ALBUM: Thursday – No Devolución

Release Date: April 12th, 2011
Label: Epitaph


Sixth full-length from Thursday, ‘No Devolución’, has taken a fall from the hard hitting screamo tree down to the once emotional post-rock roots on which the band once stood. Said to be an emotional take lyrically on devotion, Thursday have unleashed a very macabre orientated album, portraying sheer vulnerability within its darker tones.

The overall sound is such a leap in Thursday‘s evolution with Dave Fridmann helping in the cross over to explore the new sound. It’s not what is expected however, with the band taking on the daunting task which has, and will, continue to destroy many careers, surprisingly being pulled off in an almost elegant manor, showing their intent to keep the fan base and not to deter.

Opening track ‘Fast To The End’ follows a very organized controlled melody, which is not to be expected form the in-your-face methods as previously heard from the hardcore earlier albums. Keeping the post-rock melodic riffs and fast pased tempo, it’s the perfect start for breaking into the album. Following a post-punk wave, the fast pased riffs bring it all together, merging the new sound of Thursday in with the older more popular tone of music produced.

Possibly one of the album’s darkest songs, ‘A Darker Forest’, draws you into an almost state of despair, spilling emotion through a deep powerful contrast of the drums against a harmonic synth, making this song very deep in context, striking you and drawing you into a visual portrait of emotion. ‘Sparks Against The Sun’ offers a more lively attitude to the album, verging back towards the emo roots and showing a warmer attitude within the band. A lively but dark piano is still playing to a fast pased drum beat, but merging with a keyboard and guitar playing upbeat making a strong and dominant contrast.

The heavy bass line of ‘Millimeter’ makes this song differentiate from the rest, bringing classic rock back into the equation, acting as a reminder that Thursday are a post-hardcore band and that its grungy/punky roots still hold strong to the bands persona.

Album closer ‘Stay True’ starts things slow, before igniting the epic build up to a tight climax of sound exploding into a powerful expansion of the previous songs, almost incorporating all the techniques used throughout but still with the soothing vocal melodies of Geoff Rickley‘s vocals. His voice rips the tension and creates a bubble of emotions ranging from despair to anger, and still maintains Thursday‘s signature sounds by shredding the screaming like expected. Loyal fans will be proud.

A truly remarkable album, and a remarkable change for what is still led to believe a post-rock band. The new attitudes and techniques the band have brought forward is stunning, and the talent throughout makes this album a must buy for fans and a great point of entry for newcomers. The change is far from the Thursday roots once captured, but acts as a great move for the band which has clearly been pulled off spectacularly.

Written by Jamie Whittaker