Formed a mere two years ago, Germany's Final Fortune has had some promising success. They opened for American metal band Omen and NWoBHM pioneering legends Diamond Head when they both toured Germany. That was a good fit for Final Fortune since their sound leans toward that classic Eighties heavy metal style. This month they release their first EP Power Of The Lightning.
The short EP consists of five songs of some variety. As mentioned above, the overarching musical theme here is essentially "keep it true" heavy metal. The first two songs, Raised On Rock and Power Of The Lightning offer some razor sharp riffage coupled with brisk pacing. In both, the guitar solos are also sharp and smart. The latter song runs longer than it should with the repetition of the chorus becoming redundant. Hungry For Love moderates the pace while still dealing out brisk riffage. Dirty Nights, something intended to sound like heavy metal sleaze rock, moves by a steady beat and groove from the rhythm section, the bass line especially coming through. The final song, Coming Home, is something of a heavy metal anthem, with Final Fortune trying to steal a page from Ozzy Osbourne's play book. However, the difference is the juxtaposition of parts, the sharp riffage pitted against voice over acoustic guitar and bass. It's okay, but kind of chugs along. But the wild card for me in this mix was John Wilde's vocals. He sings melodic and clean, with considerable strength and control. However, there's also certain harshness to his voice as well, that I didn't find all that pleasing.<.
Nevertheless, Final Fortune's Power Of The Lightning is a solid first step for the band, offering classic heavy metal with some razor sharp riffage, steady groove, and roaring solos. Check them out.
Final Fortune's Power Of The Lightning is a solid first step for the band, offering classic heavy metal with some razor sharp riffage, steady groove, and roaring solos. Check them out.
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