Saturday, July 30, 2016

50SHR #10: Fortnox (Georgia)



Band: Fortnox
Release: Fortnox
Year: 1982
Line-up: Joel Shipp (vocals, bass), Rick Fowler (guitar), Nathan De Foor (drums)

Track Listing:

01 - On The Prowl
02 - Storm Inside My Head
03 - Running From Yourself
04 - The Beast In Me
05 - Rock n Roll City
06 - What About Me
07 - Lucifer's Eyes
08 - Rockin' In America
09 - Another Lady
10 - Don't Scratch The Surface
11 - Hyperock

Fletchanator's comment: Out of Atlanta, Georgia came short-lived trio Fortnox, who released just the one album of tunes that range from AOR-tinged rock to southern rock to melodic heavy metal (albeit at the softer end of that genre). Their song Storm Inside My Head went to number 44 on the US AOR charts and the video got airtime on MTV, but Fortnox were unable to capitalise on it and soon broke up.
Talented axeman Rick Fowler went on to become one of his home state's most renowned blues guitarists, playing in side projects of members of high-profile bands like REM, Government Mule and Traffic, as well as playing in a string of bands like Bombay and The Lonely White Boys. Singer Joel Shipp apparently gave up music and became a school teacher.
Recommended for fans of bands like Axe, Blackfoot, KISS and Thin Lizzy.

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