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CD REVIEW FATE IF NOT FOR THE DEVIL

FATE

IF NOT FOR THE DEVIL

22 NOVEMBER 2013

 

 

ROCK SOLID MELODIES

 

 

Two years after legendary Danish Melodic Metal masters, Fate’s comeback album: ‘Ghosts from the Past’ the November 22 release of ‘If Not for the Devil’ is a date to mark down in the diary. Employing the same line up as the 2011 release ‘If Not for the Devil’ is perhaps better still.

 


Formed in 1984 Fate toured the world supported big names and put out seven killer albums but now they are most certainly back. Listen to the bombast of opening tracks: ‘Reaping’ and the title track and tell me you’re not listening to a band in peak form.

 


Combining a balance of AOR and Melodic Rock on one hand with the newer flavours of Hard Rock and light Melodic Metal there are two sides to the band but unlike some that sound fragmented, Fate manages to pull off all facets of a sound that at times is delicate and at others ferocious.

 


If you like the lighter side try the amazing ‘Bridges are Burning’ with its killer hook; maybe even ‘Feel like Making Love’ even starts out sounding like vintage Poison, and ends up a great Melodic rock gem. We particularly love the crunchier ‘Gambler’ and the sweeping Metallic melody of ‘Man against the World’.

 


On the other hand the ballad ‘Hard to Say Goodbye’ isn’t particularly memorable and ‘Made of Stone’ is rather by-numbers but they are the exception.    

 


Overall though it’s another great release from Fate who save the best till last with the brooding Metal of ‘My World’; the insistent ‘Turn Back Time’ and the gloriously eighties sounding closer ‘Gimme All Your Love’.   

 

Visit Fate online at:


www.fatetheband.com
www.facebook.com/fatetheband
www.reverbnation.com/fatetheband

 

 

 

Mark Diggins

 

CD REVIEW FATE IF NOT FOR THE DEVIL 2013