I had the opportunity to see Thousand Foot Krutch on board the Shiprocked Cruise in 2015 for the first time. I had heard their music before and loved Trevor McNevan’s voice, but had yet to see them. Not only did we see them perform on the ship, we also saw them perform on a beach!! Yeah, a beach! A few of the guys stuck around after their show and we were able to meet Trevor and take some photos (My wife is a huge fan).
When I first heard that they’d be releasing a LIVE album, it was pertinent that I hear it first! So, on a road trip to Maine a few weeks ago, I queued up Untraveled Roads, and we listened to it probably six times in a row. What really took this to the next level was the pure energy and excitement that you could hear in the crowds, which normally you’d only hear the professionally recorded audio and “some” crowd sounds. This had it all, from the unique voice of Trevor’s to the hype that got the crowd going during the opening of “Running With Giants.”
This album is exactly what you’d expect from a band that has great live energy and strong musical talent. “Light Up The Sky” had a bit of a funky sound to it that doesn’t show in the studio album version, quite a cool change and compares it to some old school Rage Against The Machine. A track that always gets the crowd moving, and especially singing along to, is “Push.” The lyrics translate to any language and will make you involuntarily move even if you don’t know the song. The title track, “Untraveled Road,” has me reaching for the volume up button every time I hear it. The live version shows that this band is not strictly a studio band, and that Trevor can reach those seriously high octaves in his performances.
Almost every song will grab you by the throat and shake the screws loose, but a few others that set apart from the rest are “Let The Sparks Fly,” “Born This Way,” TFK’s highest selling number one single, and “Be Somebody.”
Overall, if you liked Thousand Foot Krutch’s Live at the Masquerade album back in 2011, you’ll love this even more.