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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

3.91 | 250 ratings

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3 stars This album was my exposure to progressive metal and something a bit more complex than 4/4 verse chorus verse chorus bridge chorus hair metal I'd been previously exposed to. As the first track started (an almost a capella piece by Alder), I thought I had made a mistake. Once the album began, I felt at home.

Disregarding the overtriggered drums and low mix guitar, this album rocks hard. Ray Alder's vocals in many places are piercing (good that he toned it down a bit in the future) in many places, but he's on target 100% with his delivery. Track 5, Shades of a Heavenly Death, is one of my all time metal favorites. The riffs and changes and vocal melodies in this song are excellent.

The epic "The Ivory Gate of Dreams" is a mixture of ethereal acoustic guitars, harmonic guitar tones, and odd time metal with some recurring, haunting themes. The music here is quite soundscapish in a way. I'm always reminded of a warrior riding off from his home for some reason. The biggest problem with this track is how some of the sections are blended together as they don't really flow (one section had to be faded out while the other faded in).

Each track on this album is quite memorable and unique unlike a lot of current metal. It's not for everyone, especially those that don't like the classic Iron Maiden metal sound.

| 3/5 |


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