Artist: Faith Circus | Album: Turn Up The Band | Released: 2013 | Genre: Hard Rock
If melodic hard rock is your religion, then youвАЩll want to make Faith Circus part of your creed. Hot damn if some of the songs on this new album arenвАЩt good enough to put you on your knees thanking God, Jesus, or your deity of choice. Granted, the devil may have stuck his nasty little sulfuric fingers into the recording process every once in awhile because a few tracks slump a bit, but by and large this is a high quality release that gives melodic rock fans exactly what they crave.
First and foremost are the impressive vocals of Marc Farrano. A bad vocalist can break a good band and a good vocalist can elevate a bad band, so just imagine how sweet it is to hear a good vocalist front a good band. Actually, thereвАЩs no need to use your imagination вА¶ just go pick up a copy of this album and forgo imaginary in favor of sonic reality.
Faith Circus describe their sound as a hybrid of KISS, Van Halen, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and Journey. As comparisons go, those arenвАЩt too shabby. YouвАЩll hear lots of cool melodies, some really good hooks, plenty of six-string sizzle, pounding rhythms, and the mandatory inclusion of smooth, layered harmonies. The production is slick and polishedвАФperhaps just a touch TOO polishedвАФso if youвАЩre looking for grit, go buy some sandpaper. Faith Circus is all about melody, not metal. Not a criticism, merely an observation.
Passion is an oft-ignored component in todayвАЩs rock вАШnвАЩ roll climate, but you can hear it loud and clear in the music of Faith Circus. The band loves what they are doing and are having loads of fun doing it and that permeates their songs for the listener to experience. When a band is obviously having this much fun, you just naturally want to go along for the ride. Which is easy to do, thanks to some instantly-catchy sing-along tracks.
01. Restless Heart
02. Turn Up the Band
03. Inside the Circus
04. Born With the Power
05. Tears YouвАЩve Never Cried
06. Love Me Dry
07. Sunshine Radio
09. Into Your Heart
10. Follow My Voice