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.