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Identity Crisis (2000), 6/10
The Illusion of Safety (2002), 6.5/10
The Artist in the Ambulance (2003), 6/10
Vheissu (2005), 6.5/10
Fire and Water (2007), 6/10
Air and Earth (2008), 6/10
Beggars (2009), 5/10

Southern California's Thrice, fronted by guitarist Teppei Teranishi and vocalist Dustin Kensrue, debuted in a post-hardcore and "screamo" fashion with the EP First Impressions (1999) and the full-length Identity Crisis (Greenflag, 2000 - Posen, 2001). By The Illusion of Safety (Sub City, 2002) the band was beginning to morph into a more eclectic unit: while commanding respect among the legions of emocore. The songs indulged in magniloquent melodies, sleek production and heavy-metal fury, although the album as a whole seemed to be torn between their emocore roots and their new sound, thus resulting inconsistent and leaving the impression of too much filler. Deadbolt showed the way towards a more accessible future.

The Artist in the Ambulance (Island, 2003) was, again, torn between their punk roots (The Abolition of Man, Paper Tiger) and an emo-pop calling (The Artist in the Ambulance, All That's Left).

That longstanding contradiction was finally resolved on Vheissu (2005), a collection of mostly melodic and sophisticated songs like The Earth Will Shake and Atlantic, that also boasts electronic beats; even including a jazz tribute (For Miles). However, thrice's music had become a miracle of production more than anything else.

If We Could Only See Us Now (2005) collected rarities.

The Alchemy Index Vols. I and II: Fire and Water (2007) collected two EPs dedicated to two of the four elements. If songs such as Firebreather continued Vheissu's mission of blending hardcore, metal and pop in emphatic structures, the anemic pieces of Water such as the electronic Digital Sea had little to do with their beginnings. The Alchemy Index, Vol. III & IV: Air and Earth (2008) collects the remaining two "elemental" EPs, the first one being the most "rocking" of the series although still a far cry from their emotional peaks (Broken Lungs, Daedalus); and the second one being an atmospheric acoustic roots-music set (Come All You Weary). The four EPs represented a wildly eclectic forays in new territories.

Thrice's vocalist Dustin Kensrue debuted solo with Please Come Home (2006).

Beggars (2009) changed style one more time and toned down the pomp of Vheissu and the pretentiousness of The Alchemy Index. While a bit dreamy and intellectual, this is a bar band like many others.

The identity crisis peaked on Major/Minor (2011), whose songs never quite feel complete, ranging from the punk-rock of Blur to the metaphysical melodrama of Disarmed.

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