Fates Warning Vocalist Goes Solo

2019-08-24 by Willie STAFF | 32 Comments
After various successful releases with his main band in the previous years, InsideOutMusic are now proud to welcome longtime Fates Warning vocalist and frontman Ray Alder to a new worldwide co-operation for his solo releases.

Ray Alder checked in with the following comment:

“Hi everyone! I am so happy to announce that I have signed a deal with InsideOutMusic for my solo project and the debut album “What The Water Wants”. I want to thank InsideOutMusic for giving me the opportunity to record and share this album with the world. For the last year I have been writing with Mike Abdow, (Fates Warning touring guitarist), guitarist/bassist Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) and my longtime friend Craig Anderson (Ignite) on drums. The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM, etc.), who worked tirelessly with me to give this project the great sound we felt it deserved. I have had the ideas for a while but never had the time to actually sit down and write. But since Fates Warning had taken a break from writing and touring I finally had the chance to assemble the album. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we did writing and recording it!”

Ray Alder’s first solo album for the label is entitled “What The Water Wants” and includes 10 melodic and versatile songs created with assistance from guitarists Mike Abdow (Fates Warning touring member) and Tony Hernando (Lords Of Black) as well as drummer Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield). The album was mixed by Simone Mularoni (Rhapsody, Michael Romeo, DGM) and will be released worldwide on October 18th, 2019.

"What The Water Wanted"




RAY ALDER – “What The Water Wants”
1. Lost
2. Crown Of Thorns
3. Some Days
4. Shine
5. Under Dark Skies
6. A Beautiful Lie
7. The Road
8. Wait
9. What The Water Wanted
10. The Killing Floor
11. The Road (Acoustic Version) * Bonus Track

Tagged: Fates Warning

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Willie
Moderator
August 24th 2019
17722 Comments


The first single is really good... but I'm definitely biased.

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teamster
August 24th 2019
4340 Comments


Biased? Me too.

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Willie
Moderator
August 24th 2019
17722 Comments


Have you heard it?

Ecnalzen
August 24th 2019
8710 Comments


I love me some Fates. I will give it a try.

bloc
August 25th 2019
57564 Comments


Solid track, but I don't see how this different from any modern FW track

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Ecnalzen
August 25th 2019
8710 Comments


I was thinking the same thing.

Will most likely still try the whole album when it releases just to see if much else is going on. Hopefully, he strays from the FW path a little bit more on the other songs.

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2019
17722 Comments


@bloc:

Edited for clarity... it definitely sounds like a modern Fates Warning song, and I'm willing to bet a majority of these songs were written with Fates in mind. I figure this is released as a solo album because if Ray waited to try to get his songs on a Fates album he could be waiting years before another one is released. Also, even if there was another Fates album coming out soon (which doesn't seem likely) the songwriting is dominated (Rightfully so) by Jim Matheos, so these songs still probably wouldn't see the light of day.

Ecnalzen
August 25th 2019
8710 Comments


I didn't realize they weren't planning on putting out another album anytime soon.

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2019
17722 Comments


Ray is focusing on this, and Jim has Arch/Matheos that just barely came out.

Ecnalzen
August 25th 2019
8710 Comments


Oh yeah, I forgot about that. I meant to listen to it and never did.

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2019
17722 Comments


I was not impressed by it, unfortunately. It was okay, but not nearly as good as their last album together.

Toondude10
August 25th 2019
14039 Comments


yeah this is really good

CaptainDooRight
August 25th 2019
4103 Comments


week


Thalassic
August 25th 2019
3366 Comments


I really like this, but I as well am biased seeing Ray ranks up there as one of my favorite vocalists.

Source
August 25th 2019
13174 Comments


Sweet

iambandersnatch
August 25th 2019
1827 Comments


drums sound good but this is pretty boring, vocals absolutely put me to sleep here

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2019
8433 Comments


Great news, looking forward to listen to this!

I was not impressed by it, unfortunately. It was okay, but not nearly as good as their last album together.

Agreed, although the album starts strong.

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Nagrarok
August 25th 2019
8599 Comments


If there's no new Fates Warning for a while, I certainly don't mind this.

ksoflas
August 25th 2019
1277 Comments


Nice one.

Piripichotes
August 25th 2019
538 Comments


Such a shame Ray left Redemption. Arch/Matheos is horrible. Arch is so one-dimensional.
This is kinda generic/boring.

kalkwiese
August 25th 2019
4030 Comments


Arch/Matheos rules agreed m/

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2019
17722 Comments


--vocals absolutely put me to sleep here--

From Redemption to modern Fates Warning, Ray doesn't use a lot of range anymore. He did seem to have a little more grit in places, though, on this. It seems strange that he picked a song so far into the album. I feel like this might be one of the more straight-ahead rockers, based on the song's placement in the album.

--Agreed, although the album starts strong.--

The opening song is okay, but the only other standouts are "Wrath of the Universe" and "Straight and Narrow".

--Arch/Matheos is horrible. Arch is so one-dimensional.--

John Arch is fantastic, in my opinion. I don't know what happened on 'Winter Ethereal', but it feels like Jim is more to blame. The music just feels lacking, which leaves John at a disadvantage from the start.

Also, has anyone heard Ray's Engine albums. They're like straight-up modern metal with a hint of prog.

Engine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpmvi47B2Pk

rayraypine
August 25th 2019
77 Comments


The new Fates Warning album from what I've heard from Jim is pretty much done already and was written very shortly after their last one. That album should be out in 2020... so I don't think Ray wrote this with Fates in mind at all. I think that's the headspace he is in when he wites modern and heavy music. Just like the Engine albums have a strong Numetal vibe. That's just where his headspace is

That said, it does have a modern FW quality to it, though with less dynamics. It's very good and should fit in nicely with what Ray has done in the past.

I enjoy Ray's midrange, it's where he needs to be at his age. It's strong and when he really opens up in that range (see The Light and Shade of Things), few people do it better.

Willie
Moderator
August 25th 2019
17722 Comments


If what you're saying is true, that would be awesome. Fates' last album was easily my favorite of their entire discography... although nostaglia still brings me back to Awaken and Parallels (almost all of their discography, really).

I enjoy Ray's midrange too. It definitely makes the songs more 'modern', and despite the diminished vocal dynamics he seems to be able to be more expressive with his voice these days. Especially compared to the No Exit/Perfect Symmetry era.

Pikazilla
August 25th 2019
3462 Comments


Never liked Fates Warning or Rush tbh

King Crimson ftw

Thalassic
August 25th 2019
3366 Comments


Fates Warning is quite a bit different from especially Rush and King Crimson tho.
In terms of instrumentation it's quite a lot heavier - being metal based where Rush and King Crimson are more classic rock based. In terms of vibe I can see some similarity between Alder-fronted Fates Warning and King Crimson tho. Both have that downtrodden feel going on at times.

Ecnalzen
August 25th 2019
8710 Comments


Never heard Engine before. Sounds cool. He sounds fairly diff there than what I have heard out of Fates, too.

Alder has gone thru some interesting vocal changes over the years. I was kind of skipping around when I first started listening to Fates and went from Parallels to Theories and thought they had a different vocalist on first listen.

rayraypine
August 25th 2019
77 Comments


Willie, check it here:

http://www.metalforcesmagazine.com/site/news-fates-warning-sign-2019-album-contract-with-metal-blade-records/

rayraypine
August 25th 2019
77 Comments


Also totally agreed on Theories. They knocked it out of the park on that album!

OmairSh
August 26th 2019
14881 Comments


Ray album and Arch/Matheos in 2019, new Fates in 2020. Good times

DungeonBoy
August 26th 2019
6615 Comments


The drummer from Ignite drumming with Fates Warning vocalist, pretty interesting!

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Voltimand
August 26th 2019
1062 Comments


Enjoyable but prefer FW more. Will check out the full album when it's out.



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