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Debut album from Swedish trio Fourever.

Solitarium’ is the debut album from Swedish trio Fourever. The band has been around in one form or another since 2000 and the current line-up has been settled for a couple of years now. Featuring Mia Moilanen (vocals & guitar), Nina Moilanen (drums) and teenager Majja Persson (bass), this is Fourever’s first CD and the girls seem to have attracted a considerable fan-base built around festival performances in Europe and Egypt.

Initially I wasn’t overly impressed by ‘Solitarium’. To be honest I was expecting a typically gothic style of music so the straight forward metal approach came as something of a surprise. All the music and lyrics, bar one track, is written by Mia Moilanen and if I had to make any comparisons I guess I’d suggest 80s American band Phantom Blue with more of a European flavour, though this is less a showcase for self-indulgent guitar histrionics, concentrating more on the songs.

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‘Shout! Shout My Name’ is a brash up-tempo opener built around a bouncing riff with a simple but effective hook. The rest of the songs, bar one, are guitar driven and energetic, the staccato phrasings complimented by some neat arrangements and interesting melodies. ‘Come With Me’ has a semi-acoustic structure and tempers the limited aggression whilst adding some variation. Mia Moilanen’s vocals work well within each song’s framework and her guitar work has enough bite and identity to warrant mention.

Fourever's future could be bright with the right exposure and a place on a high profile touring schedule. What ‘Solitarium’ lacks in originality it certainly makes up for with enthusiastic performances and is a good solid recording base for the next step.

Dave Bott

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