Dante Fox – Breathless [2016]

dante-fox-2016This is some completely overlooked band here – even most AOR fans have probably never heard this name before. But for a band that have released their albums in late 90’s when AOR was no longer cool among masses, Dante Fox have very strong early 80’s vibe in their music, and are worth checking for any lover of classic 80’s AOR sound.

“Breathless” is the 5th studio album of Dante Fox marking the band’s debut collaboration with AOR Heaven. The new album “Breathless” was recorded with Mark Stuart/Sheena Sheer and mixed and mastered at M2 Studio’s UK in May 2016 by Sheena Sear (Magnum). The album also features Keyboardist Eric Ragno and vocalist Lee Small who sang harmony backing vocals.

“Breathless” is a substantially guitar driven album with each song opening on rather heavy riffs (by AOR standards) and ever-present rhythm guitars plus the solos are really shredding. The rhythm section is also a big part of the album even though perhaps the album would have benefited from an even thicker drum sound. Above all there is no shortage of memorable melodic (hard) rockers on “Breathless”. Simply a great bunch of songs on deck here! Most of them are very 80’s radio rock friendly in style, although there are 3-4 that have a bit more modern edginess to them. Unquestionably the album does not deviate from the 80s arena rock standards as the songwriting references directly to the band’s classic “Under Suspicion” album. Needless to say Willetts’ voice is on perfect form as always and has not really changed throughout the decades. The opening aor smoothness “Young Hearts” among the rockin’ “Dynamite (Your Love Is Like)” featuring an unforgettable guitar riff chorus and the up beat “All Eyes on You” are some tunes that worth the new effort of Dante Fox.

“Breathless” features just about anything you would expect from a solid female-fronted AOR/melodic hard rock album.

Band Members
Tim Manford – Guitars
Sue Willetts – Vocals
Andy Perfect – Drums
Alan Mills – Bass

Tracks
01. Young Hearts
02. All Eyes On You
03. Breathless
04. Break These Chains
05. Broken Hearted Man
06. I Can’t Stop Tonight
07. Dynamite
08. Love Affair
09. How Will You Know
10. Creeps Into My Mind
11. Broken Hearted Man (acoustic)

 

 

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