Thrice
The Illusion of Safety


5.0
classic

Review

by Adam Thomas STAFF
August 8th, 2010 | 164 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The reason I eat, breathe, and sleep music

Music is my obsession. If I have any free time you can bet that there's a good chance that I will either be writing it, listening to it, or searching for it. It has become the glue that, along with my friends and family, holds me together. My journey in becoming the elitist, asshole of a music snob that I am today would have never gotten off the ground if it wasn't for Thrice. When I started middle school, I, like just about every other kid out there whose brain had been morphed and over-saturated by modern rock radio, was enamored by the likes of Linkin Park, Metallica, and Blink 182, but in 2002 I was introduced to Thrice and never looked back. Thrice sparked a fire in my heart that still burns brightly to this day. Not only did The Illusion of Safety get the ball rolling on the pathway to music nerd-dom, it was the inspiring force for me to pick up a guitar, and through shared connection helped establish some of my longest running friendships.

The Illusion of Safety is the perfect post-hardcore album. For proof of this just look at the thousands of bands that popped up after its release, trying in vain to capture the power and and majesty hidden within its thirty-eight minutes. The Illusion of Safety perfectly blends harsh screams and blistering guitar work with clean vocals and addicting, hook filled melodies. One only needs to listen to “Deadbolt” to understand why. Teppei Teranishi's intro riff has become the genre's defining moment, not to mention when it resurfaces in the chorus under Dustin Kensrue's soaring vocals it sounds as though all the energy in the world is focused through your speakers and into your being. But not all of The Illusion of Safety's power lies within its furious side. “So Strange I Remember You” and “See You In the Shallows” showcase a perfected version of the melodic punk of Thrice's debut, Identity Crisis, with resounding sing-a-long chants, punk beats, and fast power chords, making even the best songs from their debut sound like immature growing pains.

Dustin Kensrue's lyrics on The Illusion of Safety are among his most personal. While still not as refined as what he would offer up on later releases, found within the literary references and religious allusions of his words, Kensrue's struggles with faith, dogma, and friendships are the backbone for his poetry on The Illusion of Safety. Yet instead of the global existentialism of “we” that made Vheissu so uplifting for its fans, Kensrue's struggles on Illusion are his and his alone making it a much darker place, melding perfectly with the heavier instrumentation of the album.

It's strange looking back at an album like The Illusion of Safety, as it was so pivotal in the construction of my musical DNA. Maybe its greatest legacy to me is that every time I listen to that closing refrain in “To Awake and Avenge the Dead” I still get the same chill down my spine as I did almost a decade ago when I listened to it for the first time, inspiring me to try my hardest to out do it, but like dogs running after a mechanical rabbit at a race track, all I can do is try, ever continuing to strive for perfection.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010


17224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

100

731
August 8th 2010


662 Comments


Great review

albums okay

omgraptors
August 8th 2010


817 Comments


lol if you know any better post-hardcore albums please enlighten us

kingjulian
August 8th 2010


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sick album. I like Artist a tad better and Vheissu a tad more, but this thing is phenomenal. Yes, it is ALL about the closing of To Awake And Avenge The Dead.

kingjulian
August 8th 2010


1298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sick album. I like Artist a tad better and Vheissu a tad more, but this thing is phenomenal. Yes, it is ALL about the closing of To Awake And Avenge The Dead.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010


6269 Comments


Monumental first paragraph.

Prettty much describes my relationship with music.

an ignorant's question:

Where does this band stand musically in comparison to - let's say - Mastodon or Burst?

Digging: Fly Golden Eagle - Quartz Bijou

Greggers
August 8th 2010


2375 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Congrats on 100 mate; great review for an awesome album.

731
August 8th 2010


662 Comments


lol if you know any better post-hardcore albums please enlighten us

Fugazi - every album
Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime
Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You
At The Drive-In - Relationship of Command

there's just a few, if you want more leave a message in my shoutbox, k?

TheAngelScream
August 8th 2010


23 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Awesome read. Love this album and Thrice.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010


17224 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@ voivod: less complex, less proggy, less metal, more punk influenced. with the amount of bands that have played this style over the last decade it's lost a bit of it's punch for a first time listener, but it's still worth checking out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01IxzUjYS0w

PregnantTeen
August 8th 2010


168 Comments


nice work adam

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010


6269 Comments


@ redskyformiles


Thanx a lot man.

Sometimes i get really saturated from my metal listens and i want to listen sth that matches your description.

klap
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010


10543 Comments


congrats baby

Digging: Jessie Ware - Tough Love

Romulus
August 8th 2010


8447 Comments


Great review and congrats on 100 but I definitely wouldn't put this as the best post-hardcore album ever

fivesnw
August 8th 2010


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the cleans on here get so annoying, good thing the rest of the music makes up for it

HaloDude442
August 8th 2010


693 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Amazing review, and this album is still in my top 5 of all time. I have the vinyl, and this album will never lose it's magic. This is music at it's finest.

fivesnw
August 8th 2010


276 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ov-er-ra-ted *clapclap clapclapclap*

eternium
August 8th 2010


16338 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Congratulations on 100. Awesome album and truly amazing band.

FelixCulpa
August 8th 2010


1240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, and in your opening paragraph about TIOS basically describe my relationship to Vheissu when I was first introduced to Thrice, except that guitar part. And congrats to a 100!

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
August 8th 2010


28770 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

XD XD XD



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