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Fastlane Flower
April 2011
Released: 2011, Nordic Records
Rating: 2.0/5
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz

Fastlane Flower’s website describes the band’s sound as “death rock with a taste of honey.” That should be your first concern when sitting down with the Norwegian outfit’s debut DEADLINE. What the hell does that even mean? Maybe this album had the misfortune of catching me on a bad day (or two or three), but I do believe that I’m about done with the female fronted power metal thing. Okay, in all fairness, DEADLINE isn’t a terrible album by any stretch, but Fastlane Flower do little (at least intentionally) to set themselves apart from the glut of other bands aping the same style.

“Agent of Chaos” opens the album with the expected driving riff and heavy synth effects. The riffs and presentation are pretty status quo, but vocalist Eline Stølan’s delivery is the only thing that’s really memorable on the album. I’d never be one to poke fun at anybody’s accent, but she’s got a weird kind of a Gaelic Alanis Morissette styled brogue that’s passed through a Scandinavian filter. Yeah, it’s kinda funky – but not the good kind of funky. Her syllabic emphasis in places reminded me of how Michael Kiske sang the lyrics to the first KEEPER album phonetically; not really knowing what the words themselves meant and certain phrasing standing out for the wrong reasons. Speaking of lyrics, the lyrics to “State of Emergency” are indeed open to ridicule – “this state of emergenceee/someone is calling meeee/the big house is watching meeeee.” I’ve listened to the tune several times over and have yet to figure out what exactly the emergency is.

And it goes on and on and on. “Monkey Business” attempts some upbeat and bouncy vocal lines, “Blue Moon” is the token power ballad, and “Secret Archive” shows Eline attempting some harsher scowls (which are just plain bad), but none of it feels at all genuine. The album progresses with each song having their own individual goofy moments that I won’t bore you with, but I felt embarrassed in places for the band as I listened on. I haven’t really mentioned much about the musical backdrop to the tunes, because there’s not really much to say. You’ve heard this before, and you’ve heard it done better.

At the end of the day, it’s a tired formula in general. I don’t believe for a second that these guys set out to intentionally make a bum record, but Fastlane Flower doesn’t offer anything new to the table, nor is there any real incentive for a passing visit. But opinions are like certain orifices, and I’m sure that there’s an audience out there that will see the appeal in DEADLINE. Check out Fastlane Flower’s website and decide for yourself.
Track Listing

1. Agent of Chaos
2. State of Emergency
3. Monkey Business
4. Blue Moon
5. Secret Archive
6. Wisteria Lane Concept
7. Before I’m Gone
8. Coping with the Loss of Beauty
9. At the Rainbow’s End


Chris Slettvoll – Guitars
Marius Sommernes – Bass
Jan-Tore Varne – Drums
Michael Johansen – Keys
Eline Stølan – Vocals
Alexander Klæboe – Guitars

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Fastlane Flower
July 2012
Released: 2011, Nordic Records
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

These female fronted Norwegian rocky/gothic metallers claim to be Death rock with a taste of honey.....not sure they are aware of the other use of this term because they are far from the types to be seen sporting deathhawks...

I like the vocalists strongly accented vocals and it reminds me a little of Edenbridge. Overall, the theatrical style is too cheesy and there is nothing different which makes this album stand out. "Secret Archive" is an interesting song due to the vocal style and difference in style to the rest of the album. "Wisteria Lane Concept" is a rather experimental song and in parts (rather bizarrely) reminds me of 90’s indie kids Bis!

Despite these features it is an uncomfortable listen and not recommended. Fastlane Flower bring nothing to an already saturated genre. You’ve heard this before, and you’ve heard it done better, so don’t bother!

Review by Victoria Fenbane
Track Listing

01 Agent Of Chaos
02 State Of Emergency
03 Monkey Business
04 Blue Moon
05 Secret Archive
06 Wisteria Lane Concept
07 Before I`m Gone
08 Coping With The Loss Of Beauty
09 At The Rainbow`s End


Chris Slettvoll: Guitar
Marius Sommernes: Bass
Michael Johansen: Keys
Eline Stølan: Lead Vocal
Jan Tore Varne: Drums
Alexander Klæboe: Guitar

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