Wednesday 20 May 2015


GenresPunk / Metalcore / Math / Hardcore / Thrash / Grind
Related artistsPoacher and Faithhealer.
CountryAustin, Texas USA
Years Active2001-2007
Song: "A Thought for You"
Album: "All is Quiet"
Year: 2004
Label(s): Counterintelligence / Imagine It Records
This post's artist is from the April 2015 Mix. This is track #8.
You can download: the May Mix#5 right here or get the new June 2015 Mix#6 here.
For fans ofNorma Jean, Botch, The Chariot, Lavotchkin, Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, Beneath The Ashes, Crrust, Lamantide, Converge, Poison The Well, Into The Moat, Hexis, Psyopus, The Dillinger Escape Plan, (early) Back When, Curl Up And Die, Unearth, The Great Redneck Hope, Tentacles, Ion Dissonance, Job For A Cowboy and From A Second Story Window.

There isn't too much that needs to be said. If you like mathy chaos amidst throat-shredding vocals that range from screeching to growling then you will dig this. I personally feel it sounds like a direct mix of Norma Jean 'Bless the Martyr'-era with some hints of Unearth. If your current bag includes the crazy Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza, The Chariot, Botch and Lavotchkin you are going to flip your lid over THUMBSCREW. They sound a hell of a lot like the aforementioned bands but are faster, more chaotic and heavier on the vocals as well. My wife loves all of those bands but can't get into this one because they are too hard and spastic and screamy for her...and she loves Converge! There are seriously some armageddon tracks that annihilate traditional forms of melody with satanic howls, ridiculous drumming and very technical song structures.

Some examples? Alrighty then. "A Thought for You" is crazy heavy and has dual vocals that stand out in this track with simultaneous growling and Josh Scogin-esque throat shredding scream. and an initial breakdown that is face melting at 30 seconds in. There's another great breakdown just over halfway through that helps bring the song to an end and provides a nice bit of closure. "Is That Youo Duke Raul?" is a frantic roller coaster ride through a nightmare which attacks hooks out just after one minute and a blasting breakdown with some murder guitar squeals as an outro. While writing this I'm realizing that I really love these guys for their breakdowns, as "On to Better Things" exemplifies this and has me straining my own neck while trying to type this shit. "The Stuff Movies are Made of" is an instrumental jam that lends itself to a clean, post-hardcore/screamo style but that is downright decapitated at the 1:12-mark when shit gets typical THUMBSCREW, aka crazy and heavy as shit. I didn't mention any songs from the 'Within Hearts of Redemption' EP but that is not indicative of how good they are, as they are still really good, there's just something about the style on the 'All is Quiet' LP that tickles my fancy.

The band is also religious so if you dabble in that there's another reason to listen to THUMBSCREW, but that may put off listeners, too. I just focus on the music and screaming, as you can't tell what he's saying anyway.


Click )==>here<==( to download the band's complete discography in mp3 form.

2004 - All is Quiet cdLP

2006 - Within Hearts of Redemption cdEP


(2004) THUMBSCREW - "On to Better Things" (from 'All is Quiet')

(2004) THUMBSCREW - "A Thought for You" (from 'All is Quiet')

(2004) THUMBSCREW - "Is That Youo Duke Raul?" (from 'All is Quiet')

(2006) THUMBSCREW - "Maliscent" (from 'Within Hearts of Redemption')

(2006) THUMBSCREW - "Be Prepared, Dig In" (from 'Within Hearts of Redemption')


THUMBSCREW out of print mp3 discography download

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