Chicago-based independent Victory Records has realigned itself with hard rock band Thursday for the release of a retrospective-focused, as-yet-untitled CD/DVD package. The parting between the two in 2002 was not a pleasant one, as Thursday went so far as to post a lengthy explanation on its Web site detailing the reasons it was leaving the independent for Island, stating at the time that its relationship with Victory was "based entirely on numbers."

Yet in a statement announcing the new deal, the band wrote, "Many of you know that our parting with Victory was bitter on both sides and we're taking this chance to put that behind us. That label really helped us get to where we are and we helped them to establish themselves as well."

Victory will issue the CD/DVD combo from Thursday on Oct. 30. The CD will mix in three new cuts with a number of alternate takes and demos, while the DVD compiles documentary-like footage spanning the band's career. "Once the DVD and CD are complete, we will be starting work on a new album soon after, and the home for that has yet to be determined," the band says in the
statement.

Thursday issued its breakthrough album, "Full Collapse," on Victory in 2001, a release that has sold 374,000 units to date in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band then issued two albums on Island, "War All the Time" and "A City by the Light Divided," which have sold 365,000 units and 134,000 units, respectively.

"Thursday and Victory have done great things together," Victory head Tony Brummel said in the announcement. "I am so happy and honored that tradition will continue. Some people might want to call this a sort of homecoming. I simply see it as a reunion of passionate people that have done great things in the past getting the opportunity to do them again. This is something that people can feel good about."

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