On The Frontline Menu
FC Apatride Utd
September 5, 2006

Track list
  1. Rockers
  2. No Dreadlocks
  3. Sad Song
  4. Calling Africa
  5. Soldiers Of Hammas
  6. Fallujah
  7. A Nursery Home Roots
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 3 Backing : 3 Production : 3 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
"We are rockers, from a Belgrade city,
we are FC, reggae football family,
we are apatrides, never had no country,
we are united, never be divided...

With these lyrics, underpinned by a decent live played bass driven riddim track layered with some real nice guitar picking, FC Apatride Utd introduce themselves on the short (1:45) opening song of this 7 track mini-album, the second release on Makasound's branch label named Makafresh. "On The Frontline Menu" -- recorded in 2005 in Belgrade, Serbia -- is the first release of this group consisting of three "stateless people" of Serb nationality, Abdelraheem Kheirawi (lead vocal, backing vocals), Vladan Jonovic (guitars, bass, backing vocals) and Senad Isic (drums, backing vocals). It's obvious that FC Apatride Utd's music is strongly influenced by vintage roots reggae, but the guitar riffs add a certain rock flavor to it which makes some of their tracks sound like early works from The Police. Great conscious lyrics dealing with issues like 'suffering', 'combat' and 'hope' as well as tight played original riddims are the strong points of this release. Lead singer Abdelraheem Kheirawi surely has a powerful voice, but in the end his vocal delivery gets a little bit boring because it lacks some kind of variety. Even the nice backing vocals cannot compensate it. However, this group shows potential and it will be interesting to hear how they've develop their sound and vocal delivery on their next release(s).