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Irvine, California-based quartet Thrice are oft-described as “the Radiohead of heavy music,” and true to that somewhat grandiose tag, their music transcends nearly all of the genre-bound strictures of the metal, hardcore, and punk that has been woven into their post-hardcore DNA. BEGGARS, the group’s seventh album, wisely sidesteps some of the indulgences of their ambitious (but flawed) EP series, THE ALCHEMY INDEX. Containing all of the progressive fire of that series, tempered by a straightforward and honest approach to song craft, the album delivers a lot of what longtime Thrice fans have been clamoring for (colossal, heavy riffs) while striving for sound that won’t alienate newer, more mainstream, listeners.

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