first encountered the Swedish band Fatal Smile in February
2008, when I was reviewing the live W.A.S.P. show in
Toronto. Perhaps because I only caught the last song
of their set, I was more focused on "first impressions
count" so, I dismissed them as no more than an 80'/90's
looking band of yesteryear. Big mistake!
The second time I saw Fatal Smile was a month later
when they returned to Toronto on March 25th, 2008 as
the Special Guests of Doro. This time I paid attention!
They are touring Canada and America to promote their
newest and 3rd CD titled World Domination, on Locomotive
Records. Produced by guitarist Y and mixed by Michael
Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Motley Crue, Skid Row) The
10 tracks will attest that the metal bands of days gone
by have spawned an offspring. And it's powerful.
It's been too damm long since the scene has been rocked
by a provocative band who are confident enough in their
abilities to wear their debauchery pins just because
they can! Blade (vocals), Y (guitar), Alx (Bass), and
Zteff (drums) all possess a look that reckons them to
Post Nuclear Roadwarriors of a Mad Maxx era. BUT...looks
aside...Fatal Smile is not a glam band. Quite the contrary.
Proving it's possible to fire up a chain saw, grab you
by the throat, roll you in mud, and you'll still want
more. These guys are musicians with an incredible alchemy.
Blade's vocals are non aplologetic, naked and gritty.
He has a sublime aggressive style. I don't want to compare
him to anyone because I think he has a distinct vocal
sound that takes control without losing on melody. He
works well against against Y's intricate guitars that
are layered with dynamic, ball busting chords and tempered
lushness. The rhythm never lulls and you won't want
it to. World Domination delivers good solid hard rock
I could review each and every track, lick, riff, melody
song by song but I won't. (that's too Rolling Stone)
What I am going to tell you is buy World Domination
and listen to it. It kicks non -- stop. I am confident
you will agree that the time has finally arrived for
a new heavy weight to reclaim it's place in a league
that has had an open seat for too long.
The Buddist term of Rebirth means -- " belief that
some essential part of a living being survives death
to be reborn in a new body." The new body is Fatal Smile.
- PRIMED & READY
- TOO FAR DOWN
- NO TOMORROW
- OUT OF MY HEAD
- RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
- FATAL SMILE
- STRAIGHT TO HELL
- EVE OF WAR