Fight to Survive

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Fight to Survive
Fight to survive cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1985 (Japan)
June 1986 (USA)
RecordedHotline Studios, Frankfurt, Germany, 1984
GenreHeavy metal, glam metal
LabelVictor (Japan)
Grand Slamm Records (USA)
ProducerPeter Hauke
White Lion chronology
Fight to Survive
Singles from Fight to Survive
  1. "Broken Heart / El Salvador"
    Released: 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

Fight to Survive is the debut album by the American/Danish hard rock band White Lion, released by Victor Records in Japan in 1985. The album charted at number 151 on the Billboard 200.[2]


The band was signed to Elektra Records, which shelved the album with no intention of publishing it in the USA.[3] Philadelphia-based Grand Slamm Records bought the album from Elektra and released it in America the following year.[4] Tramp has noted that once White Lion was dropped by Elektra Records, their manager managed to get the right to license the album and release it in Japan. The album actually broke in Europe before it did in the USA thanks to magazines covering the band. Tramp is very proud of songs like "All the Fallen Men" and "Kid of 1,000 Faces," which he considers among the darkest songs they have written.[5][6]

The song "Broken Heart" was released as the band's debut single and featured a music video with drummer Greg D'Angelo and bassist Dave Spitz appearing in the video. The track was re-recorded and updated for the band's 1991 release, Mane Attraction, and featured a new music video.

Track listing[edit]

  • All songs written by Mike Tramp & Vito Bratta, except where noted.
  1. "Broken Heart" – 3:33
  2. "Cherokee" – 4:56
  3. "Fight to Survive" – 5:14 (Tramp, Bratta, Nicky Capozzi)
  4. "Where Do We Run" – 3:29 (Tramp, Bratta, Felix Robinson)
  5. "In the City" – 4:39 (Tramp, Bratta, Capozzi, Robinson)
  6. "All the Fallen Men" – 4:53
  7. "All Burn in Hell" – 4:21 (Tramp, Bratta, Capozzi)
  8. "Kid of 1000 Faces" – 4:02 (Tramp, Bratta, Capozzi, Robinson)
  9. "El Salvador" – 4:49
  10. "The Road to Valhalla" – 4:30

Some earlier remastered versions of the album feature several live bonus tracks. However, these were recorded during the Pride tour by the band's classic lineup, quite some time after this album. Fight To Survive was re-released in 2014 by Rock Candy Records in a special deluxe collector's edition with fully remastered sound shaped from 24 bit digital technology. The package contains a 12-page full color booklet, 3,500 word essay, enhanced artwork, rare photos and a new interview with vocalist Mike Tramp.


Additional personnel[edit]

  • James Lomenzo – bass (member at time of album release, listed as band member in album credits)[7]
  • Greg D'Angelo – drums (member at time of album release, listed as band member in album credits)[8]
  • Harry Baierl - piano
  • Roderiich Gold - keyboards


  • Caroline Greyshock - cover photo


  1. ^ "White Lion Fight to Survive review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-09-03.
  2. ^ "Allmusic (White Lion charts & awards) Billboard albums".
  3. ^ "Hard Rock Haven interview". 2012-12-14.
  4. ^ Oliver, Derek (29 May 1986). "Purrfect Strangers". Kerrang!. 121. United Magazines ltd. pp. 6–7.
  5. ^ "Hard Rock Haven interview". 2012-12-14.
  6. ^ "Sea of Tranquility - Mike Tramp interview".
  7. ^ "Fight to Survive - White Lion | Credits".
  8. ^ "Fight to Survive - White Lion | Credits".

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