Returning for a second album, The Answer of Insanity, is Faithsedge, the project and band created by vocalist Giancarlo Floridia. He returns with a stable line up featuring bassist Fabrizio Grossi (Steve Lukather/Alice Cooper), guitarist Alex De Rosso (Dokken), drummer Tony Morra (Rebecca St James/Van Zant) and keyboard player Eric Ragno (Eric Martin/Graham Bonnet). Ubiquitious producer, composer, and general jack-of-all-trades, Alex Del Vecchio makes a guest appearance on keyboards.
While my recollection of the first album is sketchy, I do recall that Faithsedge promoted classic hard rock touched with heavy metal, and that I met it with some ambivalence. It's basically a return to form with their second album. After a spin or two, several observations should be made. First, the metal edge seems more forward, making this album heavier. The guitar riffs are definitely more bracing and tough. Couple this with the abundance of blistering leads from Alex De Rosso and you'd be tempted to call this a guitar-centered album.
Additionally, the pace has quickened with many songs rather hard charging. The first four songs break from the gate nearly like an pack of greyhounds, but this is not speed or power metal. Destroy You, the final cut, wraps all these things in one identifiable package, making it probably the best representative example. It's also shows that, at the same time, Faithsedge is still big on vocal harmony and melodic hooks. Better examples might be found with The Way I Hav to Let You Go or Saving Anything. The band settles down with two songs Comes Crashing Down and Pray For This, both that peculiar hybrid of hard rock and melodic metal, ballad and anthem. The former song has stand out bass line during the guitar solo; the latter, the quietest start of any song here, with some wiry fret work.
Perhaps the most difficult thing for me, as a conclusion, is determining whether this an advance for Faithsedge or merely a push of the repeat button. Consistency is never a bad thing, and creativity often a difficult task master. The answer to the first sentence is probably something split down the middle. If anything, this band is talented and continues to have promise.
Perhaps the most difficult thing for me, regarding this album, is determining whether this an advance for Faithsedge or merely a push of the repeat button. Consistency is never a bad thing, and creativity often a difficult task master. If anything, this band is talented and continues to have promise.
Mat Sinner is both an icon and legend in the German, and the larger European, hard rock and heavy metal scene. Cranking out music since 1982, Sinner is an industrious and prolific musician and producer whether through his namesake band, the heavy metal heroes Primal ... [ Read More ]