Reviewed by MJBrady on 09 Oct 2004
This band qualifies as one of the grandfathers of the genre called progressive metal, while many of the bands recordings are not progressive by nature,
they did in fact have an era for which they did push the envelope for the integration of progressive elements with their notable metal side.
Of late, Fates Warning seemingly had become a pale imitation of it's former self, particularly from a progressive stance, many of the bands most dedicated
fans couldn't see the digression that occured with some of their more recent releases, because of their dedication, thinking the great FW could do no wrong,
yet as often is the case, bands that are pioneers for a genre's creation are alway going to be held to the standard of their most notorious and innovative works.
In the case of FW, they seemed to be getting even less progressive of late, hiding the talents of the bands musicianship, and focusing on straight ahead metal music,
and for the folks that recall the bands APSOG, Parallels, and that era, they seemed to be another band going the way of non prog, much like their peers :Rush, Queensryche,
Now here we have in 2004, FWX - the bands 10th release, and as progressive music goes, it seems the band has become content with the idea of being
singer songwriters rather that performers from an instrumental standpoint, granted, they have always had good compositional skills, yet in the past, they were paring the two to
create their own distinct style of music, which is why they were always used as a point of reference for the genre of Progmetal, along with the likes of Rush, DreamTheater, Queensryche, yet now, from what I am hearing, FW is strictly a Power Metal/Melodic Metal band, with but a few hints of progressive nuances
added in between, in other words, for some, this is a great cd, for others, it's more of the same thing they heard on Disconnected, so however you
felt about that one, this is taking off where that one ended, and no drastic changes to the format.
This is a nice sounding cd, especially if your favorite FW moments are the older and more metallized versions of the band, and it wouldn't be fair to simply dismiss the cd
as being terrible or unimpressive, but as a progressive site, I am writing from a progressive perspective, and knowing what this band has done in the past with that in mind,
I feel that they have parted ways with their prog roots, and are content to move in this more predictable and accessable direction, perhaps winning some new fans, while
letting some older fans go, as often is the case, it's a gamble, time will tell where the band goes from here.