Fate - 2011 - Ghosts from the past
01 - Children Of The Night
02 - Miracle
03 - Seeds Of Terror
04 - Fear Of The Stranger
05 - At The End Of The Day
06 - All That I Want
07 - Follow Your Heart
08 - Daddy's Girl
09 - Moving On
10 - Murder
11 - The Last Time
12 - I Believe In Rock 'N' Roll
13 - The Other Side
The band was formed in late '84 in Copenhagen by Hank Sherman who left Mercyful Fate and got together with Jeff "Lox" Limbo (a.k.a. Jens Meiner), Bob Lance (a.k.a. Bjarne Holm) and Pete Steiner (a.k.a. Peter Steincke). Shortly thereafter demo songs were recorded, and a few weeks later Fate actually got their first record deal with Danish EMI! The self titled debut album from 1985 was a neat mixture of rock/ metal with a strong melodic touch. (‘Love on the Rocks’ / ‘Devil Inside’ / ‘Fallen Angel’).
Originally heralded by the press and fans worldwide as the Danish version of Van Halen (first and foremost due to Limbo's stage appearance), the band rocketed into success with the self titled debut album becoming quite a classic on it's own among the hard rock/ AOR/ melodic metal fans.
Now 2011 Danish guitar hero Torben Enevoldsen (Section A/ Fatal Force) replaced Søren Hoff, and the band recorded “Ghost From The Past”. 13 epic songs that have the catchy hooks from the first albums but still maintain the powerful punch that have been developing throughout the later years. The CD was produced by Fate and Thomas Pedersen at various studios in Denmark and mastered by Torben Lysholm. With this album “Ghosts From The Past”, FATE is truly back!
The extensive use of keyboards - a trademark of the band's most glorious moments - is welcomed, and seems the band has found a very good vocalist on Dagfinn Joensen, which has a clean and tuneful voice reaching high notes easily with versatility.
The CD starts really well with typical the '80s keyboard sounds of "Children Of the Night", a catchy melodic rocker with a very good chorus. The really good keyboard lines brightens up the tune, but it's clear from the beginning that what will drive the music on this album are the guitars. Enevoldsen has added a melodic yet strong sound to the band, with killer rhythm guitars and fine articulated solos.
"Miracle" is another Euro Melodic number blended with 'hard AOR' mixing awesome keyboards with rockin' guitars and again, a catchy chorus.
"Seeds Of Terror" is a bit heavier and modern AOR rocker.
Follower "Fear Of The Stranger" has a more dark / epic style.
There's a nice melody on the semi-midtempo "At The End Of The Day", with a style that reminds me of Last Autumn's Dream.
Eighties AOR defines the simple but effective refrain of "All That I Want".
"Follow Your Heart" is a slower track, the almost mandatory ballad. Nice one.
"Daddy's Girl" is one of my favorites. This keyboard driven tune is truly faithful to Fate's 80's style, catchy and foot-tapping.
The rest of the material maintains a good level, being the melodic and modern "Moving On", the anthemic "The Last Time" and the great keyboard infused "The Other Side" the best.
With "Ghosts From The Past" Fate has returned in great form, delivering one of the best albums of their career. It's a punchy, strong Melodic Hard Rock album spiced with classy AOR, melodious yet powerful.
Besides the solid songwriting what stands out on this album is the phenomenal guitar job of Torben Enevoldsen. But all the musicianship is truly good, and the massive use of keyboards enriches the sound all over.
Dagfinn Joensen - Vocals
Torben Enevoldsen - Guitars
Mikkel Henderson - Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Peter Steincke - Bass, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Jens Berglid - Drums
Kira Li - Guest Backing Vocals