"...and Finally Faust" (self-produced; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Faust is a death metal band from Italy that released their own EP titled "...and finally Faust" in 2001. The band's origins date back to 1993, but they have had little to show for it. One of the band's guitarists did join Ancient for a European tour this particular guy can't be a slouch.

"...and finally Faust" is an EP that comes awfully close to sounding like classic Amorphis circa 1994's "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" (without the Finnish folk melodies of course). Black metal influences can also be heard in the band's vocals and inclusion of raging blastbeats; classic thrash idioms are also an integral part of the Faust sound. The EP's four tracks blaze by in fourteen minutes, but there is enough here to really understand that the band is trying its best to forge its own sound.

Generally, I haven't had much to like about Italian metal bands as they tend to be more in the power metal vein. I do like Lacuna Coil, however, and although Faust sounds nothing like Lacuna Coil it is pleasing to hear an Italian band that isn't intent on finding their future in the overpopulated power metal genre.

Faust is still an active outfit (at least as I write this in July 2004) and seem intent on forging their sound and style into the metal world. And for once I'm actually rooting for the underdog in this particular instance to succeed.

"...and finally Faust" was produced by Faust.

Faust: Alestair on vocals and guitar, Chiulz on guitar, Matteo on bass, and Fabio on 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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