Sound — 10
I would like to say that the pair of guitarists in Thursday (Tom Keeley and Steve Pedulla) should go down in the books with Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC, Joe and Brad of Aerosmith, Zakk and Nick of Black Label Society, or just about any other pair of guitarist that compliment each other perfectly. The boys have game. Their guitars seem to weave in and out of each other seamlessly. It's absolutely amazing. Every song has the same motif if you will, of lead lines strung over chords, but not in the same way on every track. So you don't get bored with it.
Lyrics — 10
Geoff Rickley's lyrics are powerful. Sometimes they are hard to interpret, which is awesome for people like me who like to think about things. Hes not writing songs about ex-girlfriends, or the long lost love. He writes about things that are more appropriate in a NOFX record or something like that. He talks of corporate power, he talks about death. It seems really fresh lyrically. While Geoffs voice seems a bit off at times, it works with the raw music. Whether or not he was trying to go for that i dont know, but hes off sometimes
Overall Impression — 10
I can't think of any other bands that sound like Thursday. I considered myself a fan before this album came out, but now its more. I would say that the standout tracks are "For the workforce, Drowning" which is the opening track, and "War all the time" the title track. The one thing i hate about this album is its not very long. I know that I'm supposed to criticize the album a little bit, but i cant figure out how to. Its just a damned good album