Fates Warning
Darkness in a Different Light


4.0
excellent

Review

by PsychicChris USER (50 Reviews)
October 8th, 2013 | 8 replies | 819 views


Release Date: 10/01/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A surprisingly satisfying comeback

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Much like the case with Black Sabbath, Fates Warning released their first album in nine years under some odd circumstances. Sporadic activity and numerous side projects cast the prog giants’ future in doubt, but they’ve come back with an album that is stronger than anticipated. They even brought touring drummer Bobby Jarzombek and classic guitarist Frank Aresti along for the ride, drawing even more comparisons to the Arch/Matheos project that was spawned in 2011.

Fates Warning and Arch/Matheos may have the same players in their ranks aside from the singers fronting them but each project does have a distinct sound to it. While Sympathetic Resonance exerted long song lengths with a dark prog metal execution, Darkness in a Different Light offers a more accessible approach. The songs are shorter in comparison and tracks like “Desire” and “I Am” sound more like Soundgarden or Tool than Dream Theater. This album also has a more contemplative side with “Lighthouse” and “Falling” sounding like lost OSI tracks.

Of course, there are some inevitable similarities to their sister project. There are some heavy tracks to be found as “One Thousand Fires” starts things off with an appropriately fiery delivery and “Kneel and Obey” has a crunchy riff or two to match the slower tempo. “And Yet It Moves” is the strongest overall connection as it goes through several changes over the course of fourteen minutes.

And like any Fates Warning album, the performances are what truly sell it. Ray Alder may have lost his higher register years ago but his lower range has held up and works well with the material at hand. The rhythm section is also incredibly tight as Joey Vera’s bass playing is some of the best that the band has ever had and the drumming is consistent intricate through even the simplest of grooves.

Sympathetic Resonance may have been a touch more worth of the Fates Warning banner but Darkness in a Different Light is a surprisingly satisfying comeback. The style may be tricky to get into but it is executed well and the band sticks to its strengths. It’s hard to tell which project has more momentum behind it but the players still have plenty of life in them.

Highlights:
“One Thousand Fires”
“Desire”
“I Am”
“Lighthouse”
“And Yet It Moves”

Originally published at http://psychicshorts.blogspot.com



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DoctorVelvet
October 7th 2013



112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Incredibly disappointing for me. I feel like Matheos released this just for the sake of having a new release. I just don't feel like they were that inspired for this album.



Parallels
October 8th 2013



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"I just don't feel like they were that inspired for this album."

It's certainly not as moody as the usual work they've been known for with Ray Alder. Srsly tho, O Chloroform and Desire kick ass, and Kneel and Obey is sooo damn heavy I can't pick it up.

ViperAces
October 8th 2013



12374 Comments


really sweet one

KILL
October 8th 2013



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

aoty

Digging: Gal Costa - Gal Costa

Parallels
October 8th 2013



6640 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

where is sonic1? never see him anymore

KILL
October 8th 2013



70298 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

porkin some fat chicks probably, somethin i should be doin but instead im jamming LAST CRACK

HorrorBusiness78
October 12th 2013



104 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, definitely my favorite of 2013. It's not quite as good as Sympathetic Resonance, but not much is.

ksoflas
October 13th 2013



343 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Fantastic album.
Pos'd.



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