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The Earth Will Shake - Thrice. Even the name itself bespeaks power, and the song delivers. This is a hardcore song, filled with intense vocals and thundering sound effects. Thrice blends their new sound with the rock melodies of old in The Earth Will Shake, and it's amazing how they do so.
Lyrics....Wow. Never before have I actually seen a story in a song. In all of my other songs, I can envision what the artist(s) is/are telling me, but The Earth Will Shake just takes charge and weaves an epic, haunting tale. Though somewhat simplistic, the message of disgruntled imprisonment is clear and strong. The Lyrics get a 9/10 for me, because they're simply awe-inspiring.
Vocals: The unique blend of background vocals and foreground vocals are excellent. This is the innovation and creativity Thrice is capable of. Dustin has always been a brilliant singer, and he sure proves it here. There's no way I could ever strain my vocal chords enough to produce such a rich and harsh sound. I'm surprised even Dustin can do so, frankly, because this isn't something any old person can replicate. Do not, DO NOT, write this song off as stereotypical screamo fare. There's so much more to this song, and it honestly wouldn't work in a softer tone. So 9/10 from me again, because Dustin performs fantastically in this song.
And lastly, Instruments. I don't know what Thrice used to make this song, and I don't care. All I know is that it sounds fantastic. Guitar work, drums, and whatever else they tossed in; it all sounds brilliant. The sound complements Dustin's booming vocals perfectly. My only complaint is that Teppei Teranishi didn't show off his guitarwork very strongly here; if you've heard Of Dust and Nations, you'll know Teppei is a remarkably skilled guitarist. It would've been nice to hear some solid guitarwork here, though perhaps it would overcomplicate the song...Regardless, 9/10, because the instrumental work here is top-notch nonetheless.
27/30 = 9/10.
Yep, 9/10. This is easily one of Thrice's most memorable songs, and it would've made a superb Single. However, I don't care. Holding strong at 200+ listens on my Nano, The Earth Will Shake will continue to be one of my favorite songs, whatever Thrice produces in the next few years.
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