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    Fatal Fusion

    Norway is now pumping out many good bands and FATAL FUSION is no exception. On their debut album ‘Land Of The Sun’ I got a nice surprise. All trademarks are there, but this five-piece didn't simply give another typical progressive product. These guys went out to make something unique. A superb melting pot of styles. This CD combines the best in hard-rock and neo-prog, funk and latino, space and jazz, blues and classical music.

    http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=10570

    If you think of heavy Atomic Rooster, very old Deep Purple, early Marillion, in places Carlos Santana and young King Crimson, psychedelic Pink Floyd, you will have a good idea for the general sound of Fatal Fusion. This new group conglomerates many influences together in eight songs - well built and runs superiorly, with lots of instrumental fireworks, blinding solos and time changes. Skillfully balancing with tempos, loud and gentle fragments, create with delicious guitar playing and amazing keyboards (Hammond, Moog, Mellotron), raging percussion and seductive bass, it’s worth the plunge! Of course, the great asset to originality lies in ability of singer Knut E. Grontvedt to combine his bluesy timbre with bitter-sweet performance. CD ‘Land Of The Sun’ indicates that Fatal Fusion has the potential for outstanding music.
    I am going to recommend this release to anyone who’s devoted to ‘Golden Era’. The sound has more of similarity to the 70’s period rather than that of the 80’s - very dynamic, energetic and also very catchy. It should steal your heart.

    Several tracks are available to listen to as full length mp3 files at the band’s website – check them out.

    http://fatalfusion.com.hostbaby.com/listen



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    An article from Classic Rock magazine.

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    An article from Music Street Journal.

    http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/ar....cfm?id=103157

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    Fatal Fusion are gearing up to release their brand new album called 'Total Absence' this November, (unveiling full track-list with a total length of over 60 min).


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    1. The Gates of Ishtar2. Shadow of the King
    3. Forgotten One
    4. Astral Flight
    5. The Emperor’s Letter
    6. Endless Ocean Blue
    7. Total Absence.
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    My appetite is whetted - even more than before.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PTRFkVRz2s&app=desktop

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    Well. Here's my own review.

    FATAL FUSION have pulled off a stunner with the third studio album 'Total Absence' that checks in at seven compositions and high praise-worthy 56-plus min. What makes this new disk really special is the refreshing blend of diverse influences as well as portrayed emotion, added to challenging songs and great performances. The cohesive material shines through, especially when heard straight from the very first number to the last one. Fittingly enough, the album kicks off with a mysterious overture to showcase what Fatal Fusion are capable of. Played with sheer authority, the instrumental piece ‘The Gates Of Ishtar’ brings a predominant Arabian feel, providing a somewhat ominous atmosphere. Symphonic set-up is followed by martially sounding track ‘Shadow Of The King’, to recall the Rainbow’s musical blueprint which functions like a mid-tempo rocker. From its outset, there’s a solid build up featuring impeccable guitar work (Stig Selnes), huge keyboards (Erlend Engebretsen), intensive power of rhythm section (Audun Engebretsen / Lasse Lie). The structural components are fitted together well, the ensemble accomplishes its mission enabling Knut Erik Grøntvedt to deliver his remarkable vocal style. A bit hoarse voice gives another sort of momentum. Next up, ‘Forgotten One’ adorned by prominent sound of flute. To a certain extent, it betrays an influence from Jethro Tull. Besides, The Windmill kept coming to my mind while listening to this catchy song. Afterward, sparkling ‘Astral Flight’, based on the reveries and instrumental grooves. A typical Jadis manner prevails, though the experimental section in vein of TFK is also present. The guitar wiz Stig Selnes and key virtuoso Erlend Engebretsen are in the spotlight, filling the air with depth and colour. Permanently audible, bassist Lasse Lie with drummer Audun Engebretsen supplement a dynamic dimension. The singer is kept aside here. Moving on. ‘The Emperor’s Letter’ balances between Spock's Beard and Salem Hill, before descending into absolute magic: flawless guitar solo is reminiscent of Steve Hackett. It brings goosebumps to my spine. Yet again, Knut Erik Grøntvedt affords a lyrical meaning to content. The further CD goes, the more intriguing it becomes. Depicting different emotional states, a lengthy composition ‘Endless Ocean Blue’ is a kind of prog-suite with its three acts (‘Meditation’, ‘Ascension’, ‘Realization’). If you can mix Iluvatar, Marillion, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd, you will have a good idea for the general sound of this opus. The musicianship is still terrific, while Knut Erik pours his soul into every note he sings. By no coincidence, 'Total Absence' is the longest track on the whole album, clocking in at 15:30 min. Four parts (‘Empty Houses, Empty Streets’, ‘Losing Faith’, ‘Night Must Fall’, ‘United We Stand’) transfer into each other making the epic vertex. In musical ways, it largely leans on old Genesis and Dream Theater. Flows and ebbs with changes of pace and time-signatures. The front man sings with heart, creating the tangible imagery. It’s curious to note, however, Fatal Fusion have decided to place a beautiful guitar solo in the final segment, providing a true Pendragon vibe. And when the music gradually fades away, you are left a fully delighted customer!!! All in all, this release is both very melodic and adventurous; it should deliver tons of enjoyment for progressive rock heads who chose to seek it out. Definitely recommended…



    https://fatalfusion.bandcamp.com/

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    Fatal Fusion will begin to work on their next studio record in January 2018.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
    Fatal Fusion will begin to work on their next studio record in January 2018.
    Some good news on the horizon.

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    Fatal Fusion are just signed by Apollon Records. The label will take care of distibuting the band's albums from now on. This deal also includes a brand new release scheduled to be out in the first half of 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
    Fatal Fusion are just signed by Apollon Records. The label will take care of distibuting the band's albums from now on. This deal also includes a brand new release scheduled to be out in the first half of 2020.

    The date of release for new album titled 'Dissonant Minds' is July 10-th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
    The date of release for new album titled 'Dissonant Minds' is July 10-th.

    Below you can see art cover and full track-listing:


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    1. Coming Forth by Day (14:22)


    2. Quo Vadimus (7:41)


    3. Beneath the Skydome (4:23)


    4. Broken Man pt.2 (16:42).

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    It's been almost two months since the new FF album was released, but only today I have it in my possession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
    It's been almost two months since the new FF album was released, but only today I have it in my possession.
    So what?.. I'm just going to describe as many as I can. A bit later...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prog Head View Post
    So what?.. I'm just going to describe as many as I can. A bit later...

    FATAL FUSION are back with the album titled ‘Dissonant Minds’, a new collection of songs that should hook you with both epic drama and emotional soundscapes. These Norwegian guys weave together a riot of tonal colors into a dazzling musical stuff – very ambitious and eclectic - to prove that the ethos of 'Golden era' is still alive and kicking. High-caliber songwriting and performance offer a hypnotic exploration of retro-flavored progressive rock that’s complex, haunting and unforgettable. Here, there’s an odd sense of nostalgia – as if this was a lost record from the early 1970's which had finally found its way to physical compact disk. Being pretentious and diverse, melodic architectures infuse each track with its own unique character. The album kicks off with lengthy ‘Coming Forth by Day’ comprised of four individual parts, and it's difficult to tell which one is the most impressive. They all move through the musical landscape flawlessly, without resorting to cliché or pastiche. The consistent changes in mood and direction serve to keep the interest throughout. Enigmatic 'Another Day in the Duat’ segues into emotive 'Memories of a Slave’ followed by powerful 'Into the Underworld', gradually evolving to final 'Speak My Name'. Fantastic combination allows the talents of Stig Selnes (guitar department), Erlend Engebretsen (vintage keyboards), Audun Engebretsen (drum kits) and Lasse Lie (bass) to shine. The emotion laden vocals of Knut Erik Grøntvedt give an extra measure, as well as accentuating the individual skill of each instrumentalist. On the next number, 'Quo Vadimus', the core members team up with two special guests: Kjetil Saltnes who presents her nice flute, while Astraea Antal succeeds the guitar soloing. Musically, this 7+ min. piece falls into the scope of hard stripes interleaved with some soothing passages. The things turn into a different pattern on 'Beneath the Skydome', where the specific echoes of Pink Floyd can be heard - albeit without being a dominant factor. The album reaches its worthy final with an expansive epic ‘Broken Man, pt.2', combining a lot of kaleidoscopic details, surprising twists and turns, different signatures and instrumental parts that walk their enthralling route forward. A monumental tapestry is divided over 5 segments glued together: 'Chained and Broken', 'Dissolving a Legend', 'Angry and Vengeful', 'Thoughts of Regret', 'Peace at Last'. And again, Fatal Fusion will coerce you to have a crossroad puzzle: dozen of influences, yet no direct comparisons. There are so many hidden depths and secret avenues to explore. Melodic, artful and catchy set make up a powerful stuff which carries onto a wonderful musical journey serving like a medicine for our soul and spirit. Overall, CD 'Dissonant Minds' is versatile enough to earn a recommendation - particularly to those listeners inclined toward the adventurous style akin 70's progressive rock scene.


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