Thousand Foot Krutch – Welcome to the Masquerade

Thousand Foot Krutch – Welcome to the Masquerade – Tooth and Nail Records – Released 9/9/09 – Reviewed By Tyler Hess

I have finally figured it out.  Thousand Foot Krutch is a 34 year old All-Star pitcher.  I know you’re confused, so let me explain.  Baseball, for as long as I can remember, has had young pitchers come into the Major Leagues with a wicked hard fastball that blows by hitters and wows the crowds.  Later in their career, however, either the velocity goes down a bit or the batters learn where they throw their extremely fast pitch and just time their swing to hit it out anyway.  The result is that they have to actually learn how to pitch, changing speeds, placing them inside and outside, mixing pitches to throw off the batter so that they don’t know what to expect.  Sorry to baffle you non-baseball fans, but this is where Thousand Foot Krutch finds themselves today.  Early on, they could just blow people away with their rock anthems or they could throw in a ballad, but mixing the two together is what has kept me interested in their fourth full length release from Tooth and Nail (they did have a couple earlier releases, I’m not ignoring those, don’t worry long time fans).

Welcome to the Masquerade begins with a progressive, pounding instrumental intro that just keeps building in “The Invitation”, but abruptly cuts off before the title track’s thematic call to get people out and away from what they are hiding behind.  I had initial reservations about the title of the album, mostly because I had seen a couple other bands with very similar album names (Kids In The Way – Love Hate Masquerade, Goodnight Caulfield – The Masquerade), but they pull it off really well in real time so I just got over myself.  “Fire it up” comes in next and is the obvious arena rock song that you’re bound to hear at all kinds of sports events over the next year or two (they’ve already had some plugs in some racing events and a few other places).  I like that it takes until the sixth track to get to a real ballad, with “Watching Over Me”.  Sometimes those come in too soon, like in a movie where a comedic relief comes before anything really action packed has happened, what would be the point of that?  The song that makes my entire first paragraph makes sense comes in my favorite song from the ablum, “The Part That Hurts The Most (Is Me)”, with a constant roller coaster of activity and a couple of sweet distorted vocals that make it hard to ignore.  That is followed up by “Scream”, possibly the most passionate and emotional track and the story telling slower song “Look Away”.  “Smack Down” was basically born to be a WWE intro (if you read a review that doesn’t mention this, congratulate the author for either being ignorant or above stating the obvious, I am neither).  The album comes to a soothing and sentimental end with “Already Home”.

Simply put, if you are a fan of arena rock or a long time TFK listener, you should be excited about this, as it blows away anything else I’ve heard in the genre all year long.

Grade: A

1. The Invitation
2. Welcome to the Masquerade
3. Fire it up
4. Bring Me to Life
5. E for Extinction
6. Watching Over Me
7. The Part that Hurts the Most (Is Me)
8. Scream
9. Look Away
10. Forward Motion
11. Outta Control
12. Smack Down
13. Already Home


9 responses to “Thousand Foot Krutch – Welcome to the Masquerade

  1. John Wayne H. August 31, 2009 at 10:20 am

    do you like this better than Awake? While I like the song I’ve heard, I’m just really leery to dive in on new TFK since I got royally burned by the last two.

  2. Tyler Hess August 31, 2009 at 10:36 am

    i liked this MUCH more than awake. i don’t understand why people love phenomenon and not the art of breaking, what am i missing that makes the two so different? i listened to the whole discography on friday…man, set it off has some good songs, but that production was whack and his voice was so much weaker back then.

    anyway, i believe this is my new fav tfk album

  3. John Wayne H. August 31, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    then let me pose the question – do you normally prefer Skillet or TFK?

    The Art of Breaking is ok, I like some of it, just not as much as I liked Phenomenon. The Flame In All of Us is about the same to me. Set It Off is more of a sentimental album, the remastered version sucked.

  4. Tyler Hess August 31, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    before this month, i would have had to say skillet…now…probably the opposite…except live, skillet is much better.

    yea i have the remastered version…was the original better? i had a copy of the original but didnt think it was worth holding onto since i already had the remastered.

    p.s. i heard matt cassell is out 2-4 weeks, tough break for you. i can’t wait til football season

  5. M@ Brandt September 1, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I very much agree–Especially with your (Tyler Hess) last comment. I used to prefer Skillet, now I definitely like TFK better.

    The review is excellent. Don’t get me wrong, I love Skillet, but comparing the two albums (Awake and WttM), Skillet did a bit of a weak job.

  6. mitch September 7, 2009 at 12:28 am

    i think tfk are a great band and have always been solid and i am soooooo thankful they havnt done wat skillet did. i think tfk will be able to have enough commercial success with this album whilst having more rock than pop/ballads on it. this is the best album i have heard in a long time. my personal favourite is the title track atm but with time it will probably swap many times with the variety of solid rock tracks available. they have managed to put togethor an album that highlights all there best features from older albums and improve on those. makes for a great album and well worth ur money.

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  8. Josh E September 9, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    With Skillet, you can expect a lot of the same music they have been doing the past couple years. So if you enjoy their sound, then that is good for you. Trevor and the boys in TFK have this knack for giving us a different feel to each album they release, and I don’t know if Welcome To The Masquerade is their best, it’s definitely my favorite though.

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