Fear My Thoughts
Vulcanus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Crimson USER (60 Reviews)
July 28th, 2007 | 38 replies | 7,956 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A varied and interesting album with a lot of melodic and powerful moments.

"Fear My Thoughts have always been about diversity, about combining all of our unique musical tastes. We think this is the first time we have succeeded in this self-applied mission: to worship the old heroes and to be conscious about the possibilities and advantages of modern technologies. If you're into blast beats and Deep Purple Hammond organs, you'll probably like what we're doing! Expect some more melody, some experimentation, but also some old-school thrash vibes." - Guitarist Patrick Hagmann

There had already been a lot of argument about what genre Fear my Thoughts actually play, a lot of people say that they play metalcore, while others (me included) believed them to play melodic death metal. Does Vulcanus (hehe, anus) make them easier to categorise? Well, no, they've certainly lost a lot of the metalcore influence but the band have started playing some very thrashy riffs and some of the chorus' actually remind me of power metal! This is a very varied album.

Fear my Thoughts:

Vocals - Mathias Von Ockl
Guitars & backing vocals - Markus Ruf
Guitars & backing vocals - Patrick Hagmann
Bass - Batosz Wojciechowski
Drums - Norman Lonhard

There are also several guests appearing on the album.

When I got this album, I didn't know what to expect really, I'd heard a lot of good reviews for it but the one song I did hear was good, but not brilliant. I bought it anyway, and then as the first song came blasting through the speakers, I knew I wouldn't regret it. The opening track is pure melodic death goodness, with an awesome guitar riff and piercing vocals. They don't start slowly, that’s for sure!

The production is stellar throughout the album, you can hear every instrument clearly and even the bass is audible, which is a nice change from most metal albums out now. The guitars are this albums strong point, there are many great riffs and solos in Vulcanus, there are melodic death harmonised leads, thrashy head banging riffs and just some good old heavy metal shredding throughout the album, you get treated to different styles in nearly every song. Mathias Von Ockl (how the hell do you say that?) does the vocals very well, he strays away from the deep growling used by death metal bands and sings through the album with his throaty scream, sometimes changing to his marvellous clean voice which a power metal band would be proud of. The drummer keeps the album varied, he manages to keep a slower beat in some songs while furiously assaulting other parts of the album, we even get treated to some blast beats. The bass is done very well on this album and is actually the highlight of some songs, e.g. 'Stamp of Credence'. There are many different influences that show in this album, 'Culture of Fear' even has some Opeth like acoustic passages and 'Survival Scars' is very heavily influenced by Swedish legends At the Gates.

The song writing on this album is very mature, with brutal yet balanced tracks that sound like a modern version of Swedish Death Metal. This is very dense and fast, corrosive by times with a rather technical composition. There are furious songs that keep a fast pace and also slower more powerful songs that can pound you into submission and this variation helps to keep the listener interested, most of the songs are memorable and you find yourself wanting to press play again to let it all sink in. The title track is worthy of a special mention here, it's one of the greatest instrumentals I've heard, it follows the very quick and 'At The Gates' influenced 'Survival Scars' and it just slows down the album for the audience to have a breather. The music is very haunting with a repeated riff and spooky keyboards, it eventually speeds up and gets even more epic towards the end, before finishing in a 70's style solo. Its one of my favourite instrumentals and deserves a mention here. Unfortunately, after this and 'Soul Consumer' the band seems to run out of steam and there is a dip in quality from the first half of the album which is excellent throughout.

After finally getting themselves on to a big record label, Fear my Thoughts has shown why. With Vulcanus they have managed to push away any genre boundary and find a sound of their own. Things can only get better from here.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Crimson
July 28th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Advice is always appreciated

SantiagoPTW
July 28th 2007


20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great review, they're definetively a pretty good moder melodeath band

jrowa001
July 28th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

excellent review, ive been wanting to check these guys out

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 28th 2007


16387 Comments


This sounds really interesting. I'm listening to the song "Culture Of Fear" right now on their myspace and it's pretty impressive. I may buy this.

Digging: Spectral Lore - III

Crimson
July 28th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Culture of Fear is a superb song (imo)

BallsToTheWall
July 28th 2007


44305 Comments


Nice. i love this cd. Gates to nowhere is my favorite off of here. Just a great cd.

Digging: Tiamat - Clouds

encmetalhead
July 28th 2007


744 Comments


i got into this band with the latest Metal for the masses and i now have this CD, it'as so awesome

rattlehead42147
July 28th 2007


1345 Comments


cool review, i dont know if you needed the (hehe anus) part but oh well. i voted. this sounds like something good to check out, and your Crimson review got me into EoS so i might check this out.

Crimson
July 28th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Heh, sorry, I have a very crude sense of humour, i'd recommend listening to culture of fear to see what the album is like. It's probably my favourite track.

Eakflanderyof
July 29th 2007


2143 Comments


The color scheme of the album art reminds me of Necrophagist.

Crimson
July 29th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Necrophagist? Never heard of them...

Eakflanderyof
July 29th 2007


2143 Comments


^ Are you serious? They're probably the most popular death metal band right now. Aside from some of the older bands like Cannibal Corpse.

Crimson
July 30th 2007


1935 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

erm... I'll check them out.

I've heard of cannibal corpse but meh, I never got them.

jrowa001
September 8th 2007


8750 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just downloaded this from the DU. its a great album and it sounds like it will leave a longing impression on me.

BallsToTheWall
September 8th 2007


44305 Comments


Gates to nowhere slays.

Zoo
October 29th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This album reminds me a lot of Pitch Black Progress. But not quite as good.

BallsToTheWall
October 29th 2007


44305 Comments


This is a great cd, I dont think thisas good as of S.S though, Alvestam is a hard to beat vocalist. Symmetric In Designis there best.

Zoo
October 29th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's probably one of the crappiest songs from the album.

Zoo
October 30th 2007


3759 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In my opinion, Both Blood, Accompanied By Death, and Accelerate or Die are the highlights of this album.

Profanatic
December 14th 2007


28 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This album is purely awesome, these guys know how to compose good melo-death. Vulcanus (song) is an instrumental masterpiece, while Stamp of Credence and Wasteland are totally my favourite songs of the album.



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