Thursday

‘No Devolucion’
Epitaph Records

It’s hard to fault Thursday. They’ve been at the forefront of a genre that has been gradually watered down over their thirteen years of existence by a huge influx of uninspired copycat bands and now, with their 6th studio album, No Devolucion is evidence that Thursday are not only still in the game, but that they’re changing the rules and making it even more intriguing.

‘Fast to the end’ starts us off, proving that they’ve lost none of the excitement or energy that’s always held our attention, but adding layer upon layer of mystery and a kind of eerie beauty that’s incredibly captivating. These themes are frequently used throughout the album but are perhaps most effective in the aptly titled ‘A Darker Forest’ where Andrew Everdings’ keyboards soar through the chorus creating brilliantly morbid soundscapes that are nothing short of awe-inspiring. ‘Magnets Caught in a Metal Heart’ provides the albums exceptionally infectious hook that conjures up fond memories of ‘Signals over the air’ from their sophomore album, War all the Time, proving that you a developed and evolved sound doesn’t have to stray too far from its roots. The journey approaches it’s finale with ‘Turnpike Divides’, a solid anthem that’s sure to have clenched fists raised high to the heavens and in classic Thursday style, they finish with ‘Stay True’, a gradual journey that starts from almost nothing but as it’s ending, sounds like it’s taking the world with it.

Geoff Ricklys’ vocals have always been honest, raw, and yet delivered with elegance. What Thursday are presenting here is powerful, emotive and all-encompassing, and although these are familiar trademarks, these new dimensions they’ve added in No Devolucion will draw you in even deeper than before, leaving you spellbound with that familiar sense of longing that’s come from out of nowhere, and it stays with you long after the records over.

Oli Knowles