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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

4.17 | 388 ratings

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Prog Leviathan
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2 stars I am amazed by the praise this album receives-- I found it utterly underwhelming and unworthy of its high marks.

To start with, the band's playing is not nearly as exceptional as it is hyped to be. I acknowledge some exceptionally complex instrumental passages, but as a whole there is little to grab the listener here; the heavy parts are monotonous and the textures are not nearly as dynamic as I've come to expect from Moore; moreover, Maethos' guitar is consistantly crunchy/distorted and has little emotion. I found the band's non-metal moments to be there most interesting, unfortunetly they are few and far between.

Worst of all though-- and I think this is probably what ruined the album for me-- is the TERRIBLE singing of Ray Alder. At his best, he sounds like an '80's hair-metal frontman, but he is more often than not groaning out uncreative, monotonous passages with zero range or charisma. The band would be much better off as an instrumental act, and even then only if they upped the ante with more inspired songwriting and playing.

Listen before you buy, and even then buy any of the many many many more excellant prog-metal albums out there before getting this one!

Songwriting: 2 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 1 Style/Emotion/Replay: 1

Prog Leviathan | 2/5 |


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