Thrice has come a long way over the past few years from their metal roots to conquering the land of ambient electronic beats and crossing over their music into indie rock territory. The band has kept their original sound as well as integrating new elements as seen mostly on their recent albums The Alchemy Index Volumes 1-4. The "Live at the House of Blues" CD/DVD is the closest thing to seeing the band live as they include many tracks, most of which are new but also looking into their back catalogue. The live sound is incredible. All the elements of the band are there, The brutally heavy guitars when needed mixed with the newer ambient tones and electronics for a smooth live translation of their music live. The lights are great, I was hoping for the video screens behind them as they had when i saw them open up for Brand New last year. the lightning is still great and crisp quality is definitely inviting to any fan that has either not gotten into their new music yet or wants to check it out. The lightning and overall vibe of the album is most fitting to the music.
The opening transition between the acoustic “The Lion and The Wolf” into the fire and “Firebreather” starts the live show flawlessly. It´s nice to the drumming actually playing the drums from the album’s programmed drums on “Digital Sea” gives the track a more rock vibe. Dustin Kensrue’s emotion is the highlight of this DVD. die hard fans don’t worry they knock your face off when the band gets into the older territory with “The Artist In The Ambulance,” “Trust,” and “Cold Cash For Colder Hearts,” as Thrice proves they can beat you down with their brutal attack. “Deadbolt” is a great live capture, just watch the crows when these ones start. My only complaint about the album and DVD are the vocals. I have seen the band live twice over the past 2 years and i must say I expected the DVD to have a little better vocal production then it does. It just seems to me the band is off key sometimes with their harmonies, which i guess all in all that does happen in the live environment. I am just a firm believer in capturing the best performance for a DVD and i am also a picky bastard. Kudos to the band for keeping it real though.
Again if you read many of my reviews on albums, still not a huge fan of the Live CD portion, but its still good for background. I’m just always a believer in if I’m going to listen to the live album i may as well watch it while listening to get the full experience. Thrice definitely pushes the boundary of the post-hardcore roots and explores new territory and i must say its the best thing they can do. The band displays they are not afraid to write acoustic styled tunes and most importantly they can do it! It´s one thing when a band can play post hardcore but its another when you release 4 albums of 4 different styles of music and they are all good. Thrice defines their musical ability and we can only imagine what is next to come for this band.