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STILL LIFE

Fates Warning

 

Progressive Metal

4.31 | 91 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars FATES WARNING's first double live album was recorded in Europe between April 16-26 1998, and I must say the fans at this concert are extremely energetic and enthusiastic.

The first disc is the entire "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray" record. And I do like the live version more than the studio recording. The crowd is so into this concert ! Some great bass work from Vera on "Part 3" and the intro of this song reminds me of ALICE IN CHAINS.The contrast between this heavy riff section and the mellow section where Adler sings "Pleasant shade of gray..." is a definite highlight. "Part 4" is a beautiful, transporting like song that gets heavy towards the end. It rocks ! It's moments like these that make me feel so blessed to know FATES WARNING. "Part 5" opens with some good bass and check out the drumming of Zonder ! There is so much tension in this song as if it's going to burst. It's cool to hear the crowd singing along to "Part 6". It's quite uplifting 4 minutes in with Adler's great vocals and Matheos' amazing guitar work. The crowd is going nuts as if in anticipation of "Part 7". I'm sure at this point in the concert that if Adler said "shoe horn" the crowd would roar their approval. After some keys are played we are treated to a scorching guitar solo. Zonder attacks his drum kit with reckless abandon as heavy riffs follow. "Part 9" is a beautiful ballad with soaring guitar. "Part 11" is an absolutely ripping song. "Part 12" is the final song and the background synths open it as the tension starts to build. Some terrific bass and blistering guitar in this amazing finale.

Disc two features a second lead guitarist in Bernie Versailles a former FATES WARNING member along with keyboardist Jason Keaser. The epic "The Ivory Gate Of Dreams" starts things off. I prefer the studio version to this one. The crowd is yelling and clapping as acoustic guitar is being played.This song has some brutally heavy passages that are contrasted with mellow ones. 8 minutes in is my favourite section. "The Eleventh Hour" is great and the heaviness comes in around 3 minutes as the crowd starts chanting. "Point Of View" has some amazing drumming and blistering guitar solos. Nice. "Monument" has some incredible guitar work after 3 minutes. "At Fates Hands" is becoming one of my favourite FATES songs. It's guitar heaven after 3 minutes. "Prelude To Ruin" is a heavy as hell monster ! Adler does an amazing job on this one that Arch originally sang on. "We Only Say Goodbye" is a great song to end this beautiful live set with. Great tune !

Well overall this is a must have not only for FATES WARNING fans but for Metal fans in general. 4.5 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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