By ContributorJune 3, 2011
We'll let Metalhead865 do the intro for us: It's been a long time coming, and EVERYONE has been asking me for this band to get some exposure. They're one of my ALL TIME favorites. Enjoy!—Sparkitors
Canada has a bad reputation when it comes to music. In case you didn't know, the Great White North has spawned three of the most terrible musical abominations in the modern world: Celine Dion, Nickelback, and (horror of horrors!) Justin Beiber (cue the screaming). Thankfully, Canada also is home to possibly the greatest hard rock band in the world, and the leader of the charge to right their home country's musical wrongs. Trevor McNevan, Steve Augustine, and Joel Bruyere make up a group of pure musical awesome:
THOUSAND. FOOT. KRUTCH.
(Let the applause begin.)
Since 2000, Trevor, Steve, and Joel have been bringing the rock to audiences all over the world, and they don't show any signs of slowing down. The faux-hawked trio has released five albums and a concert DVD, and have had songs played on the radio. If you haven't heard these guys yet, what are you waiting for?!
1. Puppet. TFK exploded onto the scene in 2000 with Set It Off, a record full of rap metal that would put Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit to shame. The prime example of the group's sound would have to be "Puppet," a full-frontal blast of thumping bass, heavy metal guitars, and Trevor's versatile vocals, going from singing to rapping faster than you can say "Fire It Up." The song is half about partying and half about cutting off your "puppet strings" that hold you down. The chorus is worth rapping and jumping along to: "If you gonna run, how fast you gonna run? If you gonna jump, how high you gonna jump? All you perpetrators be walkin’ round frontin’, what, you fakers afraid to stand for somethin’?"
2. Rawkfist: Dropping the rap but keeping the rock, the band got signed to Tooth & Nail and released Phenomenon, the record that finally got them the exposure they deserved. Sure, they lightened up their approach on this record, but take a listen to "Rawkfist" and you'll see that they didn't lose a lot. This song is an absolute hard rock JAM with a driving beat and a catchy chorus, and the verses invoke the rap style from Set It Off: "Show 'em how we blow this spot, let's make it hot for shock 'em with the party rock 'til the party stops, it's time to take it up a notch, and keep it locked for all the headbangers in the parking lot." When this song comes on, you have no choice but to stand up and rock along.
3. Move: TFK's second major-label CD, The Art of Breaking, took a more serious approach to the music. You won't be finding any "Rawkfist"s on this record, but "Move" is an okay replacement. Trevor gets a little more voice time on this song, and well he did, because the man can sing like nobody's business. The shouts of "Rawkfist" and "Puppet" are taken over by a few pretty nice vocal harmonies. The guitars are as heavy as ever and the drums keep the song banging along.
4. What Do We Know?: The band backed off on the heavy a whole lot on their fourth record, The Flame In All of Us, evidenced in the fourth song, "What Do We Know?" The song is about realizing that even when there are huge, catastrophic events that change lives, we have to sit back and let them happen. Lyrically, this is the deepest that TFK has ever gone: "Maybe if we pulled together we could change a million lives for the better, and maybe if we prayed a little more, we would stop living in fear from the storm. And everyone sings..."
5. Fire It Up: We wanted more heavy metal from the band after being slightly disappointed at Flame (not to say that it isn't a great record, but still), and apparently the band listened. Trevor, Steve, and Joel fused all of their past styles together to create an album that is arguably the best of their career - Welcome to the Masquerade. The energy of the whole record is carried by the hard rock banger "Fire It Up", which brings forth memories of "Rawkfist" with its simplistic yet huge guitar riff and almost-rapped vocals. If you haven't stood up and rocked since "Rawkfist", now is the time.
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