelling guitars and Tucker Rule's mathematical drumming providing a diverse, colorful background to Geoff Rickley's mad, structureless vocal style. While Thursday may sound tamer on record, Kill The House Lights shows that their live sound has remained true to it's roots. // 10

Overall Impression: Out of all of the live DVDs that emerged from the emocore/post-hardcore revival that swamped MTV for the past few years, this is one of the most satisfying and thoroughly fan-friendly releases. Kill The House Lights avoids the incessant repetition that plagued other DVDs of this period, includes enough interesting extras to compensate for the short setlist, and provides for an interesting and entertaining look at the band and their music. In comparison to some DVDs that were released in other genres, Kill The House Lights is nothing special. But within the context of the flash-in-the-pan post-hardcore genre that spawned it, this is an exceptionally well-made release that repeatedly chooses art and accuracy over artifice. // 8

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