AOTY 2021

Horizons / East

Thrice - Horizons / East
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2021 Ratings: #425 / 666
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Based on 61 ratings
2021 Ratings: #359
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Horizons / East kicks off like a Tom Waits nightmare with swirly synth and whiskey soaked vocals that are barely lifted above the surface level dirt by breakbeats and sliding bass grooves that give way to a propulsive avalanche of rhythmic desperation - ‘Scavengers’ offers us a more traditional Thrice vocal lift and ‘Buried In The Sun’ is a funky and hooky guitar ear-worm.

Although Horizons / East doesn’t begin to reach it’s depths until the beautifully ... read more
Honestly, I fuck with it. Big time.

Thrice are regarded as one of the most consistent acts in the post-hardcore scene, constantly adding on to their sound the way a maturing band should. For this, they not only earn a lot more brownie points than the rest of the questionable alternative and punk scene that they grew out of but also a lot more praiseworthy material. In short: good job Thrice, you truly are the band ever. I realise I say that about a lot of bands, but trust me, you're definitely ... read more
Following Thrice's post-hiatus career has not been a fun ride, but H/E is easily their most competent and unified project since M/M. Of particular note is the showstopping "Still Life," one of the single greatest pieces of music Thrice has ever written. It feels inspired by 90s post-rock, something like Bark Psychosis' Hex, with its depressive, nocturnal melody.

Although H/E doesn't feature anything else nearly as profound as "Still Life," this time around little of it is ... read more
For a band whose career spans for over 20 years so far, they always surprise for better or for worse with every release. Their last LP was a major change of sound, something that didn't hit that well with many listeners (including me), but with Horizons/East, Thrice seems to be at one of their highest points on their career, similar to their Vheissu era in my opinion. The tracklist manages to include older influences, from the experimental side of The Alchemy Index to the less adventurous ... read more
Thrice's take on a Deftones approach to their composition is certainly going to keep me interested for a while. A lot of songs use synthesizers and guitars to blend together ideas and when they are pushed forward by interesting percussion, they work really well. There are some obvious post-rock elements that also work out nicely too. I didn't find any low points on my first listen of this album and I sense many of these songs will become staples in my library. It does lack a bit in flow, but is ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Color of the Sky
  2. Scavengers
  3. Buried in the Sun
  4. Northern Lights
  5. Summer Set Fire to the Rain
  6. Still Life
  7. The Dreamer
  8. Robot Soft Exorcism
  9. Dandelion Wine
  10. Unitive/East
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Added on: July 20, 2021