Come Taste the Band - Fates Warning

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Monday, July 20th 2009
Hey you!

I am glad to announce that I will be doing a new feature every now and then as of today. COME TASTE THE BAND is a new feature helping you discover some amazing new, old and or forgotten bands from around the world. In each issue I will introduce a great band to you which you may wanna check out. If you already know the band we’re featuring, play one of their albums, get a drink, sit back and enjoy the read...

Of course, I will also continue to bring you the popular SA band feature as well every now and then. There will be a great one later this this space!

But for now it is time to throw the first COME TASTE THE BAND feature at you now. We’re starting off with the amazing, incredible and wonderful band FATES WARNING!

Oh and before I forget: Never forget to promote this group....NEVER m/
Rock away...!!

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door to let you be free”......Ronnie James DIO


++++++++++++ HISTORY +++++++++++++
Fates Warning is a progressive metal band, formed in 1983 by John Arch, Jim Matheos, Victor Arduini, Joe DiBiase, and Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.

The band directly contributed to the establishment of the progressive metal genre, with its early works considered by many as very important works defining the genre itself. In the liner notes to the 2005 expanded edition of the

Awaken the Guardian album, Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy noted that, "very often fans and critics credit Dream Theater for creating a whole new genre of progressive metal music in the late '80s/early '90s, . . . but the truth is Fates Warning were doing it years before us."

The first album, Night on Bröcken, was released in 1984, on the Metal Blade label, featuring a strong Iron Maiden influence. The Spectre Within, which featured a more progressive sound, was released in 1985.

In 1986, original guitarist Victor Arduini left the band and was replaced by Frank Aresti. The third album, Awaken the Guardian was released in that year, moving towards a more mythical atmosphere.

In 1987, original vocalist John Arch left the band, prior to the start of work on the band's next album. Ray Alder joined the band in 1988. That year, the first album with Alder, No Exit was released.

Continuing the pattern of lineup changes, original drummer Steve Zimmerman left the band in 1988, and was replaced by Mark Zonder in 1989. Perfect Symmetry was released in the same year. Kevin Moore (keyboardist for Dream Theater at the time) was featured as a guest on At Fate's Hands.

1991 saw the release of Parallels, which was considered by some as a commercial release. New Dream Theater vocalist James LaBrie made a guest appearance on "Life in Still Water."

The next album, Inside Out, from 1994, continued the vein of the previous album in general, adding more melody to the songs.

A compilation album, Chasing Time, was released in 1995, including two previously unreleased songs.
In 1996, both Joe DiBiase and Frank Aresti left Fates Warning.

The three remaining members—Alder, Matheos and Zonder— released A Pleasant Shade of Gray in 1997. The album also featured work from guest musicians: Joey Vera on bass and Kevin Moore performing piano and keyboards. The album revealed a much deeper and darker mood of Fates Warning, completely different from their previous works, a concept album. The album, originally a 50-minute long song, was divided into 12 tracks.

A live two-CD set, Still Life, was released in 1998. The first disc contained "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" performed live in its entirety, while the second contained a complete version of "The Ivory Gate of Dreams" from the 1988 album No Exit along with other songs. Bernie Versailles on additional guitars, and Jason Keaser on keyboards accompanied the band on this album, while still keeping Joey Vera as the bassist on this record. A Japanese version included a studio Scorpions cover, "In Trance".

In 2000, Moore and Vera returned once more, to make the next album, Disconnected.

FWX, the band's tenth and latest studio recording was released in 2004. Drummer Mark Zonder stated it would be his last album with the band, as he wished to pursue other interests, and left in 2005.

Live in Athens, a concert DVD, was released in 2005; a CD version was also released.

Recently Frank Aresti has returned to play with the band the last couple of tours. He is also on the Live in Athens DVD. The band has recorded songs for various "tribute" albums, including "Closer to the Heart" on the 1996 Working Man Rush tribute, "Saints in Hell" on the 1997 Legends of Metal Judas Priest tribute, and "Sign of the Southern Cross" on the 2000 Holy Dio Ronnie James Dio tribute.

Source: Wikipedia
Studio albums:
- Night on Bröcken (1984, reissued and expanded 2002)
- The Spectre Within (1985, reissued and expanded 2002)
- Awaken the Guardian (1986, reissued and expanded 2005)
- No Exit (1988, reissued and expanded 2007)
- Perfect Symmetry (1989, reissued and expanded 2008)
- Parallels (1991)
- Inside Out (1994)
- A Pleasant Shade of Gray (1997)
- Disconnected (2000)
- FWX (2004)
Current Line-Up:
Ray Alder: vocals (1987−present)
Jim Matheos: guitar (1982−present)
Joey Vera: bass (2000−present)

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