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THE SPECTRE WITHIN

Fates Warning

 

Progressive Metal

3.44 | 126 ratings

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Modrigue
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4 stars An underrated album ! The second recording from FATES WARNING and their first to incorporate progressive elements. Seeds of 80's prog metal can be found here.

With The Spectre Within, the band complexifies the structure of their songs. Style is always fast heavy/trash metal with high-pitched vocals, but, since the first opus, compositions have gained in quality and energy. The album features seven mid-length powerful mini-epic tracks in the vein of MAIDEN's Powerslave and QUEENSRYCHE's first offerings. Yet, the ambiance distilled by FATES WARNING is darker and more complex.

The opening, Traveler In Time, directly sets the scene for a gloomy nightmare. The atmosphere is maintained in Orphan Gypsy. Whereas Without A Trace sounds like typical 80's heavy metal, the next song, Pirates Of The Underground, is more complex and really epic. Then comes the highlight of the record, The Apparition, with its changing rythms and its Rime Of The Ancient Mariner feel. On the other hand, Kyrie Eleison is the weak point of the disc and don't manage to lift off. Fortunately, the ending track, Epitaph, is one of the best. Lasting more than 10 minutes, it features doom, epic, fantasy and epic moments. John Arch deploys all his talents here.

Althought a bit hard to get in at first listen, The Spectre should please early 80's heavy/trash metal fans and is a must have for those in IRON MAIDEN, early QUEENSRYCHE and FATES WARNING's Awaken The Guardian ! A compulsory stop in your journey to prog metal origins.

Modrigue | 4/5 |

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