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Faithealer - 2010 Welcome To The Edge Of The World

ARTIST: Faithealer
ALBUM: Welcome To The Edge Of The World
LABEL: Faithealer Music
YEAR: 2010


LINEUP: Jason Marks - lead and backing vocals, guitars, bass, drums * Ivan Gunn - keyboards, backing vocals, additional guitars, additional bass, additional drums

Guests: Matt Mitchell - vocal duet 'Heaven From Here' * Chris Green - lead guitar (all tracks) * Rick Hunter Martinez - outro solo 'Lay Down And Die For You' * Paul Curtis - outro solo 'Just Give Me Tonight'.

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Beginning Of The End * 02 Who Will Stop The Rain * 03 Stronger * 04 Just Give Me Tonight * 05 Lay Down And Die For You * 06 Last Tear Drop Falls * 07 Tell Me * 08 They Say * 09 Heaven From Here * 10 Second Sight * 11 Still Alive * 12 Welcome To The Edge Of The World * 13 The End Of The Beginning * 14 Last Tear Drop Falls (acoustic bonus)


Released just a few weeks ago, 'Welcome To The Edge Of The World' is the first album by British duo Faithealer. The duo comprise of Jason Marks, who has sung with the bands S.I.N and Forever, while Ivan Gunn is best remembered from his tenures with Balance Of Power and Pride. Joining the duo as guests on this CD are Gunn's former Pride bandmates in Matt Mitchell and Chris Green; the latter laying down the guitar solo parts on the album. Walk The Sky's Rick Hunter Martinez and Balance Of Power's Paul Curtis also provide guitar solos though in a smaller capacity. Listening to Faithealer, it's a very dramatic brand of melodic rock/AOR, soaring vocals, and thick layers of keyboards provide the backdrop on this 13 + bonus track CD. Lyrically it all looks and reads like the end of the world, and not the edge of the world as the album title says. I bought my copy directly from Ivan, all too happy to support Faithealer and the overall melodic rock scene.

The Songs
For starters, let's make a few observations. Singer Jason Marks has an eerie resemblance to Canadian warbler Rob Moratti, especially when he hits the high notes. Some of the phrasing is so similar, it'll have you reaching for your Final Frontier CD's for comparison. For the most part, when the songs are midstream they are excellent and you can live easily inside them. However, when the guitar solos kick in, things change. I'm not a fan of solos when used excessively in this genre of music, and on many occasions the six string noodling and the 'cram as many notes into a solo' goes way overboard on this album - to the point of annoyance. I reckon many of these songs would've sounded ok without guitar solos to be honest - but that's just me. Highlights? Numerous, for sure. Marks' vocal drives hard on 'Who Will Stop The Rain', but on 'Stronger', the duo bring the Faithealer vision to life, a fantastic track with the lyric 'love doesn't kill you, just makes you stronger'.. , if only the guitar solo had about hundred less notes in it... lol! 'Lay Down And Die For You' is the first ballad, and is a very lush and melancholic tune with a great chorus. Even the solos work well here. 'Last Tear Drop Falls' features twice on the CD, the second version is an acoustic bonus track. 'Tell Me' is another perfect demonstration of the Faithealer style, unfortunately it's killed by the tedious and repetitive soloing of Chris Green. 'Heaven From Here' is an exquisitely delivered ballad that floats on a cloud, while 'Second Sight' borrows heavily from the melodic strains heard earlier on 'Stronger'. The other songs all have redeeming features as well, the team of Marks and Gunn certainly have a bright future ahead of them.

In Summary
I like what Jason and Ivan are doing here, and as this is their first CD they've delivered a pretty good album. My only bug-bear are those guitar solos. You know, there is a great phrase that is often used in music. And that is: 'sometimes less is more'. Just how guest guitarist Chris Green was allowed to cast such a big shadow over this album astounds me. I found his style and tone completely at odds with the rest of the lush textures found on this album. Where passages required subtlety and refrain, we got a thousand notes per minute. It got to the point where I was pushing the fast forward button just to get beyond his intrusions - and that is not a good sign when listening to a CD. Someone was definitely not reading off the same page. 'Welcome To The Edge Of The World' probably would've scored much higher if the whole thing was a bit more cohesive in that department. Despite my ramblings, I will go back and give it a few more listens, because overall it deserves to be given more exposure.

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#1 | george_the_jack on December 16 2010 08:56:47
Not impressed with that one I'm afraid.At all.Something's keeping me 'ice cold'.Maybe the vocals(?),maybe the production(?) Don't know.I have to give it a few more spins I guess.
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