The Illusion of Safety (Thrice album)

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The Illusion of Safety
Thrice - The Illusion of Safety cover.jpg
Studio album by Thrice
Released February 5, 2002
Recorded July 2001 at Salad Days Studio, Beltsville, Maryland
Genre Post-hardcore, emo, melodic hardcore
Length 38:33
Label Sub City
Producer Brian McTernan
Thrice chronology
Identity Crisis
The Illusion of Safety
The Artist in the Ambulance

The Illusion of Safety is the second album by American rock band Thrice. The album was recorded in Beltsville, Maryland.


It was released in 2002 through Sub City Records. It is the last Thrice album released on the label before it was signed to Island Records. A portion of the proceeds from the release of the album were donated to A Place Called Home, a non-profit youth center in South Central Los Angeles.

Between late June and mid-August, the group went on the 2002 edition of Warped Tour.[1]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
SputnikMusic 5/5 stars[3] 4.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.0/10)[5]

"The Illusion of Safety" received generally positive reviews, the average ratings on and iTunes are both 5 stars. Many reviews applauded the polished mix of melodic hardcore, that was heavily influenced by emotive hardcore, and punk. The album was widely praised for its buzz-saw guitar riffs, lyrical depth and song structure.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dustin Kensrue; all music composed by Dustin Kensrue, Teppei Teranishi, Eddie Breckenridge and Riley Breckenridge.

No. Title Length
1. "Kill Me Quickly" 2:46
2. "A Subtle Dagger" 1:48
3. "See You in the Shallows" 2:35
4. "Betrayal Is a Symptom" 2:49
5. "Deadbolt" 3:00
6. "In Years to Come" 2:16
7. "The Red Death" 2:14
8. "A Living Dance Upon Dead Minds" 3:32
9. "Where Idols Once Stood" 3:08
10. "Trust" 2:54
11. "To Awake and Avenge the Dead" 3:06
12. "So Strange I Remember You" 3:42
13. "The Beltsville Crucible" 4:37
Total length: 38:33



Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard Top Independent Albums[8] 14
Top Heatseekers 20
Top Internet Albums 22