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
Studio Salad Days Studio, Beltsville, Maryland
Length 38:33
Label Sub City
Producer Brian McTernan
Thrice chronology
Identity Crisis
(2000)Identity Crisis2000
The Illusion of Safety
The Artist in the Ambulance
(2003)The Artist in the Ambulance2003

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


It was released in February 2002 through Sub City 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. In February and March, the group went on tour with Anti-Flag and Against All Authority. In late March, the group performed a few shows with Further Seems Forever, Hot Rod Circuit and Recover.[1]

In April and May, the group supported Face to Face on their headlining US tour.[2] Between late June and mid-August, the group performed on the Warped Tour.[3] In October and November, the group went on tour with Hot Water Music and Coheed and Cambria.[4]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork (6.0/10)[6] 4.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars[8]

"The Illusion of Safety" received generally positive reviews. 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.[9]

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



Chart (2002) Peak
US Billboard Top Independent Albums[11] 14
Top Heatseekers 20
Top Internet Albums 22


  1. ^ Heisel, Scott (January 23, 2002). "Thrice Record Release Show/Tour Plans". Aubin Paul. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  2. ^ DuFour, Matt (March 19, 2002). "Face To Face Ruin Everything". The Fader. Andy Cohn. Archived from the original on 24 April 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Warped Tour To Kick Off In Late June". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. March 7, 2002. Retrieved February 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Thrice Signs to Island". Kludge. July 18, 2002. Archived from the original on March 5, 2008. Retrieved April 10, 2018. 
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  7. ^ review
  8. ^ Sputnik Music review
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  11. ^ "Thrice Billboard Albums Chart".