The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV

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This article is about the second two discs of The Alchemy Index. For the first two discs, see The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II.
The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV: Air & Earth
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Studio album by Thrice
Released April 15, 2008
Genre Experimental rock, alternative rock, art rock
Length Air: 24:14
Earth: 20:54
Total: 45:16
Label Vagrant
Producer Thrice
Thrice chronology
The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II
The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV
Live at the House of Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating (90%) [1]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars 5/5 stars [2]
The Album Project 4/5 stars
The Tune (A) [3]

The Alchemy Index is Thrice's fifth studio recording (and sixth studio album release), a four-disc concept album that was split between two releases, the first in October 2007 and the second in April 2008. The band originally planned to release four discs at once, each disc with six tracks representing one of the four elements: Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. A blog titled The Alchemy Index chronicled the album's progress for fans. The Artwork for the Album was designed by Dustin Kensrue

The album debuted at #17 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Volumes III & IV: Air & Earth[edit]

The second half of The Alchemy Index was released on April 15, 2008. The first half, The Alchemy Index Vols. I & II: Fire & Water, was released on October 16, 2007.

The band debuted "Come All You Weary" from the Earth disc during the short tour leading up to Bamboozle. Videos of the performance can be found on YouTube.[5][6] According to the band, this song is the only song from the Earth disc that has a full drum kit or any instrument that isn't acoustic. A version of the song professionally recorded by AOL can be found here.

Clips from the songs "Broken Lungs," "Silver Wings," "Moving Mountains," and "Come All You Weary" were featured in studio videos released by the band before the release of the first half of The Alchemy Index. These videos can be found on YouTube and MySpace, respectively. Additionally, the songs "Broken Lungs" and "Moving Mountains" made their live debut and can be found in a number of YouTube videos. On March 25, the Radio One Rock Show debuted "Daedalus" from the Air disc. "Daedalus" is the second song released by Thrice with lyrics about the legend of Daedalus, the other being "The Melting Point of Wax" from their 2003 album The Artist in the Ambulance. March 28 saw the debut of the studio version of "Broken Lungs" on the band's Myspace page. "The Sky Is Falling" was played on the Radio One Punk Show on April 8.

Track listing[edit]

Vol III: Air[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Broken Lungs" 4:14
2. "The Sky is Falling" 4:21
3. "A Song for Milly Michaelson" 5:07
4. "Daedalus" 6:00
5. "As the Crow Flies" 2:22
6. "Silver Wings" 2:10

Vol IV: Earth[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Moving Mountains" 2:55
2. "Digging My Own Grave" 3:04
3. "The Earth Isn't Humming" (Frodus cover) 4:58
4. "The Lion and the Wolf" 2:42
5. "Come All You Weary" 4:08
6. "Child of Dust" 3:09


Additional musicians
  • Donia Lee - Additional Vocals on "Digging My Own Grave"
  • Aushua, Nick Bogardus, Brent Kredel, and Brett Williams - Backing Vocals on "Child of Dust"
Recording personnel
  • Produced – Thrice and Teppei Teranishi
  • Engineered and Mixed - Teppei Teranishi
  • Mastering – Howie Weinberg at MasterDisk


External links[edit]

  • Alchemy Index - Thrice's studio blog documenting the recording process of the album.