- reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Sep
When the members of Thousand Foot Krutch got together in 1997 during their high school years, the goal was more about having a great time and playing loud than it was about accomplished musicianship. But after a few years of playing everything from church basements to post-prom parties, vocalist Trevor McNevan, bassist Joel Bruyere, and drummer Steve Augustine realized the band could be so much more. Shortly after graduation, they recorded their indie debut
Since then, TFK has landed a slot on the popular Festival Con Dios tour, worked with production genius Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx, Anberlin, Seven Places), and enjoyed increased national exposure. And deservedly so, because
"Last Words" and "Faith, Love, and Happiness" include aggressive nü-metal thrusts, akin to fellow hard rockers Nickelback and Fuel—though the lyrics are much more suitable to the teens TFK is trying to reach. "Last Words" tackles regret and failure in a relationship, while "Faith, Love, and Happiness" addresses the weight of a doubting world: "Everyone is falling away/Feel like they're stolen from me/Wish everything didn't happen to me/All I want is faith, love, and happiness." Even more gripping are the messages of loneliness without Christ on the bellowing "New Design," the need to witness boldly on the bone-crunching "Break the Silence," and a desperate cry of brokenness over the guitar slice of "Quicken." Meanwhile, the Fuel/Three Doors Down-inspired ballad "This Is a Call" suggests that a relationship with Christ leads to fulfillment over the world's emptiness.
Despite all the deserved props, there's one overall problem: This CD sounds too similar to many of the sounds currently in the mainstream. Although those sounds are MTV-friendly at the moment, the fickle buying public may not be looking for more rap/rock or nü-metal. In the mainstream market, sales in those genres are slipping significantly, while the emo/screamo or "guy with a guitar" movements continue climbing the sales charts. So it's hard to picture
That doesn't mean TFK will be cast aside once the hype settles or styles shift. If anything, its growth from