SonicAge Records/Cult Metal Classics in Greece releases “Waiting For The Night,” an album over thirty years in the making, by eighties’ era/Sunset Strip favorites, Los Angeles-based metal group, Fortress.
“When Will The Fighting End,” the first single from the album premiering on YouTube Friday, February 19, shows that Fortress was, in many ways, ahead of their time. “This song was written in 1985/86 but has never been so globally relevant as it is now,” states Fortress keyboardist, Chris Turbis. “The video has live clips from (famed Hollywood rock club) Gazzarri’s throughout, and shows violent fighting/protests from throughout the world in between clips of live footage. Towards the video’s conclusion, says Turbis, “there’s footage of police and people making piece, finally showing respect for one another.” View the video for ‘When Will The Fighting End,”.
Fortress (Ted Heath, vocals; the aforementioned Chris Turbis, keyboards-vocals; Arthur Dominguez, bass-vocals; Chris Silva, drums; Kevin Reyes, guitar) were one of the bigger-drawing bands on the famed West Hollywood-based Strip at a time when “it wasn’t uncommon to see the likes of Tommy Lee (from Motley Crue), Ronnie James Dio, or Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith in the crowd, watching us, at any given show,” recalls keyboardist Turbis. Fortress often shared the same bill on one of the many always-packed Sunset Strip clubs – The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Troubadour, and Gazzarri’s – with heavies like Poison, Warrant, and Alcatrazz, among others.
The quintet was “thisclose” to a record deal in the late Eighties when the appetite of the entire record industry shifted overnight with the introduction of grunge bands like Nirvana. The Sunset Strip changed overnight, and so did the palette of every record exec who still had a job.
Fast-forward to December of 2017; Fortress reunites for a One Night Only performance at a local club for a friend’s party, and it opened the door to a possible Fortress future. It was with the assistance of Christine Tsaprouni, hostess of iScream radio show, that the band received interest from Sonic Age Records/Cult Metal Classics, who specialize in releasing recordings from bands in the glory days of metal. Agreements were made in mid-2020, and “Waiting For The Night” was released in January, 2021.
THE INDIEPULSE REVIEW
As one that grew up during the 80’s, I was, and still am deeply inspired by the Metal music genre, the raw power, the blood pumping beats and the persona of artists that the voice of a gen generation that wanted to be heard. Many of the bands from that era are still making music today, but some voices of the past are like ghosts, seldom seen and, sadly, seldom heard. but some, like mythic beasts of heroic lore, rise from the ashes to fight again, like heroes of a bygone age that return from the ether realms to avenge… and with this new album Waiting For The Night, the band that is Fortress stands tall in the metal saddle and will revive the music scene on a global level.
Waiting For The Night is that Raw Power the music scene has been waiting for, from the very first track Fire Burning In Me, Fortress drives home their phenomenal sound, talent raging and gets you amped, and this is just the beginning. When Will The Fighting End is definitely a song for our times, a song that calls for thought and reason. the title track Waiting For The Night is an earth shaker, as a drummer, I bow to this beat master, the drums are tight and perfect beyond all measure, screaming guitars and bass with vocals that slice through the air, just love this track.
Fortress changes up the mix with the song Feel Your Touch, a romantic ballad that was the softer side of metal, a sound pursued by artists like Whitesnake and Cinderella, but seldom attempted by todays metal bands, proving Fortress has no fear in their creativity. Other tracks, titled Never Look Away, Changes In Your Mind, The Cycle Of Life and Time To Tell all pure power and mind bending metal that you would expect from true masters of their craft. The finale, the final track, Rock Is My Life, is a rousing live performance, raw and unfiltered, FORTRESS LIVE, sounding the way they should be heard, live and in command.
Listen for yourself and live the Metal Life !
What The Press Is Saying !
“These are top-down-on-the-convertible driving tunes that sound fresh.” – TOM CAMPAGNA/INVISIBLE ORANGES
“The ingenious title song ‘Waiting For The Night” should make every U.S. metal fan shine with joy. The charm of the ’80s is sprayed in every note of this great album.” – TRACKS
‘When Will The Fighting End’ has memorable melodies that embody the power of music art. A BIG band with catchy hooks and addictive voice melodies in the refrain and beyond.” – METAL ZONE
“It never falls into the traps of repetition…every track has its own identity, even if the core of its DNA is the same as the one before. As the album continues to unfold its layers, it becomes apparent just how skilled Fortress are as songwriters. Thanks, Fortress. I needed this one. Never close your eyes – it ain’t over yet.” – RYAN TYSINGER/YOUR LAST RITES
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