Exposé Online banner

Faithful Breath — Fading Beauty
(Garden of Delights CD 112, 1974/2005, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2011-06-01

Fading Beauty Cover art

Faithful Breath, who later became a German heavy metal band in the 80s, began as a symphonic progressive band releasing two LPs in the 70s: Fading Beauty and Back on My Hill. Their 1974 debut LP Fading Beauty consisting of two extended suites (“Autumn Fantasia” and “Tharsis”) is much better than their second. The music is awash in Mellotrons, synthesizers, organ, melodic guitar solos, and lengthy instrumental sections that incorporate science fiction/fantasy themes much like early Genesis and other 70s prog bands. In fact there is something about Fading Beauty’s dramatic somber compositions that remind me of Le Orme’s Felona and Serona, especially on “Tharsis.” This piece is Faithful Breath’s musical interpretation of the legend concerning the gigantic bird whose egg is Earth and will some day hatch, causing earthquakes and other disasters, not a pleasant future to contemplate but you can still easily enjoy the music. As usual, Garden of Delights provides their royal treatment with remastering the CD from the original master tapes and providing extended historical notes, band discography, disc labels, album artwork, and numerous band photos. Fading Beauty is definitely one of the standout reissues from this label.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 39, 2005 releases, 1974 recordings

Related artist(s): Faithful Breath

Latest news

2019-12-11
There's No Time Like the Present – The Belgian band Present has been one of the best avant-rock bands in the world since its formation in 1979. Over the years since then, Present has released nine amazing albums, and now they're ready to start work on number ten. They're looking for some financial help from their fans around the world. » Read more

2019-11-07
Glenn Smith RIP – Glenn Smith, founder, mandolinist, and primary composer of the DeLand, Florida based prog / fusion band Magnatar, passed away on October 18th 2019 at the age of 68, after a brief illness.  » Read more

2019-11-04
Dino Brassea RIP – Word reaches us of the passing of Dino Brassea, who sang and played flute in Cast for many years. By our count, Brassea appeared on 11 Cast albums between 1994 and 2002. He also released music as a solo artist. » Read more

2019-10-06
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Terreno Baldio & Recordando o Vale das Maçãs – Both of these are grouped in a single review, not simply because both were classic 70s Brazilian progressive bands, or because they both happen to be on the PRW Label (Progressive Rock Worldwide...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues