|Fatal Force - 'Unholy Rites' (Metal Heaven)|
|Written by Dave Prince|
|Saturday, 18 August 2012 04:13|
At the beginning of 2005, after completion of the second 'Section A' album and his third all instrumental release, Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen, began writing some new material. The style came to be very melodic hard rock with a hard hitting edge - the idea of Fatal Force was born.
Fatal Force's debut album, which was released in Europe and Japan in the spring of 2006, featured Mats Levén (Ex-At Vance, Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals and Daniel Flores (XsavioR, Mind's Eye) on drums, and was something of a tour de force of melodic yet heavy rock.
So here we are in the here and now with the second release from Fatal Force 'Unholy Rites'. This time around Enevoldsen has decided to ring in some changes with Michael Vescera (Ex-Loudness, Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) joining the band in early 2010 as their new singer and Dennis Hansen joining not long after on drums, and what we have here is yet another master-class in heavy and melodic rock... from the masters themselves.
Opening with 'Run For Cover' the album starts off with a big bang! Okay the titles of the songs are not exactly original... but with the songs as great as these - who cares? Next comes the title track 'Unholy Rites' which induced a "holy shit" moment from myself. The sound and thunderous rhythms are astounding. Tracks that level the playing field somewhat are 'Fight' and also 'Lessons In Evil', because seriously if you love metal then these tracks and this album are definitely for you!.
My only gripe about the album is that at 10 tracks long the album is actually over too soon but when they include everything bar the kitchen sink in the tracks we do get then it is a gripe I can live with.