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A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY

Fates Warning

 

Progressive Metal

4.13 | 270 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
4 stars A little bit gray perhaps, but very pleasant indeed

A Pleasant Shade Of Gray was another step in the evolution of Fates Warning. While the previous album, Inside Out, was a continuation of Parallels, the present album constituted a significant step forward for the band. It is arguable that A Pleasant Shade Of Gray is Fates Warning's most progressive album, only rivaled by Perfect Symmetry. The whole album is one continuous piece of music divided into 12 parts running for over 50 minutes. It took several listens to get into and at first I did indeed find it a bit "gray". But with time new layers revealed themselves and it grew on me.

Kevin Moore of Dream Theater fame once again provides piano and keyboards to great effect and there are some superb but subtle acoustic passages. The whole album was performed live and the whole first disc of the live album Still Life is occupied by a very good performance of the album in its entirety.

Highly recommended!

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |

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