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Faith : Blessed?

Faith comes from Sweden and they have been in existence since 1984. This is the first time I’ve had an opportunity to listen their work. They come from the same wave of bands (Bathory, Heavy Load, Candlemass, etc) that made Sweden one of the most important countries on the world map of metal music. For reasons that are unknown to me, the band released only an EP during that period and their first album came out in 2003. 'Blessed?' is the band’s third album and it is quite possibly the best traditional album since Doomshine's 'Thy Kingdoom Come'.

The album begins with 'Blessed Void of Bewilderment', a song that shows the qualities of the band: heavy sound, majestic atmosphere, and folk textures. 'Big Red, Nebraska', which comes next, continues on the same path. It was here that I began to listen to the vocals of Christer Nilsson more carefully. Although he doesn't have the vocal range of Messiah Marcolin or Robert Lowe, Nilsson believes what he is singing and he does so with great passion. 'Polska Efter Ida i Rye' comes next and their interpretation of this piece of music is just brilliant. It also works perfectly as an introduction for 'Necropolis'. This song is simply indescribable, a true doom metal diamond, and for this song alone the band can claim a place among the top doom metal acts. The album continues with 'Twilight' which uses many progressive elements without losing touch with its roots. The next track 'Condemned' is a bit weird, at least when compared with the other songs. Allow me to explain... The entire album has a strong European feel to it, but this song could have easily been on any album by bands like The Hidden Hand, Pentagram or Black Manta. 'Condemned' is different yet still entertaining. I don't know if 'Father Pious' is a new song or an old song, as the band doesn’t give any info for it, but it sounds very nostalgic for the 80's. It doesn't fall into the trap of simply worshiping the past though and I simply love it. The second odd song on the album is 'Never Go to Know'. It is the softest and most melodic track on the album and to these ears sounds like a hybrid of mid tempo doom metal and a Savatage ballad. The album ends with 'Leipzigpolska', a piece of music written by a Swedish soldier who took part in the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. It is the best possible closer for a perfect album.

The band has gained a fan with this album and I'm sure they will gain many more among those who love bands like Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Doomshine or Mirror of Deception.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Blessed Void of Bewilderment
2. Big Red, Nebraska
3. Polska Efter Ida I Rye *
4. Necropolis
5. Twilight
6. Condemned
7. Father Pious
8. Never Go to Know
9. Leipzigpolska

Translation from Swedish:
3. Polska after Ida in Rye

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes.

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Reviewed on 07-04-2009 by Dimitris Plastiras
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