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LAND OF THE SUN

Fatal Fusion

 

Crossover Prog

3.37 | 26 ratings

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Moonstone
4 stars I finally got to review this fine album.

Fatal Fusion is a Norwegian band, and a newcomer in the Progressive Rock-world, though the group have existed since 2008. The musicians have played in quite a lot of different bands over the years, though in quite uknown bands, and got together and founded THIS great band.

This is their debut album, and what a fine album it is! The band is on fire, and are exploding in a mixture of different styles over the entire album. There are elements of Jazz, Blues, Hard Rock, Classical music, Space rock, Metal, and even Latin. There are so many different styles, even in ONE song, and because of that this record never gets boring!

The title track is a classic pro song, flowing really well, with a nice jazzy/funky 7/8 halftime groove with a beautiful melody sung over it. Bass & drums working very good together here. There are some tricky time signatures here, from the 7/8 groove to waltz 6/8, but curiously enough it doesn't sound weird, it's flowing really well. Great guitar solo over a Classical piano part, with Mellotron in the background, ending in a really hard & heavy Latin groove with pounding double bassdrums and a spectacular keyboard solo. Really nice Jazzy ending as well, with great Fusion-type drumming. Great lyrics, dealing with the Astec and Maya indians being slayed by the Spaniards.

"Cry no more" is very much like Led Zepps "Black Dog" and even some "Moby Dick" Could as well have been a Deep Purple tune from the David Coverdale-era.

"Promises" is another great tune. Drenshed in Hammond organ & Mellotron, this song starts with a kind of Medievel melody on a flute, and ends up in Prog-Rock-heaven. Awesome ending!

"Love in the sky" could easily have been on a Rainbow or Dio album, with some Iron Maiden like vibes as well. Again the Mellotron is up front, creating an Eastern and Classical vibe to it. Great dramatic guitar solo on this one, very Eastern and psychedelic. A killer Organ-solo in the end, very Keith Emerson and Jon Lord-like.

"Shot to the ground" is a Hard-Rock-Blues number that sucks you in and never lets go. The groove is relentless, and again very much like Led Zepp and similar 70's bands. Great vocals on this one.

"Remember" is the only ballad on the album, and a quite nice one. Erlend Engebretsen uses mainly piano through the whole song, with the addition of Mellotron on the chorus. Nice mellow song, and a sad ending with just piano and Mellotron-chello to great effect.

With the epic "Broken man" is were the band gets really serious and proggy. Almost 13 minutes long, it's a rollercoaster ride of different time signatures and styles. 5/8 rythm in the verses, 6/8 rythm in the bridge sections, again blending with Latin to great effect. Beautifully played acoustic guitar here, from guitarist Stig Selnes. A sad middle part with an outstanding guitar solo, very David Gilmour-like. Goosebumps city. An agressive Latin-ish part follows, very Rush-like rythms and groove, followed by a Rhodes piano solo from Erlend and awesome Fusion-drumming from Audun Engebretsen. Great ending, with great powerful harmony singing on the choruses. An epic song, with great lyrics about a guy being hanged for something he didn't do.

Ending perfectly with "Out to the fields", an epic Space-rock instrumental were the musicians really stetches out, jam and have fun. The song is like a mixture of Dream Theater and Pink Floyd, in a strange way. Pink Floyd comes to mind especially in the middle part were it goes really spacey. Awesome guitar solo, again a la Gilmour. Some really agressive Space-War-like parts with cool sound effects behing the music, making it more dramatic, with strange time-signatures alterning between double-time 4/4 and 7/8 rythm. An epic ending a la Pink Floyd's "Echoes" wraps up this album quite nicely.

Overall: 4,5 stars, and an impressive debut album. Looking forward to hear what these guys will do next. An essential album in the Progressive Rock collection.

Moonstone | 4/5 |

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