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Faro - 2006 Angelost



ARTIST: Faro
ALBUM: Angelost
LABEL: MTM Music
SERIAL: 0681-152
YEAR: 2006

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Chitral 'Chity' Somapala - vocals * Barish Kepic - guitars * Michael Muller - bass * Dominik Hulshorst - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Desdemona * 02 Desert Moon * 03 World Of Fools * 04 The Forbidden Land * 05 Heavenly Light * 06 Strange Dreams * 07 Damned Eternally * 08 Where Did It Go * 09 The One *10 Destination * 11 Dancing In The Dark

RATING:

WEBLINKS: www.somapala.com


Background
I've read a few reports elsewhere that seem to have slagged this band and album. Now, not being that familiar with this German outfit I decided to investigate for myself, and find out whether some of these Euro reviewers/writers are on the money. Sadly, it appears they are not. I can understand how many express their personal opinions but to glibly dismiss this without a care of time nor day is pretty weak in my book. I am aware of Chitral Somapala's work with previous outfits Firewind and Avalon while the other three guys have a history with fellow German bands Jaded Heart and Bonfire. You'd hardly guess that Chity's origins are Sri Lankan? Very unique.. very cool! Over the last few years I've heard a number of German bands in the melodic rock field, and a fair few of them are poor - lets not kid ourselves here. Fortunately, Faro are not one of these. Quite simply, they have a guy who can sing his arse off (for goodness sake he sang for Firewind!! How demanding is that musical environment?), while they have an amazing guitarist in Barish Kepic who has the vehicle in which to demonstrate his chops. The production is pretty damn good too, courtesy of Markus Teske, who has worked with numerous top acts (Symphony X, Vanden Plas among them). Those three aspects hold them in good stead.


The Songs
The proof in the pudding when it comes to reviewing an album, is whether each track can hold my attention after a period of 30 seconds or so. This is my litmus test and it certainly holds true here. From the opening riffs blazing away on 'Desert Moon', through the Steelheart approved 'World Of Fools' and onto the near prog-metal sounds of 'The Forbidden Land', I have already heard enough within the space of a few songs to tell me that this is a pretty good album thus far. The ballad 'Heavenly Light' is exquisite, with big choruses and a stellar solo. What more could you want? We reach some soaring heights with 'Strange Dreams', the solo by Kepic captivates once again. 'Damned Eternally' chugs away, reminiscent of bands like China in their heyday, but even that is surpassed by the intense power rock of 'Where Did It Go', an album highlight for me. Just as we wind down to the end of the album, great songs keep turning up. Check out the fantastic acoustic ballad 'The One', right up there alongside the likes of Gotthard in their lighter moments. 'Destination' is a heavier affair, brooding even, while the Bruce Springsteen cover 'Dancing In The Dark' is kinda cool. I thought the original from The Boss was a shitty version anyway, so anyone that beefs it up and gives it more 'balls' gets a thumbs up from me!


In Summary
This is no throwaway piece of music. Plus the cover-art is stunning. So all round, a very professional product, and well fitting to MTM Music's high standards. It's a pity some reviewers elsewhere didn't get the picture - I certainly did. For me, I will dine out on Faro for a few more weeks yet. Great stuff!


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