FATES WARNING RESURGENCE CONTINUES AS THE PROG METAL VETERANS PRODUCE SOME OF THEIR FINEST MUSIC EVER ON 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT'
American prog metallers Fates Warning release their twelfth studio album, 'Theories Of Flight', through Inside Out on 1st July. Available in Ltd. 2CD Mediabook, CD, 2LP+CD and Digital Download it's another step in a real return to form by a band who had their most successful days more than twenty years ago. The lyric video to opening track 'From The Rooftops' can be seen right here:
Always a band keen to balance their technical prowess with the musicality of their songs they have also released a guitar play through video of 'White Flag' for the guitar aficianados among their fans keen to see their skills at work.
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The band's history stretches all the way back to 1982 but it is the period between 1986-1991 that they are best known for, producing a purple patch run of four albums from 'Awaken The Guardian' through to 'Parallels'. Ironically the fates weren't with them though and success beckoned but never quite materialised.
Output has been sporadic since those days including one nine year gap between albums but with 2013s excellent 'Darkness In A Different Light' and a reunion tour by the 'Awaken The Guardian' line up to raise their profile these guys are definitely back on the prog metal map.
'Theories Of Flight' is another huge step in the right direction for the band blending really well played technical prowess with memorable hooklines and a challenging, melancholy edge unusual in the genre to set themselves apart.
Vocalist Ray Alder has the kind of strong melodic voice which could easily carry a hard rock or AOR album so things never stray too far from the melodic side but he carries the tunes effortlessly over some really stop start technical sections in the likes of 'SOS'.
When asked to go into different territory in the aptly named 'The Light And Shade Of Things' his voice blends beautifully with Jim Matheos' atmospheric guitar stylings to create something which is both technically and musically beautiful and which edges them away from the prog metal pack.
If you like your metal with melody, imagination and a thoughtful edge this is among the best things you'll hear this year. They are no slouch in the songwriting stakes either. This is a mature, sophisticated and inspired album which really is essential listening for those with a bit of prog metal in their soul.
Fates Warning: 'Theories Of Flight'
1. From The Rooftops (06:52)
2. Seven Stars (05:33)
3. SOS (04:34)
4. The Light And Shade Of Things (10:14
5. White Flag (05:20)
6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen (05:13)
7. The Ghosts Of Home (10:31)
8. Theories Of Flight (04:00)
Running Time: 52:23
Note: The limited edition 2CD Mediabook and the Gatefold 2LP will include six brand-new and previously unreleased acoustic bonus tracks with a total playing time of 21.23 minutes:
1. Firefly (03:15)
2. Seven Stars (4:34)
3. Another Perfect Day (03:25)
4. Pray Your Gods (03:45)* Toad the Wet Sprocket cover
5. Adela (02:25)* Joaquin Rodrigo
6. Rain (04:03)* Uriah Heep cover
Running Time: 21:21
Total Running Time: 73:44
Ray Alder (Vocals)
Jim Matheos (Guitars)
Joey Vera (Bass)
Bobby Jarzombek (Drums)
Fates Warning have limited touring in their schedule right now but can be seen at Prog Power USA XVII in Atlanta, Georgia on September 9th and 10th.