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Artist: Fullforce
Title: One
Genre: Heavy Metal
Release Date: 17th June 2011
Label: Steamhammer / SPV


Album Review

Hailing from Sweden, FULLFORCE, comes with their very first album. Formed in 2009 by members of CLOUDSCAPE, NARNIA, HEED, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and HAMMERFALL the band has excellent credentials for sure. What is evident from the very first song is that they have decided to cut off all the common exhibitionistic fanfares of Progressive for the sake of Heavy- catchy-fuckin’-Metal. The band also assures us that this is not a side project but a proper band. I’m not that certain about that, though we’ll see what it is going to be on that front.

As far it concerns their songs, ‘Mythomaniac’ opens the CD excellently, with its epic intro and heavy riffs, and Mike Andersson seems to have found the style and the band that suits him the most. He maintains the right tone in all the songs; his voice has the power and the melancholia when they are needed. Some of the best moments of the album include ‘Heart and Soul’ and ‘Walls of Secrets’ for one simple reason - they are pure Metal! The intro of ‘Father Spirit’ will bring to your mind Mike Oldfield’s ‘Tubular Bells’, something which adds an interesting aspect to the song. The weakest moment of the album is ‘Oblivion’ due to the over the top melodramatic lyrics. And since what is criticism without some of moaning, my sole objection is that the cover of the CD is kitsch, suitable for videogames and not for bands. But of course this has nothing to do with the quality of their music.


Tracklist

01. Mythomaniac - 4.02
02. None Of Your Concern - 3:35
03. Heart And Soul - 3:31
04. Oblivion - 4:53
05. Open Your Eyes - 4:25
06. Rain - 4:33
07. Suffering In Silence - 3:06
08. Walls Of Secrets - 4:33
09. Father Spirit - 4:51
10. Bleed - 5:07
11. Into The Cradle - 5:01


Line-up

Mike Andersson (Cloudscape) – Vocals
Stefan Elmgren (ex-Hammerfall) – Guitars
CJ Grimmark (ex-Narnia) – Guitars
Tommy Larsson (ex-Heed) – Bass
Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) – Drums


Websites

www.fullforce.se / www.myspace.com/fullforcesweden


Cover Picture

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Rating

Music: 8
Sound: 9
Total: 8.5 / 10


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