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FM - Indiscreet 30 album review

Doing justice to an old friend

FM Indiscreet 30 album cover

The trouble with bands re-recording classic material is that they can never capture the magic that makes these songs so special to fans. FM have hit this problem by reimagining their 1986 album Indiscreet. However, they’ve done a fine job in tackling this mammoth task, in the process underlining why it should be hailed as one of the best AOR albums of the 80s.

What’s of more interest is the string of bonus tracks here. These include powerful new song Running On Empty, a brilliant cover of Ozzy’s hit Shot In The Dark and Let Love Be The Leader, which comes from the Indiscreet period. A reminder of FM’s enduring class.

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 (opens in new tab), 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. 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.