10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Oxygen: Inhale nudges Thousand Foot Krutch’s signature fusion of hard rock aggression and hip-hop flow a tad closer to the pop mainstream without compromising the group's core mission. Lead singer Trevor McNevan sounds reinvigorated here, coming across as both defiant and reflective as he confronts the corruptions of a fallen world. Bassist Joel Bruyere and drummer Steve Augustine combine solid command of the groove with a suppleness that keeps the songs light on their feet even as they pack a wallop. “Like a Machine,” “Untraveled Road,” and “Born This Way” (not the Lady Gaga tune) launch the album with a triple assault of passionate rhymes and unrelenting rhythms. The band crank into high gear with “Give It to Me,” an assertive soul cry set to a grinding metal riff. If the upbeat tracks are unrelenting, Oxygen: Inhale's ballads are disarmingly tender. The acoustic-centered “Light Up” and the atmospheric “In My Room” are particularly good vehicles for McNevan’s softer side. “Glow” closes this well-rounded album on an appropriately luminous note.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Oxygen: Inhale nudges Thousand Foot Krutch’s signature fusion of hard rock aggression and hip-hop flow a tad closer to the pop mainstream without compromising the group's core mission. Lead singer Trevor McNevan sounds reinvigorated here, coming across as both defiant and reflective as he confronts the corruptions of a fallen world. Bassist Joel Bruyere and drummer Steve Augustine combine solid command of the groove with a suppleness that keeps the songs light on their feet even as they pack a wallop. “Like a Machine,” “Untraveled Road,” and “Born This Way” (not the Lady Gaga tune) launch the album with a triple assault of passionate rhymes and unrelenting rhythms. The band crank into high gear with “Give It to Me,” an assertive soul cry set to a grinding metal riff. If the upbeat tracks are unrelenting, Oxygen: Inhale's ballads are disarmingly tender. The acoustic-centered “Light Up” and the atmospheric “In My Room” are particularly good vehicles for McNevan’s softer side. “Glow” closes this well-rounded album on an appropriately luminous note.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
745 Ratings

745 Ratings

Hero747 ,

Been a fan for a long time but...

This one is a letdown. I've been a fan since they were independent and didn't even have a full record. I've loved every album and song Krutch has put out since their beginning but this effort is subpar. They have strayed too far from what makes them unique.

I have listened to this record at least 7-8 times on first play and was hoping it would grow on me yet I seem to like it less and less with each listen. Too many ballads and it feels more like a 80s metal record than the Krutch sound I have grown to love over the years.

On the positive Born This Way is killer and I was hoping the rest of the album would go that direction. It had a kid rock southern rock/rap feel to it. Untraveled Road is decent as well. I See Red is pretty good also. The rest of the album is not very memorable.

It's a total disappointment to have to write a sour review but got to keep it honest.

mQue ,

BORN THIS WAY

At 50 years of age, I have never been stagnant or satisfied with one genre of music. I especially become turned off by artists that stick to the same sound album after album after album because it's "safe" or it's the sound that got them the success initially. TFK has been one of my favorite bands because they have skillfully evolved knowing when to maneuver their sound to stay relevant to the listeners. Like the church worship, I believe that the leader must be willing not to become polarized in one style but stay relavant to the old and young to the point of not turning off the whole body whom are there to bring their worship before God. (but I regress). The single 'Born this Way' made me curious because of the huge success Lady Gaga had with a song of the same title. This brings me to the most important part of the review. Though my ears are the gateway to sound, it's the mind, there after, that becomes the gate to the heart. Words (lyrics) can be a malignant cancer to our soul or a healing breath whether it comes from a christian or non christian if it's true and not in opposition to God's written word. Trevor has always seemed to speak to me that stirs thoughts and emotion to my beliefs and life experiences. 'Born this Way' conjures a fighting spirit that is within (like John the baptist). "...my blood was the wrong type, so I had to give my life" The song gives me the impression that only by Christs' blood are we forgiven when we die to ourselves and live for Him (a daily feat). I love this group and hope and pray that they stay relevant to our listening world and more importantly, to a God whom we too often diminish or confine. How we would fall to our knees if we really knew Him and His glory and power. Keep pumping out great music boys!

Joey1342 ,

This is going to be epic.

Super excited to hear this album. This is a band that somehow grows, develops and cultivates its sound over time. Each album has been a beacon of musical precision. After watching their Pledge campaign, clips and previews, it is clear we are in store for something explosive.

If you are a fan of rap, rock, metal and/or punk music, TFK has something to show you. Get ready to breath!

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