Released: 2006, MTM Music/Zink Music
Reviewer: Anders Sandvall
Denmark’s Fate had made a name for themselves during the late 80’s and early 90’s, when they released 4 albums that according to fans sounded like a Danish version of Van Halen. The band reunited to do a show at the Deep Impact Festival. The gig went great and the guys decided to continue to appear live and to continue to make albums.
I had never heard Fate before, so I didn’t know what to expect. When I put the disc in the CD player, I was really surprised in a positive way. The music that came out through the speakers was melodic metal with a main focus on heavy guitars. The members handle their instruments brilliantly, and even though there are a few ballads included on the album, the other material evens that out and makes it an OK album overall. The only missing link is the singer, Per Johnsson, who almost exclusively sings in the higher register throughout the album. That doesn’t help the album in any way; instead you get really annoyed at Per, and I wish the most that he could have left out the parts where he screams. The guys have once again chosen to work with a familiar name: producer Tommy Hansen, who has worked with well-known acts like Helloween, Pretty Maids, TNT, and has of course done great work with Fate. It’s hard, however, to fade down an element as important as the singer, so if it wasn’t for him this album would have gotten a higher rating.
This comeback disc enfolds 11 tracks which could have all been great if it wasn’t for the ballads. Otherwise this album feels pretty OK. A few songs that stand out are “Butterfly”, “Heaven’s Crying Too”, “Ecstasy”, “I’ll Get By”, “Fate”, “Memories Won’t Die”, “Everything About You”, “Nobody Loves You The Way I Do”, “Life” – in other words almost every song except the ballads. MTM Records is also releasing the Fate albums MATTER OF ATTITUDE and SCRATCH N SNIFF at mid-price, so all you Fate fans out there hurry up before it’s too late.