Thousand Foot Krutch
Welcome to the Masquerade


3.5
great

Review

by silentstar USER (10 Reviews)
January 16th, 2011 | 11 replies | 10,940 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: As the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover...

2 of 2 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.

Highlights:

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.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
silentstar
January 16th 2011



1844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd love any criticism, well, as long as its helpful...

SeaAnemone
January 16th 2011



18796 Comments


The analyzation here is fine, but in the future, you should try to incorporate your "Highlights" section into the review itself, rather than merely listing the songs. ... Perhaps list some of the aspects of the album and then use specific songs as examples to exemplify these aspects. If you can pull that off the review comes across as both more professional and reader-friendly.

Eko
January 16th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

woah two tfk reviews on the front page at once. this was pretty disappointing though, TFIAOU is far and away their best
imo. this album lacks substance.

and what sea said about paragraphs and stuff

Tyrael
January 16th 2011



20394 Comments


That is one ugly album cover. Decent review.

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Eko
January 16th 2011



2119 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

woah random new lines on that comment

FatChickIrl
January 16th 2011



4096 Comments


Review was pretty average, was difficult to read at some points

silentstar
January 16th 2011



1844 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ah, thanks for the tips, I never looked at it from that angle...

wyankeif1337
January 16th 2011



6739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

you should try to incorporate your "Highlights" section into the review itself, rather than merely listing the songs


this

Spec
May 2nd 2011



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Fire It Up is cool.

Spec
April 13th 2013



26833 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I tried to change my rating but pressed the x instead so now my new rating shows up in my profile noooo

Toondude10
February 3rd 2014



1812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just got this and it is badass as hell

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