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Fates Warning

When prog rock first reared its head during the early '70s, it contained elements of hard rock, but few bands crossed the lineinto heavy metal. This all changed during the '80s, when bands such as Dream Theater, Watchtower, and Fates Warningmerged their love of Yes and Rush with their admiration for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Formed in Hartford, Connecticut in1983, Fates Warning have endured quite a few lineup changes since their inception, with the exception of guitarist JimMatheos, who has been present through it all. Starting off as a straight-ahead metal band (their progressive side ...read more

When prog rock first reared its head during the early '70s, it contained elements of hard rock, but few bands crossed the lineinto heavy metal. This all changed during the '80s, when bands such as Dream Theater, Watchtower, and Fates Warningmerged their love of Yes and Rush with their admiration for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Formed in Hartford, Connecticut in1983, Fates Warning have endured quite a few lineup changes since their inception, with the exception of guitarist JimMatheos, who has been present through it all. Starting off as a straight-ahead metal band (their progressive side didn't showup until a few years later), Fates Warning built up a regional following, which soon led to a recording contract with metal indielabel Metal Blade. With vocals being handled by John Arch, Fates Warning issued such titles as 1984's Night on Brocken,1985's The Spectre Within, and 1986's Awaken the Guardian, the latter of which became the first record from the group toappear on the Billboard album charts.

Wanting to break out of a somewhat one-dimensional metal sound, Arch was dismissed in 1987 and replaced with Ray Alder.The move immediately paid off for Fates Warning, as their music (and lyrics/subject matter) became much more complex andchallenging. The band's first recording with Alder, 1988's No Exit, would go on to become their highest-charting album ever(peaking at number 111), and was followed up a year later with Perfect Symmetry, as well as an inaugural tour of Europe.The early '90s saw Fates Warning focus primarily on touring (only one album was issued during a several-year span, 1991'sParallels), although Matheos did issue a solo album in 1993, First Impressions. In 1994 the group issued Inside Out, which wassupported with a U.S. tour alongside Dream Theater (at a hometown gig in Connecticut, former frontman Arch joined theband on-stage). The band's first best-of compilation, Chasing Time, followed a year later, as did appearances on tributealbums for Rush (Working Man) and Judas Priest (Legends of Heavy Metal), which helped buy Fates Warning time as theybegan composing the most challenging album of their career. It was also around this time that former Armored Saint bassistJoey Vera joined the group (although he was originally thought to be a temporary replacement, Vera was still present severalyears later).

Finally issued in 1997, Pleasant Shade of Gray took the extended suite style of 2112 and Tales from Topographic Oceans to anew extreme, as the album was comprised of a single hourlong song (broken down into 12 different untitled sections). Thevery first live release by Fates Warning, Still Life, was issued in 1998, while Matheos issued a solo release the following year(Away with Words) and Alder, having formed a side project, Engine, recorded an eponymous CD. Fates Warning continuestrong into the 21st century, as evidenced by 2000's studio album Disconnected and further extensive touring -- including aset of summer dates in 2003 alongside prog metal comrades Queensr├┐che and Dream Theater. The band marked its 20thanniversary with the release of FWX in 2004. Though Fates Warning continued to tour, it would be nine years before theyreleased another album, with their 11th outing, Darkness in a Different Light, finally arriving in 2013. « hide

Similar Bands: Rush, Dream Theater, Queensryche, Iron Maiden, Threshold

LPs
Darkness in a Different Light
10/01/2013

4
96 Votes
FWX
2004

3.4
96 Votes
Disconnected
2000

3.8
103 Votes
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
1997

4.2
134 Votes
Inside Out
1994

3.6
74 Votes
Parallels
1991

4.1
150 Votes
Perfect Symmetry
1989

4.3
165 Votes
No Exit
1988

4.1
174 Votes
Awaken the Guardian
1986

4.2
177 Votes
The Spectre Within
1985

4.1
103 Votes
Night on Brocken
1984

3.4
69 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Athens
2005

4
7 Votes
Live at the Dynamo
2000

3.9
6 Votes
Still Life
1998

3.8
8 Votes
Compilations
The View from Here
2003

3.8
6 Votes
Chasing Time
1995

3.7
10 Votes

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