Faith In Glory – ‘Opia’ The Debut Album.
Faith In Glory are a self proclaimed Hard Rock band from Bolton and Blackburn. Now the term Hard Rock implies and provides certain imagery, bands and eras no matter the age of the person reading the term.
Faith In Glory are certainly a Hard Rock band but one that’s grown up in the world left behind by Punk’s children and grandchildren and the emotionally driven Alternative Metal of the late 90’s and early 2000’s.
Listening to this album, your think of the likes of The Exies, Skillet, Alter Bridge and the Metallic riffage and heartfelt melodies that took the genre away from the cliche “Rock n’ Roll” tedium left behind by 80’s “Hair Metal” and general “cringe” of that period.
This contrast, although interesting and hard to pin down at first, does for the most part hold its own. Hints of the more Metal driven sound do follow through well enough and the contrasting vocals, are actually very impressive.
‘Young’ is an choice cut for a taster with its down-tempo metallic riffage and Stoner Rock aesthetic but far from the best with the Black Stone Cherry-esque ‘Chains’ and the far more aggressive and aptly titled, ‘Unchained’ standing in prominence.
You get your token ballad in ‘This Hell’ which is a nice reprieve and features some solid classic guitar work but does falter the charge of the release a little too much, while ‘Rebellion’ boast more of the melodic-vocal-hard-riff crossover. The track has its heart in the right place but sadly falls far from the aggression it needs despite the stellar musicianship.
In generality, this mini-album is very well written, very well produced and as a debut stands very tall. You do find yourself trailing off somewhat on occasion however due to slight over-similarity and occasional banal lyrics but find yourself back in the front row more often than not.
The final three which includes the albums flag bearing title track, give credit to the intensity of the release, something I’m not so sure would have been achieved without the insistent melodic approach Faith In Glory have insistently stood shoulder to shoulder with.
Find the band and their debut below:
- For updates, head to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- For the bands music, head to Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.
- Physical copies can be purchased at gigs.