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Review: Faith Factor - Against a Darkened Sky
Faith Factor
Against a Darkened Sky

Label: Retroactive Records
Year released: 2008
Duration: 54:22
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 10, 2009
Reviewed by: Larry Griffin
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Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)

Alright, get your bibles out and your holy crosses ready, it's time for another Faith Factor album! Against a Darkened Sky is the band's debut album, following the three-track EP they released back in 2007, and it's definitely a metal album. It has guitars, bass and drums, and vocals that remind me of the guy from Deadly Blessing...oh, wait, that's exactly who it is.

Now, I'm admittedly not a follower of the Christian religion, so a lot of this stuff goes over my head and in one ear, out the other, but musically it is pretty alright. The formula has shifted a bit from the melodic Power Metal stylings of the EP to a more stodgy, abrasive Heavy Metal one reminiscent of Rob Rock or Bruce Dickinson's solo project if they weren't as well written. The production is nice and heavy and old school-sounding, sounding a lot thicker than what I remember the EP being like. The guitars churn out decent, chugging riffs that won't really amaze anyone, but they're well done enough so as to not offend, either. Ski's vocals are alright - he is clearly not who he used to be back in the 80s, but he still sounds pretty okay, with a nice mid-range and occasionally he hits some higher notes. The bass is nicely done, and so are the drums, galloping along in a Maiden-esque fashion that doesn't really hinder or help the music in the long run.

Everything on here is just so safe. It's this kind of thing that pisses people off enough to pinhole bands with Christian ideologies into their own wretched little sub-plot. Faith Factor can play their instruments, but man, these songs are just so boring! "Keep it True" is alright, but everything after fails to excite - with the lowlight being the extremely dull ballad "In Remembrance." Sometimes some momentum is kicked up, but the band fails to ever let loose and really play; just settling for a relaxed sort of groove that sounds restrained and dishonest. You get the idea these guys could play much better music if they tried. They don't sound like they have too much chemistry yet, and it hurts their sound quite a bit. This album isn't terrible, but it just gets more and more annoying and bland with repeated listens, and with every song being over 5 minutes? It's almost unbearably dull at times.

So as you might have noticed, this isn't exactly the most exciting music in the world. Nothing really stands out about this release as particularly exceptional but the fervently and sometimes uncomfortably Christian lyrical themes, which I can live with, except for a few passages where they get a little too blatant - I don't listen to music to be preached to, so shut the fuck up about it, guys. And even worse, most of the music only seems to exist for the sole purpose of these lyrics, and that should never be the case. This album is just sort of pointless. I don't see why you would ever want to listen to it, really. It's not bad, it's not good, it's just...there. There's nothing here you haven't heard done better anywhere else, but I guess this band does get a bit of leeway, as it was a debut. Oh well. Now go listen to Possessed's debut instead! Go! Burn those holy books!

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