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Faithful Breath


Symphonic Prog

3.22 | 53 ratings

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4 stars Gorgeous, overlooked and forgotten symphonic gem from 1973 German band Faithful Breath, many years before they were to veer in a completely different (80s metal) direction.

Mellotron fans will be sated with the lengthy, mellotron chord-soaked "Autumn Fantasia" suite which took up the entirety of the original first side of the LP. A haunting and sadly beautiful piece, this is early 70s prog at its grandiose best, and hints of influence (Yes, Genesis) and national contemporaries (Eloy) abound.

The second half of the album is occupied by the 'other' epic, "Tharsis", complete with what I call Young Male Storytelling Lyric Syndrome (or YOMASLYS). For while the track is musically satisfying, it remains silly and amateurish on the lyrical front, although harmless and not without its charm. The sci-fi theme seems roughly to do with the earth being hatched by a mighty bird of some kind. Not the finest lyric you'll come across, but then, neither is "Hemispheres".

All in all, a simply beautiful album that will leave the listener wondering why it is not more revered than it currently is. With enough dramatic intensity, lovely melodies, and lengthy instrumental sections, this album has everything to appease lovers of early Symphonic. The Garden Of Delights pressing of this album is not to be missed, as it contains a nice, thick booklet with rare photos and a brief history of the band (finally!) If this review stirred your curiosity or even just remotely sounds like something you may like, be assured that it is a most worthy addition to your prog collection.

Progatron | 4/5 |


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