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Thursday / Envy

Split LP

Temporary Residence Ltd.

Genre: post- hardcore, screamo

USA / Japan

Jan 24, 2009

America's Thursday and Japan's Envy team up for this noisy split, an intriguing artefact from two of the world's eminent screamo/post-hardcore acts. Thursday's epic anthems comprise the more accessible side of this LP, replete with emotional vocals and blazing, spacey guitars. “As He Climbed the Dark Mountain” and “An Absurd and Unrealistic Dream of Peace” are melodic post-hardcore explosions, perhaps a bit melodramatic yet nonetheless remarkably solid. Instrumental “In Silence” and its remix (done by Mercury Rev's Anthony Molina), meanwhile, are stunning moodpieces led melodically by piano and ringing guitar.

Envy's side, meanwhile, begins with the beautiful (albeit uncharacteristic) “An Umbrella Fallen into Fiction,” a twinkling pop instrumental that builds to a melodic metal finale. It's one of the best things I've heard from the band. The remaining two tracks are closer to the chaotic post-hardcore the band is famous for, but somehow more refined and sensitive. Taken together, it's the most accessible batch of tracks I've heard from the fivepiece. Well done.

thursday's myspace


youuuuuuuutube!: thursday's "war all the time", envy's "scene"

Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 7 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2008]