“Fatal Design” is the fifth album from the Finnish Goth band ENTWINE and I must say, my expectations were somewhat medium-to-low. After reviewing the decent (but not spectacular) “Wounds Wide Open” (from fellow Finns TO/DIE/FOR), I was indifferent towards having to review another Goth Metal promo.
Oh, how ENTWINE changed my views on the matter.
“Fatal Design” is, quite simply, a very good album. The songs are extremely catchy, yet they still retain a very dark overtone. Just listen to “Chameleon Halo”, “Twisted”, or the premier single, “Surrender”. And the fun doesn’t stop there; nearly every song on “Fatal Design” is great.
While it’s not an exceptionally heavy album (it just teeters on the edge of Rock, actually), “Fatal Design” is still not what I’d call exceptionally radio-friendly; it has its darker moments, such as the title track. However, you could probably hum along to a fair portion of the songs from this disc, thanks to frontman Mika Tauriainen, who often comes up big on the choruses with an irresistible melody or two.
To summarize, “Fatal Design” is a great effort from the Finns and if you dig the whole Gothic Metal thing, you’ll find an album worthy of your hard-earned cash. The songs are quick, usually sitting around four minutes each, but in this case it works; it prevents the songs from feeling too drawn out. Quick, catchy and dark…it’s ENTWINE’s formula and it works!
(Online November 19, 2006)