|1. Kill Me Quickly|
|2. A Subtle Dagger|
|3. See You In The Shallows|
|4. Betrayal Is A Symptom|
|6. In Years To Come|
|7. The Red Death|
|8. A Living Dance Upon Dead Minds|
|9. Where Idols Once Stood|
|11. To Awake And Avenge The Dead|
|12. So Strange I Remember You|
|13. The Beltsville Crucible|
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.
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.