FM
Black Noise
Visa Records 1978

Music - 3.5 stars

FM
Surveillance
Passport records 1979

Music - 4 stars

FM
City of Fear
Passport records 1980

Music - 4 stars

FM Black Noise - front cover

front cover

FM Black Noise - rear cover

rear cover

FM Surveillance- front cover

front cover

FM Surveillance - rear cover

rear cover

FM Surveillance- front cover

front cover open

FM Surveillance - rear cover

inside cover

Review

FM was a Canadian progressive power trio similar in approach to Rush with a penchant for science fiction lyrics and long instrumental solos. The difference here is the instrumentation.

FM featured two electric violinist that also played electric mandolin, Nash the Slash on “Black Noise” and Ben Mink on “Surveillance and City of Fear with Cameron Hawkins on synthesizers, keyboards and vocals and Martin Deller on drums.

The violin here is used like a lead guitar with great effect. In this case it reminds me of Jerry Goodman’s work with the Mahavishnu Orchestra. These guys can really play and some of the instrumental work tends toward jazz fusion.

“Black Noise” established the blueprint for what was to follow. The standout is the 10 minute long title track.
“Surveillance” is the most fusion oriented album with some very interesting rhythms and solos.
“City of Fear” is the most conventional progressive album and it contains memorable songs.

- TPW