Fear the Future - _The Bloody Beginning_
(Ninth Gate Records, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
Despite being recorded some time back, this CD only emerged in 2006. Fear the Future were initially signed to New Aeon Media, a sub division of Karmageddon Media which folded before the release, which was eventually picked up by the smaller Ninth Gate Records.

The presence of a fiery redhead girl on keyboards, naturally wearing overt gothic gear, suggests accessible black metal (a term used with great caution) along the lines of Cradle of Filth, Dimmu Borgir and early Hecate Enthroned, and this assumption is wholly justified. While they may not receive any accolades for originality, they manage to pull it off without sounding like a carbon copy of any of the aforementioned. The use of keyboards is much diminished in comparison to these bands, and prominence is given to the guitars instead, but nonetheless the music possesses a similar dark / vampyric atmosphere sans much of the cheese.

The production is also comparatively weaker, though hardly terrible considering they aren't the top seller on the world's largest independent metal label. This is not bad for a debut album and they have several decent melodious riffs, but stronger songs will need to be written if they are not to disappear into the morass of other bands with similar influences.

Contact: http://www.fearthefuture.se

(article published 8/3/2007)


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