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Them – ‘Fear City’

Publisher
SPV/Steamhammer
FFO
King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Attic, Portrait, In Solitude, Candle, Manticora
Release Date
28/10/2022
Publisher
SPV/Steamhammer
Genre
Heavy Metal

                “we are gathered here today to lay to rest Abig…K.K. FOSSOR!”, quite apt really with the time of year with Halloween being just around the corner that the horror loving Them are back with their latest album ‘Fear City’.

                Those fans who have followed Them since their early days will not be surprised as to what ‘Fear City’ offers. Once again, with ‘Fear City’ shows Them delivering another modern horror concept album where soundbites set the scene and are dotted throughout to help guide the listener through the story within. Therefore, ‘Fear City’ continues very much in the vein that was set down with ‘Manor of the Se7en Gables’ and the excellent ‘Return to Hemmersmoor’, picking up from where that album left off as tracks such as ‘Retro 54’, ‘Death on the Downtown Metro’ and ‘The Deconsecrated House of Sin’ lead the listener through the twin guitars, rapid fire rhythms and interesting vocals which switch between King Diamond style wails and Alice Cooper vaudeville. Furthermore, ‘Fear City’ delivers a modern horror concept story that would appeal to any fan of ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Gotham’ as well as ‘Angel’ and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.

                As an album, ‘Fear City’ sits very much in the remit of what we fully expect from Them. ‘Fear City’ isn’t quite as good as the album before, but it is fully cheesy and corny and guaranteed to raise a smile one minute through the interludes to full on classic heavy metal enjoyment the next and if you take these moments with a pinch of salt, then ‘Fear City’ is hell of a lot of fun indeed. 

"a hell of a lot fun"
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