Fair Warning – “Sundancer”

Fair Warning – “Sundancer” (Steamhammer / SPV)

Despite forming in during the heat of the grunge era, German melodic rockers Fair Warning went onto success especially in Japan, where their brand of US influenced stadium rock paved their way for a triumphant return back to Europe. As far as I can tell, the band went out on a high note in 2000 only to reform five years later where their first single ‘Don’t Keep Me Waiting’, scored a sensational 92/100 points in Japan’s leading rock magazine “Burrn!”. “Sundancer” is the band’s eleventh offering in its 23 year existence – and still with all original members Tommy Heart (vocals), Helge Engelke (guitar), Ule Ritgen (bass) and CC Behrens (drums)! Unsurprisingly, songs like ‘Real Love’, ‘Natural High’ and ‘Send Me A Dream’ continue in typical Fair Warning style of US melodic rock with soulful vocals, harmonies, soft melodic rock riffs and solos that could make an arena cry. I believe the band took a year to record the album, but to be honest when you’re this tight after so many years, it may as well have been a week – whoever told Fair Warning all those years ago they wouldn’t stand a chance as a German rock band should be cleaning out their portaloos for eternity!

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