Review Summary: Thousand Foot Krutch returns with their most ambitious, mature album to date.
The Art of Breaking, Thousand Foot Krutch's second internationally distributed album, has the same driving power of their debut, Phenomenon. However, conscious of the "thousand" nü metal soundalikes there are (or at least were) in the industry, TFK resurfaces with a less rapcore-edged approach, opting instead for a somewhat classic metal sound, though modern rock influences are still highly present and noticeable (check out "Hand Grenade," "Move," "Hit The Floor," and "Go"). Similarly, P.O.D. and Pillar have both tried to flee from the nü metal tag, but in doing so opted for a less gritty adaption of their signature sounds, rather than applying something completely different to their music, as TFK has. Lyrically, TFK has grown the most; while Phenomenon's lyrics suffered from cheeseball rhymes, despite its personal, empathetic nature, The Art of Breaking is more openly mature, powerful, and passionate. However, its spirituality is somewhat vague, though the band remains very upfront about faith. Being a modern rock/nü metal fan (who dug the band's indie release Set It Off), I wouldn't mind if TFK kept the rapping, but at least they ditch it in favor of a new flava'.
Nice blurb man, very well done. Nobody really does these anymore, so that's pretty ace.
I have yet to hear anything by these guys... a couple of my non-denominational churchie friends introduced me to Pillar ("Fireproof" and "Rewind" are two tracks I remember well), and I like a little P.O.D., so maybe I should check this out, too.
P.S. I know I contradicted myself as I praised Phenomenon for "killer lyrics," but I wrote this review after popping in the disc for the first time in a while, and man, they're killer in context, but the rhymes...yikes...
I'm not huge into christian music, but they definitely do pull out some good bands every now and then... ie. Demon Hunter. But this is a good album... Maybe a little more information about the band in the review? or just longer? but still good stuff.
Hated at least half this album. With much of the heavy sound gone, we're forced to listen to the lyrics much more, which haven't "matured" at all - Trevor still focuses more on rhyming than getting decent words out.
Good review though.This Message Edited On 09.22.07