4st - Fourst |RagingPlanet, 2007|
Forced, Beyond and Beyond, Clockwork, Bipolar [-], One Foot Dance, An Enzyme Called Love, Twilight Roadkill, Kill Me Twice, Pure
It's the first ever Portugal band which as drown my attention that much. At the very beginning it's worth of a mention that a presence of Tom Baker
who mastered the whole album is also significant as he surely appreciated their talent and music involvement. Baker is well known of working with a variety of rockstars to mention Nine Inch Nails
, Rob Zombie
, Deftones or Marilyn Manson, so choosing him for mastering work was the best solution.
[f.e.v.e.r.] releases the albums for a Portugal based record label called RagingPlanet and is one of the most professional bands I have ever come across since Fabryka first run along with other new discoveries like Mephistosystem
or Lucky Striker 201
The first thing what drew my attention was a very well designed CD artwork. I do state that the visual and even multimedia content for the CD is an important issue but sadly not many bands take care about it. [f.e.v.e.r.]'s albums have both of such features. Their bass player Luís Candeias is also a graphics designer for the band, responsible for multimedia (Flash) CD content as well as for their first ever black and white video animations for Bipolar [-] single track.
The musical content varies tho the songs are mostly guitar driven with a tremendous emotional charge but also with amazingly composed parts of the songs written for each of the instrument. Forced, Clockwork, Bipolar [-], One Foot Dance, Twilight Roadkill are sample songs that sort of. There is some extraordinary magic in their music, only 9 tracks (10 indeed because of one track hidden) only but after auditioning you'll want to listen to them over and over again.
I have no idea what influences they have but I can hear Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad), Rush or even Massive Attack fasten together along with the original [f.e.v.e.r.]'s vibe. 'Pure' song contains a leitmotif from Forced and forms a self-contained whole with the hidden track. The best ever song is Forced which I cannot tear my ears from and which is the first song by [f.e.v.e.r.] I learned from their Mypace profile, moreover found by a pure accident ;) The poorest song? There is any. I got only a promotional CD before its official release (2007) so I have no idea about the multimedia content of the CD but I guess there might be some as it happened on their previously released albums.
If you wish to learn [f.e.v.e.r.]'s music so begin from this album. If the band decides to make a career in an industrial rock style of music they presented on 4st album, additionally hiring well experienced producers at the same time, then I'm able predict an international success for [f.e.v.e.r.]. Good luck! ;) ( Katarzyna NINa Górnisiewicz
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