"FAITHFUL BREATH" was a Hard Rock and Heavy Metal band from Witten, Germany and main activity period from 1967 until 1986. They started in 1966 with the bandname "The Magic Power", were called "Faithfull Breath" from 1967 until 1986 and renamed themselves into "Risk" in 1986.


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Faithful Breath's "SKOL" (1985): A German Hard Rock Milestone
Album Description:

In the midst of the vibrant 1980s heavy metal scene, German rockers Faithful Breath unleashed "SKOL" in 1985. This album, a testament to the band's musical exploration and their unique blend of hard rock and heavy metal, was released amidst a burgeoning rock and metal scene in Germany.

Historical Context and Musical Exploration

Germany's rock scene in the 1980s was a hotbed of creativity and experimentation. The New Wave of British Heavy Metal (NWOBHM) had a profound impact on German bands, inspiring them to embrace heavier sounds and more aggressive styles. Faithful Breath, formed in 1975, had already established themselves as stalwarts of the German hard rock scene, but "SKOL" marked a significant step in their musical evolution.

The album showcased a band that was unafraid to push boundaries. While firmly rooted in hard rock, they incorporated elements of heavy metal, NWOBHM, and even a touch of punk. This musical diversity, coupled with charismatic vocalist Heinz Mikus' powerful vocals and the band's tight musicianship, resulted in an album that was both captivating and energetic.

Music Genre and Controversies

"SKOL" is predominantly a hard rock album, with anthemic choruses, driving guitar riffs, and soaring vocals. However, it also features tracks like "Double Dealer," a heavier track that showcases the band's affinity for metal. This diversity in sound led to some controversies among fans and critics, with some arguing that the band had sacrificed melody for aggression. However, others praised the album for its raw energy and uncompromising spirit.

Production Team and Recording Studio

The album was produced by the band themselves, allowing them complete creative control over their sound. This DIY approach resulted in an album that was raw, unpolished, and full of youthful energy.

The recording studio and specific details of the production team remain unclear, adding to the mystique surrounding the album's creation. However, the album's raw and unfiltered sound suggests that it was likely recorded in a modest studio with limited resources.

Music Genre:

Heavy Metal Rock 

Album Production information:

The album: "FAITHFUL BREATH - Skol" was produced by: Gerd Rautenbach & Faithful Breath

Guy Faelens - Executive Producer

Stonne Holmgren - Executive Producer

Stonne Holmgren was co-founder of the Belgian record company " Mausoleum Records " and was in the 1980's responsible for the creations of many European and in particular Belgian Heavy Metal bands. For these productions he worked frequently together with "Leo Felsenstein" and "Alfie Falckenbach"

This album was recorded at: Dierks Studio , Stommeln, July-August 1985.

"Dieter Dierks Studios" is a legendary German recording facility known for shaping the sound of iconic rock bands like the Scorpions. Founded by visionary producer Dieter Dierks, it's a place where rock history was made and continues to be created. Learn more

Album cover design: Jurgen Schnabel, "Bogi" Kopec & Jurgen Schnabel

Record Label Information:

Ambush HI 401001

Album Packaging:

This album "FAITHFUL BREATH – Skol" includes this band started out as a progressive rock band, but eventually turned into a heavy metal band in the early 80s.

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record

Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram

Year & Country:

1985 Made in Germany
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: FAITHFUL BREATH - Skol
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Heinz Mikus Vocals, Guitars

    Heinrich "Heinz" Mikus - Singer, Lead Guitar and Sound Engineer. He started in 1967 in the German Hard Rock / Heavy Metal band "Faithful Breath". He was faithful to this band until 1986 when he joined the German Thrash metal band: "RISK" until 1993. In the late 1990s he was also sound engineer on a couple of albums for Liar and Morgoth.

  • Thilo Hermann Guitars, Vocals

    Thilo Hermann bands he has played in, in chronological order: Faithful Breath 1985-1986, Risk 1986-1987, Holy Moses 1988-1988, Risk 1989-1990, Running Wild 1989-2001, Höllenhunde 1994-1997, Grave Digger 2008-2009.

  • Peter Dell Bass, Vocals

    Peter Dell - Bass, Moog Pedal. Timeline 1985-1986 Faithful Breath 1986-1993 Risk

  • Jürgen Düsterloh Drums, Vocals

    Jurgen Dusterloh - Drums. Timeline: 1982-1986 Faithful Breath, 1986-1993 Risk

Complete Track-listing of the album "FAITHFUL BREATH - Skol"

The detailed tracklist of this record "FAITHFUL BREATH - Skol" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. Start It Up 04:04
  2. Double Dealer 03:36
  3. Lady M. 02:31
  4. Rock Rebels 03:49
  5. We Want You 05:01
  6. Inside Out 03:38
  7. Crazy in Metal 04:06
  8. Backstreet Heros 03:36
  9. Skol 04:42

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Record Label Details: Ambush HI 401001


FAITHFUL BREATH - Live (incl OIS) 12" LP

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 Noise International – N 0051 , 1986 , Germany

This Live album by "Faithful Breath" was recorded live while the band toured Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. This album includes the original custom inner sleeve with on one side a collage of photos and on the other side: the Noise International Records Catalog.

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Ambush HI 401001 , 1985 , Germany

FAITHFUL BREATH started out as a progressive rock band, but eventually turned into a heavy metal band in the early 80s.

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