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Review: Guilty as Charged - Leap of Faith
Guilty as Charged
Leap of Faith

Label: Independent
Year released: 2014
Duration: 32:44
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy/Thrash

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: September 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Readers Rating
Leap of Faith

Rated 4.29/5 (85.71%) (7 Votes)

Guilty As Charged, a Belgian 4-piece Heavy/Thrash Metal band, provides a good example of what bands with potential can do without a recording contract or the pressure of label representatives. Controlling the timetable being able to finish your songs without deadlines allows you to get them perfect. Sometimes the lack of a record label presence makes for a stress-free environment and allows a band to put their creative juices into something that's really worthwhile. Leap of Faith, these Belgians' 8-song debut album, sounds like it has been cooked with a careful recipe until it tastes perfect, depending on your preference for spice since you cannot always please everyone.

Leap of Faith is a varied record that blends Thrash and Heavy Metal into one pleasing whole. Shredding guitars, very good, beautifully flowing solos, catchy hooks, striking melodies and chorus parts; they are all around this album. The opening track, "Preach to the Masses," sets the tone for the band's strong, riff-based Metal attack on Leap of Faith, one that is similar to Iced Earth's Power/Thrash style. A song like "Last Chance" reminds me of Iced Earth around the time they recorded their somewhat ground-breaking Burnt Offerings album (minus the vocals) and when it comes to the riff work on Leap of Faith, one gets the impression this Belgian bunch borrowed Jon Schaffer's songwriting pencil. Then again, a song like "I'll Never..." is pure Metallica worship from start to finish, from the famous Black album era. "Lone Wolf," on the other hand, has some masculine, gang-shouted vocals at the end of the song that could be taken from Testament's The Formation of Damnation record. Singer and guitarist Jan De Vuyssere's vocals are somewhere between James Hetfield and Matt Barlow, not exactly a carbon copy of either.

Leap of Faith is truly a great debut from Guilty As Charged. I wouldn't be surprised at all if they become the next big thing in Metal worldwide. Talent-wise, Guilty As Charged are capable of doing just that but obviously any band can use some of luck and I wish these guys a plenty of that on their way to world domination.

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