Four By Fate was started by Tod Howarth and John Regan of Frehley’s Comet, and they have also worked with David Bowie, Mick Jagger, Cheap Trick, John Waite, Billy Idol, and Davide Lee Roth, just to name a few. The group also includes Patrick James Gasperini (Pound, Flywheel) and former Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso. Other contributors to this album are Stet Howland (drummer for WASP), Sean Kelly (guitarist for Helix and Nelly Furtado) and the late Twisted Sister drummer AJ Pero, who recorded six tracks on the album before his untimely passing in 2015. These drum tracks are thought to be his last recordings.
So, with all of that pedigree and talent……is it any good? Well……..YES! This is the kind of hard rock album that you look for and never find……until now. The playing is tight, fresh sounding and full of energy. The drumming is heavy, but melodic, the bass is fat and rumbles magically throughout the album, and the guitar playing has riffs galore, enough to wear out your old air guitar and look for a new model. The vocals are clear, smooth for the most part, but with a nice bite to them to grab you. The songs are catchy and will make you get up and move your ass, and shake your thinning, but still glorious mullet to. The songs have that classic ’80s sound, pumping you up, full of bounce, melodic, but not wimpy and still with a nod to a power ballad with “It’s Over Now” being a lighter raiser, but still have guts to it. If you have any doubts about how good this album is, just put on “Follow Me” and tell me that it doesn’t rock like a mutha!
You get an album of songs that sound like they are from a lost album from the ’80s, but you still get the clear production with a punch of modern times. This band shows that playing classic hard rock is a talent that few have mastered as well as they have……turn it up and rock out!