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Dustin Kensrue


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Dustin Kensrue (born November 18, 1980) is the vocalist, lyricist, and rhythm guitarist in the Orange County post-hardcore quartet Thrice, as well as a solo artist.

Dustin also has a solo acoustic side project under his own name. He had toured in past years on his own under the moniker “Ursus Veritas,” but decided to drop the name in favor of simplicity since “people have enough trouble just pronouncing last name to begin with. ” The name was a play-on-words of its Latin components: Ursus meaning bear, and Veritas meaning truth. Kensrue has been quoted as saying there is no real special significance to the name, other than he likes bears, and thought it sounded cool.

On January 23, 2007, Kensrue released a solo album titled “Please Come Home” under his name, Dustin Kensrue and on the label Equal Vision Records. It includes the tracks “I Knew You Before,” “Pistol,” “I Believe,” “Please Come Home,” “Blood & Wine,” “Consider The Ravens,” “Weary Saints,” and “Blanket Of Ghosts.” He wrapped up the recording and mixing of the album at the home of fellow Thrice member Teppei Teranishi. The album opened at 142 on the Billboard 200 with 5,800 copies sold. He supported the album with a solo tour including stops on David Letterman’s talk show and The Fuse Network.


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  • heavyk

    Can't see me ever enjoying listening to any singer as much as I love listening to Dustin

    9 May 3:52pm Reply
  • MonsieurPeluche

    New album is top² But "The Water and the Blood" was fucking epic !

    5 May 8:24am Reply
  • carlos4444

    Everybody who loves Dustin should definitely see and hear his cover of Buzzcut Season of Lorde. Didn't even know the song before, but that performance... oO <3

    4 May 9:27pm Reply
  • bodyinflight

    New album is top.

    2 May 7:46pm Reply
  • Walenta

    Heavy Pop Review:

    2 May 5:51pm Reply
  • 05061985

    The bozo on here complaining about his "new" path of preaching obviously never paid any attention to what he was writing with Thrice.

    23 Apr 6:08am Reply
  • carlos4444

    Really like the new album! Awesome to hear some new stuff of him. I don't even know how it's possible, but his voice got even better. Pure genius!

    22 Apr 3:55pm Reply
  • Lysflath0000

    I was heard his music in NHL08, eight years ago. And now I'm very happy that I find him.

    19 Apr 5:55pm Reply
  • milica_zekavica

    "Carry The Fire" is pure gold!

    16 Apr 3:31pm Reply
  • jahyuck

    new album is so good

    14 Apr 2:45am Reply
  • Daniel_Green

    "Back to Back" is so good :)

    28 Feb 8:32pm Reply
  • Zombienation333

    I hate most of his lyrics, but my love for his voice prevails at the end :)

    13 Oct 2014 Reply
  • alexcrisp

    "O God, you never leave my side... Your love stands firm through all my life"

    17 Mar 2014 Reply
  • k0daipanda

    Omfg I Love The Water and And The Blood :3

    21 Feb 2014 Reply
  • u013emperor

    "it's a fucking shame thrice broke up because of his new pathetic path of preaching" - I don't understand why someone would say this. Why judge? And if you liked Thrice, and Dustin's creative path was an integral part of the project, why judge where it takes him now? Dustin has life experience- and if he decides his priorities are in spreading ideas he thinks are important- I don't think there's a thing wrong with that.

    9 Feb 2014 Reply
  • spunge666

    In all fairness, many of his lyrics are Biblically based, Thrice included!

    3 Jan 2014 Reply
  • MartiusNauticus

    Basically, 'The Water and the Blood' should not be compared to Thrice or even Dustin's first solo album. It is pretty clear that he is now operating in the genre of congregational worship/praise music. This is not just art for art sake any more. He is producing music which also performs a functional role, that is, enabling a congregation to worship. Naturally, this functional role curbs back some of the experimental tendencies he explored with Thrice and ramps up the religious content. It's pretty unfair to seriously compare the projects. You can be annoyed that he has gone in this direction at all, if you like, but one shouldn't think that he was aiming to produce a maximally creative, subtle record and simply failed along the way.

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • NK-Metal

    Time again for This Good Night :D

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Brent_AXiS

    Lol this album is horrible in every way.

    12 Nov 2013 Reply
  • FlyMonster

    dastuś ♥

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
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