|Review: Rising Faith - The Arrival|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2003
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: June 17, 2008
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Like a homicide investigation, there are many perfunctory processes to ascertaining the nature of a Heavy Metal band's intentions. Perhaps unintentionally, the band leave what they deem irrelevancies behind as clues to guide the assigned detectives to their conclusions. Rising Faith might as well be pack their bags and prepare for a long stay at Rykers because, as attested by their album title, artwork, and song titles, these guys aspire to be Power Metal musicians. And God help them that's what they'll do.
Decidedly heavier than many of their slushy counterparts, Rising Faith offer a violent, crushing brand of technical Power Metal in the Thunderstone, Silent Voices and Angel Dust mould, with a strong emphasis on back-to-back guitar harmonies and powerful, evocative choruses recalling Freternia and latter period Tad Morose. On paper, the band's label debut The Arrival should go down like a whiskey shot, beer back after a long day at the office, but sadly it is a rather innocuous affair, with the crystal clear production and sterling vocal performance of the raspy Kristian Wallin being the only things going for it. Every member gives their all — which is of an extremely high standard — but the heavy verse/melodic chorus formula becomes pretty stolid after the fourth track or so, and it's not as if Rising Faith can't deliver; the tempestuous "Final Day" and "The Inner Truth" are both fantastic recitations of the angry, ballsy Power Metal the band promised from the outset, but the remainder of the album fails to reach these echelons of excellence.
Certainly recommended to those who don't mind a shade of the formulaic, perhaps if Rising Faith make a comeback with The Return we'll see them rising above their inadvertent evidence dropping and go for something a little less obvious.
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