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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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  • alexcrisp

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

    17 Mar 1:45am Reply
  • k0daipanda

    Omfg I Love The Water and And The Blood :3

    21 Feb 7:45am 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 10:01am Reply
  • spunge666

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

    3 Jan 10:13am 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
  • Bogatzke

    it's a fucking shame thrice broke up because of his new pathetic path of preaching

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
  • trechime

    Sound of the album is really good, it's a bit darker than his last one, but still very enjoyable. I'm not too fond of the lyrics and theme, but meh. Good album nonetheless.

    17 Oct 2013 Reply
  • aSharedHistory

    It kills me the lyrics are so cringe inducing where the music is so good on his latest.

    16 Oct 2013 Reply
  • NK-Metal

    Suffering Servant is my fav so far (and It's Not Enough of course) but Rejoice and Rock of Ages have been stuck inside my head for days now and it's quite pleasant.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
  • perristarr

    Reeeejoiiice! Forever getting stuck in my head.

    6 Oct 2013 Reply
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  • spunge666

    I miss Thrice so much but this will do, the new album is great!

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • aviations

    Hope those who loved Thrice aren't turned off by the new album.

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • carlos4444

    True Story... for me, Dustin Kensrue is pretty much the best musician ever and Thrice is my all time favourite band. But with Dustins new music, he just uses a part of his potential - the lyrics are just not nearly as good as Thrice's because they are so one-dimensional and repetitive. Still I like to listen to his new solo stuff and the new album, but sadly it's just so far beyond Thrice...

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Vader13

    Well, It's Not Enough is great, but the rest just has too much Jesus/God/Lord in it, it almost sounds like a parody. Seriously one of those words is pretty much every second word.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ev1LLL

    OMG THE NEW SONG IS AMAZING [4] Dustin never dissapoints.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
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