Gothenburg, Sweden is a hotbed for metal music of all sub-genres and is perhaps the epicenter for the most prolific explosion of talent in Northern Europe. The ripples have been crossing the ocean for years, and in metal’s darkest hour (read: early 90’s grunge era), it was this part of the world which rose up and saved our beloved music.
Best known as the home of melodic death metal. Gothenburg has also given the world a steady stream of symphonic/gothic metal acts. While Ultimate Fate, does not fit easily into any one defined musical space, the symphonic sphere is at the heart of their sound. The band uses crisp guitars and atmospheric keyboards, combined with, of course, the essential power-voice rock goddess fronting the band. Yet they also draw on more traditional metal nuances as well, making them all the more compelling.
The band was founded by guitarist Jacob Hede and drummer Ola Olsson who hail from a thrash metal background. The rest of Ultimate Fate is comprised of the empyrean voice celestial beauty of Jennie “Nord’ Söderberg, keyboardist Andreas Bergqvist, bassist Niklas Fahlén, and newest member lead guitarist Oscar Sjöberg.
This April the band released their newest promotional EP, Beyond the Horizon, which sadly contains only three tracks, but offers an enticing glimpse at what’s in store when they finish recording their debut full length. Now all they need is a record label, and they seem to be exactly the type of band Napalm or Nuclear Blast would eat up.
Beyond the Horizon was produced by Ultimate Fate and mixed and mastered by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death, At The Gates). The EP opens up with “Horizon”; a track that mixes soaring vocals with majestic symphonic epicness.
“Retribution” wraps a wall of sonic melody around sweeping vocals and some divine guitar work, while the EP’s third track, “Beyond Fear” kicks off with a great guitar riff and a build up that recalls Within Temptation. From there the band takes it in their own unique direction, with verses that have almost a middle Eastern flavor, contrasted against a grandiose chorus that equals contemporaries like, Lacuna Coil, Delain, Epica, Nightwish and others in that vein.
Listen to “Retribution” below:
If the band’s debut full length is as powerful as this EP is promising, Ultimate Fate won’t remain unsigned for long. I can think of a good two or three dozen bands of this genre that are already signed and aren’t nearly as impressive.
But music is all a matter of taste and I urge you to check them out for yourselves. I listened to the EP several times before I really felt the magnitude of what I was hearing.
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