Sound — 6
This is the come-back a lot of fans of Thousand Foot Krutch have been waiting for since their success with the song Rawfist that became a rock anthem in 2004. The Flame In All is the third full-length album by three Christian rockers from Toronto and barely the came-back the fans have been hoping for. When it became clear that rap-metal is not the most promising style, Thousand Foot Krutch, like a lot of their colleagues, turned into softer genres like melodic rock. Only a few tracks on the record like My Own Enemy remind of the band's past. The songs on The Flame In All combine a positive attitude and aggressive guitars. All of them have sing-along choruses and even angry rapcore InHuman suddenly turns into something mellow after every verse. Single What Do We Know is by far the band's biggest progress on the record. At least it's not too generic and features a catchy recognizable chorus.
There are a few things that I find quite hard to explain what they are doing on the album. Like children's chorals in What Do We Know or outcries of drunk guys in Learn To Breath. The band claims they like to try something new with each album. This time, it seems, the innovation is covers. Unfortunately some tracks too obviously remind you of the songs by other artists, they are all here, Linkin Park, P.O.D., Staind. Just take for example My Home or the aforementioned What Do We Know. And that has to do not only with the melody or guitar chords, the guys seem to be copying everything, including the vocal intonation. The influence of producer Ken Andrews (Chris Cornell, Pete Yorn, Tenacious D) is pretty obvious in such tracks as My Own Enemy. Though major chords in the chorus after distorted guitars in verses quite spoil the things.
Lyrics — 6
There's not much to be said except too words, Christian rockers. Everything else doesn't need to be explained, who I am, what do we live for, what we know and so on. Plus, of course, a few ballads with a content such as You are my home, you are my everything when I feel so alone. Vocalist Trevor McNevan has quite mediocre singing abilities, but he learned to manage his vocals very good. What he's doing best is switching from growling rock singing to soft pitiful falsetto and he is doing that in half of the songs.
Overall Impression — 6
The guys seem to be too careful with any move they're doing, things are too mid-tempo, too polite, too restrained. Sometimes you want to add action to the music. Go let it out, guys! Unfortunately this is not the only complain about the guys. The lack of originality is so obvious, you have no wish to listen to the album after the third track. Even the good production doesn't help the generic sound of the band. To add a final touch to this album the guys are finishing it with the words This is the last song/So everybody sing along. I wish they didn't put this song on the record at all.