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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Review: Fear Theories - The Predator


Fear Theories is a young band hailing from Norway. This is their 2nd release following the “So it begins” EP that was released in 2013.

Upon listening to the album I could trace influences from classic bands focusing mainly on their early era. Bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica along with some traces from Running Wild, all this mixed with a slight punk attitude that gives their music a slightly more aggressive tone.

Indeed this is apparent in Andreas Tjøsvoll raspy vocal delivery. His singing style varies from Paul Di'Anno punkish approach to Rock 'n' Rolf (Running Wild) now adding some Quorthon (Bathory) aura and you'll get the full picture. The problem is not the voice's limited range but his monotonous singing combined with uninspired vocal lines making the listening of the album a tiresome process.

The typical and full of cliches lyrics don't help either.

Fear Theories' performance is typical without surprises and this is another issue. Repetitive riffing, tempos & solos that unfortunately aren't helped by mediocre production focusing solely on guitars leaving the rest of the instruments in the background (vocals included).

Songs like “Fear Theories” and “The Predator” are somewhat interesting but that's all.

The band shows genuine passion and love for what they do, but this isn't enough.

A good album requires good songwriting to keep things interesting and this is what “The Predator” lacks.

As honest and genuine Fear Theories are they must overcome and correct plenty of stuff in order to create a truly good album. Still in the beginning of their journey and this means that there's plenty of timing to correct things. Let's hope we'll hear from them soon.

Written by Manos Xanthakis

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