In Fear and Faith
In Fear and Faith


4.0
excellent

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (35 Reviews)
November 14th, 2012 | 28 replies | 8,278 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A glowing example of success doing what dozens of bands try and fail to do.

11 of 11 thought this review was well written

In the new age of rock, featuring an almost comical amount of complicated sub-genres it's so hard to create an original work. And trying to convince somebody that any work is indeed original is a lost cause today. The purpose of this review is not to attempt at convincing that In Fear and Faith as the band's eponymous album is original work, but to highlight the elements that are so negligible by all of the other bands that are somehow popular in their genre (whatever genre you may want to call it). All the elements found here are also found in other records but no other record has breached a level of musicianship as this for a long time, as all the failed attempts by other acts of the same format are compiled by their upsides in In Fear and Faith.

In Fear and Faith is the first of the band's tenure to feature Scott Barnes on lead vocals in full form of the music (as Symphonies was a symphonic extended play by the band in '11), and he sounds oddly reminiscent of Spencer Sotelo of Periphery with a manageable screaming ability and prowess in clean singing with powerful range. He commands the flow of the music, pulling the argument of self titled as a less technical Periphery II: This Time It's Personal. The album courses effectively with the ever present strength of the guitar work led by Ramin Niroomand, as well as his nicely placed piano/synthetic parts. The keyboards can be corny at times, but the relentless progression of the record excuses this. The Calm Before Reform utilizes the violent screams by David Stephens of We Came As Romans to perfection in the album's great opening song, and other songs like It All Comes Out (On The Way Down), Look What You Made Me Do, Self Fulfilling Prophet, and A Creeping Dose are high points in an already well-crafted record.

A specific feature of the record would have to be the irresistible choruses, either by way of effectively placed vocals or just damn good writing. That trend is held without cease, even when the rest of the song doesn't quite measure up to the chorus's power. A downside, however, would have to be the face-palming lyrics at times. Usual 14 year old struggles within the mind of Scott Barnes are spilled into song regarding some trauma-torn passion between his also-angsty lover, which disappoints more than it would have had the album been sub-par. This is also excused as the album has a lack of fodder purely concerning the music that almost makes the lyrics completely disregarded.

By the end of the album, a listener should feel satisfied. The closing track leaves no questions asked with a nice anthem like theme to it, nice creativity, and no unnecessary outro that could ruin it either. It raises the bar for other groups within the scene that might want to have any success in the future, so game on.

Recommendations: The Calm Before Reform, Look What You Made Me Do, It All Comes Out (On The Way Down), You Had Your Chance, and Self Fulfilling Prophet



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whatshisname
November 14th 2012



178 Comments


Good review, I pos'd.
If it's as good as you make it sound I'll have to check this out, though I wasn't a big fan of their earlier work.

RosaParks
November 14th 2012



14858 Comments


knew you'd love this somehow

henryChinaski
November 14th 2012



2733 Comments


Hm i'll have to check this out. Doubt it is any good though.

Digging: The Tidal Sleep - Vorstellungskraft

RosaParks
November 14th 2012



14858 Comments


it's okay but this band can't seem to shake their "every song sounds the same" niche

pjquinones747
November 14th 2012



763 Comments


Thank you, whatshisname and ASnideRemark.

More than the usual genericore, Rosa.

Digging: GWAR - War Party

HaloDude442
November 22nd 2012



693 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, have a pos. this album rules hard

pjquinones747
November 22nd 2012



763 Comments


Thanks man!

merpmerp
November 30th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Review is great.
Used to have this at a 4.5. It kinda lost it's appeal for me. Still good though.

merpmerp
November 30th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's probably cause I haven't given it a listen in a while. So much more interesting stuff out right now.

pjquinones747
December 1st 2012



763 Comments


I love this album without an end. Me and my buddies blast this shit like delinquents. Hasn't lost any playback value.

pjquinones747
December 1st 2012



763 Comments


It All Comes Out has one of the most beautiful choruses I've ever heard. I'm a bass voice and can't sing worth a lick anyways but I go falsetto to sing that shit anyways.

Spec
December 1st 2012



27153 Comments


Pretty good.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

pepster50
December 10th 2012



328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

Was a pretty good album. Nothing amazing though. One or two songs will go on my car mix lol

KenboSlice
December 18th 2012



918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this album really worth checking out? I wasn't sure since it's just Scott singing now.

merpmerp
December 18th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah. this album is pretty great. Scott's screams are better than the old screamer IMO.

KenboSlice
December 18th 2012



918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really? I like the old guys screams a lot.

pjquinones747
December 19th 2012



763 Comments


The vocals have really stepped it up. Check it out, Kenbo.

KenboSlice
December 21st 2012



918 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just listened to this album. God damn. I didn't think they would ever top Your World On Fire.

pjquinones747
December 22nd 2012



763 Comments


It is incredible, right?

merpmerp
December 22nd 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album fucking rules m/



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