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FM - Atomic Generation album review

One of the FM’s best

FM - Atomic Generation
FM - Atomic Generation

FM - Atomic Generation

1. Black Magic
2. Too Much of a Good Thing
3. Killed by Love
4. In It for the Money
5. Golden Days
6. Playing Tricks on Me
7. Make the Best of What You Got
8. Follow Your Heart
9. Do You Love Me Enough
10. Stronger
11. Love is the Law

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It would be easy for FM to coast, to make an acceptable album with little effort. But while there are others of their vintage who’d do exactly that, FM have risen to the challenge and made one of the best albums of their career. 

Moreover, they’ve done it by pushing themselves on all fronts. When they need a sumptuous approach, then it drips with richly smooth timbre, as on Golden Days and Too Much Of A Good Thing. When there’s a call for a funk rock groove, it’s conjured up with In It For The Money. And if it’s more of a Stevie Wonder vibe that’s required, they’ve got the answer with Playing Tricks On Me. Stronger has Mk II Deep Purple written right across its barrel-chested anthemic presentation, while Follow Your Heart wouldn’t sound out of place on an early Foreigner album. 

Everything here has been lovingly crafted for maximum melodic intent. This is a band with a sense of pride.

Malcolm Dome had an illustrious and celebrated career which stretched back to working for Record Mirror magazine in the late 70s and Metal Fury in the early 80s before joining Kerrang! at its launch in 1981. His first book, Encyclopedia Metallica, published in 1981, may have been the inspiration for the name of a certain band formed that same year. Dome is also credited with inventing the term "thrash metal" while writing about the Anthrax song Metal Thrashing Mad in 1984. He would later become a founding member of RAW rock magazine in 1988.

In the early 90s, Malcolm Dome was the Editor of Metal Forces magazine, and also involved in the horror film magazine Terror, before returning to Kerrang! for a spell. With the launch of Classic Rock magazine in 1998 he became involved with that title, sister magazine Metal Hammer, and was a contributor to Prog magazine since its inception in 2009. He was actively involved in Total Rock Radio, which launched as Rock Radio Network in 1997, changing its name to Total Rock in 2000. In 2014 he joined the TeamRock online team as Archive Editor, uploading stories from all of our print titles and helping lay the foundation for what became Louder.

Dome was the author of many books on a host of bands from AC/DC to Led Zeppelin and Metallica, some of which he co-wrote with Prog Editor Jerry Ewing.