Artist: Thousand Foot Krutch
Album: Welcome To The Masquerade
Release Date: 9/8/09
Label: Tooth and Nail Records
Do you want a great rock album? Maybe even the best one of 2009? Then Thousand Foot Krutch's new album is exactly that. They return with their much anticipated fifth studio album, entitled Welcome To The Masquerade. It mixes lots of different TFK elements such as some of their original rap-rock, heavy guitars, and even some new heavier vocals not usually heard on TFK albums. The album opens up with the instrumental track "The Invitation" which blends guitars with some piano. The title track follows with hard-hitting guitars and is a good opening full length track for the album. The song "Fire It Up" is a great sports anthem that goes along the lines of "Move" and "Rawkfist". It has also had placements on the Indycar Series and the G.I Joe movie trailer. The first single "Bring Me To Life" features haunting piano and great guitars. Listeners may notice the scream after the first chorus is different then the original single released for free via Feed The Beat. "E For Extinction" has the heavy vocals mentioned above in the background in the chorus. "Watching Over Me" bears resemblance to an FM Static song. It is a song about knowing that God is always there and features these lyrics in the chorus : "I know You're out there, and I know You care, cause I feel You like an angel watching over me". "The Part That Hurts The Most (Is Me)" is a typical TFK rock song that includes some of the piano that is being used on most of the album. "Scream" is an emotional song that states "It's like a mask I don't want to wear anymore" which is referring to disguising past sins and wrongs that we have committed. A similar song that goes along with this theme is "E For Extinction" (mentioned above). That song says that we "camouflage ourselves" from things that we have done. "Look Away" is a nice stripped down acoustic song about asking Jesus to take away our cuts and make them shine. The ballad "Forward Motion", is a radio-ready song, currently being played on Air 1 radio. "Outta Control" is another typical rock song for TFK. "Smack Down" is a hand-clapping, feet-stomping song, that seems like it was made for wrestling, and probably any competition sport. The album ends with "Already Home" which features very beautiful violins in the beginning of the song. It is about being on our knees in front of Jesus confessing how we have sinned, but not running away since we are already home. TFK has definitely become a very mature band with the release of WTTM. It is the most complete TFK album to date, and their best release.
Album Highlights: Fire It Up, E For Extinction , Forward Motion, Look Away, Smack Down, Already Home
Rating: 10/10 This is TFK's best album ever to date. It is also the best rock album of the year!