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Fates Warning


Progressive Metal

3.36 | 217 ratings

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3 stars Could still have had more!

It's good listening to a new album from a band that started my interest in this style. This is a strong album with a bit more focus than their last. I found Disconnected a little bit too, well, disconnected. There seemed to be a bit too much of a lame-ish Tool influence and the songs went on too long. A Pleasant Shade of Greyand Parallels are their defining works, and this sits in the middle of those sound wise.

This cd starts out superbly building to a great chorus with harmony vocals. Question: Why is this the only song with backing vocals? It really makes it, and much of my greviances would be unfounded if tracks 2, 7 and 9 (the faster rockier numbers), and even a few other songs had an interesting range of vocal or guitar melodies. Instead, Ray Alder shifts between his mellower vocal style and a vocally trained yell (ie. not the raw emotional style that ruins your voice). I wish he would put the tight undies back on again occasionally and use variation of pitch and delivery a bit more.

Ok, back to the album, the production is good, Jim's guitar sound has always perplexed me, but on this album it sounds good. Use of a 'twin guitar' attack also adds to the interest. Another Perfect Day is a catchy simple verse-chorus song and is perfect because of that. Handful of Doubt is another strong track. The longer songs on this album don't lose you, there's something interesting enough going on throughout.

Overall, a good album worthy of a listen, but I would prefer a bit more depth of melody and maybe a few twidly guitar bits.

praj912 | 3/5 |


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