Four By Fate - 'Relentless'
John Regan - (formerly of Frehley's Comet)bass
Tod Howarth - (formerly of Frehley's Comet) vocals & keyboards
Rob Affuso - (formerly of Skid Row) drums
Patrick James Gasperini - (Pound, Flywheel) guitars
Stet Howland - drums (drummer for WASP),
Sean Kelly - guitar (guitarist for Helix and Nelly Furtado)
AJ Pero - drums (drummer from Twisted Sister)
1.) "These Times Are Hard For Lovers" - This song is a John Waite cover it was release on John's fourth solo album titled, 'Rover's Return released in 1987.
2.) "Moonshine" - This intro consisted of two rhythm guitar riffs. After the second riff there was a lead vocal line. On this lyric line Tod sounded so much like Ray Gillen (formerly of Badland who passed on December1, 1993) if I did not know Ray had passed away in 1993 I would swear that Ray was singing this opening lyric. Including the lyric line the rhythm guitar riff was repeated four times. However, there is a lyric line over the top of the rhythm guitar riff. After the four rhythm guitar riffs along with the lyric line the musical verse kicks in. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. Leading into the lyric lines of the first verse there was a minor lead guitar solo. Though this was a minor lead guitar solo it was arranged like a guitarist would if it was a major lead guitar solo. For the musical chorus they switvhed the hi-hat pattern from a standard hi-ht pattern to one that opened and closed. Underneath the first two lyric lines of the musical chorus the band slowed the arrangement down just a little then speeded it back up afterwards. This showed me great song songwriting talent. In between the first and second lyric line of the first chorus there was a vocal accent. This vocal accent was heavily influenced by the legendry David Coverdale (Whitesnake). The main body of the chorus had an unbelievable lyrical hook. The second verse consisted of a rhythm guitar along with a lead guitar rhythm. After the second verse there was a lead guitar solo over the top of the first couple of notes of the lead guitar solo there was a few vocal accents. There was a major lead guitar solo lead to the second chorus. After the second chorus there as a breakdown along with a minor lead guitar solo. After the third chorus there was a musical rest over the top of the musical rest there was the lyric "fool" this lyric was repeated twice. Over the top of the coda was a third minor led guitar solo. The coda ended with a lyric line.
3.) "Hangin’ On" - This track opens with the full band playing two eighth-notes. The intro to this track was a basic intro arrangement. Over the top of the intro there was a minor lead guitar solo. It was very hard to tell on this song if there was a music arrangement change for the music verse or not. The third through sixth lyric lines consisted of a backing vocal. The vocal track was turned down just a little which cause the music arrangement to over shadow the vocals of the verse. There was a minor lead guitar solo connecting the first verse with the first chorus. There was an arrangement change for the musical chorus after the first chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. After the solo, the second verse was arranged almost as if you would a breakdown section. After the breakdown there was a few lead guitar licks these licks lead to the third chorus arrangement.
4.) "Levee Breach" - AJ Pero plays drums on this song. This track opens with a piano arrangement. The piano arrangemnt reminded me a lot of the piano arrangements John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band wrote for the 'Eddie And The Cruiser's soundtrack. Underneath the second piano riff there was a small string arrangement. Over the top of the second keyboard riff the rhythm guitar of the musical verse kicks-in. The keyboard arrangement fills-in the empty spaces of the rhythm guitar. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. On some of the lyric lines of the musical chorus Tod carries his vocal notes out on some of the lyric lines of the choruses this really shows his vocal ability. There was a lead guitar solo after the second chorus. Underneath the third and fourth choruses there was a minor lead guitar solo.
5.) "Follow Me" - This track opens with a clean rhythm guitar arrangement. After the lead vocal accent an acoustic guitar kicks-in. There was a short picking riff connecting the intro with the musical verse. The vocal line of the verse really shows Ted's vocal talent. After the second lyric line the rhythm guitar plays a whole-note. During the whole-note the producer turned the rhythm guitar track up. This gave the song a more intense feel. When the song kicks back in there was a rhythm guitar change. This rhythm guitar had a mean sound to it. Connecting the second and third lyric line there was a few lead guitar licks. The second and fourth lyric line consisted of a vocal echo. There was a few lead guitar licks connecting the second and third chorus. After the third chorus there was a huge lead guitar solo. Some of the notes of the solo were double-tracked to give it a twin lead guitar sound. The verse over the top of the coda consisted of a rhythm guitar change.
6.) "It's Over Now" - This track opens with a minor lead guitar solo. As the lead guitar solo progresses the rest of the band kicks in. The last half of the minor solo was mean as hell! The solo leads all the way up to the opening lyric line of the verse. The band used the same rhythm guitar arrangement for the musical verse as the one for the musical intro. The musical verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical chorus. In between the first and second chorus there was a minor lead guitar solo. After the second chorus there was a breakdown section that lead to a lead guitar solo. After the third chorus there was a drastic musical change. This musical change consisted of a acoustic guitar change.
7.) "On My Own" - This track opens with a tom-tom pattern along with a couple china boy crashes. After the second drum pattern the rhythm guitar kicks -in. There was a snare drum fill connecting the musical intro with the musical pre-verse. There was a rhythm guitar change for the musical verse. It sounded like the musical pre-verse consisted of two different rhythm guitar arrangements. There was a rhyhm riff change connecting the pre-verse with the verse. After the chorus there was a lead guitar solo. After the lead guitar solo there was a breakdown this breakdown consisted of the same musical arrangement as the intro.
8.) "Don’t Know" - Featuring A,J. Pero on drums and Sean Kelly on Lead guitar. This track opened with an acoustic guitar arrangement along with a lead vocal line. The second and third lyric line consisted of a backing vocal. After the second verse the song kicks in for the musical chorus. After the musical chorus there was a lead guitar solo. There was several drum fills along with a minor lead guitar solo underneath the second chorus.
9.) "Back In The 80's" - This was an amazing song!
10.) "Rock & Roll Hoohie Koo" -"Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo" is a rock song written by Rick Derringer. It was first recorded in 1970 by Johnny Winter And, Johnny Winter's band from 1970-71, which included Derringer. In 1973, Derringer recorded a solo version and it became his only Top 40 chart hit, peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 23.
11.) "Amber Waves" - Once you here this amazing song it is very easy to see why the band chose this song to re-record acoustically
12.) "Amber Waves" (acoustic)
Too say Four By Fate had a hard time getting off the ground is a major understatement, especially when it comes to their drummers. The only thing that has not happen to one of their drummers is spontaneously combusting like in Spinal Tap. John Regan and Tod Howarth first hired was the former W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland however, after being sidelined by a car accident and not being able to record the first six songs the band hired Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero after recording the first six songs A.J. joined Adrenaline Mob and had a massive heart attack. The six sons A.J. played on are the last known recordings of the drummer. So in steps the third and so far final drummer Skid Row drummer Rob Affuso.
Including the four current members plus the additional members on 'Relentless' they have quite a music pedigree between them. Four By Fate was formed by the long lasting friendship of John Regan and Tod Howarth who have known each other since they were both with Ace Frehely's 1980's comeback back band Fhreley's Comet. Though Sean Kelly (Crash Kelly, Helix) joined the band then left they chose to keep his guitar tracks.
Jean-Christophe Santalis helped out on the mixing giving songs that sounds like they were written in the eighties with modern technology from a 2016 perspective. I honestly did not feel there was a bad song on the CD. In fact, next to Crash Kelly and Helix the CD's twelve songs on this release are the best songs I have heard these perspective musicians You absolutely must add this CD to you collection!!!!!!