Melodic Metal Rock &
Cult Favorite in Europe!
melodies great guitar work and vocals!
This is the most under rated album of 1981!"
was a Los Angeles-based band that released their debut album,
HANDS IN THE TILL, in 1981. Proudly and unabashedly taking cues
from Journey, Foreigner, and Rush, the album is 12 stabs at
pure AOR glory--the embodiment of everything to which punk was
a reaction. However, the album is a winner in its enthusiastic
embrace of trite radio rock. Ripe for head-banging sing-alongs,
this is the sound of your older brother skipping school and
hanging out at the lake. Fortress's charms prove to be enduring
on this 2008 Rhino reissue.
"A long lost AOR-star that has recently resurfaced
is Charlie Souza one-time bass player for pomp legends FORTRESS.
I say resurfaced, the fact is he's never been away! Having
carved out a successful career as a session musician, as well
as releasing several CDs, Charlies profile has never been higher.
The one thing that will appeal to all fans of Pomp Rock is the
fact that Charlie has reissued the legendary Fortress album,
"Hands In The Till", onto CD for the first
time. This album really is a one-off all time classic of it's
type. Full of glorious up-tempo eighties pomp rock, this 1980
release by Fortress is music from a bygone era when albums like
this were ten-fold, and often got overlooked - as was the case
with this album. Led by the golden-coated vocals of Jim West,
the Fortress brand of rock was well recieved by yours truly
at its time of release. Songs like "How Do I Exist",
"Hands In The Till", "Kisses", the Axe-like
"Requiem" and the utterly immense "Mystery"
are still firm favourites to this day. Their Axe meets Roadmaster
style of pomp was tailor made for the eighties, but still sounds
fresh to this day!" Robbie Evans ~ Powerplay Magazine,
York, England. www.PowerPlayMagazine.co.uk
in the Till
Eric Turner - Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
Charlie Souza - Bass, Vocals, Songwriter
Jim West - Vocals, Songwriter -Background vocals Ambrosia
Donny Vosburgh - Drums
Coordinator [Production] Teri Piro
Illustration [Concept] Freddie Piro
Cover Design Dan Lienart
Mixed By, Recorded By, Co-producer Win Kutz
Mixed By, Recorded By, Percussion Larry Brown
Photography By David Alexander
Eric Turner - Guitars, Vocals, Songwriter
Jim West - Vocals
Charlie Souza - Bass, singer songwriter played with
Tom Petty and the New Rascals
Bill Lordan - Drums - American rock drummer from Minneapolis,
Bill played in the Robin Trower Band and Sly & The Family
Cover Design Charlie Souza
Illustration [Concept] Eric Turner
[Production] Ken Weis, Gold Hill Music