Faithful Breath

Faithful Breath Faithful Breath - Gold 'n' Glory/SKOL (InRock) 1984/1985/2011

Gold 'n' Glory
1.   Don't Feel Hate (3.48)
2.   King of the Rock (3.25)
3.   Jailbreaker (3.30)
4.   A Million Hearts (5.00)
5.   Gold 'N Glory (4.20)
6.   Play the Game (3.43)
7.   Princess in Disguise (4.18)
8.   Don't Drive Me Mad (2.37)
SKOL
9.   Start it Up (4.04)
10. Double Dealer (3.36)
11. Lady M. (2.31)
12. Rock Rebels (3.49)
13. We Want You (5.01)
14. Inside Out (3.38)
15. Crazy in Metal (4.06)
16. Backstreet Heros (3.36)
17. Skol (4.42)

"Faithful Breath" are a German band who started off as more ethereal prog-rock band and eventually morphed into a straight-forward heavy metal band. "Gold 'n' Glory" is one of their metal albums and seems to either bring about glowing praise from heavy metal fans or utter disdain from fans who didn't like the change in style. However, it really isn't all that uncommon for bands to change styles as the years march on. Look at a band like UFO. Their early albums were trippy space rock and at some point they morphed into one of the greatest first wave of British heavy metal bands ever.  Even fellow German metal band Accept progressed as the years went on. Certainly the band's debut doesn't sound anything like the metal assault of "Restless & Wild". Such is the case with Faithful Breath and "Gold 'n' Glory". Faithful Breath basically plays German metal in the vein of Accept and early 80's Scorpions. The music is fairly heavy for 1984; anthemic and driving, with shout-along, fist-pumping repeated choruses, memorable hooks, speed-metal smatterings and a vocalist who sounds slightly like Sir Udo of Accept. Heinz Mikus’ delivers a rough and raspy vocal delivery that works well for the band.  It's also worth noting that Udo had his hands in producing this album.  

"Gold 'n' Glory" starts off with an awkwardly titled track called "Don't Feel Hate", which has that classic Accept sound, though the guitar tones are a little less biting than Hoffman's. The most Accept-like track on the album is the title track. The Viking themed track is a powerful Teutonic metal anthem with a shouted gang chorus and some nice lead guitar work. As well "Princess in Disguise" has a striking similarity to Accept's "Princess of the Dawn" from a couple years before this record. "Play the Game" is one of the more up-tempo tracks on the album and delivers an nice metal punch. "A Million Hearts" is one of the more melodic numbers on the album and has the same moody vibe as the Scorpions "Holiday". Overall, " Glory" is a solid and vastly underrated heavy metal record. 

The follow-up album is titled "Skol" and features a very similar vibe to the classic "Gold'n'Glory". The album opens with the appropriately titled "Start It Up". This song is a straight-up headbanger. If this song doesn't get your head to boppin' then you probably don't know what real heavy metal is. This song is follow-up by a faster metal number titled "Double Dealer". Once again the gang-choruses abound on this album. While some will complain that these are formulaic, these sorts of choruses are part of what makes this band so endearing. Fists in the air, shout-along heavy metal. The production is a little less biting on this album than on the previous album, which unfortuantely robs the band of some of their heaviness. Still, both "Skol" and "Gold 'n' Glory" are solid, straight-forward heavy metal albums. 

Unfortunately "SKOL" would be the last album for this band with several members going on to form the German speed/power metal band Risk

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