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Faith or Fear: Instruments of Death
Thrash Metal
Lost and Found Records
June 1st, 2009
Release length: 53:35
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After about ten years without an official release, aside one demo in 1990, Faith Or Fear have returned to bring their brand of old school thrash and cram it down your throat with their new compilation/full length release, Instruments Of Death. The reason this is being mentioned as a compilation instead of a full blown studio recorded full length album is because the material on this release is not new, aside the first four tracks being re-recorded versions of demo tracks. However, for the die hard fans of this band, or those who just want to hear some good thrash, Instruments Of Death does not disappoint.

The first four tracks on this release are, as stated earlier, re-recorded versions of songs that appeared on their Dehumanized (“Dehumanized” and “Instruments Of Death”) demo tape, as well as their 1986 Demo Of Fear tape (“Got No Choice”, originally called “Got No Chance”, and “Done In Vein”). When you first listen to these, you’ll think that you’re missed something from the past, some sort of studio recording, remastered, or at the least recorded not too long ago, as it seems Faith Or Fear have not lost what it meant to play excellent thrash. The songs are heavy and catchy, simple as that. The problem, however, is the odd tempo change ups. Sometimes they work with the songs, but “Done In Vein” doesn’t really work with these changes, and the guitar solos on here, while impressive, sound as though they are over-modulated recordings, sounding rather grainy. “Got No Choice” closes these demo re-recordings with a bang, as this song is just a relentless, pissed off thrash song that will stick in your head for a good while.

But, while these songs are great, it’s the more raw sounding demo tracks from back in the day that really make for entertaining music. “Hidden By Animosity” through “Nightmare Of A Lifetime” are off the band’s 1990 self-titled demo tape, and really show that the band had some great potential after the life span of their debut release Punishment Area. “Sacrifice” is a bit of a slower song, but still as tenacious as the rest of the tracks in this group. The rest of the songs on this release are demo tracks that are from the Power Lies demo recording sessions. This set of tracks, starting with the track “Disintegration”, which is a bit of a let down, sounding more like a cliche drug-induced slow paced hard rock track, and contradicts the rest of the tracks so bad it’s insane! The music found on “Power Lies” and “Darker Shade Of Death” are definitely some of the heaviest songs the band has recorded, with the exception of the slow tempo change half way through “Darker Shade Of Death”, and ends with an obscure homage to Archie Bunker from the television classic All In The Family.

Instruments Of Death is a pretty good compilation disc, featuring four new recordings, even if they are old demo tracks just re-recorded on today’s equipment, as well as some of their demo material you probably would never have heard before. If you enjoyed Faith Or Fear‘s debut album, then there is no reason this release should not be in your collection. With the exception of “Disintegration” and “Archie Bunker”, this is a great album from start to end, with music that just sounds tighter than their debut full-length.


01. Dehumanized – 4:29
02. Instruments Of Death – 3:10
03. Done In Vein – 4:15
04. Got No Choice – 3:20
05. Hidden By Animosity – 5:00
06. True Life – 3:27
07. Sacrifice – 4:11
08. Nightmare Of A Lifetime – 4:15
09. Straight To Hell (Instrumental) – 3:40
10. Disintegration – 4:39
11. Power Lies – 5:05
12. Darker Shade Of Death – 3:54
13. Planet X – 3:56
14. Archie Bunker – 0:14
Initial Pressing Score: 7.5/10

Faith or Fear
Faith or Fear

Digital review copy of this release provided by Lost and Found Records.