Thrice - The Illusion of Safety (Cover Artwork)


Thrice: The Illusion of SafetyThe Illusion of Safety (2002)
Subcity Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: sickboiChris
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Its hard to describe Thrice. Metal tendencies with and emo-ish voice? Sorta. But there's much, much more. The album jumps off to an incredible start with 'Kill Me Quickly', unquestionably one of the best tracks on the album. Dustin quickly changes his vocal styling from a hardcore scream (not s.
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Its hard to describe Thrice. Metal tendencies with and emo-ish voice? Sorta. But there's much, much more.

The album jumps off to an incredible start with 'Kill Me Quickly', unquestionably one of the best tracks on the album. Dustin quickly changes his vocal styling from a hardcore scream (not screamo, kids), to a melodic voice. The up tempo riffs also are broken down into a slower tempo to create an incredible mixture of emotion and fury. From there comes blazing in my favorite track of the album, 'A Subtle Dagger'. Hard metallish chords with a harsh, melodic, hardcore-screamy voice. For some reason I can't stop thinking I'm hearing a Megadeth riff. God bless Dave Mustaine.

Other honorable mentions include 'See You in the Shallows', which again boasts the Thrice-tacular metal influence, but has more emotional vocals. 'Betrayal is a Symptom' is another track which shows the incredible range of this band's talent. To be honest, every track is incredible. I'm too lazy to discuss every one, so I gave you the first 4. I don't know if emotional-influenced hardcore has sounded this good since Lifetime. Thrice seems to tread the line perfectly. Where bands like Kid Dynamite and Strike Anywhere (both of whom I love) tend to dip more on the hardcore side, Thrice is right split in the middle. Kinda like Grade, except they are more metal influenced, and that, is always cool.

Should you buy Thrice's "The Illusion of Safety"? Yes, why? Because I said so? Yes. Because all of your friends will think you have good taste? Yes. You don't need a reason, you punk-rocker. Get out there and rock-out.


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stuxmusic (July 4, 2012)

Good, definitely. But no more than that. A nice jumping off point.

Anonymous (June 25, 2006)

"Easily the best album i have ever owned in the 10 years of buying cds so far."

you've got to be shitting me

HeresLookinAtYou (March 20, 2006)

Awesome CD.

Their finest work.

Anonymous (September 29, 2005)

thrice is kinda weird, they have some really gnarly metal parts and hardcore parts. although, they mix it up with some really weak emo, so i am mixed. one minute ill be rockin with my cock out, and the other minute i want to skip the track. this gets a 333333.3333333.3333.o

Anonymous (July 18, 2005)

Easily the best album i have ever owned in the 10 years of buying cds so far.

Anonymous (December 26, 2004)

To the dolt who posted somewhere up there that the opener ("Kill Me Quickly") is bad, u fucking SUCK! that is one of my favorite songs, and honestly, who the fuck cares what my favorite song is, but that song is fuckin' stellar, and if you cant appreciate just how brilliant it is, or ATLEAST doesnt get you pumped at all, then i feel sorry for ya dude.

Anonymous (September 30, 2004)

Best album of our time.

Anonymous (September 17, 2004)

I understood it.

Anonymous (August 23, 2004)

come again?

Anonymous (June 13, 2004)

Krak tipo,,Thrice eh foda!!!Dukct mxm,,,sem palavras pra descrever ,,eh muito bom mxm,,qd ouvi Deadbolts pela 1ªvez me apaixonei!!!Eh unik ,vocal perfeito,guitarra e batera show de bola !! Viva o HC

Anonymous (November 29, 2003)

dustins voice the sexiest thing in the world. the music is awesome. the lyrics are awesome. i would die if i lost this CD

Anonymous (June 4, 2003)

thrice ownz, best vocal, best lyrics, best guitar u cant find better in the music industry

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

First Impressions EP: All Eyes, Opaque, Lockdown, Better Days, Second Sight, Madman and an original version of T_C.

Anonymous (March 26, 2003)

First Impressions

Anonymous (January 29, 2003)

Thrice instantly became my favorite band after i bought this CD. After i listend to it i went right back online and ordered idenity crisis and all i gotta say is wow! Thrice kicks fuckin ass

plowro (January 23, 2003)

The first few times I listened to this album I would look down at my somewhat brown penis and think, why so soft? After a few good listens my brown little wang gets raging hard and cant seem to stop pulsating. I think it has a little crush on this album....wink...

Anonymous (December 8, 2002)

I can't give more than 3 stars for this. The singers voice is really too bad.

evilash (November 15, 2002)

Dude i dare someone to name a similar album that is better than this

Anonymous (October 16, 2002)

hey cawknocker you're an asshole! illusion of safety is thrice's third album and it's not a demo and you suck !
why? cuz i said so!

cawknocker (August 2, 2002)

this is thrices second album dickhead. and they don't consider that demo shit an album. they consider this a second album. its good but its too cluttered at times. they said the next album will have less parts per song. nice.

Anonymous (July 9, 2002)

i like the person that said this was thrice's second album.

Anonymous (April 23, 2002)

Excellent Album, great vocals and amazing guitar work, no complainents here.

Anonymous (March 20, 2002)

all i have to say is the song Beltsville Crucible is so fucking bad. I've been jacking off to that song for like 2 weeks now and my girlfriend broke up with me because she said i started getting weird. Just because i walk around in my underwear and listen to this cd all the time she thinks that i'm perverted or something. What the fuck does she know. Fuck her up her stupid ass, i hope she licks sweaty jock straps.

Anonymous (March 20, 2002)

I don't know if Thrice is all that great, but i do like this cd and i'm glad to see a band putting out something that is anything but poppy. I'm so tired of being force fed all these young poppy bands that all sound the same and seeing all the dumb shits who associate punk with Alien Ant Farm getting their tickets to this new thing they just found out about called the Warped Tour because NFG will be there. I hate what punk has become. I hate that word. Great cd...check it out.

Anonymous (March 10, 2002)

ALL rite boys punk is heavily influenced by metal and so is this band there combo of emo and hardcore aint bbq and ice cream its original anD fresh and its damn good i mean anyone who cant give this band there very much deserved props cant take more than three chords which is sad. Thrice rocks !

Anonymous (March 7, 2002)

Testament! Download the Testament song "Face In The Sky" and compare to Thrice's "A Subtle Dagger". the intro is a not-so-subtle knock-off!

-Jefferson Blablabla

sickboi (March 7, 2002)


Anonymous (March 7, 2002)

it never fails. every time people disagree on a matter of musical taste, there's always that guy who says "how can you be so close-minded?"... thus implying that i never gave the band a fair chance or that i am biased. not so! here is evidence:
1) i always give a fair shake to any relatively new band that i've decided to look into. specifically, that means i pick up the album and listen to it 3 times all the way through before forming a decision. most of the time i can find some redeeming quality, but such is not the case with thrice!
2) a secret: i used to be a metalhead! my room was littered with metallica and anthrax and slayer and testament and megadeth and sepultura and dark angel and metal church and s.o.d. and m.o.d. and black sabbath and ozzy and etc albums. i grew out of my "metal phase" years and years ago but i still have a fond place in my heart for the genre... i even bought a nevermore album less than a year ago! so i am not averse to metal, i just think stealing tired old thrash metal riffs and singing emo vocals over them is totally cheesy.

and besides it's not like they're the worst band that ever existed. i will grant that they are a tight bunch of musicians, but then again so is rod stewart's current touring band but i think i'll skip that show! *rimshot*
seriously though, i just don't think thrash metal and emo are a good combination... it is not really a "hey, you put chocolate in my peanut butter" type of thing, it is more like "hey you put generic-brand barbeque sauce in my ice cream" or something.
anyway, no offense to thrice fans, i just wanted to demonstrate that i do have an open mind and i did give them a fair chance... however, i just don't like their sound, nor do i find them particularly original. peace.

-jefferson anklesocks


Anonymous (March 5, 2002)

coolest band of the moent. - bigjerk

orkj (March 4, 2002)

melodic hardcore ? metal with emo vocals and some small parts with screaming hardcore voice. this band is NOT punkrock, its pure METAL goddamn.

Anonymous (March 4, 2002)

How can some of you be closed-minded? I admit, I am not a big fan of metal, but Thrice is incredibly talented. Between the guitar riffs and beautiful lyrics, this is one of the best cds i have heard in a long time. Melodic hardcore at its best.

Anonymous (March 3, 2002)

Ugh,,, I agree with orkj, this is too much like some of that crappy metal from the late 80's. As sickboi states in his review, Megadeth riffs abound, although I personally don't think that's a good thing. To me this sounds like nothing but a re-hash of old sludgy metal riffs with some typical emo vocals slapped on the surface. You could probably take the vocal track from a Thursday album and play it over the instrument tracks from some old Testament album and get much the same effect. I repeat, ugh.

- Jefferson Chinstrap

P.S. sickboi's review was well-written but I just don't share his enthusiasm for this mediocre band...
P.S.S. thank you to whoever made the comment about mentioning Lifetime and Thrice in the same sentence. LOL

orkj (March 3, 2002)

i dowloaded the first track to see what the thrice thing was all about, and this "great start" of a cd really sucks, its pure metal, and please spare me for metal.

SaYnE_GuY (March 2, 2002)

Kick Ass!

Sheena (March 2, 2002)

Alright, this is the first CD I ever bought because Scott told me to (I think) The opening song was crap, but after that it picks up. It was a well spent $11.99 tax, but I think I was expecting something else. Thrice is good. Can't wait to see them with further seems forever, and hot rod circuit. I have HIGH expectations for that show.

evildeadalive (March 2, 2002)

They're coming again fairly soon with Face to Face, so I'll definately be sure to see them then. Hopefully they get a full set too.

Duk (February 28, 2002)

I can barely deal!

It's that good...

Anonymous (February 28, 2002)

the whole show was great. i wish thrice would have been given a longer set...they didn't get to play either of my favorite songs, torch to end all torches or to awake and avenge the dead. t&c was a great song to end on though. rock

Anonymous (February 26, 2002)

I'm gonna see Thrice tonight! yea they rock. really great cd.

evildeadalive (February 24, 2002)

Shit. I wanted to go that. How were AAA and Anti-Flag?

Anonymous (February 24, 2002)

i just saw thrice in seattle and let me tell you, it was worth the 5 hour drive. you gotta love their fucking sound, it's not like any other out there. rock on...

Anonymous (February 21, 2002)

This is hands down the best record thus far of 2002. Thrice does nothing but get better and better. I can't wait to hear their cover of the Real Life song "Send Me An Angel" It's going to rock

Anonymous (February 21, 2002)

its rad when one person so obviously posts twice in a row.

smooth, dickhead.

Anonymous (February 21, 2002)

It's bad to mention a band like Lifetime in the same sentence as Thrice...Unless the sentence is, "Lifetime was great band and Thrice sounds like shit".

Anonymous (February 21, 2002)

I have not heard this yet, but I'm confident when I say that it sucks, Thrice sucks, and Thrice sucks even worse when you have to sit through them live waiting for a good band to play. Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that Thrice's last album also sucked. The End.

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

this and piebald have been in my cd player nonstop...Riley is amazing on this cd and Dustin's vocals are way better....Teppei went off on his guitar...I got the awesome chance of seeing them perform all their new stuff at the free show and they were amazing! Can't wait for the F2F tour!!

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

Hey its Sina again (look down about 20 comments),
this album is amazing at first but .... it gets even better!!!
I like it even more now, and learning the songs helps a lot. I suggest all of the people that dont like this album learn all the songs and youll see the amount of skill that has gone into this album.
I havnt heard the whole of "Identity Crisis" but I doubt it beats this!! :P ;p ;p (no idea why I put the ;p)
c ya l8a (or not)

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

jeez, someone tries to make a point that you shouldn't criticize others for their short-comings and someone else has to criticize that. there's a lot petty bickering going on these day from trendy little punk rockers that think that because they've got the internet and they got an email back from the guy that knows a guy that knows the drummer for hot water music and so now they know a thing or two about a thing or two that no one else in this whole world really would give two seconds of their life to find out. my advice to all of you is enjoy the music, maybe research it, but don't act like you're better than the next guy for knowing why jawbreaker broke up, or that joe escalante is a bull fighter in his spare time, cuz it's not worth anyone's time but your own...

Anonymous (February 20, 2002)

Whos acting like they got the inside scoop? I was just stating fact that most people know.

Anonymous (February 19, 2002)

i was just trying to make the point that you shouldn't judge someone for miss spelling just like you shouldn't judge someone for being ignorant.....i read the nofx site too, i know where they got their name, so don't act like you've got the inside scoop or something.

knowledge is power, arm yourself

Anonymous (February 19, 2002)

i just got this record yesterday...yikes. i'm in love.

moldy (February 19, 2002)

actually the reel in reel big fish is a pun on the word real, they use reel like a fishing rod reel, haha, shit i need to work on my paper

Anonymous (February 18, 2002)

God, NOFX isnt even a word... it isnt even supposed to be a word... they took their name from an old punk band named negative fx. Why bitch about everything?

Anonymous (February 18, 2002)

...if spelling is punk, how do you explain:
ghoti hook
reel big fish
individuality & open minds = punk

sickboi (February 18, 2002)

Nah, in the first sentence I put "and" instead of "an". Sue me.

Anonymous (February 15, 2002)

easily the best record of the year. absolutely incredible on all levels: drumming, guitars, vocals, bass, everything.

i would absolutely recommend this record to everyone. its incredible.

Anonymous (February 15, 2002)

Are you a total idiot? there is not one spelling error in the whole thing dipshit. where did you go to school?

sickboi (February 15, 2002)

I admitted below that this review sucked ass. I don't take the time to "proofread" something I do in my spare time. Try working sometime junior, maybe you'll understand.

sickboi (February 15, 2002)

Eat a dick...

Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

sorry, i couldn't make it through all your glaring typos to actually read this review.

proofread next time.


ps: spelling is punk

Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

this is definately a progression to a darker sound, and i like that. i'm getting tired of soda-pop hardcore and punk music. dustin writes the most eloquent lyrics i've ever heard, and teppei is by far one of the best guitar players in the punk scene these days....AND THIS IS ONLY THEIR SECOND ALBUM!! i expect these guys to do great things...

Anonymous (February 14, 2002)

thrice kicks hard ass - on the IOS and live!!! it's something about dustin's voice that's sooo damn melodic and smooth and wow the way teppei's guitar solos go off the wall. :) the first time i heard the illusion of safety all i could do was sit there with a silly grin on my face....

yep, anyway, i am dying to see them play philly again. they totally stole the show last time they came through.

Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

fuckin greatest thing i've heard i am addicted to this cd it has everything i want to hear.

CallingLondon (February 13, 2002)

this is an increadible album. this band use a perfect combination of metal and hardcore to create a much needed sound. my throat hurts from just listening to this guy scream. now i need to check out Identity Crisis.

Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

I like identity crisis better. I liked the metal influences on that better. on this one it gets annoying. I don't know i've only listened to it a few times, maybe it will grow on me

Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

This band kicks my ass. In a good way. -suspect device

Anonymous (February 13, 2002)

i had to change my underwear...thrice...after listening to this album. har har har har METAL METAL METAL METAL MAGGOT BRAIN DEATH PIE SOIPDJAFIJSDFOIJSDAFOIJSHELLOUSIAFHDSUIAHF UNDERLORD METAL

sickboi (February 13, 2002)

This album is Thrice-erific....

Anonymous (February 12, 2002)

Holy shit!!!! did Sina say the greatest album EVER?? Ok, the new thrice is a really good album, but c'mon, Let's put things in perspective.

Anonymous (February 12, 2002)

I totaly agree with you.
I am from England and I am one of two poeple in my school that know of this album. This album has got to be the greatest album created EVER. The best album of all time. no other album will beat this.
Anyone who doesnt buy this album is missing out so much!!!
I might sound obsessed to you! But thats coz I am!! ;P
Well bye for now. Till the next Thrice album.
from Guildford, England

Anonymous (February 12, 2002)

I finally got this album yesterday. I loved the first one, but this is a masterpiece.

Anonymous (February 12, 2002)

glumble has made my day. anyone that doesn't like Anti-Flag is ok in my book.

Anonymous (February 9, 2002)

I like Thrice, but honestly they suck live.

Anonymous (February 9, 2002)

MEGADETH ROCKS!!!! I dont get it why punkers like Iron Maiden but not Megadeth.. I guess they get intimidated by guitar solos

Anonymous (February 9, 2002)

glumble, you like mogwai?

your opinion just went right out the window.

the illusion of safety is one of the best records i've EVER heard. thrice is freaking amazing.

glumble (February 8, 2002)

I'm sorry, but these guys really suck. The fact that they are touring with Anti-Flag makes me not respect them just as much.

Anonymous (February 8, 2002)

i had to change my underwear after listening to this album...twice. this album slays.

MidtownRocker (February 8, 2002)

i got the illusion of safety in the mail 2 days ago from hopeless (who sends you SOO much coool shit if you order from them) and i popped it in my player. the first thing i said was..."okay...this album absolutely can not be better than identity crisis". so after listening through the whole album with several convulsions related to how good it was.....all i could say was "how the hell could it get ANY better than this..." definitely one of the best albums of the year. props to punknews, i saw them in the hopeless catalog...rock out kiddos!

Anonymous (February 8, 2002)

this is the best cd i've purchased yet this year. this is the first cd in a long time to ever give me the chills. the duel singing/screaming vocals are amazing. the guitar work is amazing. the lyrics are amazing. go buy this cd if you have the chance, and even if you dont, do it anyway.

maverick (February 8, 2002)

Dude, this band is not christian. They say so on their webpage.

This CD shreds.


Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

haha, i'm just kidding...

this cd is really fucking good....

just like sum41...yeah, that's what i meant to say...

no seriously, i do like thrice, i don't like sum41...i wanted to see what you guys would say....

but i guess sickboi called me out...i'm not THAT dumb...


Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

i only know the one ep or whatever that came out before this. and it was good, i still listen to some of the songs, but the lyrics hti me as waytoo christian for my liking ohwell you win some you lose some

exhaustra (February 7, 2002)

yeah, im pretty sure he did say 'thrice-tacular.'

Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

This is one incrdible fucking record...and yes sickboi, it is one of your poorer reviews, but we all can't be great all the time.

layawayplan (February 7, 2002)

"to awake and avenge the dead" has perhaps the best outro of any song i've ever heard. "The Red Death" kind of reminds me of "savant" by strung out. Overall an excellent album.

Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

THRICE SOUNDS LIKE SUM 41?!?! how in the world could that comment come out of anyones umm keyboard....... but yea i just downloaded this cd and it fucking kicks a ton of fucking ass.. holy shit is all i can say! I was expecting something a little less hardcore but I was shown differently.. thank god. Phoenix Ignition is my favorite song, but they all kick a ton of fucking ass! Some songs are hard and some songs melodic but they all have an incredible mix of both. Thrice is fucking incredible!

sickboi (February 7, 2002)

This is one of the crappier reviews I have done. Sum 41? Jimi, you seem like a pretty smart guy, but sometimes you say some pretty dumbass shit.

Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

thrice sounds like sum 41....

converse among yourselves...


Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

It will be interesting to see these guys on the Face To Face tour. I have never seen them, but I have heard good things,should be a great show.(I know F2F will be killer).

Anonymous (February 7, 2002)

did he say "Thrice-tacular" ?

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