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   DEFENDING THE FAITH
Radical Change
2003
self-financed
http://www.defending-the-faith.de


rating: 4/5

1. Listen
2. Radical Change
3. Trust
4. Dreams
5. D.T.F.
6. Secret Fear
7. In Your Eyes
8. Power Of Life
9. Temples Of Liars
10. Helpless
This is Defending The Faith's second CD, again released by the band themselves. These hardworking Swabians play a timeless kind of powermetal, with slight progressive touches. No cheesy happy crap, but powerful yet melodic metal in old-fashioned US style. In that way slightly comparible with bands like Brainstorm or Rawhead Rexx, but definitely with their own sound. "Radical Change" is a big step up from their 2001 debut "Defender" in every way. Most of all in the songwriting and vocals!! New singer Jürgen G. Allert is a good singer, the vocallines are very versatile (great backing vocals too!) and that's one of the things that make the songs so much better than on the debut. I just prefer his voice in the lower regions much more than in the higher parts and I think it's a bit too clean here and there. I would like to hear more aggression in the vocals, but that might just be a matter of taste and of production too. Guitarist Robby Balci (ex-Stormwitch) is an exeptional talented guitarist, his riffs are often crushing and his solos very melodic (slighty neo-classical), but it's like he's holding back and would love to play much more aggressive - maybe again a matter of taste, but I'd love to hear him in a more aggressive powermetal or thrash band hehe... The overall production is ok, but only the guitars sound really phat. Hmm, maybe that's a result because Robby is one of the producers? I think the band would benefit from a more powerful, less clean, production. What matters most though are the songs themselves and esp. songs like "Radical Change", "Dreams", "Defending The Faith", the slower but driving "Temples Of Liars" and "Helpless" are true gems! Check them out at this year's Summer Breeze!!

submitted by Marlies 12.05.2003

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