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Fierce Atmospheres – ‘The Speed of Dreams’

Qumran Records
Martyr, Royal Hunt, Blackhearth
Release Date
Qumran Records
Progressive Power Metal

                Some bands are together for a while before they make a strike and put some music to tape with one such band being Fierce Atmospheres. However, since officially landing in 2012, the Chicago band have released a steady stream of releases and now, Fierce Atmospheres are back with ‘The Speed of Dreams’, their first studio album since 2018.

                The thing about Fierce Atmospheres is that they have a really good sound going on, what the band deliver with ‘The Speed…’ is an album of progressive power metal which leans quite comfortably on a classic heavy metal sound. This means that you get the rousing chorus’ and the soaring vocals of power metal coupled with all the integrity and grounding nature of classic heavy metal to remind the band they are not in a movie, they’re in a venue and it’s time to raise your fists in the air. Tracks such as ‘High and Hellbound’, ‘Servant’ and ‘Fear is a One Way’ straddle certain sounds, there’s a definitely European power/heavy metal sound that will appeal to fans of King Diamond, Blackhearth and Royal Hunt, whilst having all the big American progressive sound seen in the likes of Fates Warning and Queensrÿche, if they happened to be fronted by the indomitable Biff Byford of Saxon.

                Fierce Atmospheres have released a strong album here and many of the tracks leave that lasting impression; yes, there is plenty of homage to their inspirations here, but all delivered without being a carbon copy and therefore ‘The Speed…’ is very enjoyable indeed.

"a solid album which wears its influences on its sleeve without being a carbon copy"

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