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After a five-year break from recording, FM finally got back into the studio to record a new album on a new label, but with an old face back in the band: Nash the Slash left the band after the first album to embark on a series of solo experimental rock albums, but ended up spurring the band to re-form when looking for backing musicians for his own material. (Despite Nash the Slash's return, his replacement, Ben Mink, ended up staying on in a supporting role here.) One would expect that the reintroduction of Nash the Slash to Canada's long-absent prog band would inject an oddball edge to the band's sound, but one would be wrong with that assumption. In fact, Con-Test was an alarmingly commercial album in comparison to the band's first three, with chugging synth rhythms clacking out a dance beat and synthetic orchestral stabs punctuating these very catchy synth pop songs in just the right places to give them a radio-friendly feel. Longtime fans were surely disappointed by this turn of events, but the listening public at large rewarded the band with a few Canadian radio hits. The saddest thing of all was that even though Con-Test was a reasonably competent pop album, it wasn't quite as interesting to listen to it as it was to search through the text on the front cover. Ow.

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