Review : Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin
Sputnikmusic“Sometimes it feels so good to cry,” Trevor McNevan sings on denoument cut “All I Need to Know”. It's covered in acoustic guitar chords; it's got some Lion King "oh-wah" background harmonies going on behind the mix there. Clearly, Thousand Foot Krutch's feelings and intimate confessions are intended to be taken seriously.
But they aren't. Because there's that thing about intentions – sometimes they fall short in the outcome of an actual product, especially with things like music. And the whole of Thousand Foot Krutch's The End Is Where We Begin is a meandering example of that.
Rewind back to 2009 when McNevan and his Christian rap-rock crew unleashed Welcome to the Masquerade on the Christian music markest. It went boom – kinda. Fans went yay; most critics, besides our own Fromtheinside, went yay; and it seemed like Thousand Foot Krutch again held a place as being a successful crossover Christian rock act that even the secular kids could bang their heads to on the radio. Yay.
So, understandably, Thousand Foot Krutch took that relative success and ran with it on follow-up The End is Where we Begin. Lead single “War of Change” is promising and inspiring, hitting like an old, respectable Linkin Park ten years later. Back when the song was released in December, it gave some hope that this fifteen-track outing would play on that kind of strength.
But The End is Where We Begin doesn't. Instead, McNevan jam packs awkward melodies into verses rapped around guitar riffs that sound weakly produced. It's surprising and, admittedly, a rare problem concerning studio matters in commercial releases, but the songs themselves would sound more sincere, and rock out in general, if the distortion on the amps was turned up a couple notches....full text
JesusfreakhideoutArguably the band's most complete record to date, 2009's smash hit Welcome to the Masquerade sent Thousand Foot Krutch to new levels of fan frenzy, rejuvenating their appeal in multiple markets in the process. Almost three years later, and without the backing of a label, TFK is set to unleash The End Is Where We Begin, a fifteen-track tribute to the band's roots and hard-rocking inclinations. The guitar-utilizing highlights "We Are," "Let the Sparks Fly," and "Courtesy Call" all break the silence effectively, while influence from Rage Against the Machine and Linkin Park can be seen in "Light Up the Sky" and the already-heard "War of Change," respectively. In contrast, "Be Somebody," "All I Need To Know," and the closer "So Far Gone" turn the switch down a bit for effect. TFK checks every box for a well-balanced rock venture (including the return of McNevan's signature rapping), but it feels as if they are only meeting requirements instead of completely embracing their potential for full excellence. Entertaining as The End... is, an air of familiarity is all too unavoidable for longtime listeners, especially in comparison to the boundary-breaking Masquerade. While maybe not TFK's strongest work, The End... is still looking to be a deliciously heavy and mostly pleasurable listen from the Canadians fifteen years after the band's formation......full text
NewreleasetuesdaySometimes the best way to move forward is to go back to the basics, taking all of the raw energy and emotion of the past and channeling it into the present. This is exactly what THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH is doing on the aptly titled The End Is Where We Begin, which releases April 17 and finds Canada's favorite modern rockers voluntarily walking away from record label life altogether (even after a slew of profitable offers came along) to reignite the passionate DIY work ethos that first emerged over a decade ago.
While waiting for inspiration to arrive and fuel the writing process, TFK's front man/songwriter Trevor McNevan popped in the band's seminal debut, That's What People Do, which echoed respected rappers like Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys, cross-pollinated with the rhythmic grooves of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Those inspirations return throughout The End Is Where We Begin, alongside the group's continuously marinating blend of towering choruses, razor-sharp rhythms, epic arrangements and stadium shaking rumbles.
"Without trying, this record has a very militant theme to it, with songs like 'War Of Change' and 'Courtesy Call' painting more of a visual for that," states McNevan. "There's an urgency to it and I think the timing feels right. This record's heart can be summed up by 'Be The Change,' the album's lyric and phrase seen throughout the album artwork."...full text
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