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Crisis de Fe - III

And then came the hard rock - 70%

Phunzem, March 17th, 2023

By the time Crisis de Fe were to release their third album, they were completely established as a small totem into the Valencian scene. The two previous albums were very well received, they had already built a considerable loyal audience and their small tours were very successful. They also profited from a small comradery with the by-then emerging band Angelus Apatrida (which resulted in the development of the crossover band Spitfire), as they had a couple of venues together around the country. The point being, around that time, Crisis de Fe had enough recognition to do whatever they pleased for their new record, and they chose to transition into hard rock.

This is a hard rock album. Crisis de Fe came from heavy metal and thus elements are still present throughout, but the overall vibe is evident. They opted for a cleaner and less aggressive production, drastically reduced the volume of guitars and drums, increased the amount of clean guitars, made everything sound more pleasing and composed songs are notably short, direct and where backing vocals are plentiful. And then there is the music itself.

This band has always been characterized for the more notable rocker riffs compared to more traditional heavy metal bands from this time period. By this album, these riff run supreme and are one of the most recognizable aspects of this transition. Drumming style also changed from a pretty standard metal drumming to a kind-of-follow the rhythm sort of thing. No excessive fills, very little double bass-kicking and practically acts in service of the vocal melodies and choruses. The bass player also sounds more sophisticated in this record, filling the voids and punctuating just enough to benefit the music. A good summary of the music would be like bands such as Lizzy Borden or Stryper, those bands that walk the line between hard rock and heavy metal.

That being said, Crisis de Fe is still a very good band and although this is a hard rock album, it is a damn fine hard rock album. Guitar riffs and melodies are fantastically crafted and very catchy. Take the opener song for example, Toda mi Bondad, and you will listen a ubiquitous guitar riff that will not leave your heard for several weeks. “Amanece en mi Ciudad”, “Al Infierno” or “Tu Silencio” also are very interesting highlights that manifest the ability of this band in making very varied music which nevertheless follows overall patterns. The singles “Mirando hacia el Sol” y “Sin Descansar” are justifiably representative of this new direction of the band and there are even a couple of interesting tracks which are even more experimental and thus reflective of the band’s inquisitiveness, like Lejos de Dios or the cover song “Otra historia”. All the music here has the distinctive brand of being exquisite and elegant, really. Especially the guitar sound is superb.

Finally, we have one of the most powerful ballads of their discography, “El Viejo Reloj” which became the most powerful hit this band ever created. A fan favorite which usually was the highlight of their concerts. Due to the softening of the overall musical offering, it’s no wonder that their already extensive fanbase grew even more to the point of transcend the metal scene and caused the shift of the band in order to please more commercial music followers. But that is a story for another time.