A Tradition Worth Repeating: Fates Warning’s Dark/Light 11th Album

As the first Fates Warning album in nearly ten years, Darkness in a Different Light has a long legacy to fulfill. Alongside bands like Queensryche and Dream Theater, Fates Warning were a definitive progressive metal band, influencing countless other groups in their journey to step beyond speed or doom metal. They fused the epic nature of 70’s and 80’s prog rock with the growing New Wave of British Heavy Metal influence, creating a heavy, but operatic sound. Darkness in a Different Light isn’t going to set the world on fire. It pales in comparison to Perfect Symmetry, but for a band that has taken so much time off from studio recordings, it’s an album that only reiterates what made Fates Warning so influential.

Unlike modern progressive metal bands, Fates Warning (along with their peers in Dream Theater and Queensryche) didn’t revel in their songs. Many of the tracks throughout Fates Warning’s albums aren’t marathons of virtuosity, and Darkness in a Different Light is no exception. Only two songs on the entire album break the six-minute mark, a shocking move for contemporary prog metal, but also a smart return to tradition. The songs are prime examples of progressive musicianship, but even better, progressive songwriting. With so many other bands stretching their songs out to stupidly lengthy tracktimes, Fates Warning trims the fat while still retaining that majesty and expansiveness they’ve established from square one. “Firefly” has great uses of heavy riffs; for a few moments throughout, it actually sounds like a radio-friendly track (mind blown). The same can be said of the chugging guitar rhythms of “Kneel and Obey”: they show virtuosity, but also oust pretentiousness. They are the perfect length.

But don’t think that Fates Warning have gone all mainstream on you; this is still a progressive metal record and these guys can still spread their wings and break convention. The final track, “And Yet it Moves”, is a 14-minute showcase of melodic symphonies, one that isn’t as heavy as you might expect, but its multiple segments emit fascinatingly intricate guitar rhythms and drumming patterns whose intricacies will stutter your wavelengths. Vocalist Ray Adler’s singing is also on full display with “And Yet It Moves.” His operatic beckon is a rising call that eventually settles into the acoustic coda at the end of the track. The guitar solo on “Into the Black” captures a slick speed metal aesthetic, but it’s toned just enough to not sound overly indulgent. Guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti combine heaviness and quelled elegance to produce a strong highlight on the album and one of the most impressive performances from the band in years.

There is, however, a big chunk in the album that sounds obnoxiously stale. From third track “Desire” to “Lighthouse”, the band’s creativity isn’t on full display. This section blends together too much; those moments of distinctive instrumentation heard in “Into the Black” or “Kneel and Obey” are buried under power chords and surprisingly tame vocals from Ray Adler. After the rhythmic bliss of “Firefly”, this streak of weakness sticks out like a sore thumb. Not even a brief interlude in “Falling” has the potential of breaking up this period of monotony.

Fates Warning have definitely made their mark on progressive metal over the course of their career, so Darkness in a Different Light has a tough set of acts to follow. While it’s not the band’s best performance, the album is fresh and resilient enough to give the younger prog metal mavens a run for their money. Its steady flow of traditional metal musicianship and epic symphonic ideals make the album recapture the long-lost spirit of 80’s prog metal. Fates Warning’s penchant for disguising intricacy with aesthetic elegance is alive and well; even if you were skeptical about a fresh Fates Warning album, Darkness in a Different Light, despite its flaws, is an album that delivers on the band’s legacy.

FATES WARNING Premiere New Music Video for ‘Firefly’

This past weekend, U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING wrapped up their first North American headlining tour in support of Darkness In A Different Light, their first new studio album effort in almost a decade and InsideOutMusic debut.

 

Now, FATES WARNING and Guitar World have teamed up to bring you the brand newmusic video for the track ‘Firefly’, cut from their new album Darkness In A Different Light. Head to this location to watch the music video now. The video was directed David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchyfilms.

 

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder has checked in to comment about the song ‘Firefly’:“I’ve always liked the romantic concept of the firefly. A tiny flashing creature searching for another on a warm summer night. Like stars that move…”

 

 

During their s recent North American tour, the band also stopped by at Fox CT to perform ‘Firefly’ acoustically in the TV studio. Watch the interview and footage here:

http://video.foxct.com/Morning-Extra-Progressive-Metal-Band-Fates-Warning-Performs-25383296#.UrGEh50weUk

 

 

A sampler containing pre-listening clips of all the tracks of the album can be checked out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOeH2dS1GKk

 

A video clip for track “I Am” based on live-footage during their European tour and produced by Oliver Barth / Visions In Fear can be seen via the YouTube channel of InsideOutMusic here: http://youtu.be/bvzjBnsDy2Q

 

 

Darkness In A Different Light hit stores on October 1st via InsideOutMusic, and landed on the Billboard charts at #50 on the Current Rock Chart, at #14 on the Current Hard Music Chart, at #142 on the Top Current Albums Chart, at #162 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and at #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart within the first week. Darkness In A Different Light was produced by FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering duties were handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

 

You can buy your copy of Darkness In A Different Light via iTunes or via Amazon MP3.

 

 

 

FATES WARNING Darkness In A Different Light Line-Up:
Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Frank Aresti – Guitars

 

FATES WARNING Online:
www.fateswarning.com
www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

FATES WARNING Launches “I Am” Live Video Clip + On Tour in North America

U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have recently finished a successful first European headlining tour in support ofDarkness In A Different Light, their first new studio album effort in almost a decade and InsideOutMusic debut. The band is on tour in North America now with openers Halcyon Way and Artizan.

 

In celebration of the tour, the band has released a brand new live-footage music video for the track ‘I Am’. The clip was shot during their European tour and produced by Oliver Barth / Visions In Fear. The clip can be seen now via the InsideOutMusic YouTube channel here: http://youtu.be/bvzjBnsDy2Q

 

 

See below for all remaining North American tour dates:

 

FATES WARNING North American Tour 2013:

MO 18.11.2013 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom *

WE 20.11.2013 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club *

TH 21.11.2013 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *

FR 22.11.2013 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater *

SA 23.11.2013 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall *

SU 24.11.2013 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz *

TU 26.11.2013 Amityville, NY – Revolution *

WE 27.11.2013 Reading, PA – Reverb *

FR 29.11.2013 Springfield, VA – Empire *

SA 30.11.2013 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero *

SU 01.12.2013 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *

TU 03.12.2013 Houston, TX – Scout Bar **

WE 04.12.2013 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live **

TH 05.12.2013 Dallas, TX – Trees **

SA 07.12.2013 Tempe, AZ – Club Red **

SU 08.12.2013 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick **

TU 10.12.2013 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky **

WE 11.12.2013 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge **

FR 13.12.2013 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater **

SA 14.12.2013 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven **

 

* + Halcyon Way
** + Artizan
FATES WARNING’s Darkness In A Different Light has not only received great response from media and band supporters alike, but also managed to enter the official sales charts in Germany on #41, in The Netherlands on #90 and in the USA on #162 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, as well #50 on the Current Rock Chart, #14 on the Current Hard Music Chart, #142 on the Top Current Albums Chart and #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart.

 

A sampler containing pre-listening clips of all the tracks of the album can be checked out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOeH2dS1GKk

 

The album’s first single, ‘Firefly’, can be checked out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReoQw9ua9_Y

 

Darkness In A Different Light was produced by FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering duties were handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

 

In the U.S., Darkness In A Different Light is available in the standard CD jewel case and the Digital Download format.

All different formats of the album can be purchased in Europe from the InsideOutMusic online shop here:
http://smarturl.it/fateswarning_iom

 

FATES WARNING Online:
www.fateswarning.com
www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

FATES WARNING Launches New Album Song “I Am” + Announces Touring Guitarist

U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled Darkness In A Different Light on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

 

Another song from the new album, ‘I Am’, can be checked out now via a static video
on the InsideOutMusic YouTube-channel here:

 

The tracklisting for Darkness In A Different Light reads as follows:

 

FATES WARNING – Darkness In A Different Light:
1. One Thousand Fires
2. Firefly
3. Desire
4. Falling
5. I Am
6. Lighthouse
7. Into The Black
8. Kneel And Obey
9. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

 

Next to the standard CD jewel case and the Digital Download format, Darkness In A Different Light will also be available in Europe as 2CD Mediabook edition and as Gatefold 2LP version (180gr. vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with the following four bonus tracks:

1. Firefly (Extended)
2. Falling Further
3. One (Live)
4. Life In Still Water (Live)

 

All different formats of the album can now be pre-ordered in the USA from CM Distro shop here: http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Fates_Warning_-_-Darkness_In_a_Different_Light-_2CD_Digi_+_Shirt_-PRE-ORDER-/PKG001661

 

Darkness In A Different Light was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

 

The new album’s first single, ‘Firefly’, can still be checked out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReoQw9ua9_Y

 

A drum recording clip of FATES WARNING’s Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Sebastian Bach, Riot, Spastic Ink, etc.) can be seen via the website of Sick Drummer Magazine here:
http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/index.php/news/latest-news/2598-ask-bobby-jarzombek-questions-on-september-3rd-from-900-1100pm-est-on-the-sdm-facebook-page.html

 

Most recently, FATES WARNING have announced that guitarist Mike Abdow will be filling in for Frank Aresti on the next scheduled tour runs, as other work commitments will keep him from the upcoming tours.
Here are some comments in regards to this matter:

Frank Aresti: “Being part of FATES WARNING continues to be a great honor for me, and I’m very proud of Darkness In A Different Light. Even though work commitments will keep me from the upcoming tours, I’m hopeful to rejoin them for live shows in the not-too-distant future. Having said that, I know Mike Abdow, he’s a great player, and I’m looking forward to seeing him with the band.”

 

Mike Abdow: “It is an incredible honor for me to have the chance to play with FATES WARNING. Filling in for Frank Aresti is an immense and exciting challenge that I do not take lightly. I am really looking forward to the upcoming tour with the band! “

 

Jim Matheos: “With the exception of a few years in the late 90s when he was AWOL, Frank has been an integral part of FW’s live sound for 25 years, so his presence is going to be missed on the upcoming tours. At the same time, we look forward to working with Mike and we’re all excited to finally be playing some new material.”

 

FATES WARNING have headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014. The upcoming European tour has now confirmed to feature support coming from Norway’sDivided Multitude (October 6th – 17th) as well as American group The Omega Experiment for select shows. Here are all the dates announced so far:

 

FATES WARNING European Tour 2013:

SA 05.10.2013 Baarlo (The Netherlands) – Progpower Festival
SU 06.10.2013 Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) – Boerderij *
MO 07.10.2013 Aschaffenburg (Germany) –             Colos Saal **
WE 09.10.2013 Essen (Germany) – Turock *
TH 10.10.2013 Roeselare       (Belgium) – Verlichte Geest **
FR 11.10.2013 Augsburg       (Germany) – Musikkantine **
SA 12.10.2013 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7 **
SU 13.10.2013 Brescia  (Italy) – Colony *
TU 15.10.2013 Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar *
WE 16.10.2013 Budapest       (Hungary) – A38 *
TH 17.10.2013 Bratislava (Slovakia) – Randal *
SA 19.10.2013 Thessaloniki Greece) – Eightball Club
SU 20.10.2013 Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Club
TU 22.10.2013 Moscow (Russia) – KZ Moskva
* + Divided Multitude
** + Divided Multitude & The Omega Experiment

FATES WARNING North American Tour 2013:

FR 15.11.2013 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s *

SA 16.11.2013 Detroit, MI – Harpos *

SU 17.11.2013 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards *

MO 18.11.2013 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom *

WE 20.11.2013 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club *

TH 21.11.2013 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance *

FR 22.11.2013 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater *

SA 23.11.2013 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall *

SU 24.11.2013 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz *

TU 26.11.2013 Amityville, NY – Revolution *

WE 27.11.2013 Reading, PA – Reverb *

FR 29.11.2013 Springfield, VA – Empire *

SA 30.11.2013 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero *

SU 01.12.2013 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade *

TU 03.12.2013 Houston, TX – Scout Bar **

WE 04.12.2013 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live **

TH 05.12.2013 Dallas, TX – Trees **

SA 07.12.2013 Tempe, AZ – Club Red **

SU 08.12.2013 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick **

TU 10.12.2013 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky **

WE 11.12.2013 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge **

FR 13.12.2013 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater **

SA 14.12.2013 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven **

 

* + Halcyon Way
** + Artizan

 

More details about Darkness In A Different Light will follow in the coming weeks…

 

FATES WARNING Darkness In A Different Light Line-Up:
Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Frank Aresti – Guitars

 

FATES WARNING Online:
www.fateswarning.com
www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

FATES WARNING announces US tour this winter; set to enter studio in April for new album

The wait is over, and one of the premier bands of the American progressive metal movement is back! FATES WARNING are proud to announce that they will enter the studio in April to begin tracking on a new studio album – their first album of new material in nine years, and their first studio release for InsideOut Music.

 

The U.S. run will launch November 15 in Joliet, IL and wrap December 14 in Seattle, WA. The band’s 11th studio album is set for a fall release, and will feature founding guitarist Jim Matheos, classic lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitars), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek.

 

Tickets for the band’s long-awaited winter tour will be available for purchase starting March 27 – please see below for all FATES WARNING US tour dates (European and South American dates will be announced soon), and check venue websites for complete details:

 

FATES WARNING tour dates

Nov. 15–Joliet, IL–Mojoe’s

Nov. 16–Detroit, MI–Harpos

Nov. 17–Louisville, KY–Diamond Pub & Billiards

Nov. 18–Cleveland, OH–Peabody’s

Nov. 20–Toronto, ONT–Mod Club

Nov. 21–Poughkeepsie, NY–The Chance

Nov. 22–Hartford, CT–Webster Theater

Nov. 23–New York, NY–The Studio @ Webster Hall

Nov. 24–Clifton, NJ–Dingbatz

Nov. 26–Amityville, NY–Revolution

Nov. 27–Lancaster, PA–Chameleon Club

Nov. 30–Spartanburg, SC–Ground Zero

Dec. 1–Atlanta, GA–Masquerade

Dec. 3–Houston, TX–Scout Bar

Dec. 4–San Antonio, TX–Backstage Live

Dec. 5–Dallas, TX–Trees

Dec. 7–Phoenix, AZ–Rocky Point Cantina

Dec. 8–San Diego, CA–Brick By Brick

Dec. 10–Los Angeles, CA–The Whisky

Dec. 11–San Francisco, CA–DNA Lounge

Dec. 13–Portland, OR–Hawthorne Theater

Dec. 14–Seatlle, WA–Studio Seven

FATES WARNING online:

http://facebook.com/FatesWarning

http://www.FatesWarning.com/

FUSE posts “30 years of Metal Blade” video

FUSE TV has launched an exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records CEO, Brian Slagel, over at Fuse.tv. The in-depth interview, conducted at the Metal Blade offices, will give fans insights into Slagel’s favorite bands, how the label has evolved, bands the label has missed out on and discovered throughout its three decades in business.

Metal Blade Records will be wrapping up 30th anniversary celebrations for 2012 with a huge show on November 30th at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Show headliners Armored Saint will be joined by newcomers Gypsyhawk, as well as a special, short set from thrash legends Sacred Reich. Additional special guests confirmed for the show include: Amon’s Amarth’s Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King’s X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event.

Tickets are currently on sale now at houseofblues.com.