Reviewed by Rob on 08 Nov 2001
Starting as Metal band Fates Warning has made an impression with Parallels to Prog-Metal fans.
No high speed rhytyhm drums- Heavy guitars- and shouting vocalists.
Well build songs with complex and changing rhytyhms- easy guitar nice balad vocals.
Still powerfull to compare them with Dream Theater.
Reviewed by MJBrady on 11 Nov 2001
Fates Warning started out as a Heavy Metal band, after a few cds in this genre, the band started to change personnel, a new singer, guitarist, and drummer, mean't the band was surely going to adopt a new sound as well. With the addition of Mark Zonder on drums, his dynamic and versatile technique allowed them to play more challenging compositions. They toured with Rush quite a bit, and the influence seemed to make an impression enough to push FW to a new level. They can argueably be called one of the forefathers of Progressive Metal, along with Rush & Queensryche amoungst a few others. By 1991, the band seemed finding it's own, the chemistry of the members had gelled, and the release of this album was just the onset of a string of great music to come. The band seemed to exist in relative obscurity and kept insistant with their brand of thinking man's metal, and now have become a legacy in the progmetal market as an important part of the genres geneology.