Thousand Foot Krutch has kicked in a few mainstream doors with theirPhenomenon CD, released half a year ago. A couple of months ago I took my son to a Colorado Avalanche (professional hockey) game and during the pre-game warmup we were greeted by Rawkfist, an especially suitable anthem for hockey since the band hails from Toronto, the hockey capital of the universe. However, Phenomenon offers much more than aggressive fist-pumping rock. From the haunting but powerful Last Words to the mellow prayer, This is a Call, the project showcases more variety than some might expect. After all, Trevor McNevan (vocals) and Steve Augustine (drums) saved their pop-rock tendencies for their side project, FM Static.
Some have alluded to the prior hip hop influences on TFK, but while hints remain in the lyrics, the music is more nu-metal, with some rapcore stylings surfacing at times. I like the variety--too many CDs that I get sound alike from the first track to the last. Phenomenon checks in at less than 38 minutes, but you've got to hang on for the ride. This is high-energy rock that will resonate with fans of nu-metal and the more melodic side of rapcore. Veteran producer Aaron Sprinkle kept the music intense while ensuring that McNevan's vocals are easy to understand, so the message is enhanced, not obscured, by the music.
Visit: Thousand Foot Krutch and Tooth & Nail Records.