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Death rock with 'a taste of honey'.

If I am to believe the press release Fastlane Flower sound like death rock with a taste of honey! I assume the honey is singer is Eline Solan; unfortunately her voice at times reminded me of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan, which was not what I had in mind.

Once upon a time having a female singer was a novelty, these days it’s no big deal and opening song ‘Agent of Chaos’ is a predictable mash of Nightwish keyboards and riffs with rather amateur vocals. For some, the individuality of Solan’s voice may be an asset but to really give the song ideas the chance they deserve it’s clear a vocal with more projection is needed. Sure ‘Monkey Business’ has a lot of light and shade in the delivery and the guitar and keyboard work drips with emotion, but the frantic style of the vocals just sounds plain rushed.

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I especially enjoyed the guitar structure of ‘Blue Moon’ and the more sensitive moments of the vocal delivery were a step in right direction; unfortunately it all comes apart in the messy chorus. I had to check the track listing for ‘Wisteria Lane Concept’ as the similarities to Slayer in the introduction made me think it was a cover, it then transforms into a brat like chanting vocal that lets it become all a little silly really. The wonderful title of ‘Coping with the Loss of Beauty’ cannot decide quite where it wants to go and ends up a hybrid of Lost Prophets and Evanescence and it all becomes a little confusing, which is where the release sits for me.

Ray Paul

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