Fates Warning
Darkness in a Different Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
September 14th, 2013 | 248 replies


Release Date: 10/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fates Warning remind the world why they're considered one of the forerunners of progressive metal.

Over the last twenty years, Fates Warning has become progressively more unpredictable. In their early years, Fates Warning could churn out an album every year or two, but that all changed after Parallels. Suddenly, the band went from being the model of punctuality to being the Metallica of the progressive metal world. Three years between albums became the new norm, but even that wasn’t enough by the time FWX was released. It was like we were watching the heat-death of the universe – the band had exploded on the scene, but with each passing year that momentum diminished a bit more and it finally seemed like all energy had been expended. Then, seemingly from out of nowhere, an announcement was made that the band had signed with a new label (after nearly thirty years with Metal Blade) and that an album was imminent. Well played, Matheos, well played.

After nearly ten years between albums, what could we expect? Would it be similar to the Arch/Matheos album that had originally been intended as a Fates Warning release? Would it push the industrial aspects of the last few albums? Or, could they even possibly go back to one of their earlier sounds? The answer requires more than a simple answer. At its core, Darkness in a Different Light is a natural progression from FWX, but without any of the industrial influences. More specifically, it’s as though the band based their sound around the energy and streamlined metal riffing of ‘Simple Human’ while combining it with a few of their more recent projects. Darkness in a Different Light has the moody atmospheres of the latest OSI release, the immediate songwriting of Parallels and even the occasional nod to the energetic progressive metal of the Arch/Matheos release – but, again, it’s a little more than that.

Every previous Fates Warning release seemed like the band picked a theme and a sound, and filtered every song through the blueprint. This has resulted in some great releases, but there were very few surprises after the first few songs. Darkness in a Different Light breaks from that mold and ends up being the most diverse Fates Warning release to date. The album opens with the one-two punch of ‘One Thousand Fires’ and ‘Firefly’, making it seem like we’re going to be in for a collection of Parallels meets Arch/Matheos progressive metal, but things quickly change. ‘Desire’ sounds like something that could have come from Ray Alder’s modern metal side-project, Engine. ‘Lighthouse’ and ‘O Chloroform’ feel like heavier OSI tracks. “Into the Black’ even throws in some Blackwater Park styling – streamlined for Fates Warning’s superior songwriting, of course. The fourteen-minute “And Yet it Moves’ even borrows a bit from ‘The Ivory Gate of Dreams’ in the way it builds off of different movements and moods throughout its duration (none of which consists of needless solos).

Despite nearly ten years between Fates Warning releases, Darkness in a Different Light doesn’t miss a beat. It picks up where FWX left off, and then hits the ground running. Darkness in a Different Light features some of Jim Matheos catchiest tracks since Parallels, but also manages to up the metal factor to levels the band hasn’t seen since No Exit (although no comparison can be made between the two styles of metal featured on each respective album). Fates Warning has dropped the industrial experimentation and has embraced a heavy, modern style of progressive metal that streamlines the Arch/Matheos style and makes it catchy as hell.



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Parallels
September 14th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

OMG yes. superb review.

NightmareCinema16
September 14th 2013


2016 Comments


New Fate's Warning? I'll be on the lookout for it in a few weeks. Also, excellent review. You sold me.

Willie
Moderator
September 14th 2013


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I Am: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChFbgZNgCh0
Firefly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReoQw9ua9_Y

Pre-Order Info:

http://www.insideoutmusicshop.com/Artist/Fates_Warning/1928

http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/fates_warning

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KILL
September 14th 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fuckin LEAK

NightmareCinema16
September 14th 2013


2016 Comments


Staff privileges, that's about all I can say.

Parallels
September 14th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

A fourteen minute song by Fates? I'm ded. I'm even more excited now.

NightmareCinema16
September 14th 2013


2016 Comments


They might have just lived up to our promises.

OmairSh
September 14th 2013


11062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Can't fucking wait!

Digging: Leprous - Coal

JS19
September 14th 2013


4289 Comments


Psyched

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aggelosm
September 14th 2013


470 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Into the black' was the best 'new' song I listened the last months.

DoctorVelvet
September 14th 2013


115 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Wasn't a fan of the two singles but Matheos has never let us down and this review confirms that. So I remain optimistic.

Gyromania
September 14th 2013


15716 Comments


yah this is pretty great. sup trey

Willie
Moderator
September 14th 2013


15979 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hey. How's things? Have you heard this already?

Wizard
September 14th 2013


19409 Comments


So you've got me pumped to hear this since I love FWX (to me, it's like the undiscovered gem in prog metal). Great review.

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KILL
September 14th 2013


71795 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

fwx is bottom tier fates dude!

bloc
September 14th 2013


34854 Comments


What an odd choice of artwork for such music

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Yazz_Flute
September 15th 2013


18783 Comments


Would you say you enjoy this as much as Sympathetic Resonance? That's my favorite John Arch/Jim Matheos work - more than anything by OSI or Fates Warning even.

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Geadom
September 15th 2013


2812 Comments


MY
BODY
IS
READY!

Parallels
September 15th 2013


6641 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

fwx is bottom tier fates dude! [2]

manosg
September 15th 2013


6096 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great stuff, can't wait.

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