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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

CD Review: Thousand Foot Krutch "Welcome To The Masquerade"

Thousand Foot Krutch was one of three bands chosen as the winner of Taco Bell's Feed The Beat contest earlier this year. In conjunction with winning the contest they released "Bring Me To Life," which would be the first single off of their forthcoming album, as a free download.

When I first listened to the song I melted. My heart leaped for joy at the thought of new TFK music reminiscent of my favorite album of theirs, Phenomenon. Needless to say, I've been anxiously awaiting September 8th, the day it would be possible to get my hands on their new album Welcome To The Masquerade.

So now I have it, and my thoughts? It's good. Really good. Not quite sure if I'd say it would beat Phenomenon, but time will tell as this disc gets played on repeat for the next couple weeks. Here's a breakdown of some highlights on the new album.

Many of the tracks represent classic TFK material to me. Songs like, "Welcome To The Masquerade," "Bring Me To Life," and "E for Extinction." Simply great rock songs, along the lines of previous hits like, "Falls Apart" and "Absolute."

It wouldn't be a TFK album without the sports anthems either. "Fire It Up" is already slated to be on the video game for NHL 10. "Smack Down" is another anthem that I'd say is my favorite song on the whole album. The clapping, screaming and foot stomping is infectious to say the least. It makes me wish I was still in high school so I could put it on the warm-up tape for the basketball team.

An element I so appreciate about TFK is their ability to slow the music down and sing some poignant lyrics that hit home - hard. Once such song is "Look Away," a song that Trevor says is based on emails and letters from fans over the years. The lyrics read, "I will not look away this time, take all these cuts and make them shine, I don't want to be perfect, just alright." The closing track, "Already Home," provides the same, "I'm on my knees cause you're everything I need and I've made a mess of myself on my own, and now I'm on my face and I calling out your name, and I won't run away cause I'm already home."

Overall, if you've been a Thousand Foot Krutch from the days of Set It Off, this album will not disappoint. By far, this is one of the best rock albums to hit stores this year.

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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