Label: ADA Release Date: Out now Link: ‘Ambulance, let me in don't make me stay here Ambulance, hold your breath we're running short on air Ambulance, resuscitate’. So, once these typically macabre lyrics of the darkly titled opener Resuscitation of a dead man kick in, you know your listening to a Thursday record.  Thursday fans of course will know this is no bad thing, why change a winning formula right?  But how does the LP fair against previous efforts? This first track is truly gargantuan, thumping drums fight with gut wrenching screams and speedy riffs which all comes together in menacing yet tuneful fashion.  Tracks 2 & 3 also fire off in similar fashion, getting me excited pretty quickly that this will be a great listen.  Which settled my nerves, as being a long time Thursday fan I was slightly concerned they had seen better days.  2005’s A City by the light divided wasn’t up to all that much in my view. Track 4 Friends in the armed forces doesn’t change the script much.  The track boasts arguably the best hook of the album and is a definite highlight which is reminiscent of For the workforce drowning from the War all the time album. Geoff Rickley is still ripping the lyrics unmercilessly from his throat and the rest of the band make sure our ears are without a moments rest bite.  This is a Thursday album, so of course that’s what you came for wasn’t it? OK team it’s half time, grab your orange slices, do your stretches, deep breathes, track 6 up next, more of the same yeah? Well not exactly.  Times arrow continues in a similar vein to previous tracks but in a more slowed down kind of way, nothing too unusual until about 2 minutes in it starts to sound like Mercury Rev have broken into Thursday’s Studio and remixed them during some late night high jinx, the swines! But don’t fear screamo fans, the White Album esque results are a quirky album highlight. Normal service is quickly resumed on track 7 before the strongest track of the album arrives in all it’s glory.  Track 8 Circuits of fever tears forward in classic Thursday style, it has a fantastic riff that sounds like it’s been lifted direst from an early Cave-in record, which is of course a very good thing.  All of a sudden the song trips out into VHS Or Beta territory and turns into a somewhat euphoric anthem, which plays out for a few minutes, punctuated only by a nicely timed scream from Mr Rickley and of course another nice sized dose of that riff. By the time track 10 Love has lead us astray hits, I was expecting a comedown and dare I say a bit of filler, but the New Jersey men surprise me again with another contender for a single.  All in all the album is very good and well worth checking out.  Although even for a fan such as myself it took a few listens to really shine.  This review would have read very differently if I’d have stopped listening to it after 3 listens. As the band endeavour to sound unique, finding the chorus through the heavy patchwork of quiet/loud, slow/fast can sometimes feel like the audio equivalent of staring at a magic eye picture waiting for the Dolphin to pop out at you.  However, I urge you to stick with it and the tunes will stick with you.  12 years since their debut Thursday are rocking as hard as ever while pushing things forward to keep it fresh.  Nice work gents.