Fates Warning
Disconnected


4.5
superb

Review

by e210013 USER (74 Reviews)
September 12th, 2017 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fates Warning come a long way since their early days. With this album they prove be one of the best and most solid prog metal bands ever.

“Disconnected” is the ninth studio album of Fates Warning and was released in 2000. The line up on the album is Ray Alder, Jim Matheos, Kevin Moore, Joey Vera and Mark Zonder.


Fates Warning was founded in 1983 and is seen by many as the band that started the progressive metal genre. They’re one of the quietest progressive metal bands around. They have a good strong following of fans, but they aren’t very well known and popular by listeners of mainstream metal, like Dream Theater. Fates Warning is a true progressive metal band that values the music first. These guys are into making solid songs and albums, effectively using their individual talents without however, showing off in the process. This is really a very special and unique progressive metal band.

Fates Warning has made a habit to change their sound between albums, and very few of their albums sound alike, although they all sound unmistakably like Fates Warning. “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray” was yet another intriguing new stylistic change and an almost hour long conceptual album to boot. Not surprisingly though “Disconnected” sees Fates Warning change direction again, although the shift isn’t as dramatic as it was between the last two albums.

Like its predecessor, “Disconnected” is a conceptual piece. It’s not some head-trip, just another album about life and society, so most should be able to relate to it. What is interesting is that the band refrains some of the material on the album, almost as if it were once cycle that begins and ends in largely the same, dull pallor. This is manifested by the two parts of “Disconnected”. The album’s theme is about being disconnected from people and society and so the feeling of being lonely and abandoned runs throughout the entire album. Therefore you shouldn’t expect a lot of joy and happiness, either lyrically or musically, when you are listening to the album. There’s a lot of atmosphere on this album as well as heaviness. It’s amazing music that can be described as intelligent and where each note is where it belongs.

As far as music is concerned Fates Warning writes progressive rock songs full of melodies, emotion, attitude and groove on this album. Interestingly, “Disconnected” has its share of heavy moments, which of course are always welcome, in a band like this. The music of “Disconnected” is truly progressive in nature as it connects with the listener well. The mood effectively changes from one song to the next. “One” and “Pieces of Me” are the up-tempo tunes of the album, thus being in a way the two potential hits. “So”, “Something for Nothing” and “Still Remains”, are much closer to the standards set by the progressive metal genre both in feel and length. Personally, I find both, lengthy and shorter songs, to work well together, allowing “Disconnected” to have a wonderful flow, when listened from beginning to end.

“Disconnected” contains some of the lengthiest and most complex tracks Matheos has ever penned. As always, his compositions are intelligent and the band behind him is equally competent. It’s quite hard to describe each piece on the album individually but it seems “Disconnected” made a unified statement with lyric heavy songs and emotionally charged instrumentation. Vocalist Alder again proves to be a key element in the unique sound of the band. The band’s solid rhythm section, consisting of Zonder and Vera, invests a different level of credibility to the song craft of Matheos and the trio successfully create the musical tapestry surrounding Alder’s vocals. Zonder’s odd-metered drumming once again relying heavily on intricate cymbal work is further developed by Vera’s throbbing bass lines. Matheos seems to experiment with Fripp’s influence adding more riff-based textures to his songwriting. He doesn’t play any extended guitar solos, but his work is dense and blends nicely with other instruments. Again, Moore plays keyboards, as well as piano and computer synthesizers, and his atmospheric touch creeps into each track and gradually blankets them adding a blurry grey colour. I always was a great fan of his amazing keyboard work and again he shines with this band.


Conclusion: “Disconnected” has excellent compositions and where “Something From Nothing” and “Still Remains” are the absolute highlights. There’s a sad note to most of the songs, but never to the point of becoming depressive. Production and sound quality sometimes have a bit of a mechanical quality to them, but I think this is in keeping with the line of the album and thus is probably intentional. I can admit “Disconnected” is a hard album to get into, but it’s dangerously perfect and contains millions of variations and textures as major ingredients which other bands could only dream of let alone incorporate in their own songs. This album blends all the elements that I love about progressive rock music. Obviously, this is a band very concerned with songwriting and arrangement unlike so many of today’s prog metal bands, who take guitar riffs, double bass, drums, speed and so-called complexity as starting points and worry about the quality and originality of their songwriting, only later. Overall, it still remains a truly impressive album for me.


Music was my first love.
John Miles (Rebel)



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e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

After another week of vacations, here I'm with another album from Fates Warning, as I promised. "Disconnected" is the album that follows after their great masterpiece "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray". As usual the band change again their path. But this time it's not so deep the change. There are many simmilitudes between both albums, despite the differences, I think. It isn't as good as the previous one, but for me, it's very close of it. This is a band that never ceased to impresses me very deeply, from album to album.

As usual, your comments are always welcome.

Batareziz
September 12th 2017


133 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, as always, e. Pretty good album from the band, though not one of my favourites, despite the high rating I gave it.

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Batareziz. I think your rating is very fair. Not the best album, but it still remains for me as one of my favourites albums from them.

MrSirLordGentleman
September 12th 2017


10783 Comments


still haven't checked anything from this band lol

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

But you should, if you like prog metal, of course. Anyway, "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray", "Perfect Symmetry", "Parallels", or even this one are perhaps the right way to start with this band. This is a kind of Dream Theater, less bombastic and certainly more prog, if you have the same opinion as I have, which is that prog must be evolving and that it doesn't necessarilly mean that it must not be too much complex and technical. This band is abble to be simple but not too much complex either, at the same time. Besides that, if you like the work of Kevin Moore this and the previous album, "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray", can be perfect perfect for you. Besides, you can read my previous review about that album, too.

Cheers dude and welcome to my reviews again.

MrSirLordGentleman
September 12th 2017


10783 Comments


I dig prog metal though not a lot

I feel like most of it sounds like the same (unlike regular prog in which you can easily tell bands apart)

I mean, I really do feel like Dream Theater and Queensryche sound the same lol

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"I mean, I really do feel like Dream Theater and Queensryche sound the same lol"

I can see what you mean. But maybe is time to give a chance to these guys. They're a bit different, less bombastic and more simple. You willn't hear great endless guitar solos, for example. All is more simple and effective, I think.

Jethro42
September 12th 2017


14912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Just to show you I don't forget that new review of yours. It's been a while since I heard this. Will revisit and read your review later. Hope your vacations were satisfying.

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You're always welcome Jethro. No problem. Take the time you need. The vacations were great, as always. Thanks buddy.

By the way, I decided to add an album to the list of Friday 13th. It's not a surprise to you and I know you like it. I hope that it can be more visible since this moment.

Cheers.

Jethro42
September 12th 2017


14912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes, Quarteto 1111 is a great choice...The competition will be tight once again. It's always the case from a prog tournament to another. By the way, I left you a comment in your shoutbox. Cheers and welcome to the game!

Edit; I just noticed you saw my comment in your shoutbox ;)

Ikarus14
September 12th 2017


922 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Solid review. Definitely my favorite album by this band.

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ Ikarus

Thanks, man. I'm glad that you're a great fan of this album as I am, despite this isn't a consensual opinion.

Jethro42
September 12th 2017


14912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok, I recognized couple of songs here. Album is better than I remember, but I need to give it at least another listen before considering to change my rating. I'm always not a fan of the singer though.

Nice review, dude.



Voivod
Staff Reviewer
September 12th 2017


7547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not counting previous triumphs, this is the most avant-garde Fates Warning album, along with A Pleasant Shade of Grey.

teamster
September 12th 2017


1761 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still Remains is the best song they have ever written.

Digging: Adrift for Days - A Sleepless Grey

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ Jethro

I know that you aren't a fan of Alder. You left it very clear in my previous review about "A Pleasant Shade Of Grey". I even can accept that it isn't as good as that previous album. But, “Something From Nothing” and “Still Remains” are really two impressive tracks. Two of the best ever made by them. And you must confess, I think, that Fates Warning is really a great prog metal band, one of the best, really.

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ Voivod

"Not counting previous triumphs, this is the most avant-garde Fates Warning album, along with A Pleasant Shade of Grey."

I completely agree with you, man.

Thanks for your comment.

e210013
September 12th 2017


1438 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@ teamster

"Still Remains is the best song they have ever written."

If it isn't the best, it's very close to be.

Thanks for your participation and I'm very glad that some other people like this band and particulaly of this album. Great.

ksoflas
September 13th 2017


1141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice writing man, pos'd.

This album shows why kevin's ''move'' from DT to Fates was the steal of the century.

ksoflas
September 13th 2017


1141 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stellar job on this album by the best prog metal keyboardist.



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