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The Secret Art

by Dame Fortune

If Alan Moore, Neil Gainman, and Frank Miller were the lyricists for Kiss, Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses, you'd have Dame Fortune. At times both sinister and romantic, this hard rock act uses classic hard rock with occasional Gothic overtones.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Alternative Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In Like Flynn
3:31 $0.99
2. Perpetual Emotion Machine
3:33 $0.99
3. If You May Not When You Will (You Will Not When You May)
4:02 $0.99
4. Holly Fenton
3:31 $0.99
5. Interlude
0:06 $0.99
6. The Days Are Just Packed
2:42 $0.99
7. A Special Place
3:28 $0.99
8. Santa Ana Blues
4:24 $0.99
9. I Only Miss You When I Breathe
3:04 $0.99
10. The Edge
3:17 $0.99
11. V for Vendetta
3:15 $0.99
12. Secret Rulers (Of the World to Be)
3:04 $0.99
13. Good for What Ails You
3:07 $0.99
14. Hikikomori (Live As Though the Day Were Here)
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Dame Fortune’s third release finds the Hollywood based hard rock band taking a major step in both the production of their music and the clarity of their musical vision. An ambitious CD that chronicles the losses and triumphs of four Generation X rockers as they struggle to live without compromise, find love, and inherit their crowns in the dog eat dog world of rock and roll.

1. In Like Flynn: A sly tribute to Mystery and Style and all the other PUAs out in the field trying to make that magic connection.
2. Perpetual Emotion Machine: Perhaps the catchiest Dame Fortune song ever, David Blake co-wrote this song with Eagles co-producer and touring band member Richard Davis; it is the vocal debut of bassist Jeff Wire.
3. If You Will Not When You May (You May Not When You Will): If bands like Aerosmith, Sweet, and Slade had a baby together, it’s cry would sound like this.
4. Holly Fenton: Drummer John Merritt’s vocal debut is an ode to a time and place in his past somewhere between the towns of Holly and Fenton outside of Detroit, where he spent his days with a woman who remains eternally young in his distant memories.
5. Interlude: A brief introduction to…
6. The Days Are Just Packed: A poppy hard rock tribute to Calvin and Hobbes and the magic of childhood.
7. A Special Place: The song decribed by Future Villian Band bassist Glenn Pavan as “The heaviest song ever written,” an angry ode to a drug dealer that contributed to the death of a friend.
8. Santa Ana Blues: A Raymond Chandleresque film noir hard rock blues song about a man trapped in a town where you can’t trust anyone, and nothing is quite what it seems.
9. I Only Miss You When I Breathe: A fast paced punk rock paen to a love lost and longed for while on a trip to Japan.
10. The Edge: A slide guitar tinged bad ass fighting song.
11. V For Vendetta: A tribute to Alan Moore’s amazing graphic novel about a man told us to “Remember, remember, the fifth of November…”
12. Secret Rulers (Of The World To Be): A magical realist take on the younger generation’s yearning to inherit the power that is rightfully theirs.
13. Good For What Ails You: A soulful ballad from the perspective of a man who has finally found what he was looking for.
14. Hikikomori (Live As Though The Day Were Here): An arena rock anthem aimed at the disenfranchised youth of Japan that entreats them to stand up for themselves, let their freak flags fly, and “Live as though the day were here.”

THE SECRET ART finds the Hollywood based hard rock band further expanding their sound and lyrical themes. Standout tracks include the impossibly catchy "Perpetual Emotion Machine," (Co-written with Richard Davis, Eagles co-producer & member of the Eagles' touring band), the sleazy metal swagger of "In Like Flynn," and the arena rock anthem, "Hikikomori (Live As Though The Day Were Here),"encouraging disenfranchised Japanese youth to stand up against their society's strict code of conformity.
If you thought that the poets of the grunge era merely muddied their waters that they appear to be deep, if you find the pho-rage of numetal and rap rock leaving you cold, if you loved the best of the darker side of the 80's hard rock like Motley Crue, Guns 'n Roses, and legends like Kiss, Aerosmith, Queen, and Zep, still send a shiver up your spine, if you like big hooks, slamming power chords, catchy melodies, sing along anthems, with lyrics full of sneering rock and roll attitude and great storytelling, then DAME FORTUNE is your band. As songwriters they have the musical muscle and lyrical depth to create a new legion of Generation X and Y true believers who can proudly call themselves Rock and Rollers.
2002's debut EP THE GREAT COSMIC SCEHME earned them the Rock City News Award for Best Alternative Band.
2004's BOTHS SIDES OF MIDNIGHT, featuring KISS ghost drummer Kevin Valentine on 5 tracks secured them a distribution deal with Nightmare Distribution and Perris records and was given 3 and 1/2 stars by Japan's Burrn! Magazine.
In 2005 DAME FORTUNE debuted a half dozen new songs at shows both in Hollywood and areas surrounding Los Angeles, each followed by one of their infamous all night after parties, and filmed their first video for "The Loony Bin."
In 2006 DAME FORTUNE 's full-length documentary "The Making of Both Sides of Midnight" screened on the historic 20th Century Fox Lot, and they started recording for their most ambitious effort yet, THE SECRET ART. On January 31st, 2009, after 4 years of blood, sweat and tears, the secret will be revealed....

The Story of the Secret Art
Copyright 2008 by David Blake Lucarelli

It is a cool January day, late afternoon. Restless, you decide to go for a long walk to clear your head. Lost in your thoughts, you find you have wandered into an unfamiliar part of town far from home. The sun is going down, but before you turn around to go back you find yourself drawn into a small shop of antique curios.
There is a set of talismans, a golden ring, a mummified animal’s paw, a wooden cup, a small tin lamp, and at the end of the last shelf in the back of the store a small slim silver puzzle box that catches your eye. The strangely dressed store clerk with the long black hair assures you the mechanical device is in perfect working order despite being tarnished underneath. All that’s necessary to unlock its treasure is to insert the proper key.
“However”, he adds,” the box comes with a warning, “Whoever opens it will never again be the same. “
Intrigued, you buy the box for a mere twelve dollars and are halfway out the door when you realize the clerk has not given you the key.
“Of course,” he says, as he removes a small ornate key on a silver chain from around his own neck and hands it to you. “Enjoy,” he says, “but remember the warning.”
You can’t help but laugh a little to yourself as you begin to head home at the day’s events. The puzzle box will make a nice conversation piece on your living room shelf: a lost relic from a bygone era. You probably won’t ever open it; no need to. It probably doesn't work anymore anyhow. These are the things you tell yourself as you walk back home blissfully unconcerned, holding the puzzle box tightly in one hand, and clutching the key in the other.
It is a dark and moonless night when you finally return home. You place the puzzle box on the shelf as you intended and as an afterthought ponder what to do with the key.
Absentmindedly you toss it into the trash and prepare for bed.
The night is endless. You toss and turn, half awake and half in a fever dream, but find no peace or solace. All of a sudden in the middle of the night you sit up straight, wide-awake, heart pounding in a cold sweat. You get up, run to the living room, retrieve the key from the wastebasket and without hesitation, insert it into the silver box.
Almost immediately you hear the sound of tiny gears starting to turn. A liquid starts to pour out from your purchase. No, you are mistaken; it is two distinct liquids. One is deep crimson, blood red; surely it is blood itself coagulating around the lock in the center of the box. Strangely, it seems to form the shape of a heart around the keyhole. The other liquid sizzles as it escapes from a crack in the lid. It is a burning white-hot liquid metal that pours forth from the box.
At the same time your ears are enveloped by a powerful all encompassing noise that seems to come from everywhere at once. Thunderous and commanding, majestic and passionate, dark and soulful, it is what you hear that tells you the wizard’s prophecy was right. You will never again be the same.
And in that moment, you have an epiphany. The blood from inside the box is your blood. The heart is your heart. The metal is your metal. You realize all along you never had a choice; that when you first bought the silver box you had already set the wheel in motion. You had already turned the key that would unlock the very voice of fate itself: the sound of Dame Fortune. This is the Secret Art.



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