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In 2000, Thrice signed-up with Sub City Records and released two LPs. The first, Identity Crisis (2000), only received 1.5 stars in the AMG review and little buzz. The second, The Illusion of Safety (2002), was widely acclaimed and received attention from major record labels. Even though Thrice's music has always included some metal influences, The Illusion of Safety contains a heavier metalcore sound than the rest of their records. The Illusion of Safety was recorded in Beltsville, Maryland and the track The Beltsville Crucible reflects this.
In 2003 Thrice signed up with Island Records and released The Artist in the Ambulance, which featured more structured songs while keeping true to their hardcore influences. In 2005 a DVD outlining their entire career thus far was released under the title If We Could Only See Us Now. It included a CD with live tracks from the Apple Store and various B-sides.
Thrice released their fourth full-length album, Vheissu, on 2005-10-18. Vheissu features something of a departure from their previous sound by introducing electronics and new instruments - namely a Rhodes Piano - that they hadn't used before this album. Another notable sound of the album is the lesser amount of a metal/hardcore style of guitar playing, but more of a variation in the vocals. During recording, the producer, Steve Osbourne, said that their new music almost sounded like Radiohead - before the vocals were added. Vheissu is critically-acclaimed, and far more mature than Thrice's previous records.
The band embarked on a tour (October 4–2005-11-21) to garner support for Vheissu with Underoath, The Bled, and Veda, beginning at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada and finishing at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, California. Thrice is currently planned to perform as part of the Taste of Chaos tour in early 2006.
On the 2006-09-07, Thrice wrote in their newsletter that they "have started writing and recording a 4 disc concept record, with each disc being themed sonically and thematically to correspond with the four natural elements - earth, air, water and fire. The final record will have somewhere between 20 and 25 songs, divided between the 4 discs."
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