There have been a few bands this year I have reviewed who seem to capture the feel and sounds from an eighties era I grew up in and know so well. In Faith’s debut “There’s A Storm Coming” is such an album that does so with a high degree of nostalgia and quality of sound.
The album opens up with mid tempo hard rocker “Radio”. It has a lively late eighties feel, with nice melodies and groove. Pat Heath from hard rock band Furyon lends some additional guitar that gives it some more meat and grit. There are some great backing vocals here also.
First single and Ballad from the album, “Does It Feel Like Love”, sounds huge and contains more strong backing vocals. Again eighties AOR is a strong influence here, and I can’t help but think there is a bit of Jon Bon Jovi in Pete Godfrey’s vocals. It is a powerful track.
“Church of Rock n’Roll” is a straight all out rocker with fantastic riff work. The rhythms are tight, held with the pounding drums of Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse, Tainted Nation), and Pete’s bass, as is the case throughout the album.
“Where I Wanna Be” reminds me of the early nineties ballads from the likes of Tyketto and Bon Jovi. Guest guitarist Brooke St. James (Tyketto) contributes to the guitar sounds with such sweet smooth tones throughout.
“Addicted” is a mid tempo rocker complete with a catchy chorus that becomes err well, very addictive! The melodies are great with friend of the band Chris Green of Rubicon Cross again contributing some fantastic guitar.
“All Or Nothing” is a highlight of the album for me. Beginning with deep, rich chunky riff work, it is a heavier beast with awesome sounding guitar. The groove is tight, bass and drum provide a frantic rhythm, and again the backing vocals of Pete Newdeck and Tony Marshall impress making it hard to believe that I am listening to an album from a three piece band. The album throughout does sound very busy.
Further classic guitar work graces the track “In Flames” which impresses before the track “A Million Ways”, another mid tempo number, which starts with some keys and has some mesmerising vocals.
One track however, that doesn’t seem to fit into the rest of the album is penultimate track “Leave Me Now”. It is the weakest track on the album for me and the only track I couldn’t really get into. There is a more modern feel to this song, and I hate to say it, has a touch of a boyband/pop element about it with its style. It just never did it for me.
In summary “There’s A Storm Coming” captures the best of some of the eighties rock bands I grew up listening to, and combines them all in this album. It is full of classic, heavy hard rock riffs and grooves you can’t help but either sing or move along to. It is highly infectious, contagious, and I couldn’t help but smile like the teenager I was way back then as it brings back many memories.
2. Does It Feel Like Love
3. Church Of Rock N’Roll
4. Where I Wanna Be
6. If That What Love Means
7. All Or Nothing
8. In Flames
9. A Million Ways
10. Leave Me Now
11. Bitter End
There’s A Storm Coming is available now through Rocktopia Records
In Faith are:
Tony Marshall – Guitars
Pete Godfrey – Vocals
Pete Newdeck – Drums
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