Full Speed Ahead |Fanoe Records, 2010|
01. Overture, 02. Only You, 03. Narcotica, 04. Full Speed Ahead, 05. All For Nothing, 06. Fuck You, 07. Come Together, 08. Falling, 09. Fire, 10. Pig Inside, 11. Wild Card, 12. Dive, 13. Grace
Fanoe acts upon their own instincts. Never stopping with one style of sound, but continuously experimenting, changing arrangements and making the final results extremely interesting.
There are many punk and new wave influences mixed into their music; from Killing Joke, through Joy Division on to New Model Army and beyond. It doesn't surprise me since they are European and such influences have been dominating European alternative music for many years. However, you won't find them sounding like NIN, Ministry
or any typical industrial rock influences. Fanoe's music is very difficult to classify, especially when it comes to Full Speed Ahead.
My first reaction to this new album was centered around the front artwork; a slim, young and naked woman's hips are held in the tentacles of a pinkish, slippery octopus. The picture or photomontage looks stylish, without yielding itself as pornography. The tentacles of the octopus don't reach the limits of H.R. Giger's Aliens; however shown in a subtle form (um... except that the cephalopod is crawling between the breast of the Goddess). It's enough though since there are no further topics related to eroticism on the album, or at least when it comes to atmospheres. The Swiss music from Fanoe sounds guitar driven and rough. Klaus Fanoe
's voice (voc., guitar) is recognizable and stands out very well. He's accompanied by Diana Perola (bass), Ari Rossi (guitar) and Marco Trachsel (drums) in the band. They used analogue keyboards for this album purposefully, although you can barely hear them since they were dominated by the guitars and vocals. That's good; if it had been too electronic I wouldn't have reviewed it in Fabryka ;)
I am sure I like "Pig Inside" the best after the first, second and tenth listenings. This is because it has that typical industrial rock sound with interesting structure, cold samples and layered guitars.
It's also worth mentioning a few other cool songs on this album: In a style I would classify as a bit cabaret-like "All For Nothing" (I have no idea why The Clockwork Orange
Alex' silhouette comes to my mind while listening to Klaus singing here), "Narcotica" and the title song "Full Speed Ahead" (though it's not as extreme as the title might suggest). There's also a cover song of "Come Together", originally released by The Beatles on the Abbey Road album in 1969. The last song on Full Speed Ahead is a song called "Grace"; a song that brings coldwave vibes reminiscent of The Sisters of Mercy and Joy Division.
The album was mastered by Enrico Mercaldi, who is best known from working on the albums of Depeche Mode, Placebo and Moby. Full Speed Ahead is very highly recommended to the fans of rock music, but less to hardcore
industrial rock fans.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz, 10/01/2010. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)
Down to Heaven |2008, Fanoe|
1. Down To Heaven, 2. I Am, 3. Sweet Nothing, 4. Skin And Bones, 5. Passion, 6. Medicine Man, 7. Burn In Hell, 8. Lover Undercover, 9. One More Day, 10. Innocent
The band didn't cause us waiting too long for their second release. Down To Heaven is an album built and composed similar to Empire Dirt, full of dirty guitar riffs, screamed lyrics and industrial samples in the backgrounds. I'm sure the CD will be loved by Nine Inch Nails
fans as well as Marilyn Manson, noise rock and probably cold wave freaks too. Klaus Fanoe worked out a very characteristic voice so once heard won't be forgotten.
Personally I loved Lover Undercover, besides its repetitive and quite simple rhythm it drew my attention with its high density and many layers used in the track as well as screaming guitars and some madness happening near the end of the song. It could be prolonged more but even so short sounds bad ass. Other than that I liked the way One More Day comes next in a tracklist, following an atmosphere of Lover Undercover. Single song Skin And Bones sounds very satisfying and convinces me amongst the all other tracks to give a high note for this release. Both songs, artwork and packaging with lots of cacti needles plus the official website stand for hi-quality professionalism what I like at bands. Recommendation.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Proofreading: Scott M. Owens. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)
Empire Dirt |Fanoe, 2006|
Alive, Take It Away, Naked, Empire Dirt, Invisible, Excess, Star, Battlefield, Mistress, Part, Suenos, Every Inch, Ocean, Zero
I'm not very familiar with the Switzerland alternative scene except excellent works by The Young Gods. Fanoe left me a comment in Fabryka shoutbox some time ago, then I found them at Myspace and decided support the band because of their awesome industrial rock music. They are influenced by old Nine Inch Nails
, Stabbing Westward
and Numb stuff for sure but the rest is up to them. When the CD arrived I was able to enjoy their full professional release called Empire Dirt. Fourteen tracks discover the band's potential clearly hearable in such songs like 'Alive', 'Empire Dirt' or 'Invisible'. 'Star' reminds me some deep scary tunes known from The Sisters of Mercy anthems mixed with NIN The Downward Spiral
themes. 'Mistress' include something what Marilyn Manson fans should like as well. Suenos thrills with a deep echo of Bauhaus tunes. Fanoe music is guitar driven mostly but you can find also great programming used proportionally to guitar and vocal parts. Their music sounds very rock, very professional and very addictive. It would be great if music media paid attention to the band, they worth of any promotion. It would be also cool if their next release sounded as much awesome as Empire Dirt cause the album is a very promising debut.
(Katarzyna 'NINa' Górnisiewicz. Must not be used for promotional or commercial purposes. See a Legal Note for the copyrights below)