Music: Faithful Breath’s ‘wobbly cardboard longboat’ video masterpiece
The new issue of Classic Rock goes on sale on Wednesday, May 23 – with Canadian legends Rush on the cover! We’ll post full details about our latest edition tomorrow… just as soon as we’ve overcome our obession with an old German band called Faithful Breath.
When Geoff Barton reviewed Faithful Breath’s reissued Rock Lions and Hard Breath albums in the brand new issue of Classic Rock (No.172, cover date July), he unwittingly stumbled across possibly the most hilarious rock video of all time.
Here’s how the story unravelled in Barton’s review:
Rock Lions/Hard Breath (Sireena Records)
Battle metal’s basic beginnings.
With their generous beards and burly broadswords, Germany’s Faithful Breath could be regarded as the prototypical battle-metal band. They formed in Bochum (later the epicentre of the Deutsch thrash scene) in 1967, initially as prog combo before morphing into a sort of Viking version of early Uriah Heep.
This CD combines their albums Rock Lions (’81) and Hard Breath (’83). It’s clumsy, ham-fisted stuff, metal at its most rudimentary, but massively enjoyable all the same. Rock City lurches along like an AC/DC anthem at 16rpm; Down Down makes the Status Quo song of the same name sound like a work of mystifying complexity; the fast-paced, NWOBHM-tinged Like An Eagle In The Sky could be a Raven out-take. (In all honesty, we knew we were going to love this straightaway, as soon as we saw a track titled Riding To Mongolia.)
We urge you to check out the video to the Faithful ones’ Skol on YouTube. If you’ve ever seen a funnier thing, I’ll eat my horned helmet. (6/10)
To save you searching for the video, check it out below. And please do your best to hold your mirth in check as the band’s wobbly cardboard longboat begins to collapse under the strain of it all…
See below for a sneak peek of the cover of the brand new Classic Rock.