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'Vitamin F'
(Southern Lord)

Phil Kane

phil kane

fontanelle vitamin f

Fontanelles are soft spots on a baby's head which, during birth, enable the bony plates of the skull to flex, allowing the child's head to pass through the birth canal. Vitamin F is effectively a group of fatty acids called Essential Fatty Acids. Exactly what the significance is of these two facts here is lost for the time being and there is a strong suspicion that this lot are perhaps a bit too clever for their own good.

It is a suspicion that will prove correct because Fontanelle plays a kind of tripped out improvised progressive rock fusion that flirts with the hypnotic. Imagine any of Frank Zappa and The Mothers, Miles Davis, Jeff Beck, Metallica and Billy Cobham on the same stage as an ensemble from the days of classic Kraut rock and 'Vitamin F' is probably what the resulting jazzed up cacophony would sound like. Hell, you might even find Mahavishnu Orchestra and Edgar Winter skulking around somewhere too.

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The album seems to be marketed at the jazz fusion buffs. Very experimental, it does sound jazzy as hell but in a Tommy Bolin 'Private Eyes' sort of way. Of course, being the clever people that they are, Fontanelle takes the idea and runs with it so far out of the leftfield as to practically be out of sight, man.

This is head bending stuff that is not afraid to let you know it is a lot cleverer than you are. Yet, clever fuckers though the Fontanelle crew may be, 'Vitamin F' is a quite magnificent 'out there' album.

Why? I'll tell you. It does not matter what the band do, whether its Kraut rock electronica or sax improv or even a bit of funk rock, they never loses the groove. The music roams and wanders, exploring long forgotten dusty and dark nooks and crannies of sixties inspired psychedelia but it never needs reigning in.

And to prove the point, we have the truly stupendous 'Traumaturge'. Slap bang in the middle of the album; basically a blues workout it sounds like it could go on for hours as a live jam. In fact, if left to its own devices, this album, live, would probably last more than two days.

Other tracks of note? They are all tripped out specimens of experimental avant garde rock that is easy enough for any farty to get into and just get lost in; the layers of warm sound envelope them in their otherwise mundane and pointless little lives. There is a lot of this sort experimental stuff that is useless purely because it insists on setting the listener a challenge that is almost impossible to overcome. Even at its most funky, such as 'The Adjacent Possible', its silky groove pulls you along for the ride and the added grit of 'Ataxia' and 'When The Fire Hits The Forrest' with its spaced out electronic embellishments add depth rather than the expected jolt.

The album offers a similar experience to walking down a swanky street with all its high class restaurants and expensive night clubs but turn off that street and you find yourself in a completely different world of sex shops and drinking dens yet both worlds are comfortable for you. This is what 'Vitamin F' is like.

'Vitamin F' is the sort of album really hip cool types would have playing as they watched obscure b/w French art house movies with the soundtrack muted, tripping out of their beret bedecked bonces. Yep, it is very pretentious, so much so in fact that you can smell the gallouise but when it is this good, who gives a fuck?

Y'all might be thinking this is all psychedelic sax driven nonsense and you'd be wrong. Oh, it's not going to cater for the tastes of everyone but you can still listen to this while you iron the clothes watching the drizzle fall outside your window. In fact, it is a hell of an album to have on while you just drive, preferable on a motorway, as your mind wonders where ever it wants.

Fontanelle's first recording in nearly a decade; 'Vitamin F' is superb. It's not going to get the blood of every Metal head boiling (except in rage perhaps) but for those who are not afraid to ditch the frenetics of hard rock and Metal for a little fuzzed out horn driven funk, real late night jazz and psychedelic blues this album will be an excellent way to help your mind drift off to a world of its chosing.

So set the lights down low, pour yourself the biggest fucking whisky you've seen all week and let 'Vitamin F' prove what a great antedote to the stress fest and twat show of everyday life it can do.






Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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