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Faith Factor > 07-07-07 > Reviews > Empyreal
Faith Factor - 07-07-07

White as snow. - 60%

Empyreal, November 17th, 2007

While Christianity might not be my choice lyrical subject, I'm willing to overlook such things if the band in question plays good music. Faith Factor certainly fall into that category, and this is some pretty cool stuff.

Fronted by Ski of underground US metal juggernauts Deadly Blessing, Faith Factor obviously has some experience on their side, and this isn't just a bunch of Bible-thumpers getting together to preach all over a demo tape or anything. This band plays traditional heavy metal through and through, and doesn't even try to be anything else, just chucking riffs out the ass throughout the rather short duration of this little disc. This isn't particularly aggressive, lacking the sharp bite and bark of some other stalwarts of the genre, but it isn't bad at all, making for an inoffensive heavy metal listen with some pretty cool moments here and there (especially on the half ballad "The Angel and the Butterfly," with its nifty little piano intro and melodious lead-work), and Ski's vocals are the obvious focal point. Unlike some of his contemporaries (hello Warrel Dane) he shows that he can still belt out the high notes, but he also utilizes a strong, healthy midrange here. The music is nowhere near Deadly Blessing's mindblowing speed assault, but it's not bad, although I wish it were a bit faster. The tempo here is pretty much midpaced all the way through; not much variation at all.

All in all, a solid, if unremarkable, disc from a band with potential. There isn't much of a reason to get it if you still haven't checked out the better bands of the US heavy/power metal scene, but it's not bad at all.

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