Sound — 9
The post-hardcore legends third album "War All The Time" proves why Thursday are important in the punk/hardcore scene. As opener "For The Workforce, Drowning" kicks in you wonder if this is Thursday's most intense album to date, and you'd be absolutely right! It is chaotic at times, with the incredibly strong guitar parts from guitarists Steve Pedula and Tom Keeley on songs such as "Steps Ascending" and "Division St." Tucker Rule is still a powerhouse behind the kit and his grooves and beats stand out strong in the more slower songs on the album ("Signals All Over The Air" and the title-track.) Also pianist and keyboardist; Andrew Everiding who supplies some much needed key parts to songs ("This Song Is Brought To You Buy A Falling Bomb.") The album deals with many individual themes: Religion ("Asleep In The Chapel.") Lost friendship ("Steps Ascending.") Mundane lifestyles ("For The Workforce, Drowning.") The everyday struggles of us all ("War All The Time") Society's state of mind ("M.Shepard" & "Between Rupture And Rapture")
Lyrics — 9
Vocalist, Geoff Rickly as seen in 01's "Full Collapse" puts much personal experiences into his lyrics, a fine example of this is the opening lyric of "Steps Ascending": 'Steps ascend to a loaded gun." This is song is about one of his childhood friends who was killed in a shooting, a friend who which Geoff never got to say goodbye to. Back, to Geoff for a second, he still has those lyricist-non-singing moments in songs such as "Division St." and "M.Shepard." And, yes he still keeps up the sing/scream compromise as well.
Overall Impression — 9
It is faster and more hectic than "Full Collapse" but still keeps the power and passion that sets them apart from other bands in their genre. "War All The Time" debuted at number 7 on The Bilboard charts on its release back in 2003, much to the pleasant surprise of the band. Stand outs include: "For The Workforce, Drowning" "Steps Ascending" "Division St." "War All The Time" Wether or not you have come to dislike or even hate Thursday's more recent work or you have an inkling for some nostalgia, "War All The Time" will keep you more than happy. believe me!