BEST FIFTH RELEASE 2009 Award Winner!
We’ll say it: Thousand Foot Krutch has arrived.
We thought it had happened with The Flame In All Of Us, but one listen to Welcome To The Masquerade is all it took to prove that wrong. Musically, this album blends some similarities to Phenomenon with some excellent new elements… plus, actually heavier music! (This is the band’s first straight-up Hard Rock album.) Their previous record scored a full 5 & 1/2 Stars, but TFK has now, somehow, — and dramatically, at that!
Our comment? Wow.
Welcome To The Masquerade kicks off with “The Invitation”, an excellent, heavy rock instrumental opener that flows right into the next track without a pause.
Title track “Welcome To The Masquerade” then smoothly drops down into the album’s appealing Hard-Rock-heaviness.
“Fire It Up” is an equally heavy track, with rhythmic verses that make you want to move and a great short closing guitar solo.
The rhythm of “Bring Me To Life” is emphasized even more at times, and that combined with its great heavy guitar melodies make it another excellent track.
The verses of “E For Extinction” feature frontman Trevor McNevan singing in a style that he’s never done before (which, of course, ends up being quite good ), and the bridge before the chorus has unusual, interesting harmony.
“Watching Over Me” is a great, full-sounding Rock ballad with very real, yet still quite hopeful, lyrics.
“The Part That Hurts The Most (Is Me)” moves to a Hard-Edged Rock style with excellent, memorable vocal and musical melody combinations. There’s also a great Hard Rock bridge near the end.
“Scream” brings back the full Hard Rock, including more memorable vocal/musical melodies.
“Look Away” is a ballad that lyrically focuses on letting go of despair and finding true hope, while also reminding people to take the time to truly help others do so; and its chorus in particular has even more great melody combinations.
“Forward Motion” is a straight-up Rock track with hopeful lyrics.
“Outta Control”, of course , then dives back into the Hard Rock. The lyrics in the bridge near the end of the track are both pointed and strengthening.
“Smack Down” is yet another excellent heavy track. Opening with a very Phenomenon feel, it then slides into a catchy rhythm/stomp/clap combo in the verses, followed by memorable, equally-catchy chorus melodies. This track just pulls you in, and you’ll probably be humming it later.
Finally, full-sounding Rock ballad “Already Home” begins with emotive orchestration; and at the end, the song builds both in emotion and vocal height, closing the disc very well.
This is easily TFK’s best album so far (in fact, it’s one of the best albums we’ve heard!)— and it’s definitely worthy of Best Fifth Release.