Fullforce – One (2011)
The Swedish Powermetal Band Fullforce totally strikes the mark with their debut
album “One”, just like the metor on their front cover does. Fullforce was
founded in 2008 and consists of members of the bands Hammerfall, Narnia and
The band lights an exhilarating firework with their eleven songs, one that you
won’t find again amongst power metalers at the moment. Fullforce also caters to
fans who are not totally satisfied with the new development of bands like Edguy
and Hammerfall. Both of the guitars really rock it and are accompanied by
drumming that never gets boring, often also with double basses, so it ups the
speed. But most songs are in a more moderate tempo. The singer’s voice is a
middle high pitch to high pitch voice register, but it never gets too
high-pitched and so it is not too exhausting to listen to it. The only thing I
don’t like too much is that the awesome melodies and the good sound quality of
the guitars and the singing are sometimes overshadowed by the loud keyboard or
synthesizer. This kind of ruins some parts, for example at the end of “Walls of
Secrets”. All in all, there are some progressive parts that really fit in with
the songs. I think “None of your Concern”, “Heart and Soul”, “Suffering in
Silence” and “Into the Cradle” are really worth listening to.
The lyrics deal with human beings, feelings and loss. The song “Open you Eyes”,
for example, deals with egocentric people who should open their eyes and realize
that they are not the center of the universe. The song “Rain” describes the
challenge to fight depression and to realize the good parts of life, and the
song “Father Spirit” is about losing your father and the mourning that goes with
I like the futuristic-apocalyptic cover in red-orange shades, and that it is
easy to distinguish from other artworks in this genre. On the cover, you can see
impacts of meteorites on a planet. In the foreground there is a soldier and in
the background a big planet, that could be the earth if you look closely enough.
The inside of the booklet is very well-arranged and nicely designed. On the left
side there are new artworks that are in the same red-orange shades as the cover.
At the beginning and at the end of the booklet there are two new photos of the
band, the names of the members and their role in the band. The lyrics are on the
right side and very easy to read.
On the back you can find the links to their website and their Facebook and
MySpace addresses. You can’t do more, and you don’t need more.
In conclusion, I can say, it’s a CD worth buying for every fan of bands like
Hammerfall. Fullforce spoil people with really good metal! The only disadvantage
- that actually doesn’t really count - is the sound, that sometimes is a bit
fuzzy and the running time of the CD … it could have been longer than 48 minutes.
So, there’s nothing I can do but wait for the next album.
Andersson All Vocals
Stefan Elmgren Guitar
CJ Grimmark Guitar
Tommy Larsson Bass
Anders Johansson Drums
Sound quality: 9/10