By Tim Gibbons Welcome to the Masquerade, the fifth studio album from Canadian hard-rock group Thousand Foot Krutch, is a perfect representation of where the band has come from and where they are going. The single “Bring Me to Life” blends the rhyme-heavy rapping prominent on Set It Off (2001) and Phenomenon(2003) with the more melody-oriented rhythms featured on The Art of Breaking (2005) and The Flame in All of Us (2007).
True to past albums, Thousand Foot Krutch blends anthem inducing tracks with inspiring lyrics about coming through hardship and tough times. Tracks like “Outta Control”, “Smack Down” and “Fire It Up” are guaranteed to get stuck in your head. “Bring Me to Life” and “The Part That Hurts the Most (Is Me)” blend Thousand Foot Krutch's signature heavy guitar riffs with deep lyrics about redemption and faith.
Thousand Foot Krutch puts their best foot forward with Welcome to the Masquerade. The album unifies the band's past and present and should bring both old and new fans together for a bright future. There really is only one way to sum up this album, and that's in the band's own words: “I've got a bad case of turning it up.” I do, and I'm sure that anyone who buys this album will have the same problem.