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The Illusion of Safety

4.8 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Feb. 5 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00005YTRR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Kill Me Quickly
2. A Subtle Dagger
3. See You In The Shallows
4. Betrayal Is A Symptom
5. Deadbolt
6. In Years To Come
7. The Red Death
8. A Living Dance Upon Dead Minds
9. Where Idols Once Stood
10. Trust
11. To Awake And Avenge The Dead
12. So Strange I Remember You
13. The Beltsville Crucible

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Format: Audio CD
First off, I see a lot of reviews stating that they're not exactly sure what emos is or sounds like. Defining emo is difficult, as it is a broad category, but it can be divided three ways:
Power pop (similar to geek rock) - Promise Ring, Weezer, etc.
Emo - Sense Field
Post-hardcore - Thursday, Texas is the Reason
While Thrice tends to capture a fair portion of the post-hardcore sound, I would say they're closer to punk and indie rock. "The Illusion of Safety" represents this amalgam with speed, aggression, and melody, perhaps more than the other two major releases, "The Artist in the Ambulance" and "Idenity Crisis".
Thrice separates themselves from other bands of these genres with their intricate strumming and patterns, ranging from the metal breakdown near the end of "To Awake and Avenge the Dead" to the bluesy intro of "So Strange I Remember You". The songs on this album are cleaner and catchier than those on the more hardcore-laden "Identity Crisis", while being less mainstream and metal-sounding than "The Artist in the Ambulance". Overall, my favorite release by Thrice, as it starts strong, ends strong, and kicks rear everywhere in between.
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By A Customer on June 25 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well i first heard of thrice when i was looking at the band list for warped tour 2003. I downloaded a few songs by several bands, including several from thrice...it was the best thing i have ever done. I instantly loved the music and promptly went out and bought "The Illusion of Safety."
I am not really sure how to catergorize Thrice. Whether they are punk, hardcore, or alternative, they still play some killer guitars, a feat that not many bands can claim to have accomplished these days. Every member of the band plays their instrument well and Dustin's vocals strike a happy medium between singing and screaming, in fact, the mix between the two is just about perfect, not too much screaming and it is tasteful, unlike some bands.
The songs are almost all very fast, with songs like Deadbolt and The Beltsville Crucible stretching the limits of what i thought was possible to play on a guitar. There are also slower songs such as Trust, which is still very good. This is the best Thrice cd out there in my opinion, closely beating out Identity Crisis. Anyone who is looking to start out on Thrice should buy this cd first.
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What more can i say about this album its the best i have in my collection, its the one i always come back to after hearing other lame albums and its the one i listen to when im feeling pissed off or just wanna enjoy myself. I own all the thrice albums and i believe this to be the best one. Dustins lyrics are always meaningful, emotional and intelligient whether he be screaming them or just singing melodically. But i personally feel that Teppei is the real star of this album with his amazingly catchy and complex sounding riffs that weave in and out with Eddie and Rileys bass and drum beats.
Kill me Quickly **** (great way to start the album off when the beat drops halfway through the song its amazing)
A Subtle Dagger *** (good, short song one of the hardest on the album)
See You in the Shallows ***** (one of my favs on the album great overall song everything fits in perfectly)
Betrayal is a symptom **** (good song starts very hard but has great lyrics, very poetic)
Deadbolt ***** (Oh my God! this is like the best song ever, definitely the best on the album, but that just says the quality of the album, words wont do it justice so just buy the album even if its just for this song it would be standout on any album trust me!)
In Years to come **** (First hearing this was the one song i probably disliked the most but it has a will grow on you and now i think its a great song)
The Red Death **** (The intro is off the hook!!! as is the solo halfway through the song, this is Teppei at his best)
A Living Death Upon Dead Minds ***** (Wow!!! if it wasnt for Deadbolt this would a standout song of the album along with See You in the Shallows.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a tremendous release. While I try to be accepting to everything, and will admit that I enjoy some of the more mainstream acts in this part of the music world (Taking Back Sunday, etc...) I can't deny that I'm growing sick of hearing the same stuff re-hashed over and over. Boy Sets Fire has been one of my favorite harder acts for quite a while, and it wasn't until I picked up this album that I found anything I felt came close to that.
"The Illusion of Safety" is one of the most energetic albums I've ever heard, and it makes me think that the band must be pretty happy their current touring schedule is restricting them to short sets otherwise I don't know how they'd survive. The thing that is so impressive about this album is that it operates at an absolutely insane tempo with tons of screaming and absolutely brilliant guitar, but still manages to be absurdly catchy and hook driven.
The song that best illustrates the best qualities of this band would have to be "Deadbolt". What makes Thrice so good is the almost unnatural speed of the guitar, and just how catchy the growly/scream vocals are. From about the 0:40 second mark until about 1:30 is one of the best peices of hard punk music in the past 15 years. Be sure to check this out.
Again, I can't stress how much I enjoy this release. The guitar work is amazing and just a blast to listen to. If you are a fan of Boy Sets Fire, Rise Against, or Waterdown this is definitely an act for you to check out.
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