I had the first reaction to Thursday's No Devulcion as Geoff Rickly described to me that everyone else had upon their first listen. But after about a week with the album, it really clicks as one of the band's best to date. It's the furthest the band has pushed themselves as musicians, but to longtime Thursday fans, we all should have saw this coming. Here's five songs throughout the band's catalog that were precedents to their new record.
1) "Autumn Leaves Revisited" (A City By the Light Divided) If there's one album that comes close to resembling No Devulcion, it's this one. But the album's closer comes closest to landing on the new tracklisting as it is sonically driven up and down the final seven minutes while Rickly's voice continues building and giving out following the guitars and keys.
2) "This Song is Brought to You By a Falling Bomb" (War All the Time) If "Signals Over the Air" caught some off guard as a single, then this piano ballad was off the radar, but certainly showed the capability of the band to completely step out of any typecasting any critic could even conceivably try to muster up. I remember being frozen in awe when I heard "Empty Glass" for the first time earlier this year, but I can't forget this one did the same some years ago.
3) "Time's Arrow" (Common Existence) Originally "A Sketch For Time's Arrow" on Kill the House Lights, this one shaped up nicely, and I remember it being the song that stuck out best on their last album. Another one where Rickly really stretches his voice and becomes not only a vocal layer, but another instrument all together. No matter the time of day or mood, this song still moves my senses in some way.
4) "In Silence" (Split with Envy) With the opening "As He Climbed the Dark Mountain," I don't think anyone expected a post-rock number like this one to follow, let alone be remixed to close out the band's side of the split. This one pulled out the band's "post" tendencies perfectly, creating yet another driving orchestral number. While Rickly's voice is often thought about as a strong leader of a powerful force, the band more than prove that a captain is nothing without a stronger ship.
5) "How Long is the Night?" (Full Collapse) For all of you wishing the band would write more traditional hardcore songs like on the album we all fell in love with, remember again how it ends. Not only one of the best tracks on the album, there really wasn't a better place to sequence this one than letting it be the final curtain.