Monday, April 16, 2012

Thousand Foot Krutch: The End is Where We Begin Review


Late last year, Thousand Foot Krutch announced work on an independent project titled The End is Where We Begin. This came as a surprise for fans, as their Tooth and Nail album Welcome to the Masquerade produced several chart-topping singles, “Fire It Up,” “Bring Me to Life,” and “Already Home” being included in that mix, not to mention the overpowering title track. But when Thousand Foot Krutch started a Kickstarter fund for their new album and gave away a free song download, the project was funded within a few hours! Sneak peaks, song leaks, and praise from the media has increased fans’ anticipation for this new independent fifteen-track album.


It turns out, the album title The End is Where We Begin is quite apt. Besides going independent for this album at the climax of their career, the rock trio also goes back to their roots. In particular, elements of The Art of Breaking can be heard mostly, but the band stays true to their ear-grabbing grunge guitar rock from The Flame in All of Us. In addition, their riveting introductions that made Welcome to the Masquerade are again seen here in more than just the opening track.

In addition, the band mixes their energetic and adrenaline-filled guitar rock with the slower, but still powerful, tracks as they did on Welcome to the Masquerade with “Already Home.” This makes the listening experience very deep, especially because the songs either build or slow down perfectly for the listener to connect with the emphatic lyrics.

The song writing, too, is better than ever. I have always enjoyed Thousand Foot Krutch’s call-to-action lyrics, but here is an album filled with song after song of these rock anthems. And, mixed with Trevor McNevan’s simply amazing hard vocals, Thousand Foot Krutch’s lyrics and melodies are better than ever!

My personal favorite off The End is Where We Begin is “Courtesy Call,” which appears halfway through the album. Part one of the album seems to come to a close with the more mellow “Be Somebody,” a powerful track about making the most of our life, where Trevor’s vocals appear very high and emphatic. After this, an exciting intermission titled “This is A Warning” leads into the string-flavored “Courtesy Call.” What makes this track special, besides the amazing string backing to the blaring rock, is the perfect haunting melodies that open the track, as well as Trevor’s strong vocals that yell out: “Hey-o, here comes the danger up in this club!”

Other highlights include “Let the Sparks Fly,” most enjoyable for the amazing pre-chorus lyrics: “Give me ONE If it’s real and TWO If you can feel it/ Give me THREE signs that you’re awake/ It only takes ONE spark for TWO to fall apart and three more to blow it away!” The title track, “The End is Where We Begin” has the adrenaline-packed intro, an element from Welcome to the Masquerade, with these awesome vocals in the haunting pre-chorus: The end is where we begin/ where broken hearts mend and start to beat again…” Most of the first half of the album follows on this note of extremely catchy upbeat rock with strong grunge guitars and powerful lyrics that invite the listener to partake in the battle that is going around us daily.

“War of Change,” appearing in the second half of the album has a RED-sentiment to it, especially their End of Silence album, a component I found to be cool, especially the escalading piano sound and the melodic drops. From the slower tracks Thousand Foot Krutch offers, “All I Need To Know” has a campfire aspect to it, very relaxing. Stating, “You’re here with me, and that’s all I need to know,” the choir backing helps make this track very powerful, one that you can easily sit back and worship the Lord along with. I really enjoyed hearing Thousand Foot Krutch perform a slower track, unlike anything they’ve ever recorded before. This could easily be a perfect closing track, but the album features two more upbeat tracks before closing!

“Fly On the Wall” is composed mostly of strings but is not a slow track. Guitars explode by the chorus, speaking to addictions in our live, “I don’t think I need you anymore/ Take the hurt and the pain/ I don’t need it/ I wanna live, I wanna be the change/ we can all be kings and queens if we could just learn to believe.” The album does close with another powerful slower worship song, “So Far Gone,” very simple but very enjoyable. An exciting outro closes the album, much like that that opened the album.

This fifteen-track independent album from Thousand Foot Krutch is easily their best work yet! They have combined everything fans have come to know and love from this Canadian rock band – Trevor’s astounding rock vocals, a mixture of exciting upbeat rock tracks with slower and relaxing worship tracks, and the phenomenal (pun intended) and moving lyrics. Thousand Foot Krutch has done an awesome job with this album that won’t let fans down in the least.

Rating: 4.5/5
Release date: April 17, 2012

Track listing:
1. The Introduction
2. We Are
3. Light Up the Sky
4. The End is Where We Begin
5. Let the Sparks Fly
7. I Get Wicked
8. Be Somebody
9. This is A Warning (Intro)
10. Courtesy Call
11. War of Change
12. Down
13. All I Need to Know
14. Fly On the Wall
15. So Far Gone
16. Outroduction

2 comments:

  1. I disagree on some of this. Yes, this album is AMAZING and you're right, it's everything the fans know and love. I feel newer fans might have a harder time swallowing this one however, I don't hear Masquerade and Flame in this one as much as Phenomenon and Art of Breaking even a hint of Set It Off and That's What People Do.

    This went way back in the anthology and pulled out all the stops. I'm glad, as a fan for over a decade I was really disappointed with the last two albums, they were a little lackluster for me. I'm SO glad this is here.

    What I really enjoyed was hearing the shift in musical influences. It's not hard to pick up on hints of Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, and Rage Against the Machine. Especially in 'Light Up the Sky.' I'm glad to have the hard rock back. This is a rock show album.

    I do love that cello that keeps reappearing throughout the album 'This is a Warning,' 'Courtesy Call,' and 'Fly on the Wall' It's a cool new flavor.

    Classic Trevor vocals the whole way that can give a person chills and Joel's dexterity never ceases to amaze me on that bass.

    I heard 'Be Somebody' and had the same feeling I got when I heard 'Last Words' and when I heard 'Down' I was taken back to my first TFK show and it was like discovering 'Puppet' all over again. 'So Far Gone' could have easily been on Phenomenon with 'This Is a Call' or Art of Breaking with 'Breathe You In.'

    Bravo Guys! You've won me back with this one. The grit and anthem and grunge are the bread and butter of the music we love and you delivered. See you this summer at Sonshine!

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  2. I absolutely love be somebody by tfk

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