One comment regarding death metal and hardcore bands that I often hear from geriatric metalheads like myself is - "these guys would be pretty good if they used clean vocals." If you've ever found yourself saying something like that you might want to check out the new Fear My Thoughts album 'Isolation.' The German band began as somewhat of a progressive death metal band - at least that's how I would describe them when I heard them for the first time on their 2003 release 'Hell Sweet Hell.' While the style of the music hasn't changed a whole lot since then, the vocals on their latest effort certainly have. New vocalist Martin Fischer is certainly capable of the usual death metal growls, but Fear My Thoughts has opted for clean vocals on this release, with the exception of the song 'Pitch Black' that is very similar to the songs found on the last two Fear My Thoughts CD's.
Overall Fischer does a nice job with the vocals, often sounding like a less-polished James Hetfield. But the change to clean vocals seems like a risky move to me. I'd be really surprised if the death metal purists like the new voice. Fear My Thoughts are clearly trying to reach a larger audience and a lot of their current fan base will consider that selling out. Personally I think Fischer is an improvement, and the first time I heard 'Isolation' I liked it. But after the curiosity of hearing a death metal band with clean vocals wears off it's easy to get bored with this CD because these songs are average at best.
This album isn't horrible. So if you'd like to know how death metal sounds with clean vocals it might be worth picking up 'Isolation' by Fear My Thoughts. Otherwise, you'd be better off sticking with progressive metal, classic metal, power metal, or whatever else you are into.
- Tim Carroll
After the curiosity of hearing a death metal band with clean vocals wears off, it's easy to get bored with this CD because these songs are average at best. This album isn't horrible. So if you'd like to know how death metal sounds with clean vocals it might be worth picking up 'Isolation' by Fear My Thoughts.
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