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Fate - 2013 If Not For The Devil

ALBUM: If Not For The Devil
LABEL: Avenue Of Allies
SERIAL: 13-09-0057
YEAR: 2013


LINEUP: Dagfinn Joensen - vocals * Torben Enevoldsen - guitars and backing vocals 4, 11 * Mikkel Henderson - keyboards * Peter Steincke - bass * Jens Berglid - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Reaping * 02 if Not For The Devil * 03 Bridges Are Burning * 04 Feel Like Making Love * 05 Gambler * 06 Hard to Say Goodbye * 07 Made Of Stone * 08 Man Against The Wall * 09 My World * 10 Turn Back Time * 11 Taught To Kill * 12 Gimme All Your Love



No, despite the album title, it's not a Stryper cover album by a Danish band. In fact, if it was Mercyful Fate instead of melodic rockers Fate, then we might have an entirely different proposition on our hands in terms of the album title! How about 'If Only For The Devil'!! King Diamond would have a field day! All satanic side-swipes aside, it's good to see Fate back in action, though far from the GDM of 1986 where 'A Matter Of Attitude' ruled the roost. Since those hallowed daze, only bassist Peter Steincke (or Pete Steiner as he was known back then) remains, though axe-slinger Torben Enevoldsen is well known to GDM regulars via his excursions with other bands Section A and Fatal Force. Both bands featured on this website. Fate have passed through several record labels, but now they are in the trusty hands of Gregor Klee and Avenue Of Allies. A good union I reckon! The band line-up is as per program; that is: the same line-up that featured on 2011's return CD 'Ghosts From The Past'.

The Songs
Fate mix up their legacy sound with a heavier approach, not unlike 220 Volt and Dalton in their prime. Some of the material here is great, quite surprised really after all these years. Certainly they storm the gates with the opening power metal strains of 'Reaping'. The double kick drums are immense, so too the furious chorus. A rockin' start! The title track 'If Not For The Devil' has a symphonic opening, Henderson's keyboards hover in the background, but the song has a predicatable feel, as if a hundred bands before them have gone through this process already. Much better are the pairing of 'Bridges Are Burning' and the bubbly keyboardy AOR of 'Feel Like Making Love', which has Reckless Love coursing through its veins. 'Gambler' is also big on keyboards, Joensen doing his best Jeff Limbo impersonation! All good by me! 'Hard To Say Goodbye' picks up the acoustics, a nice ballad similar to Finnish favourites Free Spirit doing their thing. 'Made Of Stone' is well named. A concrete cruncher, though played in a slightly slower tempo. Check out the keyboard lines on 'Man Against The Wall', that sound as if they've been stolen from Houston's 'I Believe'.. lol! Cool track though, if they went any faster, they'd be competing with Amaranthe. It's power ballad time for the passionate power of 'My World'. The delicate melodies are offset by some heavy back-handed rhythm work and some great vocal harmonies. 'Turn Back Time' is one of the more interesting tracks here. It has a little bit of everything (prog, symphonic, melodic rock) while Joensen has a Goran Edman inflection to his voice. By this stage, there's very little trace of the original 80's Fate in the current-day version, 'Taught To Kill' is probably a good example of how different they sound now. 'Gimme All Your Love' is a great way to finish, lite and clean and full of melodic moments. It should've been right at the start of the track listing, not at the end!

In Summary
Much like the recent China CD, Fate produce a compelling set of melodic rock tunes. Not quite AOR, Enevoldsen's guitar puts paid to that thought! Still, when they turn up the melodies; whether it be keyboard runs or vocal harmonies, Fate are operating at their maximum potential. They do offer up some variety here, but the quality doesn't dip, everyone doing their bit to create a solid release. I think the material here is slightly stronger and consistent than we heard on 'Ghosts From The Past', and as an Avenue Of Allies release, this would sit nicely alongside the rest of their roster for 2013. Well done, and yay Denmark!

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#1 | gdazegod on December 04 2013 12:21:56
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#2 | Emda on July 11 2015 11:05:50
Brilliant album I have discovered only recently through an amazon review section. A Scandi MR fan recommended it and he was so damn right. I would rate this along the likes of The Magnificent and the last Treat album. It's getting better with every listen and when the chorus and bridge at 1,38 min ("Hard To Say Goodbye"Wink kicks in I'm breathless, this has to be heard to be believed, full of passion. Favorite Songs are the title track, Bridges Are Burning, Gambler -->(listen to the multilayered vocal harmonies) Hard To Say Goodbye, Man Against The Wall, Turn Back Time. Contender for album of the the year in 2015, at least for me. Fantastic melodic rock, well done FATE!
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