• Wed. Apr 17th, 2024

Four By Fate – Relentless is the New Album from Tod Howarth and John Regan!

In the late 80s, Tod Howarth and John Regan made names for themselves as members of Frehley’s Comet, which was Ace Frehley’s comeback band. The two have their own histories performing with other artists, but nothing in their respective catalogues are as popular as the work they did with the Space Ace in his late 80s revival.

Fast forward to 2016. Howarth and Regan have once again joined forces with a new band, Four By Fate. And on drums, the pair has recruited none other than Rob Affuso of Skid Row fame! Relentless is the first album from the newly formed group, but is it worth your time? And what can a first time listener expect here?

Let me say this first of all, so there is no whining later – DO NOT come in expecting this to be some sort of retro/throwback record, or the new Frehley’s Comet album. You are going to walk away dissatisfied if that is what you came here to hear. On the other hand, open-minded fans who are more into 90s/modern flavored rock with the occasional retro tinge are going to be more than satisfied with what Howarth and Regan have delivered in this package.


Relentless is the first album from Four By Fate.
Relentless is the first album from Four By Fate.


The songs on Relentless would, honestly, not be out of place on modern mainstream radio, but they are well done and long time followers of Howarth and Regan, as long as they do not come in expecting this to be the “new Frehley’s Comet record” should find plenty to love about what they find here. I admit that the record feels a little TOO modern/90s at times, but that does not mean it is a weak one by any stretch of the imagination.

There is a solid assortment of songs that the listener will find here as well. “Levee Breach” feels like a tribute to the late Scott Weiland and his associated bands. The remake of “It’s Over Now” stands as a fantastic, melodic rock ballad. ”Back In the 80s” is a nice lyrical and thematic throwback to these musicians’ heyday. The surprise cover of Rick Derringer’s “Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo” infuses the song with fresh, modern energy. Closing cut “Amber Waves” is a fantastic patriotic anthem, though admittedly it is a little pointless having two versions of the song (one labeled as acoustic) that are more or less identical.

Four By Fate’s Relentless is not going to be for everyone, particularly not those seeking something completely and totally retro. This is much more a 90s/modern rock style affair, but if you come in with an open mind and are not opposed to these sounds, you are bound to be impressed. Recommended.




By Taylor T Carlson

Taylor T Carlson Assistant Editor/Senior Staff Writer Taylor T. Carlson was born August 17, 1984, and has called the Vegas Valley home his entire life. A die-hard fan of classic rock and metal music, Taylor has been writing album and concert reviews since he was 16 years old, and continues to do so, having done well over 1,000 reviews. He is also a fan of video gaming and cinema, and has reviewed a number of games and films as well, old and new alike. His thorough and honest (some would say brutally honest) reviewing style has won him the respect of hundreds of music fans and musicians alike, both local and abroad, and the ire of just as many others. Despite being one of the youngest attendees at classic hard rock/metal shows around Vegas, he is also one of the most knowledgeable, having gained the unofficial nickname of “The Eddie Trunk of Las Vegas.” In addition to reviews, Taylor has written and self-published three books on classic hard rock bands, and is a regular participant in rock and roll trivia contests. Taylor also holds a masters degree in special education from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), and has appeared on the hit History Channel television series Pawn Stars. His dream is to be able to one day make a living from writing music books and reviews.

One thought on “Four By Fate – Relentless is the New Album from Tod Howarth and John Regan!”
  1. Thanks Taylor…We appreciate your kind words. Hope to see you out on the road soon!
    All the best…John Regan/FOUR BY FATE

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