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Faithful Breath - 1985 SKOL



ARTIST: Faithful Breath
ALBUM: SKOL
LABEL: Ambush
SERIAL: HI 401001
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: 1985, Ambush, CD 401001

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Heinz Mikus - vocals, guitars * Thilo Hermann - guitars * Peter Dell - bass * Jurgen Dusterloh - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Start It Up * 02 Double Dealer * 03 Lady M * 04 Rock Rebels * 05 We Want You * 06 Inside Out * 07 Crazy In Metal * 08 Backstreet Heroes * 09 Skol


Background
This German metal act went through many changes in their lengthy history, starting out as far back as 1967 and releasing an epic progressive album in 1974, 'Fading Beauty', with tracks as long as twenty minutes the norm! The album was a flop and the band floundered for the rest of the decade, with Mikus and bassist Horst Stabenow the lone survivors. The lads had a change of heart along the way and evolved into a viking metal outfit with complete regalia, finally giving them an identity. The music from that point onwards took on anthemic metal overtones, with some excellent albums including 'Rock Lions' and 'Gold 'N Glory', which firmly placed the lovable rogues in the same camp as fellow Germans Running Wild, with their form of energetic, catchy 'pirate' metal.


The Songs
This was Faithful Breath's final album and perhaps their best. The music had gotten faster and heavier along the way, and this was probably their most consistent album. This is a headbangers dream, speed, huge riffs and chantable hooks all over the place. As a whole this album recalls Kiss' 'Animalize', especially in the guitar and rhythm departments, listen to the opening bars of 'Double Dealer' and 'Backstreet Heroes' and try not to think of Kiss' 'Under the Gun' for example. This is typical Euro metal however, due to the vocals and Accept would be a reference point at odd occasions, but the band had a definite sound of their own. The massive chorus of 'Start It Up' is a highlight and 'Rock Rebels' will have fists banging all these years later without doubt. This is truly one for the denim and leather enthusiast. The title track starts out as a Nordic paen but when in high gear easily competes with The Scorpions at their heaviest e.g. 'Dynamite'.


In Summary
A classy metal album which has attained a deserved cult status over the years. Everything about Faithful Breath typified 80's metal, the sound and image, and it's a shame they never broke out bigger than they did. The band changed their name soon after, becoming Risk and adopting a straight forward image, ridding themselves of the viking gear and becoming a speed metal outfit in keeping with the times.


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#1 | gdazegod on October 05 2008 23:13:47
There is a dopey video for this on You Tube. swashbuckler

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#2 | Eric on October 10 2008 13:34:26
I have 'Fading Beauty' on an old Laser's Edge CD. Never that impressed with it really- second rate Genesis.
#3 | gdazegod on July 26 2009 02:10:51
Their later hard rock material is superior. All their albums from 1981 to 1986 are worth acquiring. Have just landed 1984's 'Gold N Glory'. Wicked stuff, review pending!
 
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