Review: Thousand Foot Krutch – Live At The Masquerade | Christian Music Zine
June 6, 2011Posted by on
Tooth & Nail Records
Released June 7 2011
Reviewed By Tyler Hess
It has been awhile since I’ve actually seen Thouand Foot Krutch at a show, so my anticipation for this release was mostly focused on seeing how they and sound compared to a few years ago. That’s just one of the things that makes for a good Live CD/DVD, as there are many factors that can make this type of project hit or miss.
If you have seen the band before, this kind of thing can bring back memories that you will surely compare it to, which can make you either nostalgic and reminiscent or it can fall flat in comparison. If you’ve never seen the band play before, this is your opportunity to see what you’re missing, making the band that you may have heard all of their music for before into something real and personal.
If there is one thing that I noticed above all else on this video is that the band has clearly stepped up their live performance over the years, with Live At The Masquerade showing just how far they have come. The filming and editing effects are pretty typical for something like this, with a lot of angle changes to show different views you could possibly have of the show, which is more distracting for me than anything, but that isn’t the important part of what I see here. What I see is that this band has gotten to the point where they can put on a legitimate arena rock show for 20,000 people, with a full sound and a light presentation, sparked by flames and smoke, befitting one of the bigger names in Christian rock.
Just because you’re watching a video, doesn’t mean the vocals are irrelevant, so making sure that things sound right is just as important as the visual side of things. The good thing is that not only does the sound come through crystal clear, but vocalist Trevor McNevan’s voice absolutely has matured over the years and shines brilliantly. The guy can not only lead a show like a rock star, but he can sing anything he wants to, from the rap rock of the band’s early years, to pop songs to hard rock, he has it down.
The band that backs him aren’t full of slouches either, as long time members Steve Augustine (drums) and Joel Bruyere (bass), along with touring guitarist Ty Dietzler fill the arena in a supplemental way that are neither overbearing nor ignorable, but just right.
The next question really has to do with personal preference, where fans of the band have to cope with the fact that the band only had time to play 13 songs, with limited interruption found from pumping up the crowd or talking between songs, from their five full length releases. I can pick out a song from each album that I would have loved to hear live, but I also feel like the ones that they picked made total sense, with the show starting off with the title track to both their last album and this CD/DVD and closing with an encore of Puppet from their first major release, Set It Off.
The major thing missing on this set is anything extra. Usually these DVD’s include something more than just the show. Sometimes it will be music videos, other times behind the scenes documentaries or even photo galleries. This one is conspicuously without any of that, all of which would have been appreciated by long time fans.
One minor thing is that there weren’t a lot of personal moments in the show. Maybe that is to be a true reflection of a Thousand Foot Krutch show or possibly because of a lack of time and an urgency to get in as much rock as possible, but the personalities of the band members might have been reflected better if there were more intimate moments. Maybe that is too much to ask for a show with 20,000 screaming fans, but you never know.
Despite a few nit-picking flaws where one might want all they can possibly get what they pay for, Live At The Masquerade is still far from a disappointment, with Thousand Foot Krutch showing everyone just what it is like to see them play faithfully before the masses. I know I’ll be watching this again from time to time.
- Welcome to the Masquerade
- Bring Me To Life
- The Flame In All Of Us
- E For Extinction
- What Do We Know
- Falls Apart
- Fire It Up
- Already Home