Released: 2006, GMR Music Group
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
It’s time for Fatal Smile to release their second album that’s going to follow up the debut from 2002 called BEYOND REALITY. A lot of touring in Scandinavia, the rest of Europe and USA as well followed that debut and maybe that’s why this album have been released at this point first.
The first song to be released from NEO NATURAL FREAKS was “Learn – Love – Hate” and it became a minor hit here in Sweden.
This Swedish act plays heavy 80’s hard rock mixed with dirty glam/sleaze party rock’n’roll and if you, just like me, grew up with 80’s hard rock, you’ll believe NEO NATURAL FREAKS is a genius album. The album makes you happy and it’s a perfect way to get a party started.
A few of the 10 mind blowing tracks go mid-tempo but in this case that doesn’t matter at all because they are all in really heavy and evil. The opening track “Neo Natural Freaks” sets the standard of the album – BRILLIANT! The song enfolds every essence of what this kind of music is all about, sweat, dirt, and pure fun added with wrestling guitars. Other songs that are some of my favorites are “Crash and Burn”, “Learn-Love-Hate”, “Practice What You Preach”, “Dead Man Walking”, “Colorblind” and “Common People”. In those we have more of the relevant 80’s hard rock that marks Fatal Smile. All of the tracks are going to work excellently on the road during the summer.
This album was produced by Jonas Östman and the legendary Stefan Glaumann (Rammstein, Backyard Babies etc) has mixed this and together they have managed to get a raw and mean sound out of the boys.
The more I listen to this album the more I love it, NEO NATURAL FREAKS has all the ingredients a great album should have and if you haven’t heard the guys you have missed something. The rating can only be 5 out of 5. This album makes me proud to be Swedish.
To see more info about Fatal Smile check out the already written review about their CD single LEARN-LOVE-HATE in the Metal-Rules database.