Album

Release Format Tracks Date Country Label Catalog# Barcode
Official
This Is War CD 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 509999 65111 2 1 5099996511121
This Is War CD 14 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries)
This Is War 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Parlophone 5099930943315
This Is War CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 509999 65111 2 1 5099996511121
This Is War Digital Media 13 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)
This Is War CD 12 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 509999 65111 2 1 5099996511121
This Is War Digital Media 14 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)
This Is War 2×12" Vinyl 6 + 6 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 509996 09241 1 7, 509999 65111 SK1
This Is War CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 509996 06219 2 4 5099960621924
This Is War CD 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) CDVIR (WF) 896
This Is War (deluxe edition) CD 15 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”) 509999 17921 2 9 A 5099991792129
This Is War Digital Media 17 Virgin Records America (DO NOT USE! please refer to either “Virgin” or “Virgin America”)
This Is War CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972) 5099960621924
Promotion
This Is War CD 12 EMI (EMI Records, since 1972)
This Is War CD 12 Virgin (worldwide imprint of Virgin Records Ltd. and all its subsidiaries) 9996062192L 5099960621924

Relationships

associated singles/EPs: Closer to the Edge
Hurricane 2.0 by Thirty Seconds to Mars feat. Kanye West
Kings and Queens
Search and Destroy
This is War
Allmusic: http://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0001792357 [info]
Discogs: https://www.discogs.com/master/229257 [info]
Wikidata: Q255304 [info]
Wikipedia: en: This Is War [info]
other databases: https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/307041/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/783040/ [info]
reviews: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/jchf [info]

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The stage is certainly set for a comeback. Anyone who's not part of the swooning fanbase 30 Seconds to Mars gained with their 2005 multi-platinum sophomore effort, A Beautiful Lie, is just as likely be aware of the band's high-profile falling out with their label for non-payment of royalties and subsequent re-signing to them as they are their music.

As it happens, the episode - turmoil, followed by a slightly flat resolution - handily foreshadows This Is War. It's an album that should roar into life and bristle with righteous indignation, but instead perpetually plays it safe and consolidates the status quo.

The slow building intro of Escape is a dawdling set up for frontman Jared Leto's breathy, nondescript vocals to be overtaken by a choir of their fans bellowing the album title in a compressed, overproduced delivery that robs it of any urgency. The seed of their angst has been planted, but it quickly sounds played out and affected.

The squelching electro-pop of first track proper Night of the Hunter comes with more gang vocals, which appear throughout like units neatly dropping off a production line. Lyrics as hackneyed and tautological as its refrain - "Honest to God I will break your heart / Tear you to pieces and rip you apart" - immediately start opening cracks along the thin ice on which they perform their pirouettes.

Elsewhere, the sheen of leadoff single Kings and Queens can't disguise that it's a song about the end of humanity that sounds anything but apocalyptic. Several tracks later, on Vox Populi, we're still getting the 'include the fans' sleight of hand underpinning vague angst that reverberates so much there's no room for any substance, just a stomp-stomp-clap motif that sounds hastily borrowed from Queen's We Will Rock You.

People who want more of the same will enjoy the bittersweet, saccharine rush of their quiet-loud-quiet delivery as it pops up in blockbuster movies where everything turns out alright in the end, but taken as a whole This Is War sounds like its creators have tried to create a sense of drama and failed, dramatically.