"Neo Natural Freaks" (Locomotive Records; 2007)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Fans of Ozzy Osbourne's solo material and Black Label Society will find Fatal Smile's "Neo Natural Freaks" irresistible. 

"Neo Natural Freaks" is ten tracks of pure hard rock heaven, with chunky, heavy guitars driving hook-laden choruses and engaging lyrics throughout. This CD probably sounds more like Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society than Ozzy because it's got the harder edge and sharper guitar of BLS. Still, the band also has a knack for choruses and melodies that dare you not to sing along with them which, of course, is one of Ozzy's fortes.

Although there isn't a sleepy track on the CD, the title track really starts things off with a bang, while songs like "Quiet Chaos" and "Dead Man Walking" keep up the pace.

Those looking for a metal sound that's more traditional than some of today's more extreme bands, yet still carries a serious wallop, will find Fatal Smile's "Neo Natural Freaks" right up their alley.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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