The post hardcore scene has really stepped into the spotlight the last years with a number of nice releases on the major labels such as our Swedish national heroes Blindside. The Def Jam/Island recording band Thrice must be added on that list with their quite personal version of post hardcore/punk. Compared to Blindside, Thrice feels much rougher with more metal sounding guitars, which also separates them from most other bands in this genre. A personal musical approach is important these days to separate from the huge range of bands that we witness. Thrice has personality for sure and also have a bunch of great songs that just smashes you in the face with power and raw energy. ?Under a killing moon? and ?Paper tigers? are two good examples where their nice mix of styles got expressed so damn well. Lovely songs!
?The artist in the ambulance? has been quite hyped in press and I must admit that the band really deserves it cause this is a great record from start to end. For those who are into post hardcore, emo or harder punk this record is a safe buy. But I would be stupid to recommend this to the melodic rock fans of Nickelback, Closure and Hoobastank cause this is far away from that genre. Some might like it, but I think that most would have a hard time liking the hardcore traces that at times can be quite destructive. I like it though and can guarantee that I?m not the only one with those feelings.