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Fatal Smile
21st Century Freaks

Company: GMR Music
Release: 2012
Genre: Hard Rock
Reviewer: EC

  • Best offering to date



  • Fatal Smile follow up their critically acclaimed album "World Domination" with what amounts to be their best offering to date. "21st Century Freaks" is monumental in its barrage of towering riffs and "never say sober" lyrics, all neatly tucked into an 80s formula but heavy enough for today's youth. The album is the first for their new label GMR, fitting considering band and label are Swedish. The massive production values can be credited to guitarist Mr. Y.

    Album opener "Welcome To The Freakshow" is boiling over with rebellion, all jacked up on tongue-in-groove riffs that support the huge gang anthem. That same sort of sing along anthem can be found on "My Private Hell" and it's arena rock sing along. Vocalist Blade occasionally hits some soaring Halford-like highs on "Nailed To The Wall", a breaking number that that wallops with a splitting groove and the enforced chorus. I can hear that German lore on "Raising Hell In Heaven" (a KISS song title if there ever was one) and some Sabbath slow burn on "Judgement Day".

    The highlight for me is the rousing closer "For The Last In Line". The backstory here is that Ronnie James Dio once said that Fatal Smile was the best opening band he ever had. The band lays homage to Dio and his memory with an emotional song that highlights some of Dio's drive and determination. It is an extremely powerful song put to piano before resulting in a power ballad.

    "21st Century Freaks" is a must have for fans of Nasty Idols, Miss Crazy and Kissin' Dynamite, all newer bands that sort of fit the spirit of Fatal Smile.


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    Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
    5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
    4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
    3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
    3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
    2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
    1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
    0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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