"The Beckoning" (Self-produced; 2005)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers


Faces Of Black come from the West Coast of Canada. Combining the sound of punk and metal bands, the sound of "The Beckoning" is pretty simple in its delivery. With only seven songs here, I found myself checking the track list often to see if a song was repeating. They all sound the same after a while.

The female singer likes to scream during the bridge and at times sounds like Grace Slick. Her style didn’t impress me much and doesn’t fit the music being chugged out. The guitar is very simple -- three riffs is about the extent -- but there are some elements of early Motley Crue and Metallica here. The drums do pound though. I did feel a little Tommy Lee coming from the skin smasher at times.

I like to label music based on my three “R’s”: recommend, refer and retreat. The latter is where I would put this disc because there is nothing original offered. There are some highlights, however. The track “Word To The Wise,” does have a decent little solo and “Bloodline” has a good driving rhythm.

Faces of Black: Norm Apro – guitars; Christine Apro – bass, vox, piano; Adam Hancock – drums.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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