Friday, May 02, 2014

Fatal Smile-White Trash Heroes

FS Records/GMR Music Group

Calling Stockholm, Sweden their home base of operations, Fatal Smile, who site bands like Whitesnake, Dokken, Metallica, W.A.S.P. (incidentally the band has toured with W.A.S.P. five times now and the track "Hip MF" features a guest appearance by W.A.S.P. guitarist Douglas Blair!) Accept and Dio as influences (count Kiss, Ozzy and Ratt among the many influences as well), are a hard & heavy four-piece that was first dreamed up back in the mid-nineties! That would be 1995 to be exact when guitarist (and main song-writer) Mr Y first put out the call for fellow heavy metal brothers/hard rock and rollers to join him in this Swedish delight. For whatever reason though Fatal Smile would have to wait until 2002 to release their full-length debut album, "Beyond Reality". Now some twelve years later Fatal Smile is on album number five with "White Trash Heroes" and, with the band currently rounded out by vocalist Blade, bassist Alx and drummer Philty, things couldn't be better (sound-wise) for this Swedish act if they tried! Produced by Mr. Y and engineered/recorded by Philty (with the two mates having mixed the release together!) "White Trash Heroes" is (simply-stated) a gritty metal release that is (according to the bandmates themselves) "louder, harder and faster" then any previous material! Whatever the case it's a reminder that hard and heavy (hard rock and heavy metal) can be a very cool thing when it doesn't fancy itself too much and instead simply concentrates on the task of rolling out tasty (raw) rock riffs that are fueled by a kindred sense of rebellion! Whether this band can brake on through Europe and then charge into the U.S. is anybody's guess, but if you are looking for a band to add to your with daily soundtrack then look no further! That's providing of course that your daily soundtrack features the likes of (early) Twisted Sister, Dokken, solo Ozzy and of course W.A.S.P.!

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