FEATURE: COME TASTE THE BAND VOL.1
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Monday, July 20th 2009
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 week.....watch 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
“whenever you dream you’re holding the key, it opens the
door to let you be free”......Ronnie James DIO
COME TASTE THE BAND VOL.1 – FATES WARNING
++++++++++++ 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
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
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
The next album, Inside Out, from 1994, continued the vein of
the previous album in general, adding more melody to the
A compilation album, Chasing Time, was released in 1995,
including two previously unreleased songs.
In 1996, both Joe DiBiase and Frank Aresti left Fates
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 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.
- 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)
Ray Alder: vocals (1987−present)
Jim Matheos: guitar (1982−present)
Joey Vera: bass (2000−present)
Official Website: http://www.fateswarning.com/
Official Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/fateswarning
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fates-Warning/13935358148?ref=s
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