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Fatal Force - 2006 Fatal Force


ARTIST: Fatal Force
ALBUM: Fatal Force
SERIAL: 0681-161
YEAR: 2006


LINEUP: Mats Leven - vocals * Torben Enevoldsen - guitars, bass and keyboards * Daniel Flores - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Caveman * 02 Domino * 03 Far Away * 04 No Question * 05 Out Of Fuel * 06 Let Me Know * 07 Everyone * 08 Insanity * 09 The Only One *10 Eye To Eye



Torben Enevoldsen is one busy guy. Actually, all three musos on this melodic rock blast are busy guys. Already this year, we've seen classy releases from Enevoldsen and Flores in their respective outfits Section A and Minds Eye. Both of those were on the Lion Music label. This time around, we've switched camps to MTM Music, the approach taken, hard-edged melodic rock that borders on metal, which is probably a better fit label wise. Enevoldsen enlisted the help of Leven and Flores to compliment the music that he'd written outside of his previous solo and Section A work. Adding the icing on the cake is hard working producer Tommy Hansen, fresh from his stint with young Swedish prog metal wonders Platitude. The vocal work of Leven deserves a mention too. In some parts he growls with the same intensity as a guy like Mike Matijevic (Steelheart and Steel Dragon notoriety). In other parts his delivery operates in the same territory as Jorn Lande. That's pretty esteemed company! Daniel Flores mentioned in our recent interview that he's never heard Mats sound better. A glowing endorsement indeed. The guitar work of Enevoldsen is very clean as can be expected from a guy of this caliber. If I can say one thing though, the disrupted flow of the songs is one thing that stands out for me, particularly as we move from verses/choruses into solos. The solo spot is deliberately slowed down on most of the songs to accommodate it (both the tempo of the song and at times the solo itself). I guess this is more to do with the way that Enevoldsen writes his songs, but it is noticeable nonetheless.

The Songs
A couple of heavy tracks get us underway; 'Caveman' and 'Domino' clubbing or knocking everything over in sight, though the issue I mentioned about the slowed down solos are both represented here. 'Far Away' features some clean guitars without distortion to start off with, impassioned vocals, then it builds nicely to a big chorus and super fast picking on the solos - the track a melodic rock gem. Enevoldsen breaks out the wah-wah for the intro on 'No Question', the track itself is a darker and slower-paced affair not unlike a commercial version of Pagans Mind. The growling guitars continue with 'Out Of Fuel', and this time we hear some unusual vocal harmonies drifting through, I'm guessing these are probably multi-tracked vocals. 'Let Me Know' follows in the same pattern as 'Far Away', perhaps a stronger effort but melody abounds nonetheless. 'Everyone' is a grower, a track that builds nicely with Enevoldsen's rhythm guitars providing the rock-solid underbelly. This one reminds me of latterday TNT. 'Insanity' operates on the edge on intensity (not insanity.. lol), Leven's vocals soaring away in majestic fashion, the track a highlight.. 'day after day.. sin after sin, playing the game, nobody wins.. it's just insanity'. The next tune 'The Only One' is for me the pick of the bunch. It's mid-tempo, with loads of feeling and melody but without the need to go 'hard out'. The album closer 'Eye To Eye' is a scorcher, bordering on power metal with huge vocals equipped to match the huge wall of guitars.

In Summary
A pretty good effort generally. Fatal Force could be a growing proposition but it is too early to tell after this first effort. Apart from Enevoldsen's excellent guitar work, the songs aren't truly distinctive. Let's put it this way: if I was to give this CD to a metal/hard rock fan without disclosing who the band was, they would be none the wiser. Therein lies my point. Perhaps there needs to be more distinction. Admittedly it does take a while for a band to develop their 'signature style', and in the case of Fatal Force, that has yet to eventuate considering they are so new. As it is, most of the metal/hard rock scene is becoming a blurry fuzzy dividing line, and I feel that many bands including Fatal Force are falling victim to that trap. Still, the band shows promise and potential, despite a few issues which I've mentioned. Worth a listen for sure.

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