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FATES WARNING announces live album

Veröffentlicht am 19. April 2018 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, News, Live, InsideOut, Prog Metal, Power Metal, US Metal

FATES WARNING announces live album

Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING are proud to announce the upcoming release of their new live album “Live Over Europe” on June 29th, 2018 via InsideOutMusic.

Gathered during the group’s most recent European headlining run for FATES WARNING’s much acclaimed latest studio album “Theories Of Flight” in January 2018, “Live Over Europe” includes recordings from 8 different cities (Aschaffenburg / Germany, Belgrade / Serbia, Thessaloniki and Athens / Greece, Rome and Milan / Italy, Budapest / Hungary as well as Ljubljana / Slovenia) and a total of 23 songs in over 138 minutes of playing time, spanning 30 years of the group’s seminal career.

“Live Over Europe” was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden and will be available as limited 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold 3LP + Bonus-2CD or as Digital Album.

Here is the complete track-listing for the release:

FATES WARNING – “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:

1. From the Rooftops

2. Life in Still Water

3. One

4. Pale Fire

5. Seven Stars

6. SOS

7. Pieces of Me

8. Firefly

9. The Light and Shade of Things

10. Wish

11. Another Perfect Day

12. Silent Cries

13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:

1. Still Remains

2. Nothing Left to Say

3. Acquiescence

4. The Eleventh Hour

5. Point of View

6. Falling

7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX

8. Through Different Eyes

9. Monument

10. Eye to Eye

 

FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about “Live In Europe“:

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make "Live Over Europe. We had a great time making this album and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!“

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FATES WARNING announces European tour dates

Veröffentlicht am 13. Dezember 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Tour, Live, Prog Metal, Power Metal, US Metal, Heavy Metal, News, InsideOut

FATES WARNING announces European tour dates

Prog metal pioneers Fates Warning announced some tour dates for Europe.

All of the upcoming European shows will be recorded for a live release to be mixed by Jens Bogren, who last worked with FATES WARNING on their “Theories Of Flight” studio album. The band commented the live release plans as follows:

“It's been 20 years since we released our only live album, “Still Life”. It's time for an update! In January we'll be recording a series of shows in some of our favorite European cities. The best of these will be included in a live album to be released in 2018. While we haven't decided on the final set list yet we're planning on about a 2 hour set with as little overlap as possible with the “Still Life” album. Hope to see you all there!” – Jim Matheos / FATES WARNING

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Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Veröffentlicht am 4. August 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Psycho Village, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, News, Heavy Metal, Modern Metal, Live, Live Review, Tour, Gebr. de Nobel

Being on their way to Wacken Jim Mateos and band decided to add two shows in Holland to this short trip to Europe and if Fates Warning's in town you should grasp the opportunity.

One of the first questions this time was about the opening act. Sixth months ago the support bands were heavily discussed amongst Fates Warning fans. After Fallen Arise and Armored Dawn didn't do anything for the main act in Haarlem and it was this time an Austrian band that got the task to warm up the crowd. Honestly, I haven't heard of Psycho Village before and expectations were low. After having seen the guys I must say that the duo did a good job. Even though their modern metal / alternative rock didn't fit to Fates Warning at all the guys tried their very best to use the momentum. Especially singer/guitarist Daniel Kremsner constantly tried to animate fans in the sparsely filled room. In the end Psycho Village received a pretty good feedback from a crowd that actually came for prog metal with the duo scoring a decent result. However, knowing that Sanctuary played the same night a show in Arnhem raised the question of why both bands didn't perform a shared headliner show. It was really hard for fans to decide where to go to and such a package would have helped also to drive a few more metalheads to Leiden.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

After a rather quick scene-change prog metal dinosaurs Fates Warning started their show with "From the Rooftop" and gave fans what they were asking for - more than 90 minutes of finest progressive power metal with not that many changes compared to the January gig in Haarlem. 

The setlist was almost similar, with one exception. "One Thousand Fires" was replaced by "SOS" from the band's latest longplayer "Theories of Flight" while the rest of the set stayed the same. Highlights from the earlier days have been played of which songs from "Pleasant Shades of Grey" got a bit more attention. Apart from that, songs like "Point of View" and "The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence" are great tunes from the eighties which go hand in hand with newer compositions such as "From the Rooftop". The only song I miss since a while is "Silent Cry".

Seeing and listening to Fates Warning live on stage is always a pleasure. These guys don't have any need to ballyhoo. Fates Warning has excellent songs in their musical repertoire, performed by musicians who share a common vision and passion for metal music. Jim Matheos and colleagues belong to the spearhead of progressive metal and the night in Leiden underlined again their importance and relevance.

Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017
Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017Live report FATES WARNING / PSYCHO VILLAGE, Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, 03.08.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftop
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Grey, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. SOS
  7. A Handful of Doubt
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part IX
  11. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part XI
  12. The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence
  13. The 11th Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes
  16. Monument

 

Location: Gebr. de Nobel, Leiden, The Netherlands

Date: August 3rd, 2017

 

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Tourdates FATES WARNING, PAPA ROACH, PROPHETS OF RAGE, and many more

Veröffentlicht am 25. Mai 2017 von Markus W. in Tour, Live, Prophets Of Rage, Papa Roach, Fates Warning, Devin Townsend, Five Finger Death Punch, Caligulas Horse, Leprous, Riverside, Triggerfinger, Vuur, Avatar, Rock, Heavy Metal, News, Prog Metal, Alternative Metal

Tourdates FATES WARNING, PAPA ROACH, PROPHETS OF RAGE, and many more

AVATAR:

04.06.2017 (CZ) Plzen, Metalfest
15.06.2017 (AT) Novarock Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest
17.06.2017 (BE) Graspop Metal Meeting
22.06.2017 (DE) With Full Force
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
24.06.2017 (ES) Download Festival Madrid

 

CALIGULAS HORSE:

19.06.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Rex
20.06.2017 (CH) Lausanne, Les Docks (with OPETH)
21.06 2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7 Konzertfabrik (with OPETH)
22.06.2017 (DE) Karlsruhe, Substage
23.06.2017(NL) Nijmegen, Doornroosje (with ANATHEMA)
24.06.2017 (NL) Midsummer Prog Festival 2017
25.06.2017 (UK) Southampton, The Talking Heads
28.06.2017 (UK) London, The Black Heart
30.06.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend Festival 2017, Barcelona

 

DEVIN TOWNSEND:

10.06.2017 (UK) Download Festival
16.06.2017 (FR) Hellfest Clisson
23.06.2017 (NO) Tons Of Rock Festival
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Metal Fest
01.07.2017 (ES) Be Prog! My Friend, Barcelona
14.07.2017 (NL) Neushoorn Leeuwarden
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
18.08.2017 (FR) Motocultor Festival, Séné
22.09.2017 (BG) Roman Amphitheater Plovdiv

 

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

02.06.2017 (DE) Rock am Ring
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock im Park
08.06.2017 (CH) Greenfield Festival
14.06.2017 (AT) Nova Rock Festival
16.06.2017 (DE) Matapaloz Festival Hockenheim

 

FATES WARNING:

02.06.2017 (UK) Underworld, London
03.06.2017 (FR) Le Forum, Baureal
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen
05.06.2017 (DE) Bind, Berlin
06.06.2017 (DE) Tivoli, Bremen
08.06.2017 (SE) Sweden Rock Festival
03.08.2017 (NL) Nobel Leiden
04.08.2017 (DE) Wacken Open Air
06.08.2017 (NL) Mezz Breda

 

LEPROUS:

01.07.2017 (ES) Barcelona, Be Prog! My Friend Festival
16.07.2017 (FI) Joensuu, Ilossarirock 2017
22.07.2017 (SK) Nova Bana, Gothoom Festival 2017
11.08.2017 (RO) Rasnov, Rockstadt Extreme Fest
19.08.2017 (NO) Mo i Rana, Verket
28.10.2017 (DK) Pumpehuset
29.10.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Logo
30.10.2017 (DE) Cologne, Luxor
31.10.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Rockhal
01.11.2017 (NL) Haarlem, Patronaat
02.11.2017 (UK) London, The Dome
03.11.2017 (IR) Dublin, Voodoo Lounge
04.11.2017 (UK) Leeds, Damnation Festival
05.11.2017 (BE) Vosselaar, Bebop
06.11.2017 (FR) Paris, Trabende
07.11.2017 (FR)Nantes, La Barakason
08.11.2017 (FR) Bordeaux, Rocher Palmer
11.11.2017 (FR) Toulouse, Le Metromum
12.11.2017 (FR) Marseille, Le Moulin
13.11.2017 (IT) Milan, Magnolia
14.11.2017 (FR) Lyon, CCO Villeurbanne
15.11.2017 (CH) Winterthur, Salzhaus
16.11.2017 (FR) Colmar, Grillen
17.11.2017 (DE) Munich, Strom
18.11.2017 (AT) Vienna, Szene
19.11.2017 (HU) Budapest, A38
20.11.2017 (CZ) Prague, Rock Café
21.11.2017 (PL) Warsaw, Proxima
22.11.2017 (DE) Berlin, Musik & Frieden

 

NEXT TO NONE:

28.06.2017 (UK) London, Koko
01.07.2017 (FR) Paris,Trianon
02.07.2017 (SE) Malmo, Slagthuset
03.07.2017 (LU) Esch Sur Alzette, Kulturfabrik
04.07.2017 (IT) Milan, Teatro Della Luna
05.07.2017 (CH) Pratteln, Z7
06.07.2017 (NL) Tilburg, O13

 

PAPA ROACH:

15.09.2017 (DE) Hamburg, Sporthalle
16.09.2017 (DE) Berlin, Velodrom UFO
21.09.2017 (DE) München, Zenith
25.09.2017 (DE) Ludwigsburg. MHP Arena
27.09.2017 (DE) Fürth, Stadthalle
28.09.2017 (DE) Offenbach, Stadthalle
03.10.2017 (DE) Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle

 

PROPHETS OF RAGE:

03.06.2017 (DE) Rock Im Park Festival
04.06.2017 (DE) Rock Am Ring Festival
07.06.2017 (DE) Berlin, Zitadelle
15.06.2017 (CH) Neuchatel, Festineuch Festival
16.06.2017 (AT) Nickelsdorf, Nova Rock Festival

 

RIVERSIDE:

28.05.217 (DE) Köln, Die Kantine

 

TRIGGERFINGER:

18.08.2017 (CH) Gampel Open Air
21.10.2017 (DE) Bonn, Harmonie

 

VUUR:

09.06.2017 (NL) Leeuwarden, Neushoorn
30.06.2017 (FI) Tuska Open Air, Helsinki
14.07.2017 (CZ) Masters of Rock Festival, Vizovice
15.07.2017 (NL) Dynamo Metal Fest Eindhoven
09.11.2017 (PL) Klub Studio, Cracow
12.11.2017 (DE) Kesselhaus, Berlin
13.11.2017 (DE) Markthalle, Hamburg
14.11.2017 (DE) Essigfabrik, Cologne
15.11.2017 (FR) La BAM, Metz
17.11.2017 (FR) Stereolux, Nantes
18.11.2017 (FR) Krakatoa, Mérignac
20.11.2017 (ES) La Riviera, Madrid
24.11.2017 (ES) Razzmatazz, Barcelona
25.11.2017 (FR) Le Moulin, Marseille
29.11.2017 (DE) Backstage, Munich
03.12.2017 (FR) L’aeroneu, Lille
 
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DVD review FATES WARNING "Awaken of the Guardian"

Veröffentlicht am 21. April 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Metal Blade, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, Heavy Metal, DVD Review, CD Review, News, Live, Jim Matheos

(9/10) It was in 1986 when prog metal legend Fates Warning released a milestone in metal - an album entitled “Awaken of the Guardian”. The longplayer was the third one the band released, following the debut “Night at Bröcken” and the sophomore “The Spectre Within”.

These three albums together have been cornerstones in progressive US metal; records, which were and still are influencing many bands around the globe. So what could be more natural than to celebrate the milestone record "Awaken of the Guardian" with a show that’s build on these eight terrific tracks.

What might sounded in the beginning as a mission impossible became true in 2016. The organizers of the ‘Keep It True’ festival came up earlier with some reunion shows of other bands and also unexpected surprises took place, but this time the guys outdo themselves – Fates Warning performed a set on the 2016 festival edition, playing the entire “Awaken the Guardian” album in the original line-up. Fortunately this show was filmed so that every Fates Warning fan has a fair chance to get this concert being delivered right into the living room.

John Arch, Frank Aresti, Jim Matheos, Joe DiBiase and Steve Zimmerman performed an old-school set that was a treat for each metal head that calls him a serious fan of this kind of music. Songs like “The Sorceress”, “Guardian” and “Exodus” are classics written for eternity, performed as if this Fates Warning line-up would have never parted ways. What surprises (or not) is John Arch whose voice sounds excellent. DiBaise and Zimmerman act as the powerhouse, providing a spot-on rhythm base on which Matheos and Aresti could build on with razorblade sharp riffs.

The encore was a special treat for everybody who likes this first era of Fates Warning since two songs from “Night at Bröcken” (“Night at Bröcken” & “Damnation”) and “The Spectre Within” (“The Apparition” & “Epitaph”) acted as the icing on this metal cake.

A few months after the ‘Keep It True’ festival gig a second concert in the same line-up took place – this time in North America. ‘ProgPower USA’ hosted the same show, which was built on the exactly same setlist. One exception though. The encore included with “Kyrie Eleison” another tune from “The Spectre Within” while “Night at Bröcken” was not played at ProgPower USA.

This release includes the footage from both shows. Each of them is a treat in itself and brings back a time when metal was heading towards its first peak.

Both concerts are highly entertaining, not only because of the music. They are professionally filmed with various cameras in different angles, which gives, thanks to a well-done cutting, almost three hours of pure metal joy. And the fact that Bill Metoyer was responsible for mix and mastering also means that you can count on an excellent sound that blows your speakers.

This album is a more than worthy celebration of one of the most important records on progressive metal music.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

‘Keep It True’ show:

  1. The Sorceress
  2. Valley of the Dolls
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Guardian
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Giant’s Lore (Heart of Winter)
  7. Time Long Past
  8. Exodus
  9. The Apparition
  10. Damnation
  11. Night at Bröcken
  12. Epitaph

‘ProgPower USA’ show:

  1. The Sorceress
  2. Valley of the Dolls
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Guardian
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Giant’s Lore (Heart of Winter)
  7. Time Long Past
  8. Exodus
  9. The Apparition
  10. Damnation
  11. Kyrie Eleison
  12. Epitaph

 

Label: Metal Blade Records

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: April 28th, 2017

 

 

The album will be available as:

  • Ltd. Boxset (4-CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
  • 2-CD/DVD
  • Vinyl
DVD review FATES WARNING "Awaken of the Guardian"
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TUESDAY THE SKY - the new project of FATES WARNING mastermind Jim Matheos

Veröffentlicht am 13. April 2017 von Markus W. in Tuesday The Sky, Jim Matheos, Fates Warning, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Rock, News, InsideOut

Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary US progressive metallers Fates Warning, has announced the release of the debut album from his new Ambient Instrumental Rock project Tuesday The Sky. The first full-length album ‘Drift’ is set for release on June 30th, 2017, and sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further.
 
Drift came together in the downtime between Fates Warning finishing Theories of Flightand the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him. He comments: “With this kind of music, it’s a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music.” Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced.
 
The album also features the talents of God Is An Astronaut’s drummer Lloyd Hanney, who provides a rhythmic backbone that is at once punchy, precise and restrained when necessary. Other guests include long-time OSI collaborator and former Dream Theater member Kevin Moore who plays keys on two songs as well as Anna-Lynne Williams (Trespassers William, Lotte Kestner), who provides ethereal vocals (of the non-verbal kind) on two other songs.
 
What the future of this project holds and whether it will be taken out on the road is yet to be seen. Matheos comments: “It would be a challenge to bring this project but it is an interesting idea and one I would at least consider if there seems to be enough interest.” What is sure though, is that Tuesday The Sky’s debut is a bold, brave, creative and ultimately successful album from one of rock’s most underrated of musicians.
 
The album will be released as special edition CD, black LP + CD & digital download.
Further details will be revealed soon.
 
In 2016, Jim Matheos released his 12th studio album with pioneering progressive metal band Fates Warning, titled ‘Theories of Flight’, and 2017 has seen them touring the US & Europe in support of that album.

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

Photo: Markus Wiedenmann

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Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

Veröffentlicht am 30. Januar 2017 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Armored Dawn, Fallen Arise, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Prog Metal, Prog Rock, Live Review, Live, InsideOut, Patronaat

Fates Warning is one of the most important bands in the fields of powerful progressive metal, no doubt. Over a period of 35 years (incl. the ‘Misfit’ years) the guys influenced many bands while constantly releasing albums that are milestones in metal. Regardless if it’s the groundbreaking first releases or the newer ones like “Theories of Flight”, Fates Warning always delivered excellent music that is a treat for your ears. Of course it’s a mandatory to see their show when they are close to your hometown. As we speak the quintet is on tour through Europe, a trip that included two stops in The Netherland – Uden and Haarlem.

When I arrived at the venue the first support band started their show already. Greece symphonic power metal outfit Fallen Arise have been the first ones that night and to my surprise the room was already pretty much packed. This is even more surprising considering the fact that Sabaton and Accept played the same night in Amsterdam which is just a few kilometers away. However, Fallen Arise nailed down a solid show that was built on their first two albums. It got pretty tight though on stage. The six guys could only use parts of the stage in the smaller of the two rooms, which basically means that the potential space for moving was one square meter per musician. Fallen Arise was a good start, but not more.

This didn’t change with the second band that night and one can ask the question according to what criterias the support bands for Fates Warning's current tour have been chosen. Band number two was Armored Dawn from Brazil, another sextet that had to do with the same space issues as their predecessors. The guys played in total five songs, based on their debut album that came out mid-2016. What was the gothic visual expression of Fallen Away became a ‘Manowar-like’ one with Armored Dawn and what’s a bit strange in this context is that the set included a Dropkick Murphy cover, ‘The Rose Tattoo’, which felt heavily misplaced - soundwise and stylewise. Talking about sound; no idea what the soundman did during Armored Dawn’s show, but the band didn’t benefit from his work at all. Singer Eduardo Parras was almost unhearable, the drum were too much in the forefront and also the entire mix was far away from being optimal.

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After these two bands and a 30 minutes stage rebuild the curtain rose (actually the stage had a curtain that was closed during the break) for the band most people came for that night– Fates Warning. What to say? As expected, this show was a true highlight. Jim Matheos and has gang inflamed pure metal magic that night, taking the audience on a journey through metal that included four new songs as well as the brilliant milestones ‘The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII. Acquiescence’ from the ‘No Exit’ release and ‘Through Different Eyes’ from ‘Perfect Symmetry’.

Fates Warning has a pretty stable line-up, something that benefits their music and sound a lot. However, next to the well-known Fates Warning icons Matheos, Alder, Vera and Jarzombek it was guitarist Michael Abdow who replaced Frank Aresti on second guitar. But since the axe man was part of earlier Fates Warning session it was to be nothing integrating him on this tour. This quintet nailed down a tight show that reflected 100 minutes of excellent progressive metal that combined history with present. It’s a pleasure listening to Matheos, a musician that becomes one with his guitar. Next Matheos more genius and introvert musical magic it’s power pack Joey Vera, building, together with drummer Bobby Jarzombek, a rock solid rhythm foundation for each of the Fates Warning tunes performed that night, all rounded off by a Ray Alder who obviously enjoyed every note he sang.

I think that there was nobody in the audience that night who was not impressed by a gorgeous concert of a band that stands for powerful progressive metal, performed in authentic and humble way. Fates Warning doesn’t need any gimmicks or fancy stage scenery. These guys have their songs, their setlist and their musical capabilities which is more than enough for concerts that are jaw-dropping moments.

There are two wishes though: Hopefully Fates Warning comes back soon to The Netherlands and hopefully with support band(s) that fit better to their music.

Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017
Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017Live review FATES WARNING/ARMORED DAWN/FALLEN ARISE, Patronaat, Haarlem, 29.01.2017

Setlist Fates Warning:

  1. From the Rooftops
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part III
  5. Seven Stars
  6. One Thousand Fires
  7. A Handful of Doubt
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part IX
  11. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Part XI
  12. The Ivory Gate of Dreams: VII Acquiscence
  13. The Eleventh Hour
  14. Point of View
  15. Through Different Eyes (Encore)
  16. Monument (Encore)

 

Location: Patronaat, Haarlem, The Netherlands

Date: 29.01.2017

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CD review MIDNIGHT WHISKEY WORSHIP "Midnight Whiskey Worship" EP

Veröffentlicht am 14. August 2016 von Markus W. in Midnight Whiskey Worship, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, US Metal, Power Metal, News, Fates Warning, Flotsam & Jetsam

(9/10) Sometimes good things in life just come to you. Finding the debut EP of Midnight Whiskey Worship was one of these moments.

Midnight Whiskey Worship is a project that comes out of the ashes of Dark Day Sunday, another project of Jason Bittner, Frank Aresti and Ed Lanouette. Dark Day Sunday isn't existing anymore but the guys are still busy with new projects - like Mid night Whiskey Worship.

Honestly, I never heard about the band before and I found them by coinsident. Digging deeper showed me that the guys have recently released an EP that comes with five tracks you shouldn't miss. I was seriously impressed.

Next to the three guys mentioned earlier, it's Steve Etzel (g) and Brank Zdravkoski (v) that are part of Midnight Whiskey Worship. These five guys recorded some prog metal tracks that have a real wow-factor.

The album starts with "Presence of Light", a first highlight. The tune begins with a gentle swinging guitar and slowly turns into an brilliant prog metal number. It feels like the early Queensryche meets Fates Warning with a touch of Dream Theater, something that also has to do with the great voice of Zdravkoski. This guys has a wide vocal range that is very beneficial for Midnight Whiskey Worship's songs.

"Windhorse" is next and it's another track that is jaw-dropping good. This five-piece band has the capability to write complex songs that include many layers. However, each of the tracks is comprehensible, for musicians and non-musicians.

The middle of this EP is reserved for an instrumental called "Storm King" before the band offers with "Re-Entry" is a next prog metal peak. It's a more straight-forward song that comes with a cool groove and stands out a bit from the rest.

"Dead Puppets" is the final track on this very well-done record and it's the most aggressive one. The rhythm section is pushing hard and Zdravkoski is strengthening his role as a real metal siren. Fates Warning meets US metal, that's how I would describe the song.

Midnight Whiskey Worship released a disc that surprised me and if you're a fan of Fates Warning and US metal from the eighties you have to check out these five tracks. It's an EP with a wow-factor and I hope the guys continue with Midnight Whiskey Worship.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. Presence of Light
  2. Windhorse
  3. Storm King
  4. Re-Entry
  5. Dead Puppet

 

Label: Self-released

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date: July 2016

CD review MIDNIGHT WHISKEY WORSHIP "Midnight Whiskey Worship" EP
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CD review FATES WARNING "Theories of Flight"

Veröffentlicht am 26. Juni 2016 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, News, CD Review, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, Epic Metal, US Metal

(10/10) Fortunately we haven't had to wait another nine years for a new album of Matheos &Co. as it was for "Darkness in a Different Light". It was in 2004 when prog metal masters Fates Warning released their "FWX" album and it took till 2013 before Jim Matheos and his metal passionats released a new long player.

Now, three years after this 'comeback', the next Fates Warning album arrives at your record store. "Theories of Flight" is the name of this eight songs including record that shows the band at its best.

Eight songs means in Fates Warning terms more than 50 minutes of excellent music that is full of mighty riffs, acoustic moments and a lot of virtuosity.

Even though it's already album number twelve it feels like Jim Mateos never running out of ideas and inspiration.

The heart of this long player are the two ten minutes long compositions. "The Light and Shade of Things" and "The Ghost of Home" belong to the best songs Fates Warning has written over the last years. The first one has a darker vibe included, starting almost like a Maiden tune. Actually it begins silent and peaceful. Alder's vocals are more narrative style before the songs develops to a heavy Fates Warning masterpiece that is full of hard hitting guitars and energetic vocal lines by Alder.

"The Ghost of Home" instead begins with some samples that remind of Queensrÿche's "Operation Mindcrime". As the other epos it's an acoustic guitar and gentle vocals that fill the air with beautiful sounds. Lyric-wise this number is a more personal one. Matheos' reflecting on a lot of moving when he was a kid, visiting these locations later on as an adult and reflecting on what all this added to his personality. This song is like a musical interpretation of a theatre play and captures emotions in a gorgeous way.

Even though these are the two longest songs doesn't mean that the rest is just props. Each of the other numbers easily keeps the high standards. "White Flag" is one of them and it can immediately be recognised as being from Fates Warning. These guys created their own trademarks - what else to expect when one of the best guitarists performs together with one of the best metal singer, accompanied by one of the best bassist and an excellent drummer. Things can't go wrong in such a constellation.

The shortest strike on the album is actually the title track that comes in the end. "Theories of Flight" is one of the more soulful songs that comes with a lot of emotional depth. Enriched by some samples the song is kept in a moderate pace and renounces vocals entirely. It's a beautiful number that closes one of the best, if not the best, album in 2016.

I'm listening to Fates Warning since they unveiled "The Spectre Within" and I never had one moment of disappointment in all these years. These guys are passionate of what they are doing. They are real artists and not only musical service providers.

Theories of Flight" is a MUST for each metal collection since progressive and epic metal can't be done better than on this album.

 

(10/10)

 

Track list:

  1. From the Rooftops
  2. Seven Stars
  3. SOS
  4. The Light And Shade Of Things
  5. White Flag
  6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
  7. The Ghosts Of Home
  8. Theories Of Flight

 

Label: InsideOut Music

Gerne: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: July 1st, 2016

CD review FATES WARNING "Theories of Flight"
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New FATES WARNING album in July

Veröffentlicht am 26. April 2016 von Markus W. in Fates Warning, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, News, Heavy Metal, Power Metal, US Metal

Good news for all prog metal fans. Fates Warning is close to finish their 12th studio album "Theories of Flight". Release date is July 1st and the longplayer of the five-piece comes via Inside Out.

The artwork for the album was created by Migigan artist Graceann Warn and Fates Warning guitarist / main composer Jim Matheos comments as follows: “The working title for the album was “The Ghosts Of Home”’ and the song with that name was first called “Home Again”. When I started searching for artwork I came across the piece that’s now the cover and it was called “Theories Of Flight”. In fact, the title you see on the cover is part of the original art, not something we added. There’s a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately, where Ray and I are often writing about various uprooting, escapes….flights. So I was immediately drawn to that phrase as being a better description of what some of the songs are about.”

 

Last but not least, here comes the tracklist:

  1. From The Rooftops
  2. Seven Stars
  3. SOS
  4. The Light And Shade Of Things
  5. White Flag
  6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
  7. The Ghosts Of Home
  8. Theories Of Flight

 

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CD review REDEMPTION "The Art of Loss"

Veröffentlicht am 3. März 2016 von Markus W. in Redemption, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, News, CD Review, Prog Rock, Prog Metal, Heavy Metal

(9/10) Redemption can already look back on a rich history that covers quite some excellent longplayer. It's five full-length records that have seen the light of day since the beginning of the new century and number six is now out in the record stores.

What's impressive with such a 'super group' is the consistancy when it comes to the line-up. The two main men behind Redemption are the two guitarists. Bernie Versailles and Nick van Dijk kicked it off in 2001, but in the meantime also Fates Warning singer Ray Alder and drummer Chris Quirarte are part of this prog metal command since many years.

When it comes to the new album "The Art of Loss" I almost got the feeling that at least the title has some autobiographical components, knowing that van Dijk recovered from blood cancer while Versailles is still on his way to come back after dealing with aneurysm.

Anyhow, five years after having released the latest studio album Redemption is back with their newest output. The record was long awaited and after having heard the disc I can conclude it is a real strong return of this prog metal flagship.

"The Art of Loss" continues with where the band stopped with "This Mortal Coil". The music is still comparable with outputs from Fates Warning (not only based on Alder's vocals) and Dream Theater. What is the joy of this album is the fact that Redemption never forgets that music is more than 'just' notes. The guys manage to give the each of the songs a high level of importance by adding emotions, dynamic and melodies. Van Dijk and Co. does this very well by not forgetting hardness when it comes to riffs and sound.

The highlight on this anyhow pretty strong album is the closer "The Day's End". Here we are talking about a 23 minutes long masterpiece that shows tha high level of musianship that goes along with the band. This epos contains so many ideas, twists and tweaks that it is thrilling throughout. I mention this song by purpose since it contains all you can get from Redemption. But I also have to say that the rest of this album can easily keep the high level of the closer. Tunes like heavier "Damaged", the title track with the neo classic solos and the light-hearted "The Golden Light" are pearls of progressive metal. This music fits for guys that want to have a high standard musical level as well as for fans that enjoy good music and well-crafted melodies.

Redepemtion is one of those bands that always delivered excellent music without getting really famous. But maybe it is this 'underground' status that keeps them fresh and going.

"The Art of Loss" became the expected great successor of "This Mortal Coil" and it's another milestone in the bands history that you should have heard.

 

(9/10)

 

Tracklist:

  1. The Art of Loss
  2. Slouching Towards Bethlehem
  3. Damaged
  4. Hope Dies Last
  5. The Golden Light
  6. Thirty Silver
  7. The Center of the Fire
  8. Love Reign O'er Me
  9. At Day's End

 

Label: Metal Blade

Genre: Prog Metal

Release Date EU: February 26th, 2016

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