Album Reviews
Band: Faithsedge

Title: The Answer of Insanity

Label: Scarlet Records

  

Faithsedge is a Heavy Metal/Hard Rock/Progressive project started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia, who contacted producer/bassist Fabrizio Grossi to help with the project.  So impressed with the demo’s Floridia had put together, the pair decided to put a full blown band together to bring the project to life, with Grossi himself providing bass duties, Tony Morra on drums, Alex De Rosso on guitars and Eric Ragno on keyboards.  The result was the band's 2011 self-titled debut release.

Now in 2014 Faithsedge are back with the original line-up, plus keyboards from renowned musician/producer Alessandro Del Vecchio, for their new opus ‘The Answer Of Insanity’.

This time round the band brings a harder edge to proceedings, but without losing of that melodic vibe of the debut.  This is raw modern Hard Rock of the highest calibre from the opener ‘Now I Know The Truth', right down to the last chords of closer 'Destroy You'.  This super-group bring the heat big style.

The opener 'Now I Know The Truth' shows that heavier edge from the off, with De Rosso throwing out the big licks, with Floridia delivering a near perfect Metal edged vocal alongside the powerhouse rhythm section of Morra and Grossi, providing that thunderous foundation as always.

The no nonsense rocking continues with massive ‘Revolve My World’, as the band bring classic Hard Rock with a modern edge blistering into the now and one that really gives Morra a chance to really show his talent behind the kit.

If the last track showcased Morra then 'The Way I Have To Let You Go’ showcases the bass skills of Grossi perfectly, as this one unites Hard Rock with a Progressive Rock edge.  Definitely one of the highlights of the album.  The band's relentless approach to great hard rocking continues with the massive 'Are We Gonna Stand’, which is where Floridia shines, as he unleashes sheer vocal ecstasy into the mix.

The tempo is brought down with the darker balladesque tones of ‘Comes Crashing Down’, before its brought back up in spades with the excellent ‘Saying Anything’.  If I had to pick one track that highlights all the elements of the album on one monster track, then this would be the one.

Probably the most commercial track off the album has to be 'Pray For This’.  A mid tempo song the brings out that Melodic Rock edge that the first album brought.  Those hard rocking anthems come screaming back with the 90’s Hair Metal infused 'Until Your Home’, another track where Floridia shines.

It's heads down Hard Rock all the way with the riff laden 'When I Lost You’, before the album closes as it opened, with a real hard hitter in ‘Destroy You’, which wraps up a great album that has enough old school vibe to appeal the more mature rock fan, but also has equal parts modern rock to bring in that younger fan base.  Making this a must buy album. 

Review by: Barry McMinn

 

Tracklisting:

1. Now I Know The Truth
2. Revolve My World
3. The Way I Have To Let You Go
4. Are We Gonna Stand?
5. Comes Crashing Down
6. Saying Anything
7. Pray For This
8. Until Your Home
9. When I Lost You
10. Destroy You

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