December 26, 2023

Fate is a hard rock band formed in Denmark in 1984 and seems to be a group very much beloved by their fans but pretty much unknown by many so these three re-releases should go some way to addressing this injustice.

The band came together in 1984 before disbanding in 1994 but they left behind four most fine hard rock albums in Fate (1985), A Matter Of Attitude (1986), Cruisin’ For A Bruisin‘ (1988) and Scratch ‘n’ Sniff (1990). However, a one-off reunion in 2004 re-energised the band and they returned with a further three releases which have now been made available on digital release by Frontiers being V in 2006, Ghosts In The Past in 2011 and If Not The Devil in 2013.

It waits to be seen if these turn into physical releases but let’s hope so as these are all hight quality, hard rocking and hard-hitting heavy rock albums that really do need to be made available again.

It all began with the coming together of Maxim Reality vocalist Jeff Limbo aka Jens Meinert, former Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann aka René Krolmark, bassist and keyboard player Pete Steiner aka Peter Steincke and drummer Bob Lance aka Bjarne Holm and the Danish musicians do seem to love to adopt anglicised names! This line-up recorded the first two albums before a revamped group, now a 5-piece, recorded Cruisin’ For A Bruisin’ with The Mysterious Mr Moth aka Jacob Moth replacing Hank Shermann with Flemming Rothaus coming in on keyboards.

It was then all change for the fourth album with virtually a totally new band with just Peter Steincke on bass and keyboards remaining and new boys in Per Henriksen taking over the vocals with Mattias Eklundhon guitar, and Bjarne Holm on drums. Obviously, there were issues within the band at this time and I guess it was no surprise that this was their swansong prior to their reforming due to a groundswell of interest remaining amongst the fanbase and this eventually led to another new version of the group getting together for their fifth album rather unsurprisingly titled V in 2006 which saw vocalist Per Henriksen bizarrely changing his name to Per Johansson alongside guitarist Soren Hoff, new drummer Micke Kvist and ever-present bassist Steiner.

Fate is one of those bands whose core sound remains effectively the same despite the line-up and V instantly turned back to the clock being a virtual continuation of what had gone before with the band continuing to offer up superior hard yet melodic rock. This new release also sees the addition of a couple of bonus tracks of which there are four in total across the three releases but for some reason these have not been made available for review so no comment can be made.

V

  1. Butterfly (5:04)
  2. Heaven’s Crying Too (5:02)
  3. Everything About You (4:44)
  4. Ecstasy (4:19)
  5. Nobody Loves You The Way I Do (5:22)
  6. Burned Child (4:52)
  7. I’ll Get By (4:00), Life (5:25)
  8. Fate (5:11)
  9. Memories Won’t Die (5:22)
  10. Toxic (5:29)
  11. Sweet Angel [Bonus Track]
  12. Bleed [Bonus Track]

V was then followed up by Ghosts From The Past 5-years later with the personnel again being shuffled by Peter Steincke with four new musicians coming in with Dagfinn Joensen on vocals, Torben Enevoldsen on guitar, Mikkel Henderson on keyboards and Jens Berglid on drums.

The songs all have the hallmark Fate sound with Joensen proving to be an adept signing and Enevoldsen particular impresses with his guitar skills. All the tracks have that epic sound that is big and encompassing and show that the band is bigger than the individuals with the album every bit as vital as the debut so many years earlier.

Ghosts From The Past

  1. Children Of The Night (4:02)
  2. Miracle (4:21)
  3. Seeds Of Terror (4:27)
  4. Fear Of The Stranger (4:10)
  5. At The End Of The Day (4:46)
  6. All That I Want (4:16)
  7. Follow Your Heart (4:56)
  8. Daddy’s Girl (3:46)
  9. Moving On (4:26)
  10. Murder (5:32)
  11. The Last Time (4:12)
  12. I Believe In Rock ‘N’ Roll (4:53)
  13. The Other Side (5:16)
  14. All I Wanna Do [Bonus Track]

The band’s last album (to date) was If Not The Devil which came out in 2011 and, for a change, they kept the same team involved and they also produced a record which picked up exactly where Ghosts From The Past left off and shows a group seemingly at ease with the musicians combining superbly which makes it all the strange that this was their last recording.

If you are new to the band and partial to melodic hard rock then Fate will delight as they are purveyors of quality metal and if you love Bonfire, Jaded Heart, Jorn Lande and fellow Danes Pretty Maids then you simply have to have these recordings in your collection.

If Not For The Devil

  1. Reaping (4:33)
  2. If Not For The Devil (4:57)
  3. Bridges Are Burning (4:12)
  4. Feel Like Making Love (4:19)
  5. Gambler (3:59)
  6. Hard To Say Goodbye (4:03)
  7. Made Of Stone (4:51)
  8. Man Against The Wall (4:13)
  9. My World (6:24)
  10. Turn Back Time (4:09)
  11. Taught To Kill (4:31)
  12. Gimme All Your Love (4:59)
  13. Chasing The Dragon [Bonus Track]