You Are Trash
:: Faith Or Fear - Punishment Area ::
Combat Records gave birth to a lot of Metal Giants during the 1980’s – bands like Megadeth, Nuclear Assault, Exodus, and Robot favorites, Venom – their first albums all came out on Combat before they were snatched up by bigger labels. South Jersey head-bangers Faith or Fear’s first album was birthed by the Combat label in 1989, but they disbanded before they could grow into Titans of Rock that they could have been. I saw them play once at the old Empire Rock Club in Northeast Philly. It was the only time I ever went to that place, as it usually booked glam-metal acts and was home to Philly’s most heinous of bands, Heaven’s Edge. Those ballad rockers were heroes to every boy and girl in town who liked to have a good cry with their music in those days. Anyway, I don’t remember a damn thing about the Faith or Fear show; it’s a hazy mixture of hair, leather, and flapping necks at this point. But I’m sure it rocked, and rocked mightily. Here’s the title track off of their album. It contains all that one needs from their heavy metal – not one, but two obligatory guitar solos, a demonic and foreboding voice pumped in at key moments, and most importantly, violent and aggressive lyrics spit out of lips unvarnished by lipstick.