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FS PROJEKT / Press

“Following on from their excellent EP 'Rozdeniye Maga', Russian Power Metal battlers FS PROJEKT return with the Tolkien inspired 'ZA KHLADNY GORY', a bass drum pounding, keyboard enhanced romp where male and female vocals combine. There's no denying there's a lot of this fare around right now, neither is there any point pretending that FSP don't do it extremely well - they do!”

Steven Reid - Fireworks - The Melodic Rock Magazine - Issue No. 67 - Jan-Feb 2015

“FS Project offer plenty of memorable melodies and solo sections, but they've also got one hell of a keyboardist. I've never heard Russian power/melodic metal before, but it's certainly memorable as these guys have shown. They've really got potential, especially if you have an appreciation for folk music and the music of other cultures. I especially enjoyed this short taste of what's to come. 8/10”

“However with surging guitars, precise but not OTT drumming and a flavour of something more traditionally Russian, this short introduction makes a strong statement and one well worth following up on. Mishin is a fine singer and while the line-up would appear to be continually in flux, this is an outfit who on this evidence have a ton of promise.”

Steven Reid - Fireworks - The Melodic Rock Magazine - Issue 61 Jan/Feb 2014

“There is an anthemic side to this, a stomp your feet kind of feel. You get a positive feeling listening to this that stays with you long after the music has silenced.”

“Sono sempre attratto dalle realtà estranee al consueto contesto europeo, e così ho accolto con piacere la possibilità di scrivere due righe su questo ep di power metal russo cantato in lingua. Gli FS Projekt, sulle scene da circa due anni, ci offrono un symphonic metal tastierato e molto squillante, vagamente sullo stile degli Stratovarius o dei Fairyland, anche se la band che mi sembra più simile nel sound e nell’utilizzo delle tematiche fantasy sono i nostri Derdian. Devo dire che la marcia in più di questo “Rozhdenie Maga” è l’incredibile musicalità della lingua sovietica, che rende questi tre brani particolarmente godibili e dominati da una onnipresente melodia. I titoli sono in russo ma capisco che l’ultimo pezzo, che è anche il più ispirato, è dedicato a Fingolfin, l’elfo del “Silmarillion” che sfidò Morgoth. Se rimpiangete l’ondata fantasy metal ormai in esaurimento, questo Projekt FS fa proprio per voi!”

“FS PROJEKT signe avec cet Ep Rozhdeniye Maga (The Birth of a Magus) un sans faute qui laisse bien présager le premier album. Ps : le songwriting aussi est très soigné et peaufiné. Score 8,5/10”

“Overall FS Project offers some good tunes to listen to. The production value is good, the musicianship is solid and the songs themselves are enjoyable. When FS Project releases a full LP it should make a fine metal album to listen to and everyone should keep an eye out for it.”

“Unless you know Russian, you will have difficulty singing along to any of these songs as they are all sang in their native language, but do not let that discourage you from giving this E.P. a listen. You will be surprised. Overall, melodic power metal combining great riffs and clean vocals”

“Overall impressions are that the single was a cool tribute to the hobbit and set the mood well. I’m looking forward to seeing the new movie when it comes out and will be able to imagine how this song can fit into the picture. The artwork for the single is of the whole party rocking out in a pub, and the song feels like it would fit well in a festive setting among friends and having a great time. The fantasy metal style is something I am fond of and this track delivers. The FS Projekt’s tribute to JRR Tolkien, Howard Leslie Shore, and Sir Peter Robert Jackson is a tribute I find fitting.”

“There is nothing else to say that it is a shame it is only a single, but of course, we must not be spoiled right now. There will be more for us in the future from Efes. For now we have the ep and a great new song "Over The Mountains Cold...". If you aren't familiair yet with FS Projekt, then please give this single a try, you will not regret it. Let the music be your guide, you will know what I mean.”

“Finally I found a Band that put the "Power" back into "Power Metal." Strong, varied and memerizing. You just want to hear more.”

“This is an ambitious project that I'm sure will be liked a lot.”

“Efes makes a professional debut with his creation and I am going to be checking out his future work. For a debut recording he has managed to gather a great support team. Everyone contributes to the project in a way that solidly delivers to listeners who enjoy quality melodic metal.”

“Powerful, catchy, and full of life. Some of the best power metal I've heard from Russia. A very traditional approach with a twist of their own character and style. I can't wait for more!”

“From the russian lands comes a new band than brings an interesting proffer about his music; I'm talking about a band, FS PROJEKT, a band not like the other you know of the genre, like Rhapsody (and their multiple avatar), Iced Earth or similars, they have their own sound, with their execution than sounds more like the classic heavy metal and sometimes with a dark atmosphere, but the symphonic touch and the vocals in the natal language brings an epic and warrior atmosphere, very enjoyable, combined with the virtuosity with the keyboards and guitars, than sounds with the unique sound of the band, a band than must be heard, maybe you gonna love it or hate it, but not indifferent.”

“...by taking power metal back to its hinterland, FS Projekt are actually creating something very refreshing and original. They've shown that the problem with power metal was not that it was too narrow a genre and needed to expand, but that, quite frankly, a lot of it simply wasn't very good, and by getting the core things absolutely right there's a great deal of originality and subtlety to be had. Highly recommended.”