April 20 – FAITHFUL BREATH – SKOL (High Roller Records) – Review by Stefan

For the beginning of this German band, we have to go back in time, more specifically to the year 1967 ! The style they played at the time was a mixture of Krautrock, Progressive Rock and Psychedelic music. Six years after activation of Faithful Breath, a first full-length album was recorded titled “Fading Beauty” (1974), the successor “Back On My Hill” was allowed to meet the light of day six year later on. With the exception of the song ‘Keep Me Away’, there was absolutely no connection to the genre they would bring in the coming years, Heavy Metal ! Musically, the band had gone in a completely different direction and I can only thank them for that.

“Rock Lions” (1981) / “Hard Breath” (1983) were recorded and released on Sky Records and the right tone was immediately set. Faithful Breath immediately worked its way into the spotlight and the best was yet to come at the time. As far as I’m concerned, they amazed everyone with the legendary album “Gold ‘n’ Glory” (1984), released through Mausoleum Records (Belgium). Lead singer/guitarist Heimi ‘Heinrich’ Mikus comments: “Gold And Glory was recorded by Michael Wagener and Udo Dirkschneider. It was great fun. It was very relaxed in the studio,, a really nice atmosphere. Wagener did push me vocal wise but I did survive. I am still satisfied with the record today”. According to myself, I was satisfied as well… I witnessed Faithful Breath at the second edition of Heavy Sound Festival (Belgium 1984) were they shared the stage with greats like H Bomb, Lita Ford, Lita Ford, Baron Rojo (who replaced Manowar), Metallica, Twisted Sister and Motörhead ! Like it was yesterday, killer performance by FB and the rest of the bill… those were the days folks ! READ MORE…