Thousand Foot Krutch – Welcome to the Masquerade
August 30, 2009Posted by on
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.
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)
9. Look Away
10. Forward Motion
11. Outta Control
12. Smack Down
13. Already Home