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Fear My Thoughts: Vulcanus

As quickly as the Melodic Metalcore bands have been popping up we are seeing the same frequency begin with those that skillfully blend Hardcore with Black Metal and add a twist of the Traditional side to it. Thus we have Fear My Thoughts who on their Century Media debut deliver an impressive fistful of intense Metal. This is a thundering release and it has a lot of mixes of the light and dark vocals along with impressive musicianship that brings them as players slightly over to the Progressive side. "Survival Scars" pounds your brain and shows how tight experimentation often yields some incredible results. Comprised of Matthias (vocals), Markus (guitar), Patrick (guitar), Bartosz (bass) and Norman (drums) the German outfit aims to raise the expectations of this end of the genre. They show that they are an adept group of players on the title track most specifically as this dramatic track covers several styles that you don't often find used together in heavy music. They will throttle you with some of the heavier tracks such as "Accompanied By Death" and "Lost In Black" while at the same time showing the Progressive angle on the more atmosphere based "Culture Of Fear". Across the recording the band shows that they are far more than "any other band".

The group is clearly schooled from their nine years of existence and touring and is eager to have a larger audience get exposed to their brand of Metal assault. As I listened I was further convinced that if you were a fan of the likes of Mercenary and Scar Symmetry that you would definitely take to this one.

Track Listing
  1. Accompanied By Death
  2. Blankness
  3. Culture Of Fear
  4. Accelerate Or Die
  5. Stamp Of Credence
  6. Survival Scars
  7. Vulcanus
  8. Soul Consumer
  9. Both Blood
  10. Gates To Nowhere
  11. Lost In Black
  12. Wasteland

Added: March 1st 2007
Reviewer: Ken Pierce
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 3886
Language: english

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Fear My Thoughts: Vulcanus
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-03-01 08:29:00
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Well Kiddies, it's 2007 and here is the 1st Metal "must have" CD of year. The German powerhouse Fear My Thoughts, have unleashed Vulcanus (Century Media) to the metal legions, and it will, to quote Lemmy, "Steal Your Face"! 12 tracks of sheer, brutal power that will have banging your brain from second one. This is the type of record that the mighty Soilwork should have delivered to us as their last release.

Thrashy, ferocious and just flat out awesome, Fear My Thoughts slug you across the face over and over again on Vulcanus. Speed & aggression are what they serve up and you'd better get in line quick. Vulcanus is a powerfully produced record by famed knob turner, Jacob Hansen (Mercenary) that focuses on their ultra tight rhythm section and guitar heavy sound. Fans of Opeth, Soilwork and God Forbid will just eat this up.

Fear My Thoughts have filled the gap between the Metal and the Hardcore world with this release. Growling vocals, along with stomping, grinding rhythms make this a CD that you will find yourself listening to all the way through, and then playing all over again. There is not a dud of a track on this record to be found. This record is SO heavy it isn't funny. The guitars of Mike Siffringer hit you over the head like a lead weight. Another great player with a lot of things to say. Diverse and dynamic all the while keeping it heavy.

Vulcanus is full of back breakers like CD opener, "Accompanied By Death" and "Blankness", while also having great atmospheric songs like the Opeth-ish "Culture Of Fear". Also check out the Swedish Metal sounding title track instrumental, "Vulcanus". Sheer brilliance in their brutality. Also check out the guest appearance of Destruction vocalist, Schmier on "Accelerate Or Die"

Dark and brooding and sometimes epic sounding, Fear My Thoughts have delivered the Teutonic goods with Vulcanus. To tell you the truth, when I first listened to this record I thought they were a Swedish band. Or at very least, Scandinavian. But from the land of Accept & Michael Schenker, Fear My Thoughts gives us the first great Metal CD of 2007. Old school Metal infused with the power and sheer unrelenting force of todays metal coming out of Sweden and the like, make Vulcanus a CD that any "real metal fan" MUST own. It IS that good.

Fear My Thoughts is one of the best new bands coming out of Europe today & I for one will be paying attention to them. Jump on their bandwagon now, before your friends do. Vulcanus just flat out crushes!

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