Billed as the first official collection of live bootleg recordings, the triple-disc For Lack of Honest Work is a live anthology stretching back to live-in-the-studio recordings of “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and “Broke Down and Busted” in Philadelphia from 1971 and running all the way to 2006, when Todd belts out “I Hate My Frickin’ ISP” in Toronto. In between these extremes are many other extremes – Todd indulging in the early days of Utopia, cuts from his A Cappella tour, a doo wop arrangement of “Real Man,” a synthesized piss-take of “Bang on the Drum,” a solo electric “Hammer in Your Heart,” slickly accomplished on-stage jamming – all loosely arranged so the first disc contains the poppiest material, the second the proggiest, the third his mature phase. It’s not quite a straight-on realist portrait but a hazy abstract impression of Todd’s multifaceted abilities, with the overall range being somewhat more impressive than individual moments.
Superb debut from these rising stars of Swedish metal. Take the brutality of Meshuggah and blend it with the progressive style of Queensrÿche and you have Lack Of Faith. There is certainly no lack of the Heavy Metal faith in LACK OF FAITH's monstrously riff heavy Metallic attack. Huge swathes of SABBATH-esque Doom pulsate from each track especially on offerings like "Nothing" whereas new influences from bands such as KILLSWITCH ENGAGE appear on "Suffocate" and "I". Vocally Ronny Hemlin trades between Dickinson, Halford and Dio, just check out his powerhouse wail on the brutally excellent "Suffocate" for early Dickinson.