Fatal Smile - 2012 - 21th century freaks
01 - Welcome To The Freakshow
02 - Nailed To The Wall
03 - Raising Hell In Heaven
04 - Judgement Day
05 - Broken Heart
06 - My Private Hell
07 - Scarecrow
08 - Innocent
09 - Break These Chains
10 - Take It To The Limit
11 - For The Last In Line
Over the past ten years FATAL SMILE has built a strong and solid reputation internationally and achieved great success with their 2nd album “Neo Natural Freaks” which was mixed by Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Backyard Babies..).
The first single from the album “Learn Love Hate” landed heavy rotation on rock radio all over the world and was top three for ten weeks on Swedish national radio.
The band toured massively in Europe and the success of the record even led them all the way to Japan.
In 2007 guitar player & founder MR. Y completely changed the band's line up and recorded their much awaited 3rd offering “World Domination” which was unleashed the year after.
Last year was spent putting together the pieces for the follow-up to "World Domination" which was baptized "21ST CENTURY FREAKS"., Production duties of the 11 song collection were handled by MR. Y who also took care of the mixing along with the band's skin basher Philty.
Opening the disc is "Welcome to the Freakshow", an explosive slab of stabbing glam metal where lead singer Blade’s voice is evil & brooding and the thick guitars of Mr. Y are delusional and dark as hell.
Hot on the heels of "Welcome To The Freakshow" comes "Raising Hell in Heaven" which is best described as an instant kick starter featuring some sick guitar thumping in the vein of old school Wasp.
“Judgment Day” is one of my favorite tracks on this album because both lyrically and musically it perfectly captures mankind's fears.
Fatal Smile add the necessary diversity to the CD in the shape of the power ballad "Broken Heart" which isn't sugar coated at all but features plenty of razor like guitar work and a powerful melody.
The band turn things up a notch on the anthem laden "My Private Hell".
First thing that came to mind when I heard this tune is that it would make one hell of a song for a horror movie soundtrack.
The final track on the album, “For The Last In Line" is the platter's second ballad that after a slow piano and vocal introduction sees the whole band kick-in and the pace is picked up for a rocking finale.
The production of the album is crisp and powerful, polished yet with a bite and to sum up what is written above I would say that "21st Century Freaks" is a hard-hitting record, full of muscle and with the wild attitude of Glam rock's heavier side.
Blade – Vocals
Mr. Y – Guitars
Alx – Bass
Philty – Drums
Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:59)