Review Summary: As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover...2 of 4 thought this review was well written
Thousand Foot Krutch is one of the few Christian bands to have made a mainstream appeal, which I suppose would be thanks to their very-mainstream like sound. Beginning in the late 90's, their albums have been piling one upon each other, while reaching their peak with Phenomenon, and just a journey downwards that followed. The year is now 2009, well, it was when this album was released...so as I was saying, the year is now 2009, what does TFK have to offer? The same old album we've been getting all these years, or maybe something new? How about both...
This album takes pride in its heavy riffs, and of course, Trevor's vocals. While still carrying the same ferocity in a few songs, they have now been put in the background, for his newly smooth vocals to take place, and might I say, they are an absolutely delight. The drumming maintains the beat throughout the album, while unfortunately never standing out. The bass is barely audible, but given the guitar riffs, it would be a miracle to hear them.
But TFK is not afraid to take chances, as this album shows use of synths, and they are used for great purpose, as is obvious in Bring Me To Life. As for lyrical themes, this album shows some subtlety, in songs like Already Home, some Christian themes, in songs like the aforementioned, Bring Me To Life, and some unfortunate immature lyrics, in songs like Fire It Up, and Smack Down.
The Invitation: A stunning intro, with a slowly ascending sound, and reaching its peak, just to flow into the title track.
E for Extinction: Calling this the best track wouldn't be an understatement, we are welcomed with smooth vocals, while being surprised by Trevor's rough vocals in the bridge, and a hybrid of both in the chorus. Catchy, catchy, catchy...
The Part That Hurts The Most: The drumming maintains an excellent beat, while the riffs support it. This song reaches its best part when the chorus comes in, at this point, we are definitely aware that Trevor's vocals aren't a force to be messed with.
Look Away: One of the few sparingly ballads found on this album, and this one is surprisingly wonderful. Features heavy use of strings. It talks about not looking away from the truth, interesting...
Forward Motion: Imagine a TFK pop song, yes, I know, its hard to, but this is exactly what this song is all about, Forward Motion has a motivating theme(duh!), and adds a lot of diversity to this album.
Outta Control: Not a favorite of mine, but this song deserves credit for featuring the best vocals on the album. A theme of child abuse, this song shows some subtlety under its heavy riffs, and vocals.
Already Home: Album closer, begins with a wonderful string intro, and Trevor's vocals then take reign. A vocal juggernaut, this track shows TFK at its smoothest, and finishes the album with an excellent feeling.
As you can see, I put heavy emphasis on Trevor's vocals, which are the definite standout. This album showcases TFK's talent as songwriters, and shows the diversity found on this album. Goodbye Phenomenon! Welcome To The Masquerade takes the lead as TFK's best album.