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Fates Warning
Fates Warning
is an American progressive metal band,[1] formed in 1982 by vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos
Jim Matheos
and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman in Hartford, Connecticut.[2] A pioneer of the progressive metal movement, Fates Warning
Fates Warning
is often credited as one of the so called “Big Three” of the genre, along with Queensrÿche
Queensrÿche
and Dream Theater; namely, the bands who are most responsible for prog metal's creation, developing and popularization[3]. Their early work, influenced by new wave of British heavy metal, is also important in the development of American power metal.[4][5] Fates Warning
Fates Warning
rose to international fame in the 1980s and has experienced numerous line-up changes. From 1982 to 1996 — and temporarily in 2010 — Matheos and DiBiase were the only remaining original members of the band, with the former being the only constant member. Their current lineup consists of guitarist Jim Matheos, vocalist Ray Alder, bassist Joey Vera, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek. Fates Warning
Fates Warning
has released twelve studio albums, two live albums, one compilation album, one VHS, three DVDs (each of them features live concerts) and four demo tapes. The band experienced major American commercial success with the 1986 release of their third studio album, Awaken the Guardian, which peaked at number No. 191 on the Billboard 200,[1] and became the first album released on Metal Blade to enter that chart. Their next three albums — No Exit (1988), Perfect Symmetry (1989) and Parallels (1991) — were also successful; the first two peaked at No. 111 and No. 141 on the Billboard 200 respectively. By 2001, Fates Warning
Fates Warning
had sold over a millions albums worldwide.[6] Their most recent studio album, Theories of Flight, was released on July 1, 2016.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early career and first three albums (1982−1986) 1.2 Lineup changes and rise to near fame (1987−1993) 1.3 Later years (1994−2008) 1.4 Reunion with Parallels lineup and other projects (2009−2012) 1.5 Darkness in a Different Light, reunion with Awaken the Guardian lineup and Theories of Flight
Theories of Flight
(2013−present)

2 Discography

2.1 Studio albums 2.2 Live albums 2.3 Compilation albums 2.4 Singles 2.5 DVDs and VHSs 2.6 Miscellaneous releases 2.7 Music videos

3 Band members

3.1 Timeline 3.2 2010 Parallels reunion lineup 3.3 2016 Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
reunion lineup 3.4 Touring members 3.5 Touring guests

4 Equipment

4.1 Guitar rig and signal flow

5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External links

History[edit] Early career and first three albums (1982−1986)[edit] The first album, Night on Bröcken, was released in 1984 on the Metal Blade label. Mainly influenced by Iron Maiden and other heavy metal bands, in songs like the title track and, particularly, "Damnation," there were prog aspects that would be developed in subsequent albums. The Spectre Within, which was released in 1985, featured a more progressive approach with songs like "The Apparition", "Epitaph", "Pirates of the Underground" and "Traveler in Time", with many tempo changes, a greater complexity in the arrangements and fantasy lyrics full of symbolism and double meaning [7]. In 1986, original guitarist Victor Arduini left the band and was replaced by Frank Aresti. The third album, Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
- regarded as a groundbreaking and essential prog metal release[8][9][10] - was launched in that year, moving towards a more mythical atmosphere and a fully progressive approach towards song form, full of complex and unusual riffs and numerous tempo changes, on frenetic and evocative vocal lines, maintaining, however, a basic fluidity.[11]

Lineup changes and rise to near fame (1987−1993)[edit] In 1987, original vocalist John Arch left the band prior to the start of work on the band's next album. Ray Alder
Ray Alder
joined the band later that year. The first album with Alder, No Exit was released in 1988 and further developed the route taken by the prior album with a more powerful sound while setting aside the fantasy themes and atmospheres. It featured the first prog metal suite of the genre, "The Ivory Gate of Dreams," which is based on the Gates of horn and ivory. Following the tour in support of No Exit, original drummer Steve Zimmerman left the band in 1988. He was replaced by Mark Zonder in 1989. Perfect Symmetry was released in the same year. The album abandoned the aggressive sound of No Exit in favor of a more melodic and experimental one along with a melancholic atmosphere and intimist lyrics; full of extremely complex arrangements and an unusual and very articulated rhythm section[12], it is often regarded as a seminal prog metal album, “which laid the foundations of the sound of the 90s”[13]. Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
(keyboardist for Dream Theater
Dream Theater
at the time) was featured as a guest on the song "At Fate's Hands", while the cover is signed by Hugh Syme, famous for his work with the Canadian progressive rock band Rush. 1991 saw the release of Parallels, which was distributed by Warner. The album, that started the collaboration with Rush producer Terry Brown, is made up of a more accessible and streamlined songs than in the past, expect for trakcs such as “The Eleventh Hour” and “Life in Still Waters”.[14]Parallels is considered an essential and fundamental album, that “has influenced a great amount of subsequent musicians”[15], and is possibly the band’s most commercially successful record.[16]. New Dream Theater
Dream Theater
vocalist James LaBrie made a guest appearance on the song "Life in Still Water". Later years (1994−2008)[edit] Slowing down after the momentum of the previous releases, the band took two and a half years to complete 1994's Inside Out, which continued in the general vein of the previous album while adding more melody to the songs. The band's lineup also remained intact between albums for the first time since Spectre Within. Band members have attributed the album's comparative lack of success to confusion while writing this album in the wake of the success of Parallels and their subsequent failure to maintain release momentum. Inside Out was followed by a 1995 compilation, Chasing Time, which included two previously unreleased songs. In 1996, both Joe DiBiase and Frank Aresti
Frank Aresti
left the group. The three remaining members, Alder, Matheos and Zonder, joined by new member Joey Vera
Joey Vera
on bass and Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
as a guest keyboardist, released A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
in 1997. Written as a concept album, A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
revealed a much darker and bleaker mood in songwriting style than had been heard before from the band. The album consists of a single 53-minute song split into twelve parts, making it the longest track Fates Warning
Fates Warning
has ever recorded. A live two-CD set, Still Life, was released in 1998, containing A Pleasant Shade of Gray performed live in its entirety. Joey Vera (bass), Bernie Versailles (guitars) and Jason Keazer (keyboards) accompanied the group on this album. A Japanese version included a studio Scorpions cover, "In Trance." The A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
lineup consisting of Alder, Matheos, Zonder, Vera, and Moore, returned to record Disconnected in 2000. In 2003, Frank Aresti
Frank Aresti
was asked to fill in on a tour with Dream Theater and Queensryche. He officially rejoined the band as a full time member in 2005. Their tenth studio recording FWX
FWX
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. Although an official member again, Frank Aresti
Frank Aresti
did not appear because the writing had been completed and contracts had been signed already. Live in Athens, a concert DVD, was released in 2005; This DVD included guest drummer Nick D'Virgilio. In the liner notes to the 2005 expanded edition of the Awaken the Guardian album, Dream Theater
Dream Theater
drummer Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
noted that, "very often fans and critics credit Dream Theater
Dream Theater
for creating a whole new genre of progressive metal music in the late '80s/early '90s, . . . but the truth is Fates Warning
Fates Warning
were doing it years before us."[17] 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
Judas Priest
tribute, and "Sign of the Southern Cross" on the 2000 Holy Dio Ronnie James Dio tribute.[citation needed] Reunion with Parallels lineup and other projects (2009−2012)[edit] In 2010, Fates Warning
Fates Warning
played select dates with the Parallels lineup (Alder, Matheos, Zonder, Aresti and DiBiase) to celebrate the reissued, remastered and expanded edition of the classic album. At the beginning of 2011, an announcement was made that Matheos and original vocalist John Arch had formed a band called Arch / Matheos. Their debut album was released in the autumn of that year, also featuring Joey Vera
Joey Vera
on bass guitar, Bobby Jarzombek on drums and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar.[18] Darkness in a Different Light, reunion with Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
lineup and Theories of Flight
Theories of Flight
(2013−present)[edit] After many delays, Fates Warning
Fates Warning
released its eleventh studio album Darkness in a Different Light
Darkness in a Different Light
on September 27, 2013. It was the band's first album since 2004's FWX.[19][20][21] In March 2016 the Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
lineup (Arch, Matheos, Aresti, DiBiase and Zimmerman) reunited for a European show to celebrate the album's 30th anniversary. That lineup also headlined the Progpower USA Festival in Atlanta, Georgia in September 2016.[citation needed] Fates Warning
Fates Warning
entered the studio in December 2015 to begin recording their twelfth studio album, which was planned for release in early 2016.[22] The album, titled Theories of Flight, was released on July 1, 2016.[23] Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Night on Bröcken
Night on Bröcken
(1984) The Spectre Within
The Spectre Within
(1985) Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
(1986) No Exit (1988) Perfect Symmetry (1989) Parallels (1991) Inside Out (1994) A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
(1997) Disconnected (2000) FWX
FWX
(2004) Darkness in a Different Light
Darkness in a Different Light
(2013) Theories of Flight
Theories of Flight
(2016)

Live albums[edit]

Still Life (1998) Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
Live (2017)

Compilation albums[edit]

Chasing Time (1995)

Singles[edit]

"Anarchy Divine" (1988) "Silent Cries" (1988) "Through Different Eyes" (1989) "Point of View" (1991) "Eye to Eye" (1992) "We Only Say Goodbye" (1992; a remix version was going to be the third single from Parallels, later appeared in the compilation Chasing Time) "Pale Fire" (1994) "Monument" (1994) ??? " A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
pt. 2" (1997) "Simple Human" (2004) "Firefly" (2013)

DVDs and VHSs[edit]

A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
(1998, VHS) Live At The Dynamo (2000) The View from Here (2003) Live in Athens (2005) A View From Here (2007) Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
Live (2017)

Miscellaneous releases[edit]

Demo 1983 (1983) Misfit Demo (1983) Demo 1984 (1984) Dickie Demo (1985) Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
Re-Release (Box Set) (2005)

CD1: Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
Remaster CD CD2: Demos & Live CD CD3: DVD: 28 December 1986 at Sundance, Long Island, NY

Inside Out / Disconnected (combined re-release with bonus tracks) (2007)

Music videos[edit]

"Kyrie Eleison" (1986) "Anarchy Divine" (1988) "Silent Cries" (1988) "Through Different Eyes" (1989) "Point of View" (1991) "Eye to Eye" (1992) "Monument" (1994) "Simple Human" (2004) "I Am" (2013) "Firefly" (2013) "From The Rooftops" (Lyric Video) (2016) "Seven Stars" (2016) "SOS" (2016)

Band members[edit]

Current members

Jim Matheos
Jim Matheos
− guitar (1982−present) Ray Alder
Ray Alder
− vocals (1987−present) Joey Vera
Joey Vera
− bass guitar (1996–present) Bobby Jarzombek − drums (2007–present)

Former members

Victor Arduini − guitars (1982−1985) John Arch − vocals (1982−1987) Steve Zimmermann − drums (1982−1988) Joe DiBiase − bass guitar (1982−1996) Frank Aresti
Frank Aresti
− guitar (1985−1996, 2005–2016) Chris Cronk − vocals (1987) Mark Zonder − drums (1988−2005) Nick D'Virgilio
Nick D'Virgilio
− drums (2005-2007)

Timeline[edit]

2010 Parallels reunion lineup[edit]

Ray Alder: vocals Jim Matheos: guitar Frank Aresti: guitar Mark Zonder: drums Joe DiBiase: bass

2016 Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
reunion lineup[edit]

John Arch: vocals Jim Matheos: guitar Frank Aresti: guitar Steve Zimmermann: drums Joe DiBiase: bass

Touring members[edit]

Ed Roth: keyboards (1997) Jason Keazar: keyboards (1997−1998) Bernie Versailles: guitar (1998) Joey Vera: bass (1996−2000; full-time member since 2000) Shaun Michaud: keyboards, guitar (2000) Nick D'Virgilio: drums (2003–2007) Frank Aresti: guitars (2003–2009; full-time member between 2011-2016) Bobby Jarzombek: drums (2007, 2009) Michael Abdow: guitar (2013, 2016-present)

Touring guests[edit]

Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore
− keyboards (2005) Mike Portnoy
Mike Portnoy
− drums (2005, 2012) James LaBrie
James LaBrie
− vocals (2005)

Equipment[edit] Guitar rig and signal flow[edit] A detailed gear diagram of Jim Matheos' 2012 Fates Warning
Fates Warning
guitar rig is well-documented.[24] References[edit]

^ a b Prato, Greg (22 May 2003). "Fates Warning". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-31.  ^ "FATES WARNING Profile:". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-06.  ^ "Progressive Metal". Progarchives.  ^ Taniwha. " Fates Warning
Fates Warning
biography". MusicMight. Retrieved 2015-08-07.  ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry (2003). A–Z of Power Metal. Rockdetector Series. Cherry Red Books. ISBN 978-1-901447-13-2.  ^ "Fates Warning". InsideOut Music.  ^ Wagner 2010, pp. 55-56. ^ "10 Essential Progressive Metal Album". TeamRock.  ^ Wagner, Jeff. "Awaken The Guardian". Decibel Magazine.  ^ "Awaken The Guardian". Power of Prog.  ^ Wagner 2010, pp. 56-57. ^ Wagner 2010, pp. 60-61. ^ "The Absolute Guide To Progressive Metal". rocking.gr.  ^ Wagner 2010, p. 62. ^ "The Absolute Guide To Progressive Metal". rocking.gr.  ^ "Parallels". AllMusic.  ^ Review of the album Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
at PopMatters.com ^ Arch / Matheos Project Launched Featuring Past And Present Fates Warning Members; Band Tracking In The Studio bravewords.com. 2011-01-19. Retrieved on 2011-01-22. ^ "FATES WARNING To Begin Work On New Album". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2011.  ^ "News - FATES WARNING To Release New Album In 2012". KNAC.com. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 30 September 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-31.  ^ "FATES WARNING To Release 'Darkness In A Different Light' In September". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-08-02.  ^ "FATES WARNING To Record New Album In December". Blabbermouth.net. October 1, 2015. Retrieved October 1, 2015.  ^ "FATES WARNING To Release 'Theories Of Flight' Album In July". Blabbermouth.net. April 23, 2016. Retrieved April 23, 2016.  ^ Cooper, Adam (18 November 2011). "Jim Matheos' 2011 Fates Warning Guitar Rig" Archived 3 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.. GuitarGeek.Com

Bibliography[edit]

Wagner, Jeff (2010). Mean Deviation: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal. Bazillion Points. ISBN 978-0-9796163-3-4. 

External links[edit]

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Official website Interview with the band, 1994

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Fates Warning

Ray Alder Frank Aresti Bobby Jarzombek Jim Matheos Joey Vera

John Arch Victor Arduini Joe DiBiase Steve Zimmermann Mark Zonder

Studio albums

Night on Bröcken The Spectre Within Awaken the Guardian No Exit Perfect Symmetry Parallels Inside Out A Pleasant Shade of Gray Disconnected FWX Darkness in a Different Light Theories of Flight

Live albums

A Pleasant Shade of Gray
A Pleasant Shade of Gray
- Live Still Life Live at the Dynamo Live in Athens Awaken the Guardian
Awaken the Guardian
Live

Compilations

Chasing Time

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