Thousand Foot Krutch
Phenomenon


4.0
excellent

Review

by raggedragamuffin USER (5 Reviews)
May 12th, 2006 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist


Thousand Foot Krutch, being a Christian rock band, only slowly became a mainstream band, and as such is only starting to become known in most circles. The band achieved a lot of success on the Christian rock charts, and with their breakout single "Rawkfist", they broke into the mainstream charts, reaching #28 with that single in 2004.

After their first two releases, "That's What People Do" and "Set It Off", which were both heavily focused on Trevor McNevan's rapping skills and were realeased independently, the band signed with Tooth and Nail to produce this album. Truly this CD was a major break away from the rap-intense lyrics of "Set It Off", pushing more into some foot-tapping guitar and some actual singing as opposed to rapping, although on the whole, nothing really impressive in the instrumental domain.

What makes this Cd really unique is that it incorporates different genres, including Rap, Hip-Hop, Christian, and just plain Rock, so that it is hard to define exactly what it is that you're listening to.

Track by Track Overview:

1) Phenomenon: The title track. A simple guitar riff, over which Trevor raps but not as fast-paced as he is prone to. Then comes the chorus, where you really just start to bang your head with the more pounding guitar and drums. In the next verse, there's some pretty corny lyrics, like "don't let these spiders, crawl up beside us, they want to bite us, inject the virus", which kind of take away from the song because you start wishing he'll stop rhyming with "us" like that. But again, the chorus is great. The third verse has some different sounding guitar, but much better lyrics than the other verses. I like listening to Trevor get really excited as they move into the last chorus. The end of the song just repeats the last line of the chorus a couple times. 3/5

2) Step to Me: After a pretty sweet kind-of call-respond guitar intro, the bassist Joel Bruyere just gets to do his thing during the verse, which is not disappointing at all. Then the intro again the pre-verse, leading up to a chorus that I just listen to over and over again, with lyrics like "I, can't count the times I've tried, stand alone just to lift you high". Some pretty obvious Christian lyrics but you don't have to interpret it that way. Then the second verse talks about not giving into temptation, but once again you don't have to look at it that way. The third really slows up, with some odd kind of effects, but still about standing for what you believe in. The outro, which is the pre-verse again, is just spectualrly gripping with the powerful lyrics "Haunt me, if you want me, but I'll warn you, If you ever step to me again, you try to control me, but you can't hold me, you don't own me, if you ever step to me". 5/5

3) Last Words: Not anything special in the intro, but again Joel gets to do his thing in the verse, with some lyrics that are more sung this time. The chorus is very moving, saying "These are the last words, I'm ever gonna get to say to you
When everything falls away from you, Take these words, And know the world is not worth leaving". But my favorite part of the song is the third verse, which goes much slower and then builds up again, it provides me with one of my favorite verses of all time: "And if I was you, I'd get on my knees and pray, and thank God in the morning for another day". 5/5

4) This is a Call: The most emotional song on the album, it could almost make you you tear up a little. Less rock emphasis than the rest of the songs on the CD, it's just a smooth-flowing track that tells the story of 2 kids and the hard times they're having. It really kindof puts your problems in perspective as you empathize, and truly just makes me want to reach out to God. The thirs verse is especially powerful, kindof like a prayer to Jesus, a call, saying "Well if you're real then save me Jesus, cause I've been here for far too long. I wasn't meant, to feel alone." It's also cool how through the song, they start from a girl's perspective, then a boy's perspective, then finally the singer's perspective, and when it gets to "I'm calling out to you", you truly are calling out. This song is my favorite on the CD. 5/5

5) Rawkfist: This is the first song I ever heard by TFK, but I don't really like it as much now as I did the first time I heard it. Trevor gets back to what it really likes to do, rapping up the verses. It really does just make you put your fist in the air, or at least start bobbing your head. In my opinion, the chorus is less than great, considering I have no idea where it comes from in relation with the song. So aside from "Throw up your rawkfist, if you're feeling it when I drop this", this song doesn't really do much for me in the long-term. 4/5

6) Faith, Love and Happiness: I love the guitar in the intro of this song. The rapping in the verses is decent, but again not hardcore rapping like off of "Supafly" and the like. The chorus is ok, but really doesn't grab as much as other choruses on the CD. The third verse would be sensational if they didn't basically repeat the same thing twice. Outro= intro, but it still is good guitar so its all right. 4/5

7) I Climb: This song goes straight into the verse, which Trevor sings. I really don't get into the song until the chorus, which really has some emotional lyrics that just stream into my head and take control of me. He sings "Don't want you to be, anything at all, I just want you to say love me I don't care just stop live like this". The second verse is pretty much the same as the first. The third verse does have some good lyrics, which turn out to be about meeting Jesus. But my favorite part of the song is the outro, which calls out "I'll shout from the top of the rooftop singing, I'm not afraid of the bed I lay in. Listen to the sound of the voices ringing, I can't deny it, no more silence". 5/5

8) Quicken: After a powerful guitar intro, the verse is again just Joel on the bass. But then the guitars come crashing back in fro the pre-chorus and get you jumping and excited for the chorus which builds on that momentum. The third verse, as usual is where TFK reveals some of their Christian orientation, singing about coming and kneeling before God. And that's what really sorta defines them for me, because they're not afraid to show they're Christian, they'll sing Christian lyrics without fear of mainstream rejection. And it's usually what helps me connect in deeper ways with their music. 5/5

9) New Design: Straight into the verse, with some pretty nice palm-muting guitar going on. Then the chorus has the more powerful guitars, talking about being alone, but unfortunately they repeat it at this early stage when I'm ready for another verse instead. The third verse does some really cool stuff on guitar, and as a guitarist that really gets me excited, and Trevor does some of his best rapping on the CD. The outro is really quick and leaves me wanting more, which I guess is what they want. 5/5

10) Bounce: This is one of those song that TFK likes to do about their own music, telling you how much they rock, and telling you what to do in reaction to that. The Chorus straightforward explains that: "Bounce, show me what it's all about, don't stand just bounce, cause we're takin over now. It's TFK, we rock the party, and keep the party rockin in an old school way". The verses have some good rapping although a little subpar lyrics-wise. They tone down the guitar to start the third verse, which really sets you up for when in comes back full force. Although this song is a little slower than most I've bounced to, it does get people into the air anyways. 4/5

11) Ordinary: The power guitar pre-verse, fast-paced rapping from Trevor, combined with a powerful chorus get this song off so fast that they're done with 2 verses and choruses after 1:25. Then they slow it down quite a bit, and Trevor just raps some more. Then the pre-chorus and the last chorus are just phenomenal, slowly building up withe plam-mute and then unleashing:
"One! You can't make me feel this way, Two! You can't make me run away
Can't understand my chemistry, Laugh if that makes me ordinary
You could never stop this feelin' I've got inside of me
And you could never fill these shoes, 'Cause I refuse to lose
I'm just ordinary me", and so on, closing with the fast-paced guitar.
This song is far more than ordinary. 5/5

12) Break the Silence: A lot of bands don't have much to offer near the dn of their CDs, but this is not the case here. This song packs just as much energy as any of the others. The verses are sung rather than rapped, with louder guitars than in other songs. The chorus isn't as great as some of the other songs. The third verse has some great lyrics, as Trevor sings "I'm slippin away, everytime I try, to be more like you". But my favorite part of the song is the outro, wher Trevor shows more of his vocal range repeating "Let's get it on and on and on, if you feel it coming on and on and on, if your real then come along, along, along, if you feel the song come on bring it on, bring it on" and ending just with that invitation to bring it on. 4/5

Overall, this is one of my favorite CDs of all time, and from the first song to the last song, it' something I can listen to over and over and over again without getting tired of it. I give it a 5/5, and highly recommend it for anybody.


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AlienEater
May 12th 2006


716 Comments


A lot of bands don't have much to offer near the dn of their CDs

The last track is often the best.
What makes this Cd really unique is that it incorporates different genres, including Rap, Hip-Hop, Christian, and just plain Rock, so that it is hard to define exactly what it is that you're listening to.

"Christian" isn't really a genre.
Aside from these, this was a pretty decent review.

This Message Edited On 05.12.06

backinhindsight
May 12th 2006


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this cd, I used to play it in the car all the time and my mom loves it, surprisingly it's her favorite band, partly because it can't really be classified and it's interesting and solid all the way through

pattern_recognition
May 13th 2006


950 Comments


These guys piss me off for two reasons:
1) They completely changed their sound as soon as a major label picked them up. No more rapping, they're just boring, straight-ahead rock now.
2) They claim that while they're each devoted christians, their music isn't about preaching or converting people, and yet listen to 'Absolute' off their latest album and see if you can say that with a straight face.

raggedragamuffin
May 13th 2006


689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this isn't really a complete change in sound, although it is a major transition from rap-heavy "rhyme animal", "supafly", and others. Trevor still raps a few times, just not as long. Its a shame cause hes really good.
the major transition they made that has somewhat pissed me off is for "the art of Breaking" cd. theres almost no rap, and it seems like theyve left behind most of their christian messages so prominent on Phenomenon, except on songs like "absolute" and "breathe you in"

backinhindsight
May 13th 2006


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I got the re-mastered version of "Set it Off" and I actually thought the slower songs with less rap on it were the better songs, however I think they deffinetly changed again with "The Art Of Breaking" but not in a good way this time

raggedragamuffin
May 13th 2006


689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the remastered version of "set it off" is amazing. i also liked the songs with less rap more, although in moderation trevor is really good. my favorites off of that cd are th intro, puppet, when in doubt, and small town. i would say the alternative song, which is great until the screaming at the end which just makes me grimace

backinhindsight
May 13th 2006


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think the screaming at the end is funny personaly

raggedragamuffin
May 14th 2006


689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

eh, maybe the first couple times

theafricanbomb
May 14th 2006


9 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

good work. TFK rocks the partay!

TheLatestAndTheLast
May 20th 2006


13 Comments




originaly quoted by pattern_recognition

"These guys piss me off for two reasons:

1) They completely changed their sound as soon as a major label picked them up. No more rapping, they're just boring, straight-ahead rock now.

2) They claim that while they're each devoted christians, their music isn't about preaching or converting people, and yet listen to 'Absolute' off their latest album and see if you can say that with a straight face."


what i say, : they are christian you moron look at the lyrics i dont see how you can say what you just said with a straight face... and by the way rap sucks... just my opinion, because im a metal head but i still like these guys, and did anyone here see them at spirit west coast last year? they were awesome, but some girl who was near me and my friend got her jaw shattered because she stupidly walked into a moshpit not knowing what a moshpit was... ya i felt bad for her and all but seriosly... that is dumb, and moshpits rule! haha

TheLatestAndTheLast
May 20th 2006


13 Comments


oh and by the way pattern_recognition, have you ever been to one of their concerts? do you know how many people that they converted at their last concert i was at? there were at least 50, so please dont make dumb comments when you dont know what your talking about...

pattern_recognition
May 20th 2006


950 Comments


My point is that with their latest album (NOT this one), they changed their style to bland modern rock. I'm not a rap fan, but they had a sound that blended a lot of genres, and more importantly, sounded like THEIR sound, not Hoobastank's or Crossfade's. And then the moment a major label gets hold of them, the 'stylistic changes' start...
And as for the Christianity thing, I've read many interviews where the singer says exactly what I cited, that they may be christians, but they don't use their music as a tool to preach. Which is utter bullshit. I'm not arguing with his religion, but he should at least stick to his guns about it, not try and take the p.r. friendly route.
So get a grip. But then, I guess you saw them live, so you must automatically know more about them than me. So sorry to have an opinion.
Man, people like you make me laugh.

Hunter555
June 14th 2006


424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They didnt change their style dumbass, they wrote better music and it sounded different. You can't expect a band to keep the same style for more than a couple albums. Especially since only two of the original members are still in the band.
And he does "stick to his guns'. His lyrics all have christian themes. Theirs a big difference between having christian lyrics and yelling "I love you God" over and over like those crapass worship artists. Just read the lyrics t any of their songs and you can fit christianity in it.


pattern_recognition
June 14th 2006


950 Comments


Fair enough, but for whatever reason they changed their sound, it's fairly generic now.
As for the lyrics, all I know is that I can't listen to songs like Absolute because it feels like the singer's just preaching. It's just too heavy handed for me.
Jesus christ (pun intended), I wanted to hear a rock song, not have my soul saved.
It's not that I have anything against christian bands, but there's so many out there who do their thing with some style or subtlety. That, I can respect. This heavy-handed crap? Nope.
File under 'bland radio-rock'.

backinhindsight
June 23rd 2006


198 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

like MxPx! they're christian but you usually can't tell that's what their singing about by just listening to the song

Hunter555
July 3rd 2006


424 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Ok that makes sense ^^. Not really^. Demon Hunter and Project 86 are hard to tell. I guess MxPx is too, but definetly not TFK.

The Sludge
July 3rd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

TFK are pretty much straight forward with it. Mostly from their first album. I always appreciated them for that too.

superfascist
July 3rd 2006


118 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I think it was this album that my uncle burned for me a while ago. I listened to it, and thought that every song sounded exactly the same as the last. I tried giving it more chances, but it kept sounding exactly the same all the way through. Maybe it wouldn't have been so bad if the songs were good songs.

I ended up giving this album away to my friend. She said the same thing about it, but she liked it, and blamed my dislike for this album on account of me not being Christian.

raggedragamuffin
July 25th 2006


689 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i dont think you have to be a christian to like the album. it does have deeper meaning if you are, but i believe that overall the music can stand for itself, outside of having sopme christian themes.

ninjuice
November 5th 2006


6760 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Pretty good album and review. I'm glad you picked out my only problem with this band (before "Art of Breaking"), which is the lyrics. Trevor needs to realized not everything is about rhyming, and try not being so cliche.

The music is pretty simple, but somehow sounds much better than it actually is. Will probably become a classic in the Christian rock scene.

I think I should vent my disappointment with Art of Breaking in a review...hm.....This Message Edited On 11.06.07



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