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Fate V MTM Music
0681-160
· Produced By: Tommy Hansen

· Running Time: 54.55

· Release Date: Out Now

· Released:

· Musical Style: Hard Rock

· Links: MTM Music
85%
Songs: 80%
Sound: 90%
Danish rockers Fate have varied their line-up over the years and their comeback album V features vocalist Per Johansson who was on board for the band's previous release Scratch N Sniff (recently re-issued by MTM).
The band has again hooked up with old producer Tommy Hansen, who has gone on to considerable production fame. He ensures this album sounds a million bucks. The sound is big, the guitar sound is right in your face and the mix is near perfect.
The record has all the ingredients of a classic Fate record and an overall world-class production quality. However, to create a classic you need 2 more ingredients - great songs and a great lead vocal.
This is where things get a little more complicated and where this album might cause some debate among fans.
Firstly – the songs. I can't complain about this too much. I like what I hear and in keeping with the big production sound, the songs match in rock attitude. There are some big riffs on offer and some strong melodies and choruses.
The opening rocker Butterfly is about as big as they come and the more restrained Everything About You is catchy from the outset.
Burned Child delivers another strong melody in two parts and I'll Get By is classic Fate in its melodic approach.
The slower rock ballad Life offers another side of the band and delivers another huge vocal in the chorus, while Memories Won't Die is a strong uptempo rocker.
What I have avoided mentioning thus far is the album's main negative and no doubt, its biggest talking point. The vocals of Per Johansson are something fans are either going to accept or reject. His voice has certainly changed since his last appearance with the band. One could suggest that the years have not been kind to Per, but whatever the circumstance, his voice here is a lot rawer and raspier.
He screams his way through a good portion of the album and that's going to turn some people off. What shouldn't be an issue now requires a warning – you will have accept and appreciate these harsh/raspy vocals in order to appreciate this album to its fullest.
The Bottom Line
I'm not so worried about the vocals as I wouldn't class myself as a die-hard fan of the band or Per's past appearance on the Scratch N Sniff record. So for that reason I like what's on offer here. The strength of the songs and some good choruses and backing vocals help the overall enjoyment of the album, but coming back to those gruff vocals – they are definitely going to be a love 'em or hate 'em issue.
Discography / Previously Reviewed
· Fate
· A Matter Of Attitude
· Cruisin' For A Bruisin'
· Scratch N Sniff
· V

Line Up:
· Per Johansson: Vocals
· Søren Hoff: Guitars
· Micke Kvist: Drums
· Peter Steincke: Bass

Essential For Fans Of:
· Fate
Track Listing
· Butterfly *
· Heaven's Crying Too
· Everything About You *
· Ecstacy
· Nobody Loves You The Way I Do
· Burned Child *
· I'll Get By *
· Life
· Fate
· Memories Won't Die
· Toxic

--*Best Tracks


30/07/06: BIG MIKE - bigmike456@hotmail
Rating: 90
great melodic hard rock. yes the vocals are unique but
it wasn't really an issue for me. The songs are great, much better than on scratch and sniff. More of the same please fellas.

06/07/06: johnk5150 - jkivlin@midwest-therapy.com
Rating: 90
Gone is the smooth near AOR and back is the hard rocking Fate. Per's voice fits this music perfectly. A very pleasant surprise as I was expecting a more AOR oriented record. I got a kick in the pants that Fate is capable of delivering, but didn't on their past couple of records. Ecstasy and Memories Won't Die are fabulous.

18/06/06: Pascal - rgerondif@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
I liked the first Fate album, liked A Matter Of Attitude even more, never heard Cruisin' For A Bruisin', and thought Scratch 'N Sniff was a joke (some good songs ruined by over-the-top, tasteless solos that oftentimes did not fit). So I approached this new one with caution. I must say I love it, my favorite Fate album of them all. Great song writing (Burned Child is awesome), production is grand, and I love the new voice direction. Maybe a little too lose on the slower passages, but otherwise, he infuses guts to the whole thing, sort of like Saxon, venturing into Metal Church's Wayne territory, and at times the overall mood feels a bit like Accept. Don't expect vocals à la Joey Tempest and you'll be fine.

02/06/06: Zok - micke_016@hotmail.com
Rating: 90
Oh yes, this was a surprise, A little harder melodic touch from this group, than expected. Per Johansson´s voice is great, but special.
Check it out!

31/05/06: Patrick - Patrickrixis@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
It`s very seldom i listen to a new record as often,like with this Super!!!!!

27/05/06: Ronnie - ronnie_anderzon@hotmail.com
Rating: 100
This record is to die for if you are old fate fan!
The voice of Per Johansson will grow bigger and bigger you more you listning on this album.
The fat sound of the guitar will smack your face up with those cool riffs! BUY THIS RECORD!!!

11/05/06: CEDRIC - cedric.vacquier@wanadoo.fr
Rating: 95
If you like true scandinavian melodic metal like FATE use to do in the old days ....then you'll like this one to death !
There some kind of a new edge adding to the old style but still with great hooks & big production !
I really like the PER JOHANSSON's performance , maybe to 80's for some but today nobody sing in that way !!! GREAT METAL SINGER !
BUY !!!


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