FATAL FUSION – Dissonant Minds
The Norwegian ensemble known as Fatal Fusion is back with a brand-new slab of atmospheric prog rock and as with previous efforts, this one contains plenty of interesting textures and layers.
“Dissonant Minds” consists of four rather long compositions that all possess a nice raw edge and a truly organic vibe, and there are times when the darker musical aspects of Pink Floyd come to mind when spinning this excellent disc. There are superb melodies and heaps of emotional weight to be enjoyed here, and I love the way in which things move seamlessly from hard and bombastic to mellow and introspective without any of the songs losing their flow, which also entails that these dynamic tunes never lose their focus. There is cohesiveness in terms of style and quality here, and even though the record does not offer heaps of surprises and is arguably even a little predictable in places, it is an exciting musical odyssey and a hugely rewarding listen. I love the diversity of the material and its bleak feel, and rarely have I come across a progressive track that equals album closer “Broken Man Pt. 2” in terms of darkness, grit, beauty, and something akin to a soothing quality. Fucking marvelous stuff! My only gripe with this release is that the vocals occasionally leave something to be desired in terms of complementing some of those stunning, emotionally intense parts that are scattered throughout the LP.
With “Dissonant Minds” Fatal Fusion show that they have a style, sound, and musical identity of their own, and I highly recommend that you check this glorious and well-written album out.