They say what goes around comes around. It appears for Pete Godfrey and Tony Marshall (ex Contagious, Pride, Vaughn), the principals behind In Faith, that's been the case. Early collaborations were interesting and ambitious, yet nothing came of them. Until now. Fate or providence can favor the few, and Godfrey and Marshall began writing and playing together. Songs developed and drummer/producer Pete Newdeck (Tainted Nation, Newman, ex Eden's Curse) joined in. The final result is In Faith and their debut album, There's A Storm Coming.
Like the recent House Of X and Vega albums, In Faith is a renaissance, or modern revival, of classic British melodic hard rock. After early demos were released, the UK music press was comparing the band's sound to Tyketto, Danger Danger, HEAT, and early Harem Scarem, all not exactly Brit bands. But these music punters are on to something. I might even through in some flavor of Def Leppard as Godfrey has a small timbre of Joe Elliot in his voice.
Largely, There's A Storm Coming is classic melodic hard rock in the best tradition that arose from the Eighties. Beyond the strong song composition, In Faith's strength are numerous. Not the least of which are the strong vocal harmonies, big riffs and lead solos, and that inherent sense of melody and groove that defines this genre. Of the rockers within, like Radio, Church of Rock n Roll, Bitter End, and In Flames, they're quite raucous, rowdy and edgy, a melodic metal slant at times. Other songs tap more of the AOR side of melodic rock including Does It Feel Like Love and If That's What Love Means, both arena anthems, but also the light acoustic ballad Leave Me Now. All three display the strength of In Faith's vocal arrangement and harmonies. For his part, Godfrey is steady and strong, rising above the music, and sounding like a man half his age. Lastly, thanks to Newdeck, there's a real polish to the production, making the songs sound balanced and crisp, but without the gloss found in so many modern recordings (think Nashville).
The only reservation that I had, and it's small, is that many of the songs could have been shortened, kept under four minutes. They still would have retained their strengths and sound great. Essentially, In Faith's There's A Storm Coming is well-crafted, lively, and entertaining melodic hard rock and well worth your interest. Easily recommended.
Essentially, In Faith's There's A Storm Coming is well-crafted, lively, and entertaining melodic hard rock and well worth your interest. Easily recommended.
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 ]