Year : 1990 (MTM Classix Remastered Edition 2005)
Style : Melodic Hard Rock
Country : Denmark
Audio : 320 kbps + all scans
Size : 170 mb
Formed back in the early 80's, Danish hard rock band FATE made themselves quite a name on the metal/rock scene with their 4 superb albums. In 2009 the band is stronger than ever! The hard rock legend known as FATE came to life in 1984 when guitarist Hank Sherman left Mercyful Fate. Hank hooked up with fellow Copenhagen musicians bassplayer Pete Steiner (a.k.a. Peter Steincke) and drummer Bob Lance (a.k.a. Bjarne Holm). Together they formed Fate with singer and entertainer Jeff "Lox" Limbo. 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. With the follow-up in 1986, "A Matter Of Attitude", Fate established their success, and gained even more fans. However, 1988 saw the first line-up change in the history of Fate, as Hank Sherman left the band, and the guys had to find a new guitarist to fill the vacant spot. It became The Mysterious Mr. Moth (a.k.a. Jacob Moth). Output number 3 was the "Cruisin' For A Bruisin'" album, which was less of a serious album, and more in the vein of the albums David Lee Roth were putting out at that time .. in other words, an album fitted perfectly at Limbo's voice and stage antics. The album did quite okay, especially thanks to the single & video "Lovers", but it was evident that the band needed to make some changes to get back to their classic hard rock roots. With "Scratch N Sniff" in 1990, the band had returned to the same ballsy sound as on the first 2 albums, but also ventured a step further to becoming a more mature and serious band. This was due to 2 major changes; Limbo was out of the band and new singer Per Henriksen (later changed his last name to Johansson) took the place as frontman with bravour. Per's voice was made for this kind of music, and his input on the sound of "Scratch N Sniff" was tremendous. Also, this album featured the huge talents of Swedish guitarist Mattias "IA" Eklundh, a young dude, who'd later shoot to stardom with his own band Freak Kitchen. Yes, the sound of Fate was intact, but also more daring and adventurous than ever before. After several tours in 1990/91, on their own, as well as with Danish collegues Pretty Maids, Fate and Mattias parted ways, as Mattias wanted to focuse on his solo-career and own material. The band then found a new guitarist in local talent Søren Hoff, and they did a couple of demo's and gigs with this line-up, before the band however officially closed down in 1993. Years went by, and Fate was still a name that reminded people of how great classic hard rock could actually be. In 2004 the guys got the offer to play the prestigious Deep Impact Festival in Germany, and of course this was too good an offer to turn down. So Peter, Per, Søren and the two temporary musicians; drummer Rasmus Duedahl and keyboardist Nicklas Burman, took the trip down there, and had really good response from fans and media - and this also lead to MTM Music wanting to license the "A Matter Of Attitude" and "Scratch N Sniff" albums from EMI, remaster them and release them with some additional bonus tracks. Now, ignited by the overwhelming response to the re-releases, Fate has decided to give it another shot, and with the line-up of Peter, Per, Søren and new drummer Mikael Kvist (from Swedish prog-metal band Elsesphere) Fate is back in action. In the winter of 2005/2006 the band finished recording their next album, "V", with producer Tommy Hansen (who did "Scratch N Sniff" back in 1990, as well as having produced bands like Helloween, Pretty Maids and many more), and promoted worldwide by Intromental Management. Signed to MTM Music for Europe/Australia/South America and Replica Records for France, Fate released "V" in April 2006 . In 2008 Jens Berglid on drums and Mikkel Henderson on keyboards, joined the band and the tracking of new demos begun! Per decided to leave the band in 2008 in the middel of the demo recordings and Dagfinn Joensen was found in 2011. The dansih guitar hero Torben Enevoldsen joined the band on guitar after Søren Hoff and Fate decided to go seperate ways. November 2011 the new album "Ghosts From The Past" will be released 16´th of November in Japan on Rubicon Records and on the 25´th of November in EU on AOR Heaven EU. Dansih legendary AOR band formed back in 1984. Six albums later and a whole lot of members going in and out they are back!
As requested and promised, here's the remaining two classic FATE records, and what a tremendous albums they are. Easily among my Top 10 favorite Scandi-AOR / Melodic Rock acts of all time, and while FATE diversified their musical style on the previous album, this, their fourth "Scratch 'n Sniff" is definitely different, melodic hard rock oriented / killer guitar driven.This reissue remastered by MTM for their Classix series includes 2 bonus tracks, and sounds million bucks.After the tour for their third album, FATE almost disbanded. Drummer Bjarne Holm and bass player Peter Steincke were in the disjunctive of forming a new band, or continue with the Fate moniker but update their sound.The chosen option was the second, and recruited vocalist Per Henriksen (Crystal Knight, Lavinia) and crazy, promising Swedish guitarist Matthias Eklundh (Frozen Eyes).Combining the catchiness and hooks from Fate early records and a more groovy melodic hard rock approach, the result was "Scratch 'n Sniff", one of the greatest albums in the genre's history.Indeed, the scene was changing and the fluffy AOR keys center role were replaced by melodic clean guitar solos, and for this matter this 'new' Fate was helped by talented Danish producer Tommy Hansen (Pretty Maids, Helloween, Jorn) to shape a perfectly polished sound, but energetic and punchy.There's not a weak track here, from midtempo AOR opener 'Gotta Have It All' and the Scandi melodic-hard gem of 'You're The Best' to the melodic rocker 'One By One', this album is pure gold.'Walk on Fire' is just a blissful mix of AOR and Melodic Rock much in the vein of Europe's Out Of This World, 'Freedom' is a great power ballad, 'Won't let You Down' is again melodic perfection, then 'Larry' eve adds a hair metal touch with its cowbell and anthemic chorus.Then 'Surgeon in Love' pretty much summarize what this album is all about: strong rhythms, melodic refrains, catchy choruses, solid vocals and galactic guitar work.Fate's "Scratch 'n Sniff" is one of the greatest albums in melodic hard rock history, on par with Europe's finest moments, TNT, Dalton, Da Vinci, Treat, etc, but also comparable to American gems like Hardline's debut, Damn Yankees, et all.Very close to perfection, "Scratch 'n Sniff" is A Must Have in your collection.
Bjarne Holm - drums
Peter Steincke - bass
Per Henriksen - vocals
Mattias Eklundh - guitars
01. Gotta Have It All
02. You're The Best
03. Walk On Fire
05. Won't Let You Down
06. The Whalesong
08. Good Times Coming
09. One By One
10. Surgeon In Love
11. Wanna Be Your Lover
12. Think For Yourself
13. Just A Stranger (Previously Unreleased) (Bonus Track)
14. Don't Do Drugs (Previously Unreleased) (Bonus Track)
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