Review: In Fear And Faith – Self-Titled
Artist Name: In Fear and Faith
Album Name: In Fear and Faith
Label: Rise Records
I haven’t heard a whole lot of their material since their EP, but word on the street is that In Fear and Faith kicked it up a notch with this new album. I decided to check it out for myself.
The first thing I noticed about this album is the increased presence of the clean vocalist, Scott Barnes. The older material seemed to be lead by screamed vocals. Another very noteworthy addition to this album is the inclusion of an orchestra. The use of the orchestra on the album adds ambiance, but it also seems to take away the drive that I’ve become familiar with in In Fear And Faith’s songs.
The track list, album cover and the first track ‘Intro’ all fit together very well. The definite theme is consistent throughout the album. The first proper song on the album, ‘The Calm Before Reform’, already reflects the direction in which many Rise Records bands are headed, in that they’re starting to introduce more electronic dimensions to their songs. If they aren’t careful, they risk falling into the trap of sounding exactly the same as every other band signed to Rise Records. Having said that, it’s a damn good song!
Their song writing and overall sound has definitely matured over the years. Pretty much every track is packed with emotion, energy, blood, sweat and tears. They’ve worked exceptionally hard on this album and you can feel that in their songs. You could liken their refined sound to that of Pierce the Veil, just a little more hardcore. The vocalist even sounds similar to Vic Fuentes.
‘Look What You Made Me Do’ could be seen as one of the heavier tracks on the album. The song has a bit of an eerie feel to it, as do most of the songs on the album. Musically, this album has everything you could ask for. The orchestral pieces blend very nicely with the other elements in the songs. They make good use of the piano on this album too, particularly in the track ‘Enigmatic’. The mixing and mastering on this album is definitely the best I’ve heard from In Fear and Faith.
I’ve added this album to my list of favourites, and I can therefore confirm that the rumours are true; In Fear and Faith have in fact kicked it up several notches and have produced their best offering to date.
Best Tracks: Look What You Made Me Do, You Had Your Chance, Self Fulfilling Prophecy