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Faith : Salvation Lies Within

What do you get if you mix Krux and Solitude Aeturnus with Dream Theater? I'll tell you what you get: the Swedish band Faith.

Ok, perhaps I'm exaggerating a bit. Fact is, Faith have been around since 1984 and after various periods of inactivity and break-ups, they managed finally to release their debut album containing mainly re-recordings of earlier work. The up-to-date, powerful production does justice to their varied compositions. I haven't heard the original versions of the songs, but possibly a good production was exactly what they lacked to make the difference and get noticed by the doom underground 20 years ago. But if and how the band could have evolved, is another story that doesn't concern us here.

What concerns us is the fact that we finally have the opportunity to get to know this interesting band. And although some of the elements found on this album, like trumpet(!) solo's, folky violins and haunting female vocals might alienate doom purists, there is no doubt that 'Salvation Lies Within' is a varied and well-composed heavy metal album. Faith are not afraid to seek bold experimentation, yet the basis remains undeniably solid and powerful (doom) metal.

With an upcoming re-release of this album on CD by Doom Symphony, it looks as if the band is finally about to get the recognition they deserve. If you are into old-school doom and do not mind that "doom alien" elements from progressive metal slip into your doomy cocktail, then you can be one of those contributing to the band's upcoming success. This LP might be only one click away: faitharmy@telia.com

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Hatred
2. Now it's gone
3. Cloak of Darkness
4. Dark Fate
5. The Real Me
6. The Maze
7. Searching
8. Death Sleep

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

Visit the Faith bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
No God Only Pain
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