I had the privilege of getting to check out In Fear and Faith this past summer, and after the show was more than pleased to hear they had a new album coming out in the fall. Fast forward to the present, and here we are with the new self-titled album in hand, and after listening to it, I can say it was worth the wait.
IFAF deliver a solid record full of catchy hooks and choruses on nearly every song. No filler material here. The keys are more than impressive all throughout the record. On more than a couple of tracks, you could swear that there’s a whole orchestra playing behind the band. The guitars aren’t really insane and over the top, which fit the whole mood of the album perfectly. They are there, you can hear them and they sound great, but they play so well with everything else going on that it doesn’t take away from anything.
And while all this is amazing, it’s the vocals of Scott Barnes that make the album what it is. His clean vocals are nearly always sung in his trademark high pitch vocal, but it’s not so over the top that it’s annoying. He knows what he needs to do with his voice and does it very well. His screams aren’t nearly as good as his singing, but he plays the whole give and take brilliantly with his sound. Great job in that department.
If there were a complaint to make about anything, it would be the length of the piano track “Enigmatic”. Not that it’s a bad song or anything. It’s honestly really nice to hear, I think I just wanted more of what the band was throwing out before this track was put in. If this is the only complaint I can make, it’s not really that bad then!
Overall a solid release by a really underrated band. I don’t think it’s the band as much as the genre. With the whole post-hardcore thing, everyone tends to be lumped together and sound the same. What IFAF did was throw in a lot of keys and the whole orchestra sound to kind of take it over the top, which I think only helps define their sound more. You’ll listen the fourth or fifth time and still hear something that you hadn’t heard before. A really fun record if you like the post-hardcore sound.