The April ’08 release of the second installment in Thrice’s double EP concept disc, The Alchemy Index Vol. III & IV (Vol. I&II was released in October, ’07) has officially stomped its way into the top 20. The good news for the band that was founded in 1998 by guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue and guitarist Teppei Teranishi while they were in high school, not to mention all their sweaty, scenester-followers with their sleeve tattoos and ear plugs, is that Thrice just might be the band to thrust the fast-paced, high-decibel post-hardcore sound to a mainstream level. The band’s original idea was to let all four discs go at once, with each disc offering six tracks representing one of the four classical elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. Churning out a 4-disc concept project proved to be something of a challenge as detailed in the band’s blog they wrote detailing the process.
Stemming from bands like Fugazi, Rites of Spring, and even early emo rockers Sunny Day Real Estate, post hardcore bands like Thrice have mostly enjoyed something of a cult following for the last two decades. If you can handle the thrash, here’s the latest from Thrice.