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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

4.17 | 360 ratings

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5 stars rue Art is indeed a form of Self Expression, and that is exactly what Pleasant shade of Gray is, genuine self expression.

In the early 90's there was somewhat of small progressive metal bubble, which blew up in the mainstream. Pull me Under was blowing up and Fate's Warning also had there first taste of mainstream success with Eye to Eye. I have to say that the allure of actually mainstream success caused FW to water down their material for a more accessible sound with Parallels and Inside Out, and they were rejected. The mainstream audience, the record label and Mtv all turned there back's on Fate's. All this time and energy wasted trying to change for others, its exactly what Through Different Eyes was all about. The had seen the mountaintop and failed to scale the summit. Pleasant shade of gray is the backlash, from a band on the verge of collapse. No more compromise, or sacrifice, From now on it would be pure and genuine music, focused like a sharp knife. There is nothing mainstream or "commercial" about this album. There's no hit single and better yet, there isn't even any song names. Its all one song, flowing seamlessly. Its what they wanted to do, and its absolutely beautiful. This is my favorite Fate's Warning album, and they came back revitalized and stronger than ever.

On side note, DT can learn a lot from this move. They waste time with songs like "constant motion" and "a rite of passage" designed to be hits which will never be and they sound ridiculous, but with growlsy Magee out of the band hopefully they can rise from the ashes.

"Play from your heart" -Bill Hicks

Phoenix87x | 5/5 |


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