History & BiographyRheinfelden's Fear My Thoughts issued the Sapere Aude MCD in 2000 through Dioxin City Productions. The crossover band had already appeared on a We Bite Records' sampler with the song My Mind. A deal with Let It Burn Records was stitched together and two albums followed. Scorched Earth Policy issued a band split release with another German band, Fear Is The Path To The Dark Side, in 2002. The band switched to Lifeforce in 2003 and issued The Great Collapse in the same year, but not before Let It Burn Records issued Vitriol in LP format. The LP Version of The Great Collapse was released by Per Koro Records. Hell Sweet Hell was produced by Jacob Hansen in Denmark, who also provided some backing vocals, and came out in July.
Fear My Thoughts migrated to the other German label, Century Media Records, where it issued Vulcanus in January of 2007. The album featured Destruction’s Schmier on the song Accelerate or Die. The band participated in the Hell On Earth Tour 2007. The band switched frontmen in the summer of 2007 and announced a new singer called Martin Fischer of Mongouse and Backslide. Fear My Thoughts was touring Europe with Dark Tranquillity and Poisonblack in late 2008. The band was supporting its Isolation album, which was released by Century Media. It featured singer Martin Fischer. The group announced it is farewell in 2010 and had a farewell show in Lörrach, Germany in in February.
FEAR MY THOUGHTS - HELL SWEET HELL - LIFEFORCE
At its core Fear My Thoughts is a very good band and Hell Sweet Hell a very good album in the style of At The Gates, Ebony Tears, Dark Tranquillity and early Soilwork. The singer's desperate yells, the unremitting drumming, roaring bass and, especially, the dense rhythm guitars and occasional guitar solo (as on The Masters Call) pack quite an appropriate punch. The band has transformed itself from a hardcore band to a full-fledged (near) metal band and put together a breakneck disc with twelve tracks. So why use the 'near' adjective? Well, for one the band uses keyboards. While the five-piece has dumped the silly violins ad samples the use of synthesizers is completely unnecessary, naturally weakens the band's music and makes the band look like followers of the trend started by sell-outs like In Flames, Soilwork or Dark Tranquillity. For another, the occasional melodic singing again perpetuates the band's follower stance. Vocalist Mat has enough spread to vary his vocals without resorting to commercialization. On Satisfaction Guaranteed, for instance, he manages to alternate his raspy growl with the occasional Barney-esque bark. On Tie Fighting he uses a dainty rasp. In The Hourglass begins with a convincing growl. Finally, was there not a release by an American project dubbing itself Pure Sweet Hell recently?
Hell Sweet Hell could have had the intensity and depth to be a great metal album. The band just has to make a conscious decision to drop the foolish commercialisms next time around for songs like Tie Fighting or Satisfaction Guaranteed have what it takes. - Ali "The Metallian"
FEAR MY THOUGHTS - VULCANUS - CENTURY MEDIA
One need not fear this band’s thoughts; rather its generic music. It is not that Fear My Thoughts delivers bland music that blindly clones one band or one style. Instead, the latest group to jump from Lifeforce Records to Century Media, is too many things for too many people to be effective - and it does not necessarily do everything well. This is symptomatic of many modern bands that hold up diversity as a virtue.
Vulcanus undoubtedly enjoys an impressive degree of musicianship, which is a prerequisite for a band that attempts to bridge the crossover divide. The sound is sharp, the instruments and vocals clear and the appearance of Schmier of Destruction on the song Accelerate Or Die can only mean added credibility (less so with keyboardist Kim Olesen of Anubis Gate). Yet, Vulcanus is metal, is hardcore, is crossover, is Opeth, is Gothenburg and is half a dozen other things. The band explicitly prides itself on its ability to deliver an assortment of sub-genres when it says, “Fear My Thoughts have always been about diversity…” The band’s goals are its own and by right valid, although how such an approach will attract fans or appease metal listeners is clearly another matter. History is littered with the refuse of bands that made variety their mantra. The harmonic and commercial chants that Fear My Thoughts layers atop of the occasional synthesizers is indicative of why the idea does not work. – Ali “The Metallian”