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Review: Fullforce - One

Label: SPV
Year released: 2011
Duration: 49:15
Tracks: 11
Genre: Power Metal


Review online: September 26, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 3.1/5 (62%) (10 Votes)

This is some very melodic, happy-sounding Power Metal not unlike what was the craze in the late 90s/early 2000s. I overdosed so much on that stuff back then that I've rarely listened to anything of the genre in the past 10 years or so. My first thought when I first heard this album was that I had already heard this before, and the feeling still holds true after several listens. But that's not all that important when it's done well, and Fullforce have hit the nail on the head.

This is catchy, highly melodic, and I would even say "inoffensive" – not in a bad way, but let's just say that this won't scare the neighbours away while still giving you a good dose of mild Power Metal. Some of the melodies remind me a little bit of Bon Jovi in their best years (Slippery When Wet / New Jersey-era) – the band doesn't sound like them, but some tidbits here and there just make me think of them every time I listen to the album. The singer is the highlight here – clear, melodic, well-controlled voice with rarely anything to make me cringe. Whether it's in the more rocking moments or in the semi-ballads, he just leads the pack. Musically this is well done, but not particularly flashy – they get the job done without trying to show off, with good results. And as a bonus, there's quite a bit of variety on One, so this doesn't get boring nor repetitive. Good stuff.

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