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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

3.47 | 174 ratings

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3 stars The second album demonstrated Fates Warning improvement in their musical composition even though they still could not get away from Iron Maiden's influence. In fact I could see now the blend of Iron Maiden, Queensryche and Helloween into one. But of course the influence of Iron Maiden is the most. The opening track "Traveler In Time" (7:11) is a good rocker with stunning guitar solo and powerful vocal. "Orphan Gypsy" (6:00) continues the similar style of Iron Maiden using double guitar work backed with solid basslines like those you could hear from Steve Harris work with Iron Maiden. My favorite tracks include "Pirates Of The Underground" (7:07) and the concluding track "Epitaph" (12:00). "Pirates of The Underground" has a good opening part followed with vocal work that sounds like emulating Geoff Tate of Queensryche. The music flows nicely in straight rocker style. "Epitaph" is basically an epic with progressive elements. It's an interesting track especially for those of you with progrock background or preference - you would love this track. I could guess that this track served a strong foundation for FW to move into prog arena.

Overall, it's a good album and do not expect progressive elements. Keep on proggin' ..!

Peace on earth and mercy mild - GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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