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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

3.92 | 234 ratings

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3 stars At the time of this review Darkness in a Different Light was Fates Warning's highest rated album. Fact or coincidence? I attribute it the new-ness of the album, which was reviewed first by the fans hungry from a 9-year wait. Well it is a solid later-stage Fates album, certainly no worse than the predecessor, FWX: not overlong, dense, technical, instrumentally multi-dimensional (drums are trademarkedly all over the place) and loosely structured, but less chaotic than the Arch/Matheos project (essentially the same ensemble with a different vocalist). Its more trippy than overtly melodic, the most melodic part being the emotional vocals of Ray Alder, who is back to top form after his subpar effort on Redemption's latest.

But to call this a triumphant return to form would be an overstatement. Sonically it's similar to FWX and Arch/Matheos. Nothing here stands out, like the classics on earlier albums, and there's no successful experimentation like on Pleasant Shade of Grey and Disconnected.

Progrussia | 3/5 |


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