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A decade is a long time to wait for one of the revolutionary progressive metal band Fates Warning to finally make their return to the scene. Well that happened recently when the underground legends released their first album in 10 years, titled “Darkness in a Different Light” on September 27, 2013. The line up still consists of original member one of the founding fathers Jim Matheos. For some craving the vocals of original vocalist John Arch, well they would have to wait till the next Arch / Matheos project comes along, as Ray Alder takes hold of the vocals on here the same as the last Fates Warning record in 2004, it also includes Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on the drums and Frank Aresti on guitars. After having received mostly positive feedback on their new album, the guys embarked on a North American tour and we we’re able to catch them live at The Paramount in NY on November 26th. All reports we’re glaring as they belted some old numbers with a new mix of the new material as well. A big bill with 5 bands opening for Fates, including support and fellow progressive metallers Halcyon Way. It all build anticipation for one of the flagship prog metal bands to make it’s long way back to where they belong. Welcome back FW here’s hoping it doesn’t take another decade to release new material.
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers FATES WARNING have finally returned with their first studio album release in about a decade! Entitled Darkness In A Different Light, the album will was released on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Darkness In A Different Light is FATES WARNING’s first album of new material since the release of FWX in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band’s stellar current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).
The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The (above pictured) artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder checked in with a comment as follows:
Darkness in a Different Light is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.
I believe that this line-up is the best that Fates has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album. It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.
We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years. We plan on touring as much as possible for Darkness in a Different Light and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been…”
Indeed, FATES WARNING already have headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014.
Official press release
FATES WARNING North American Tour 2013:
FR 15.11.2013 Joliet, IL – Mojoe’s
SA 16.11.2013 Detroit, MI – Harpos
SU 17.11.2013 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub & Billiards
MO 18.11.2013 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
WE 20.11.2013 Toronto, ONT – Mod Club
TH 21.11.2013 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
FR 22.11.2013 Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
SA 23.11.2013 New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
SU 24.11.2013 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
TU 26.11.2013 Amityville, NY – Revolution
WE 27.11.2013 Reading, PA – Reverb
FR 29.11.2013 Springfield, VA – Empire
SA 30.11.2013 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
SU 01.12.2013 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
TU 03.12.2013 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
WE 04.12.2013 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
TH 05.12.2013 Dallas, TX – Trees
SA 07.12.2013 Phoenix, AZ – Rocky Point Cantina
SU 08.12.2013 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
TU 10.12.2013 Los Angeles, CA – The Whisky
WE 11.12.2013 San Francisco, CA – DNA Lounge
FR 13.12.2013 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
SA 14.12.2013 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
FATES WARNING Line-Up:
Ray Alder – Vocals
Jim Matheos – Guitars
Joey Vera – Bass
Bobby Jarzombek – Drums
Frank Aresti – Guitars
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