I reviewed a couple of their discs in the past and didn't mind the music as much as I did Chris' voice because it was too damn high for me. But God Damn it, they did it again! They hooked me in with their newest CD. This is their forth effort and it's a mighty good one at that. Don't expect FC to perform traditional, typical and predictable Power Metal.
"Mother Earth" is packed with high energy, but it's performed at a mid tempo pacing and as far as Chris' throat goes, I can handle it. While it's still just a tinge in the upper range, it's not as obnoxious as in the past. The song is showered with a lot of keyboards, but it only helps make the track stand out more. Once you pop this in, your ears will stand up at attention because the music on here is different and enjoyable. Every band in the PM genre has to have an anthem and "Carry On" is it. The galloping drumming and killer six string work will make this a definite highlight at their shows. So, be prepared to pump your fist in the air and memorize the lyrics. Now!
If you think that the first few songs are wimpy then take a listen to "The Rhythm Of Life" as everything toughens up a bit as well as the vox. No, "Hunting High And Low" isn't a STRATOVARIUS cover, but it does kind of sound like one of their own, but it's original and jammed packed with muscle and power. "The Gathering (Midtro)" has a soundtrack feel that could used in the next Star Wars movie. "Kings & Queens" is probably the only predictable song on the album with it's constant double bass drumming and happy riffage. It seems like that once we get up to track eight it's full speed ahead as the rest of the album finishes up on a fast note, but not a sloppy one.
The three years that it took for this come out was worth the wait because you can tell just by the songs that a lot of thought went into them to make sure that each one stands out from the other, but keeping their trademarks intact and not going off the deep end. This was a surprise hit for me and I guess now you can consider me a fan. The music is tight and the performance is even better. (Online August 20, 2005)