F.K.‹. - 4 - Rise Of The Moshmongers

F.K.‹. - 4 - Rise Of The Moshmongers

17 songs
41:53 minutes
***** ****


F.K.‹. from the Swedish town of Uppsala have probably found an abbreviation for the silliest band name ever: Freddy Krueger’s ‹nderwear, where the ‹ is the mandatory heavy metal umlaut. Freddy Krueger was a cult figure of a horror movie franchise which released seven important movies between 1984 and 1994. It’s within this interval, in 1987, that F.K.‹. were founded. Not much happened then, and it’s only since the band’s reformation in 1997 that they have been truly active. 4: Rise Of The Mosh Mongers is their fourth album which has been released on a fourth label.

The musicians don’t take themselves too seriously and always perform wearing make-up which reminds of low budget zombie movies. The band members’ names are also in line with their image. Larry Lethal and Pat Splat are only two examples to show you what I mean. From a musical perspective, the band is positively stuck in the Eighties by playing a mix of speed and thrash metal the way it was popular twenty-five years ago. Nowadays this is certainly nothing new, but nostalgic metalheads who grew up back then will certainly appreciate this. Musical reference points are bands like Agent Steel, Metal Church and OverKill, but also the early years of Metallica and Megadeth. Larry Lethal’s voice is very striking, residing somewhere between David Wayne and Dave Mustaine. Most of the songs are quite fast paced, the way it is supposed to be in this genre. Even though there is quite a lot of brutality, the melodic component isn’t neglected either. The album also contains four short tracks titled The ‹bersplasher (Parts 1 to 4) that feel a little like a tribute to S.O.D., even though F.K.‹. aren’t acting as coarsely. Other songs that don’t quite fit the mold are the wonderfully chaotic Esox Lucius and the hymn Anthem Of The Moshoholics, the latter being the CD’s quietest piece and a dignified end to the album.

It has to be said that F.K.‹. have delivered a competently solid album that should appeal to fans of old school melodic thrash metal. F.K.‹. may never set any new accents, but that has certainly never been their intention. 4: Rise Of The Mosh Mongers is a successful tribute to a wonderful time (even though we didn’t have the Internet back then).

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