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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 line into heavymetal. This all changed during the '80s, when bands such as Dream Theater, Watchtower, and Fates Warning merged their love of Yes andRush with their admiration for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Formed in Hartford,Connecticut in1983, Fates Warning have endured quite a fewlineup changes since their inception, with the exception of guitarist Jim Matheos, who has been present through it all. Starting off as astraight-ahead metal band (their progressive side d ...read more

When prog rock first reared its head during the early '70s, it contained elements of hard rock, but few bands crossed the line into heavymetal. This all changed during the '80s, when bands such as Dream Theater, Watchtower, and Fates Warning merged their love of Yes andRush with their admiration for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. Formed in Hartford,Connecticut in1983, Fates Warning have endured quite a fewlineup changes since their inception, with the exception of guitarist Jim Matheos, who has been present through it all. Starting off as astraight-ahead metal band (their progressive side didn't showup until a few years later), Fates Warning built up a regional following, whichsoon led to a recording contract with metal indie label Metal Blade. With vocals being handled by John Arch, Fates Warning issued such titlesas 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 thegroup to appear 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. Themoveimmediately paid off for Fates Warning, as their music (and lyrics/subject matter) became much more complex and challenging. The band'sfirst recording with Alder, 1988's No Exit, would go on to become their highest-charting album ever(peaking at number 111), and wasfollowed up a year later with Perfect Symmetry, as well as an inaugural tour of Europe. The early '90s saw Fates Warning focus primarily ontouring (only one album was issued during a several-year span,1991's Parallels), although Matheos did issue a solo album in 1993, FirstImpressions. In 1994 the group issued Inside Out, whichwassupported with a U.S. tour alongside Dream Theater (at a hometown gig inConnecticut, former frontman Arch joinedtheband on-stage). The band's first best-of compilation, Chasing Time, followed a year later, as didappearances ontributealbums for Rush (Working Man) and Judas Priest (Legends of Heavy Metal), which helped buy Fates Warning timeastheybegan composing the most challenging album of their career. It was also around this time that former Armored SaintbassistJoey Verajoined the group (although he was originally thought to be a temporary replacement, Vera was still presentseveralyears later).

Finally issued in 1997, Pleasant Shade of Gray took the extended suite style of 2112 and Tales from Topographic Oceans toanew extreme, asthe album was comprised of a single hourlong song (broken down into 12 different untitled sections). Theveryfirst live release by FatesWarning, Still Life, was issued in 1998, while Matheos issued a solo release the following year(Awaywith Words) and Alder, having formed aside project, Engine, recorded an eponymous CD. Fates Warning continuestrong intothe 21st century, as evidenced by 2000's studio albumDisconnected and further extensive touring -- including aset of summerdates in 2003 alongside prog metal comrades Queensr├┐che and DreamTheater. The band marked its 20thanniversary with therelease of FWX in 2004. Though Fates Warning continued to tour, it would be nineyears 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, Sieges Even

LPs
Darkness in a Different Light
10/01/2013

3.9
128 Votes
FWX
2004

3.5
110 Votes
Disconnected
2000

3.9
121 Votes
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
1997

4.1
158 Votes
Inside Out
1994

3.6
89 Votes
Parallels
1991

4.1
167 Votes
Perfect Symmetry
1989

4.3
191 Votes
No Exit
1988

4.1
193 Votes
Awaken the Guardian
1986

4.2
211 Votes
The Spectre Within
1985

4
131 Votes
Night on Brocken
1984

3.4
88 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Athens
2005

4
8 Votes
Live at the Dynamo
2000

3.7
7 Votes
Still Life
1998

3.7
13 Votes
Compilations
The View from Here
2003

3.8
6 Votes
Chasing Time
1995

3.8
10 Votes

Contributors: SharkTooth, OmairSh, DoctorVelvet, rockandmetaljunkie, Mad., Voivod, Jethro42, Disconnected, Willie, Mikesn, Lunarfall, buttsavage, iceman3019, KILL, Parallels, Voivod, Ponton, Willie,

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