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In Fear and Faith - In Fear and Faith

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In Fear and FaithIn Fear and Faith
Record Label: Rise Records
Release Date: October 16th, 2012
Since 2009, California post-hardcore outfit In Fear and Faith has been a band I’ve kept on my eye on, and for good reason – they hit the post-hardcore scene by storm with 2009’s Your World On Fire. They’ve been around much longer than that, but that was the first release I listened to by them, and I was quite floored by it. The production quality wasn’t something I admired a lot, the music itself wasn’t terribly unique, but it was interesting, nonetheless. They had a lot of potential, and it came within the form of 2010’s Imperial. Essentially, the band took everything that made they unique and threw it into a 43-minute album. In all honesty, it was one of my favorite albums that year, and still remains to be one of my favorite albums today. They explored the orchestral/classical sound that made them very unique, and it really worked to their advantage. In fact, in 2011, they did release an EP entitled Symphonies, which had symphonic renditions of some of their songs. It was a fantastic idea, and it worked very well. They’ve finally returned with a new self-titled record, so how does this one hold up compared to their previous releases? Well, in all honesty, it’s not perfect, but it’s a very good record, nonetheless. I wouldn’t say this record is as great as Imperial, but it’s very close. It does contain everything In Fear and Faith is known for, but it’s a bit more generic, this time around. Another major change with this record is the vocalist; screamer Cody Anderson left the band in 2010, so clean vocalist Scott Barnes has taken over both vocal duties, and he does quite well, actually. His screams aren’t very unique, but his clean vocals are fantastic, either way. They’re just as great as they’ve always been.

The record starts off with “Intro,” an aptly titled song that’s not really a song at all. Well, it is, but it starts off the record on a very interesting note, because the song is composed of screaming, as in people actually screaming, gunfire, and just chaos all around. It’s really creepy, and it doesn’t feel out of place, surprisingly. It leads into the second track “The Calm Before Reform,” which is kinda clever, actually. It starts off with vocalist Scott Barnes screaming over a riff from guitarist Ramin Nimoorand, and Barnes’ screams are pretty cool, but like I said, they’re not too unique. His cleans are truly where he shines, and he’s got one of the best voices in post-hardcore, honestly. This song is a pretty good idea of what’s to come on the album, but it’s only just a small taste, however. Another thing I really like about this album is that each song leads into one another. The next track “A Silent Drum” leads into from “The Calm Before Reform,” and it’s really cool. This is one of those albums you need to listen to all the way through to really understand and appreciate it. “A Silent Drum” is an interesting track; it’s nothing spectacular, but it’s pretty cool, nonetheless. Fourth track, “Look What You Made Me Do,” is a much heavier track. It shows off their more metalcore side, and it works quite well. While it’s a bit generic, it does work. At this point, there aren’t too many glimpses of their symphonic sound, but it’s there. It shows up much later in the album in full force, but right now, not quite. It does appear at the end of the song, but barely. The symphonic sound is my favorite part about this band, and that alone makes them quite unique, honestly. Ironically, it appears right in the beginning of fifth track “Soul Survivor,” and this track is a really great track. Barnes’ clean vocals take the stage, and it really shows off his voice. The only problem with this album is that it does sound way too similar. This track is one where it does break away from the mold for a brief time, which is nice. The piano/symphonic sound appears more in this song, too, which is also great. Next track “A Creeping Dose” is a bit generic, except for a part in the middle with piano and keyboards combining. It sounds really awesome, and nothing I’ve ever heard before. This is why I like this band a lot. Seventh track “It All Comes Out (On the Way Down)” is the first single that was released last year, and I remember listening to it, and thinking it was pretty interesting. Nothing as great as Imperial, and it certainly isn’t the best track on here, but it’s not bad, either. It’s an enjoyable track, nonetheless. If anything, In Fear and Faith know how to write killer choruses. Every song on this album has a great chorus. But on eighth track “Enigmatic,” it’s an instrumental song. It’s an interlude, basically; it’s a very soft and beautiful piano song by Ramin Nimoorand. It’s absolutely fantastic, and one of the best songs on the record. It really compliments the heaviness that they have with something angelic and beautiful like this.

The last four songs on this record are pretty good, especially ninth song “Dream Catcher.” This is another great song that’s worth listening to. Immediately, it brings back what In Fear and Faith is known for. There’s a really cool vocal distortion in the middle, too. The other three tracks are great as well, especially the eleven track, “Last Man Stranded,” and the closing track, “Self Fulfilling Prophecy.” The former is a very slow track that features Barnes’ cleans against a piano riff, and it sounds so beautiful again. It’s a very nice track, and easily one of the best tracks. It’s rather different, and I like it a lot. The latter is a very enjoyable track, too, and it’s a nice closer as well. It ends the album on a rather heavy note, because Barnes’ screams make a return, albeit briefly.

Basically, this is a band that’s been on my radar for a few years, because their sound is absolutely fantastic; they combine post-hardcore, experimental, and classical. Mainly what keeps this band from becoming a generic band is vocalist Scott Barnes, and guitarist/keyboardist/pianist Ramin Nimoorand. All the other musicians are great as well, don’t get me wrong, but both of these musicians specifically really add to the music itself. Although the self-titled isn’t as great as Imperial, it still is worth listening to, because it does expand upon that album. It’s much more mature, and while I don’t like it as much as Imperial, I’m sure other fans will disagree. What I’m sure all the fans can agree on, however, is In Fear and Faith have never put out a bad album. Sadly, though, this band has been quite underrated for a long time. Regardless, this is a great record for post-hardcore fans.

Recommended If You Like The Color Morale, At the Skylines, Blessthefall, Dream On Dreamer, post-hardcore, etc.

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Track Listing:
1. Intro
2. The Calm Before the Reform
3. A Silent Drum
4. Look What You Made Me Do
5. Soul Survivor
6. A Creeping Dose
7. It All Comes Out (On the Way Down)
8. Enigmatic
9. Dream Catcher
10.You Had Your Chance
11. Last Man Stranded
12. Self Fulfilling Prophecy

In Fear and Faith is:
Scott Barnes – lead vocals
Sean Bell – rhythm guitar
Jarred DeArmas – bass guitar, backing vocals
Mehdi Niroomand – drums, percussion
Ramin Niroomand – lead guitarist, keyboards, piano

This review is a user submitted review from justbradley. You can see all of justbradley's submitted reviews here.
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08:26 PM on 11/23/12
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Astounding review!!! However, Cody Anderson left in 2010 not 2011. To me this album pointed them in too much of a generic sounding direction for me to stay interested in them. However, i loved symphonies and will be awaiting symphonies 2.
11:49 PM on 11/23/12
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Astounding review!!! However, Cody Anderson left in 2010 not 2011. To me this album pointed them in too much of a generic sounding direction for me to stay interested in them. However, i loved symphonies and will be awaiting symphonies 2.
Thank you! I'm glad someone actually looked at this review, because I love this band so much. Anyway, he left in 2010? I'll definitely edit that in somehow. That's kind of how I felt about this, too, though. It was good, but the genericness was starting to show up in bits and pieces. I still think they're great, because they still do have that symphonic sound, so they manage to stay unique, you know? Symphonies was awesome, too, and I've never heard a band like that do that before, so it really shows them thinking outside of the box, basically.
08:32 PM on 11/25/12
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I'm gonna have to write my own review of this album--I feel like you didn't do it justice. Sorry.

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