Fates Warning

Fates Warning

Infobox musical artist
Name = Fates Warning

Img_capt = Ray Alder at Headway Festival, 2005
Background = group_or_band
Years_active = 1983−present
Genre = Progressive metal, power metal
Origin = Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.
Label = Metal Blade
Associated_acts = Redemption, OSI, Dream Theater, Slavior, Warlord, Armored Saint, Agent Steel, Anthrax, Gordian Knot
Current_members = Jim Matheos
Ray Alder
Joey Vera
Past_members = Victor Arduini
John Arch
Frank Aresti
Joe DiBiase
Steve Zimmerman
Mark Zonder
URL = [http://www.fateswarning.com www.fateswarning.com]

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, " [v] ery often fans and critics credit Dream Theater for creating a whole new genre of progressive metal music in the late '80s/early '90s, . . . [b] ut the truth is Fates Warning were doing it years before us." [ [http://www.popmatters.com/music/reviews/f/fateswarning-awaken.shtml ] ]


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 mythical atmosphere.

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" was released.

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 Water."

The next album, "Inside Out", from 1994, continued the vein of the previous album in general, adding more melody to the songs.

A compilation album, "Chasing Time", was released in 1995, including two previously unreleased songs.

In 1996, both Joe DiBiase and Frank Aresti left Fates Warning.

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 Trance".

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.


tudio albums

*"Night on Bröcken" (1984)
*"The Spectre Within" (1985)
*"Awaken the Guardian" (1986)
*"No Exit" (1988, reissued 2007)
*"Perfect Symmetry" (1989, reissued 2008)
*"Parallels" (1991)
*"Inside Out" (1994)
*"A Pleasant Shade of Gray" (1997)
*"Disconnected" (2000)
*"FWX" (2004)

Live albums

*"Still Life" (1998)

Compilation albums

*"Chasing Time" (1995)

Miscellaneous releases

*"Demo 1983" (1983)
*"Misfit Demo" (1983)
*"Demo 1984" (1984)
*"Dickie Demo" (1985)
*"Pale Fire (Single) (1994)
*"A Pleasant Shade of Gray: Part II" (Single) (1997)
*"Awaken the Guardian Re-Release" (Box Set)" (2005)
**CD1: Awaken the Guardian Remaster CD
**CD2: Demos & Live CD
**CD3: DVD: 12/28/1986 at Sundance, Long Island, NY


Music videos

*"Kyrie Eleison" (1986)
*"Anarchy Divine" (1988)
*"Silent Cries" (1988)
*"Through Different Eyes" (1989)
*"Point of View" (1991)
*"Eye to Eye" (1992)
*"Monument" (1994)

DVDs and VHSs

*"A Pleasant Shade of Gray" (1998, VHS)
*"Live at the Dynamo" (2000, DVD)
*"The View from Here" (2003, DVD)
*"Live in Athens" (2005, DVD)

Band members

Current members

*Ray Alder: vocals (1987−present)
*Jim Matheos: guitar (1982−present)
*Joey Vera: bass (2000−present)

Former members

*John Arch: vocals (1982−1987)
*Chris Cronk: vocals (1987)
*Victor Arduini: guitars (1982−1986)
*Frank Aresti: guitars (1986−1996)
*Joe DiBiase: bass (1982−1996)
*Steve Zimmermann: drums (1982−1988)
*Mark Zonder: drums (1988−2005)

Touring members

*Bernie Versailles: guitar (1998)
*Ed Roth: keyboards (1997)
*Jason Keazar: keyboards (1997−1998)
*Joey Vera: bass (1998−2000)
*Shaun Michaud: keyboards, guitar (2000)
*Nick D'Virgilio: drums (2005)
*Frank Aresti: guitars (Returned since 2005)
*Bobby Jarzombek: drums (2007)

Touring guests

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


External links

* [http://www.fateswarning.com/ Official website]

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