FATAL FUSION - The Ancient Tale

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Heavy Rock, Prog | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 158 / 3-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 6/10 | Label: Plastic Head | Autor: AS

This is the second album of the Norwegian Prog-/Classic-Rock-Formation Fatal Fusion after their own production in 2010. The five-piece around singer Knut Erik Grøntvedt and the brothers Erlend and Audun Engebretsen (keyboard and drums) is inspired by all kinds of rock greats from the past. As can already be seen under "related to species", it also breaks down some genre boundaries. The five longtracks (including three multi-part ones) are all under the patronage of the classic prog of the seventies, but also contain hardrock elements ("City Of Zerych"), new prog ("Halls Of Amenti"), symphonic and metal ("The Divine Comedy"), medieval and blues ("Tears I've Cried"). But even more active is the final title track, which always remains conclusive. Grøntvedt's voice is pleasantly reminiscent of that of Steve Thorne, but is more powerful overall. The approaches of the band are quite promising. However, she still lacks the ability to give these approaches the necessary pep and whistle. With the right producer it might be possible to take a big step forward.

Top track: The Ancient Tale

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