Faith and Fire – Accelerator Review

There are albums that make themselves impossible to analyse only by the opening track. That’s why it’s important, and honest, to listen to all the album especially when it’s a band not that known. By the way, don’t let the band and album’s name haze your conscience and opinion. Sometimes the most weird and uncanny shows the best music ever. Everything is possible. By the way, and also the importance of reading the press release before starting to write… hahahahahahahaha

Some would say that Faith and Fire “Accelerator” is an anachronic effort as it travels through Heavy Rock and the early tendencies of Metal music. Though I have to remind all those that there is no such thing as anachronism when it comes to music. Somebody in 2021 playing a XII century music is someone from the 2021 playing a XII music. And that’s it. There is no comeback in time because it’s not the same instruments, it’s not the same persons, it’s not the same mentality. The same happens here. “Accelerator” was recorded in 2002 and it’s a reissue. So, instead of being a homage to the good music of that time, the album shows many influences of more modern music as the neoclassical influences guitarist Mike Flyntz delivers in the album. Many times the band sounds as early Judas Priest “Sad Wings of Destiny” era or the “Nostradamus” era, if the fan wishes so. Tittle track “Accelerator” is a good example where vocalist Tony Moore tries his high pitches a la Robbie Halford and duels with the keyboard. By the way, the instrumentation in the song is simply fantastic and reminds Rush especially when it comes to the bass lines. Sometimes the fan may confuse both. Or even the Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow’s mood of “America.” By the way, the song has one of the best choruses I’ve heard in my entire life.

If I had to analyse  by all the aforementioned I’d say that it is a Heavy Rock with some elements of proto-Metal. Opening track “Ready” is deceiving from the beginning with the low-tuned guitars by the overdrive pedals. “Accelerator” is a great album for the ones who love Heavy Rock with an early Metal grip with some moments of more modern things.

Fun fact about the album is that except for “Avenue Z” and “Radio Superstar” all tracks have a single word tittle. Well, does anybody care about this info?

Faith and Fire “Accelerator” was released on November 05th via High Roller Records.

Track Listing:

  1. Ready
  2. Fallen
  3. America
  4. Accelerator
  5. Villanelle
  6. Avenue Z
  7. Breathe
  8. Everything
  9. Radio Superstar
  10. Faith and Fire
  11. Ashes
  12. Angel

Watch “Accelerator” official video here: