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Fatal Smile - 2002 Beyond Reality


FATAL SMILE - BEYOND REALITY (2002, STARS ON THE RISE/GMR MUSIC GROUP)
H.B Anderson - vocals
Y Unutmaz - guitars
Markus Johansson - bass
Robin Lagerqvist - drums


Background
It's all happening in Sweden at the moment isn't it? Jeez, I might as well live there given the amount of attention I give artists from that fair country. Another contender to join the ranks is Stockholm based Fatal Smile. Formed as far back as 1994 by guitarist Y Unutmaz, the band have been through several lineups, the current version seeing new drummer Robin Lagerqvist taking over the seat from longtime basher Rickard Johansson. In 2000 the band released a demo album called 'Beyond Reality 2000', and two years later they keep the album name, And strike a deal with the GMR Music Group. The music sees them at the crossroads of melodic metal, and straight ahead hard rock. Comparisons include Black Sabbath, Shotgun Messiah, and Talisman. Singer H.B Anderson (previously with Scudiero), has some definite similarities to Tony Martin (Black Sabbath), though admittedly he has a way to go to get to Tony's majestic level.

The Songs
Anyway, onto the songs. 'The Saviour' is power-laden stuff, with it's melodic moments reminiscent of Talisman. 'Butterflies' despite the lightness of name, carries the gothic Black Sabbath seal of heaviness. The slow but weighty grind contiunes on 'Circle Of Fire'. They increase the tempo on 'Warfear' (great title considering the era we're living in), full of rampant guitar from Unutmaz. The intensity is maintained on the title track 'Beyond Reality', followed by the hard driving 'Xcuse Me' which reminds me of Armored Saint. And in keeping with the Californian connection, 'No Love' has all the Y&T gunpowder available to blow the earwax out of your head.

In Summary
Fatal Smile are quite technical, not exactly prog metal, but close. Conceptually, 'Beyond Reality' is a good idea waiting to happen. Though stylistically this type of music has been covered so often in the past, a different interpretation is always welcome in the ever-widening base of metal-related genres. The band are also preparing a video for thei openingtrack 'Bad Kharma', will continue to gig, and support 'Beyond Reality' which is released this month and next - worldwide. Check out the Flash enabled website too.. Good stuff.

URL: www.fatalsmile.com

Track Listing:
01 Bad Kharma
02 The Saviour
03 Butterflies
04 Circle Of Fire
05 Warfear
06 Beyond Reality
07 Xcuse Me
08 Scene Of A Crime
09 Crush On U
10 No Love

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