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FATAL FUSION

Crossover Prog • Norway


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Fatal Fusion is a progressive rock band from Oslo, Norway.
The group got together in early 2008, after emerging from the ashes of several Rock/Blues covers bands, dating back to the 1980's.
The lineup consists of Erlend Engebretsen on Keyboards, Lasse Lie on Bass, Audun Engebretsen on Drums/Percussion, Stig Selnes on Guitar, and Knut Grøntvedt on Vocals.

Utilizing classic instruments, vintage synths, mellotron and hammond organ as part of their sound, they pay homage to the progressive rock bands from the 70´s, whilst still aiming to create their own unique sound, blending in elements form different musical genres like hard rock, classical music, metal, blues, jazz, psychedelia, and latin. They like to explore and mix styles together, trying to get a broad musical landscape.

The release of their debut album Land of the Sun in 2010 have received great reviews from around the world, and also got them nominated for best debut album 2010 by Prog Awards.

Main influeces are bands like Rush, Led Zeppelin, Yes, ELP, Genesis, Camel, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, but also newer acts like IQ, Marillion, Spocks Beard and Dream Theater.

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3.35 | 24 ratings
Land of the sun
2010
3.99 | 99 ratings
The Ancient Tale
2013

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 The Ancient Tale by FATAL FUSION album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.99 | 99 ratings

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The Ancient Tale
Fatal Fusion Crossover Prog

Review by phillihp

2 stars A well-played but unoriginal vintage prog album marred by poor lyrics and average singing. A must for fans of Mellotron and keys in general. It will appeal to those who prefer emotion rather than creativity.

City of Zerich: This tells the childish tale of a hero freeing a city of its evil lord, nothing less' Mini- Moog opening followed by choir Mellotron then classic rock riffage and keys: the tone is set. The intro stops around 2min and half. Gentle guitar and the singing begins smoothly. The song morphs at 5 min and half: wall to wall Mellotron, guitars, the tone is darker. Later on demon-like voice adds anguish. A good jam between the 13 and 16 minute then the grand finale, as cheesy as can be: ' Zeeeerich, people of Zeeeeeeerich I have saved you from the darkneeeeeeess! I am your chosen oooooone!' This story may please some teenagers but I just can't go beyond that. Without the juvenile lyrics and singing the song would have been enjoyable.

Halls of Amenti: A 9 minutes song that should have been half long. The first 6 minutes keep the same pattern in a non-prog manner with very simple and repetitive instruments. Mellotron to add ambiance and Mini-Moog for the spacey effect here and there. Then a minute long guitar solo and back to the same pattern. A change with some repetitive keyboards 30 seconds before the end, too little, too late.

The Divine Comedy: My preferred song of the lot by a good margin. It's an instrumental with lots of keys. They almost over abuse Mellotron (choir) in particular, although I don't think there's lots of prog fans that will complain. Not me for sure! This songs floats, it's not fast-paced for the most part except around the 2/3 where it accelerates but to slow down after 2 minutes. Again it's very repetitive but not in a bad way this time. All in all not a very complex song, nor original, but it creates a grandiose effect.

Tears I've cried: Harpsichord opening, gentle flute & classical guitar later on. Cheesy lyrics once again. This one has similar length and is built like the second track with a guitar solo near the 2/3 of the song and keys solo near the end. The singer tries to create passion (Teeeeaaaaars IIIII've Criiiiiiied) but it doesn't work at all.

The Ancient Tale: Short piano-voice intro followed by uninspired repetitive instruments for the first 4 minutes. Gentle Mellotron (violin) follows with smooth voice for another 4 minutes. When the singer doesn't push his voice beyond its limits it's not bad. Then passed the 8 minutes mark, faster guitar paced section for a little more than a minute. A talking voice telling a tale accompanied by piano follows, disturbing the flow. The piano is nice though. A duo of Mellotron and singing to the forefront after that. The singer is replaced by a pleasant classic guitar solo still accompanied with the Mellotron. Then comes the ending section: keys and slow burning electric guitar solo creating a poignant finale. This one is a mixed bag.

If you have a knack for vintage prog and can tolerate the singing and the childish tales then you might appreciate this album very much. For my part I can't. The Divine Comedy saves the day, hence the 3 stars rating, but without this song it would have been a 2 stars rating.

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 The Ancient Tale by FATAL FUSION album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Review by Warthur
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5 stars Fatal Fusion play in a prog style which remains rooted in the genre's 1970s roots (with a strong flavour of 1980s neo-prog on the side), but avoid turning themselves into a sterile nostalgia act by playing in a loose, wild style which feels like it could have blasted forth from the stage of prog venues of old. Avoiding the overprecise, fussy production which less interesting retro-prog outfits pursue in the name of sonic perfection, Fatal Fusion instead create an album whose imperfections are, in fact, part of its charm - the rest of its charm being taken up with its gloriously sincere embrace of its fantasy themes as expressed in its lyrics.

This is one of those albums like Galadriel's Muttered Promises From an Ageless Pond where somehow it ends up sounding incredible even though in terms of originality and technical excellence it's nothing special - there's a magic to Fatal Fusion's compositions which drips from every second of the album. Great stuff.

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 Land of the sun by FATAL FUSION album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by apps79
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3 stars Norwegian band from Oslo with a strong Blues Rock background.Keyboardist Erlend Engebretsen and bassist Lasse Lie played together in the 80's cover band ''No Name'' and later with ''Moonstone'' along with Erlend's brother Audun on drums.Failing to land a decent singer, this group disbanded in 1999 and in 2002 the trio formed another cover combo under the name of Chrystal Blues.Five years later this act would also fall apart due to singer problems and a desire for more adventurous musical paths.Thus, Fatal Fusion were born in 2008 and the three musicians recruited singer Knut Erik Grontvedt, followed by guitarist Stig Selnes, who had been a member of the Prog Metal band Agate.In 2010 Fatal Fusion debuted with their first, independent release ''Land of the sun''.

While the bluesy influences of the group's main core have been left more or less in the past, the evident 70's Classic Rock inspirations are definitely among Fatal Fusion's preferable styles, especially the music of DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEPPELIN and URIAH HEEP.As a result the shorter tracks reveal a definite vintage power akin to the aforementioned legends with punchy lead guitars and rock-to-the-bone solos as well as deep Hammond organ washes, while you should add to the menu the very Hard Rock-oriented voice of Grontvedt.Entertaining, enjoyable but not fully convincing material, which fails to escape from its own sources of influence.The longer cuts though are much more interesting, musically intricate and quite lyrical when needed, without losing the general orientation of the group or any inch of the pure power of the previous tracks.The sound becomes richer and more original with the use of Mellotron, electric piano and synthesizers and the combination of in-your-face rockin' grooves with more elaborate, instrumental arrangements ranges from decent to simply fascinating.Moreover there seems to be a flexibility throughout the compositions with spacey/symphonic ambiental textures followed by jazzier moves and a kind of deep FLOYD-ian atmosphere in the more sensitive guitar solos.These different angles are nicely connected to form long and interesting semi-prog suites like the 12-min. ''Broken man'' or the great 16-min. opus ''Out to the fields'', where melody meets energy meets atmosphere in a lovely combination of modern and nostalgic, analog soundbeats.

Nice and fairly recommended debut by this Norwegian act.70's-inspired Heavy Prog, where grandieur meets pomposity meets pure rock power in a collection of well-executed tracks.

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 The Ancient Tale by FATAL FUSION album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.99 | 99 ratings

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Fatal Fusion Crossover Prog

Review by OneOpinion

5 stars Comments based on a download from Amazon. Don't make a decision based on the short sound clips of the web sites, I almost did not buy it. Thankfully I decided to chance it. Hit the jackpot! Fatal Fusion's new album, "The Ancient Tale" is incredibly good. The production is very clear with each instrument clearly heard. The music is top-notch. A solid band. The bass and drums are excellent and prominent. The guitars are solid, spacey and buzzy. There are some enjoyable acoustic moments too. What really shines through, though, are the keyboards. The organ is ever present with splashes of piano, synths galore, mellotron washes, church pipe organs, and I believe maybe even a harpsichord(?) thrown in. This album has a real majestic sound to it. The vocalist also shines. He can be guttural, there is even a section of death growls, gritty, and at other moments quite tender. He is able to hit all the ranges with ease and aplomb. Very talented. At times the music sounds to me like (a little leeway here please) Black Sabbath decided to slow it down a bit and create a symphonic prog album and brought in Rick Wakeman for keyboard duties. This sounds, to me, like heavy symphonic. Love it. No, the singer does not sound like Ozzy. Every song shines, no weak ones here. Highly recommended, an A+ effort. I'm on a roll here with unknown bands. First, Profuna Ocean and Sandcastle, then the latest from Morild and Traumhaus, and now Fatal Fusion. Thanks ProgArchives!

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 Land of the sun by FATAL FUSION album cover Studio Album, 2010
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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Norwegian band FATAL FUSION was formed in 2008 by a fivesome of musicians who had plied their trade in various bands since the 1990's or thereabouts, who then got together out of a joint desire to create music that crossed multiple stylistic boundaries and also incorporated the styles and sounds of bands from the 70's and 80's they enjoy listening to. "Land of the Sun" is their debut album and was self-released towards the end of 2010.

"Land of the Sun" is a solid package of retro-oriented progressive rock with a slight emphasis on the harder-edged variety, sporting three high-quality epic or near-epic-length creations and a handful of shorter constructions containing slightly less intriguing material. At least for art rock fans, those fond of sophisticated harder-edged blues rock will most likely reason the other way around. If you enjoy 70's-style art rock, the 35 or so minutes that those three pieces clock in at in length will make this a disc well worth investigating, and if you have a soft spot for sophisticated but varied harder-edged rock from the same era, Fatal Fusion is a band you most likely will adore. A skilled and talented act, one I hope we'll hear much more from it in future years.

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Review by 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.

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