The third track 'The Strand' creates an almost folkish platitude through in its sombre, bluesy rock verse. It's not the sort of record which grows on you after one listen, but then, isn't that the sort of thing prog fans love about the genre? The power metal influences of their early days were long gone, replaced by a more technical and methodical approach, and with more emphasis on melody than speed. Conclusion: Basically, this is another solid release by Fates Warning. Order and number each album 1-12. Fates Warning were formed under the Misfit monicker in 1982 but changed their name to Fates Warning in 1984. The tenth track 'Afterglow' is a nice closing for the album.
The production is neat and tidy, with no musician being given preference. This represents a work in progress. Drummer Mark Zonder stated it would be his last album with the band, as he wished to pursue other interests, and left in 2005. Guitarist Jim Matheos can write some very interesting guitar riffs, and drummer Mark Zonder is an absolute beast. You have to wait until 'A Pleasant Shade Of Gray' until the band truly masters the art of matching musical mood with lyrical expression, but on the whole it's already very well executed here. Other bands fail miserably, alienating everyone. The future of the band is unknown at this time, and Ray Alder has a new album coming this month with Redemption.
That era's lineup was rounded out by bassist Joe DiBiase, drummer Steve Zimmerman, along with current guitarist Frank Aresti and, of course, Jim Matheos. The pretty mesmerizing words and maybe an unintentional soliloquy show maybe the band's direction in the future, in the 90's. Night on Bröcken 1984 The Spectre Within 1985 Awaken the Guardian 1986 No Exit 1988 Perfect Symmetry 1989 Paralells 1991 Inside Out 1994 A Pleasant Shade of Grey 1997 Disconnected 2000 Fates Warning X 2004 Darkness in a Different Light 2013 Theories of Flight 2016 1. Anyway, the music is pleasing enough for my ears. With 'Inside Out' they tried to continue this road, but the album never achieved the same attention as its predecessor had.
Their current lineup consists of guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti, vocalist Ray Alder and bassist Joey Vera. Fates Warning here invested on a heavily and accessible sound. Perfect Symmetry - wide range of ideas without feeling disjointed, you want cold robotic stuff you've got it, you want poppy hooks that led their next 1. In particular, Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti's guitar playing is impressive, especially when using distorted and clean sounds simultaneously. It's the heaviest and progressive song on the album.
Fates Warning has experienced numerous line-up changes. The curtains part for a lurid dreamscape of sombre, shining cleans and effects, while Alder embarks on a journey of escalating isolation. Just before the 3:00, the hard chords arrive and herald an epic stream of melody. Might relisten to Inside Out and Disconnected and flip them. You can always argue if the right songs where picked for the tracklist or not, but as it is it´s a pretty good presentation of Fates Warning up until 1995. Guitarist Jim Matheos can write some very interesting guitar riffs, and drummer Mark Zonder is an absolute beast.
It's a decent tune, and in particular I enjoy Alder's performance in the chorus, an edgy banshee keening its message through a still night. With several sing along moments with the crowd, I am sure people had a blast at this concert. The ninth track 'Monument' is the best track on the latter half of the album, cautiously escalating into an insanely catchy hook after 2:00, which rekindles the atmosphere of 'Perfect Symmetry'. It has a lovely bluesy guitar opening and represents a new departure for the group with the melodic rock riff and catchy chorus. It's a solid track with enough variety in the drumming and riffs to please.
Recorded at Carriage House, Ct, Oct-Dec 1987. It's a concept album, you know how it is, right? The line up on the album is Ray Alder vocals , Jim Matheos guitar , Frank Aresti guitar , Joe DiBiase bass and Mark Zonder drums and percussion. Drummer Bobby Jarzombek has been part of Fates Warning since 2007 but is only a live member. This album when looked at as a piece of progressive metal has it all. It does a good job of being a metal album, while also emphasizing the melody of the band. The line up on the album is Ray Alder lead and backing vocals , Jim Matheos guitar , Frank Aresti backing vocals and guitar , Joe DiBiase bass and Mark Zonder drums.
It's the wonderful combination of guitar sounds that helps enrich this song. However, it remains a great track. The first track 'Part Of The Machine' written by Matheos is the opener of the album and is very much in the band's early style. The album had also the participation of Kevin Moore keyboars and Faith Fraeoli violin. There is also a small trailer for the promotion of the Parallels album.