Cancer was a British death / thrash metal band formed in Telford, Shropshire in 1988. Over the course of their career they released five full-length albums, including this one for the major label East West,
Black Faith is the fourth album by British death metal band Cancer. It was released in 1995 by East West and distributed worldwide. The record received decidedly mixed reviews; some compared the Black Faith material to mid-period Metallica. The album is not slow. Not by a long shot. It pushes forward almost all the way in a Motörhead-like beat, and definitely avoids stalling. The sound on the album is good. The guitars have a fleshy tone that would fit a death metal album perfectly, and the drums are nicely thrashy. The bass, excellently audible and doing nice little things throughout the album, fits the drums perfectly in a way that many thrash bands would love to achieve. This album is almost 47 minutes long. Within the three quarters of an hour there are masses of nice riffs and fascinating minor structures.
Label: EastWest – 0630-10752-4
Format: Cassette, Album
Genre:Thrash, Death Metal
Full-length, East West / Warner Music 1995
John Walker: Vocals, Guitars
Barry Savage: Lead Guitar
Ian Buchanan: Bass
Carl Stokes: Drums
Produced & engineered by Simon Efemey.
Mixed by Sank.
Recorded at Great Linford Studios, Milton Keynes.
Mixed at Britannia Row Studios, London.
Strings on ‘Ants’ ‘Highest Orders’ by Dominic Seldis Francesca Perry.
Human Thigh Bone on ‘Temple Song’ played by Carl Stokes.
Additional Sampling by Sank.
Mastered by Kevin Metcalfe at Townhouse Studios, London.
1. Ants (Nemesis Ride) 04:59
2. Who Do You Think You Are 04:38
3. Face To Face 03:52
4. Without Cause 06:10
5. White Desire 03:08
6. Kill Date 04:15
7. Temple Song 02:32
8. Black Faith 03:15
9. Highest Orders 04:43
10. Space Truckin’ (Deep Purple cover) 04:31
11. Sunburnt 01:23
12. Save Me From Myself 03:27
Total playing time 46:53
5 out of 5 stars Major label!
After doing 3 albums, Cancer got signed to the East West Label, and produced this, the Black Faith album. It marks a definite change for them, as the music is a lot more melodic and more thrash then Death Metal. The songs retain their not-too-complex style, but the music is a lot more accessible. Good, catchy and thought-out album anyway.
Carl Stokes again shows how he influenced Nick Barker, and the cover of Deep Purple Space Truckin’ is quite funny.
The solos aren’t way too technical, and the riffs are good.
Best tracks:- Without Cause, Black Faith, and Face To Face.