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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

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3 stars The start of the Prog-era

No Exit was the first Fates Warning album featuring singer Ray Alder and thus in many ways the start of a whole new era for the band - a more progressive era. Think Judas Priest circa Stained Class, but more progressive and without Priest's distinctive identity. Alder does indeed sound a bit like Rob Halford but again without Halford's distinctive identity. In addition to Judas Priest, one can also detect a Rush influence.

Like early Queensryche, the progressive ambitions of Fates Warning were not immediately apparent. The first half of this album consists of shorter songs that are quite conventional Metal songs not far away from the style of Queensryche. It is on the second side of the album that the progressive ambitions of the band become clear. The Ivory Gates Of Dreams is a 22 minute, eight-part epic with a nice acoustic guitar intro and a multitude of riffs. It toke many listens for me to sink in, but now I like it a lot. It is also featured on the very good live album Still Life.

A good start of Fates Warning as we know it, but it would get better on subsequent albums.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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