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'Ghosts From The Past'
(AOR Heaven)
Released: 28th November 2011

Phil Kane

phil kane

The history of Fate reads like a divorce court treatise on a fractious marriage. To say the band seems to operate a revolving door policy is like saying Adolf Hitler's views on racial equality were a bit right of centre. Still, all seems a little more settled at the moment.


Fate originally hail from Copenhagen and are another cracking little Scandinavian band that have taken on all-comers at their own game. They have been going since around 1984 and were leading lights on the Scandirock scene for years, being likened to Van Halen. With 'Ghosts From The Past', however, I think a chunkier, less fussy White Lion might be a more accurate comparison.

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'Ghosts From The Past' is a good stompy album allowing the punchy guitars to be underpinned with eighties-style keyboards, giving the album just a hint of fluff around the edges. Mercifully, with only two ballads, the band let the album have its head and provide us with a bag full of standout tracks, 'The Last Time', 'Children Of The Night' 'Murder' and 'Daddy's Girl' being the most notable.

There's a good chance that the album will never set the dance floors alight, but it is perfect for playing loud whilst you are putting your slap on ready for a night out. A cracking chunk of heavy AOR that would not disgrace the decks of any Metalhead.




Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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