Fates Warning
FWX


3.0
good

Review

by Parallels/sonicspeed500/sonic2/wes/leslie/Reverse Perpendicu USER (28 Reviews)
August 17th, 2011 | 11 replies | 3,755 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It may not be their most progressive endeavor, but that doesn't mean it isn't thoroughly entertaining.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

It's a wonder that Fates Warning's pulse is this strong at this point in their career. The band seems incapable of making a bad record with Jim Matheos as the lead songwriter, and after a four year hiatus they still managed to throw a great deal of power into FWX. In fact, it gets a bad rap because it is less progressive than it's bombastic predecessor Disconnected. For this reason FWX is a new evolution into Fates Warning's constantly evolving sound, and comparisons to any contemporaries here are completely unwarranted.

Unfortunately it also signals the end of drummer Mark Zonder's landmark work with the band. Those that thrived off his agile work will have little to find here, with the emphasis now on Ray Alder's matured voice. Matheos' compositions are still the gloomy and emotionally devastating masterpieces as before, but incorporating a production that usually accompanies the post-grunge genre.

"Heal Me" and "Left Here" are melodically beautiful, unfolding into lethargic epics that can appear disgusted and rushed, and "River Wide Ocean Deep" is an experimental journey for Ray Alder's building vocals that dosen't always capture the listener as it should. Often the most confusing aspect of FWX is that it's bulky aura seems to swipe their progressive energy off the table. To correct that, go to "Simple Human" and "Stranger with A Strange Face," where FW bursts from the seams with an energetic pulse and with some of Ray Alder's more memorable vox.

As the last song on the album, "Wish" is the reason that FWX was formed and should not be missed. It pulls the listener through a dark abyss of melancholia and to a climax that could even foreshadow the power of Fates future releases.



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Parallels
August 17th 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Okay, I've had a headache all day bye

Jethro42
August 17th 2011



12390 Comments


Aaah, Another Perfect Day is on this one. A perfect song! I've never heard the rest, will correct it.

HorrorBusiness78
August 17th 2011



104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I never could get into this one, and I've tried. The riffs seem bland and uninteresting to me, and it there's virtually no lead guitar melodies or solos. Not what I expect from Fates Warning.

tiesthatbind
August 17th 2011



7373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice work on completing the discography. I've been enjoying getting into these guys.

Parallels
August 18th 2011



6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thanks bros

@horror: its understandable.

tiesthatbind
August 18th 2011



7373 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I couldn't get into the Arch era at all. I'm enjoying most of the Alder era though.

iFghtffyrdmns
August 18th 2011



7047 Comments


just a nitpicky formatting suggestion, with the big quotes, I like to center and italicize them:
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Might have wrapped up the conclusion a little quickly, but a good review nonetheless. And congrats on finishing this discography man!! shit that's impressive, I'm stoked about the fact that I've reviewed two of six of The Features' releases and that's about as far into a discography as I've gotten haha

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 18th 2011



5987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Good review, pos.

I haven't listened to this in quite a while, so i don't remember it, but i remember it to be very different from the previous FW albums.

Perhaps the greatest letdown of FWX is that it fails to become anything greater than their past albums

I agree, but it depends on how much one will dwell in it, as the album is a bit of a grower.

River Wide Ocean Deep is a terrific song.

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Wizard
August 18th 2011



19304 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whole album is interesting, haven't listened to it in a while unfortunately. Great review!

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Textures
August 18th 2011



76 Comments


this sounds heavy! i will check it out as im trying to get into more manly music

KILL5
October 23rd 2011



429 Comments


gd album



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