Thousand Foot Krutch - The End Is Where We Begin
Last modified: 09 May 2012
This is the seventh album from Canadian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch
. The release of The End Is Where We Begin
sees the band announcing that having previously been signed with Tooth & Nail Records, they are releasing their new album independently. A brave step for any band.
The album was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, allowing fans to donate money towards the recording of the album in return for exclusive prizes. "Against all odds, not to mention some pretty lucrative record contracts, we're following what we feel is the right thing for us to do, and at the end of the day, that's our responsibility,"
explains front man Trevor McNevan. "We're very thankful to have the support and trust we do with our audience; they're as much a part of our team, as anyone else. We're growing together, and look forward to each new step we take together."
So this album seems to be a fans album.
When any band go independent, it can actually be a bit of a worrying time. It can do one of two things to a band. Firstly it can give them a sense of freedom that allows them to produce the best work they have ever created. With all the freedom they feel, they take the time to create the album they have always wanted to produce. Yet on the flip side, this new found freedom can mean they go so 'creative' that they lose all sense of control and can end up with an independent mess.
Thankfully, I think Thousand Foot Krutch have used their freedom to create their best album by a long long shot. When I review an album I can sometime spend too much trying to critic an album. I'll even admit maybe I look too much into the songs, or I don't let a song become a song because I'm worried about writing a review. What I found with this release is I actually just let the songs wash over me and I started to really enjoy it as an album. This can only be a good thing for the album.
One thing that jumps out is the length of the album. At a massive 15 tracks you do get value for money. Even if the opening track The Introduction
and closing track Outroduction
aren't really full-length tracks, but the opening track sets the tone of the whole album. It has this intensity to it, it sounds like a page opening to new opportunities. The heavy distorted guitar opening to We Are
, tells the listener we are on a journey and to hold on tight. The same could be said for the slightly funkier Light Up The Sky
, which has a hint of The Red Hot Chilli Peppers mixed with Rage Against The Machine. The whole opening to the album has such high energy there isn't much space to take a breather.
I Get Wicked
and Be Somebody
are right next to each other in the album but are so different apart, one is an out and out rock song that has some intense lyrics, then Be Somebody
has a more ballad feel to it, but both are as good as each other. This whole album is a rock album, and you can't get away from it, with heavy guitars and big sounding drums as the starter, main meal and dessert of the album. But then there is a track like All I Need To Know
which is mainly acoustic guitars and even a little bit poppy, and will be a favorite for the radio listeners. Using the restaurant meal-out analogue, it's like the mints you get given at the end of a meal with the bill. A really refreshing taste and something different to your main course, but still a nice bonus.
As you might of gathered, this is a very positive review. Thousand Foot Krutch have taken their own musical style of previous albums, mixed it with a real sense of freedom of being independent and produced the band's best album to date. The album is one for the rockers out there, but there is a cross-over element to the album, with many tracks good enough for other musical genres to enjoy. If I ever get the opportunity to see this band live, I'm glad that this set of songs will be in their set list.
Review by Jono Davies
Light The Sky
The End Is Where We Begin
All I Need To Know
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