Fates Warning
Disconnected


4.0
excellent


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fates Warning matured, and in the process kept their qualities stronger than ever.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

After everything they had been through, after the polarization of their fanbase, the band members that had left, the successful and failed commercial attempts, and quite possibly the entire uncertain course of their career, Fates Warning became a serious as you could get. In essence, the band reached beyond their goals on Disconnected, placing their strongest cathartic pulse ever into their mix of progressive metal. Ray Alder's vocals are crisp as his lyrical genius, Jim Matheos' compositions have grown deeper and more poetic than ever before, and of course, drummer Mark Zonder has exceeded his own abilities tenfold. As if it can't be stressed enough, Disconnected is undoubtedly the strongest artistic direction of their career, expanding their musical horizons back to sprawling epics and with a writing focus on their own scars (thankfully without the same 'bottled' commercial drive as their past few albums.)

The first song itself is a wonder. “One” rocks with sounds of a machine in motion, grinding at every move and spiraling with Zonder's impressive skill to a full steam operation. It starts the album of almost too easily, snaking into the unrelenting “So”, an unnerving and simplistic track that sludges along into the second upbeat rocker "Pieces of Me," where much akin to “One.” These three songs present the pleasant psychologies of Fates Warning, something the band has always been good at creating. Things change right around the time "Something From Nothing" and "Still Remains" show up. Things get quiet for a while, and the band builds up to one momentous climax after another.

I can not ooze enough satisfaction about Ray Alder’s vocals here, specifically on "Still Remains." While he now talks in spite of Disconnected, he actually shows more maturity here than ever before by acting as a bricklayer for the band, laying a flexible paste for the music to cement itself in. Things get even better, as Terry Brown from Rush’s production fame returns, and his production of Disconnected is the heaviest I have heard up to this point. Kevin Moore also returns yet again as part of their collective, continuing his journey with his dark synth as if he were there all along. Fates Warning attempts to rid themselves of their recognizable piercing guitars, and letting their energy give the album a thick paste to it's sound. Their aptitude is now so perfectly one with the music that it's hard to criticize anything on the album. Every thing is exactly where it should be.

Among some of the more memorable moments of the album are Ray Alder’s powerful bellow of “Take, take, take, take from nothing, make it something”, and the ominous piano lines throughout the ending self-title piece. "Disconnected Pt.2" is where Kevin Moore stands alone on the stage, presenting a sturdy, yet haunting piano tune that resembles regret in the hearts of the listener. Of all these fluttering things to say, Fates Warning seems to have only lost one thing: The ability to keep their songs entertaining after the bridge, or “connector” of the music. The shorter songs get away with it, but on the longer pieces, the “drawn out” feeling is obvious. It's almost as if they expected us to be oblivious. Where a reflective pause was meant to be added to the song, the mood was suddenly dropped in favor for a flavorless seasoning. What truly happened here is anybody's guess, but Fates Warning can no longer seem to create an appealing bridge. Amid “Still Remains” and part of “So”, they constantly miss the mark by bee-lining for a rough finale.

So there are a few irksome areas, but in the long run there is no filler here on Disconnected, just a few weak spots on the longer songs, and with the band carving fury into their music at every turn, they crank out the highest decibels on the instruments when they play, and they make sure to play emotionally. Adding Kevin Moore’s dark and twisted digital flavors, the air raid sirens and groove inducing bass lines all adjoin with shadows of their 'grey' past and their regrets into a remarkable record entitled Disconnected.



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Parallels
August 2nd 2011



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Pleasant Shade of Yellow, get it?

KILL
August 2nd 2011



70284 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

havent heard this 1, gota get

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Rhino
August 2nd 2011



71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nicely reviewed, although a couple of repeated phrases (cries and paste). This is my favourite FW album.

Parallels
August 2nd 2011



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

using two words twice, oh what a sin

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2011



5894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sick album, one of my PW favorites, but what am i saying, all PW records after No Exit are my favorites. Will read later.




edit: The cover of my physical copy of this is not yellowish all over... Probably because it is the European version...

Haven't listened to this in a while.....

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Parallels
August 3rd 2011



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I forgot to say, Rhino, thanks for the kind words as well.

Voivod: i fear my review was a bit overdone in areas, but i hope it reads well. Also does your cover still have the gas masks? Gotta love those

lostforwords
August 3rd 2011



443 Comments


Good review, and a very good album. I think what's new here is the actual Tool influence. My favorite song is obviously "Still Remains", especially from 09:57 on, this is one of my favorite FW parts ever

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2011



5894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Also does your cover still have the gas masks? Gotta love those


Yeah

Rhino
August 3rd 2011



71 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No worries Sonic, just pointing it out in case it was in error. Not a sin at all; just constructive criticism.



Jethro42
August 3rd 2011



12349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Something from nothing and Still Remains are the tits

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 3rd 2011



5894 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah



Edit: btw, pos.

Parallels
August 3rd 2011



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Still Remains is so saddening... really depressing

tiesthatbind
October 13th 2011



7369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Loving this right now

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AlfaOmen23
December 13th 2012



1 Comments


Still Remains is absolutely amazing.

OmairSh
December 13th 2012



9809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like duh

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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2012



19886 Comments


Haven't heard this one.

Nice dig Omair.

OmairSh
December 13th 2012



9809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's heavy, good album might bump it.

Nice avatar Jamie.

OmairSh
December 13th 2012



9809 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was pleasantly surprised by the ozrics, though I was hoping for a little more aggression and didn't expect the guitars to be low in the mix considering he's the band leader. The rhythm section is tight though.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
December 13th 2012



19886 Comments


The Ozrics rule. Erpland's definitely one of my favourites by them along with Become the Other.

tiesthatbind
December 13th 2012



7369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still Remains is sooooo good



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