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FATES WARNING: ‘Firefly’ Video Released

"Firefly", the new video from American progressive metallers FATES WARNING, can be seen below. The clip was directed David Solbjørg and Kjetil Kolbjørnsrud of Twitchyfilms. "Firefly" is taken from FATES WARNING's eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", which registered the following first-week chart positions: Germany: #41 The Netherlands: #90 USA: #162 "Darkness In A Different Light" sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1 via InsideOut Music. Vocalist Ray Alder comments on "Firefly": "I've always liked the romantic concept of the firefly. A tiny flashing creature searching for another on a warm summer night. Like stars that move..." Featuring founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, "Darkness In A Different Light" was produced by Matheos and mixed by longtime FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA, ANVIL) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California. The cover artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro. In addition to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" was made available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180-gram vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with four bonus tracks. "Darkness In A Different Light" track listing: CD 1 01. One Thousand 02. Firefly 03. Desire 04. Falling 05. I Am 06. Lighthouse 07. Into The Black 08. Kneel And Obey 09. O Chloroform 10. And Yet It Moves CD 2 01. Firefly (extended) 02. Falling Further 03. One (live) 04. Life In Still Water (live) FATES WARNING's North American tour launched November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and wrapped December 14 in Seattle, Washington.

FATES WARNING: ‘I Am’ Soundcheck Footage From Joliet

Video footage of progressive metal veterans FATES WARNING performing the song "I Am" during soundcheck on November 15 in Joliet, Illinois can be seen below. The track comes off the band's eleventh studio album, "Darkness In A Different Light", which registered the following first-week chart positions: Germany: #41 The Netherlands: #90 USA: #162 "Darkness In A Different Light" sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1 via InsideOut Music. Featuring founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, "Darkness In A Different Light" was produced by Matheos and mixed by longtime FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA, ANVIL) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California. The cover artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro. In addition to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" was made available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180-gram vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with four bonus tracks. "Darkness In A Different Light" track listing: CD 1 01. One Thousand 02. Firefly 03. Desire 04. Falling 05. I Am 06. Lighthouse 07. Into The Black 08. Kneel And Obey 09. O Chloroform 10. And Yet It Moves

Report: Fates Warning + Support Acts – Athens, Greece

This would be only the second time I’d see Fates Warning in my life, and I can’t say I had the best possible impressions from my first live encounter with them. Two years ago, I saw them getting pulverized by Dream Theater in Terra Vibe Park in Malakasa and giving me the certain impression that they can’t perform that good in an open scene. The great new album they recently released entitled ‘’Darkness In A Different Light’’ and the fact that I’d see them in a closed scene, made me decide giving them a second chance and I think I left with much better feelings and with the band raised many clicks in my conscience after this gig. If I add the fact I saw two very interesting support bands before them, then this Sunday night was worth spending time in Fuzz Club (which is only twenty minutes straight walk from my house, so pretty much I was still close in the neighborhood). Parthian Shot is a great sixtet that plays progressive music in all the sense of the word and not only they don’t sound cheesy and light, but they give you the sense that they know what they want from the music they play and what’s even more important, was that you could see them having real fun while playing, showing that they knew they had a big chance, which they surely took advantage of. They played the tracks from their self-titled EP (which you might have purchased if you got a specific Greek Metal Hammer issue and they also distributed it inside the club) and their last track was entitled ‘’Promises-The Damnocracy Anthem’’, a ten minute epic which will be included in their forthcoming album. Surely the most complete and demanding track they played. Heavy sound, great vocals, guitars that are not afraid to rage as much as they want, steady rhythm section and essential keyboard fillings is what you’d witness for about 35 minutes. The singer’s t-shirt was writing ‘’This is what a really cool dad looks like’’. If you are a new dad my friend, then I wish you and your family all the best (and to all those who have become fathers recently of course). The Silent Wedding came after a quarter and with this quick change, the fans weren’t tired of waiting and were ready to also welcome them with warmth. The guys play a more atmospheric kind of music, with the vocalist trying to get the crowd’s attention in favor of his band and succeeding to transmit some energy on the stage. Unfortunately for them, the guitar wasn’t heard at all, the sound fucked the guitarist up, at least on the four first tracks they played, leaving the bassist the duty of becoming the rhythm guitarist of the band as well. Of course, they are such a good band that they overcame the loss of their most valued weapon (as the guitar OWES to be for ANY metal band) and continued professionally enough, playing Savatage’s ‘’Gutter Ballet’’ before their final track. The cover was gladly welcomed warmly by the crowd and half an hour after they entered the stage, they left getting the people’s applause which didn’t seem to get annoyed by the guitar’s absence. If you encounter them, give them a chance, as they sound way better with heavy guitar sound. Still they managed to handle this situation with decency and that’s something we have to admit. Cheers to you guys as well. Fates Warning is one of the most beloved bands for the Greek fans, in such a way that there were a lot of people in a visit of them once again (while many of the fans didn’t honor Shadow Gallery for example a week ago, strange enough but let’s stick to the point). The band started with ‘’One Thousand Fires’’, showing the strength of the new album at once, and going on with ‘’Life In Still Water’’, it was time to please their die-hards, showing they would leave everyone satisfied. ‘’One’’ sets Fuzz on fire, the sound is by their side, heavy and clean, with Ray Alder showing flexible, Jim Matheos alone in his corner and the great rhythm section of Joey Vera on bass and Bobby Jarzombek on drums playing in such way that you think they are the band’s secret weapon. The third part from ‘’A Pleasant Shade Of Gray’’ leads us to ‘’Another Perfect Day’’ (one of the best tracks they’ve written the last years) and ‘’Down To The Wire’’ represents ‘’Inside Out’’ (which sounds much better live), before the sixth part from APSOG makes the gig go full circle. Here starts the part I get obsessed, as I LOVE the heavy side of the band, and ‘’Pieces Of Me’’ shows how much it suits them to play this way. It’s not bad at all to bang your head in a gig you know, the same goes out for the band as well, as they were pretty much far from their really heavy side in the 1989-1994 period. ‘’I Am’’ is a new track that sounds a lot like Tool and if you watched Jarzombek carefully, then you took free drum lessons on this one without asking. Time for parallel ways, with ‘’The Eleventh Hour’’ (surely the most complete track of their light period I mentioned above) and ‘’Point Of View’’, with the fans exploding and Alder showing he feels it deep inside him. ‘’Firefly’’ is in my humble opinion the best track they’ve written the last 25 years (don’t throw curses, my opinion is just a point of view after all, right?) and a reason to buy their new album immediately. ‘’Through Different Eyes’’ takes over again before APSOG Is represented by it eleventh part, closing this album’s suite for the night. ‘’Nothing Left To Say’’ must have been a surprise, I don’t know how many fans waited for it, and was the last track they played from ‘’Perfect Symmetry’’, time brings ‘’Monument’’ to the speakers and from the crowd’s reactions I can easily understand it’s a very personal track for many of the attendants inside Fuzz Club. Joey Vera did some backing vocals on it with the bass pick in his mouth, how much of a little god he is anyway… The band leaves the stage and returns shortly with another surprise called ‘’Still Remains’’ which sounds colossal live (just like anything from ‘’Disconnected’’ album’’), before they close the gig with ‘’Eye To Eye’’ and leave the stage after 110 minutes. The truth is we see bands for the same ticket price that play 70-80 minutes by pulling it to the edge, Fates played like professionals and showed why they are loved so much in our country. As for me personally, I believe they were much better than I expected and imagined. The fans didn’t like the fact that Ray was coming in and out of stage sometimes (to take some clear breathing I guess). Talking with friends after the gig, I got various opinions (or points of view if you prefer). A friend having seen them four times, said this was surely the best one. Another more experienced friend (we share the same age) said it was good, but as he has memories of them playing the whole APSOG back in ’98, he thought of this gig as inferior. I’m surely somewhere in the middle, as I haven’t seen them so much times and surely they play better being not a support band. I only hope they’ll keep this heavy side of theirs as much as possible and adapt it to the setlist so successfully as they did this time.

Report: Fates Warning, Wardrum – Thessaloniki, Greece

Fates Warning, having been one of the best progressive metal bands that still reign on top of their existence since the mid 80s, have come back anno 2013 with a new release “Darkness In A Different Light” and just a few days after its release date, a fully packed 8ball Club in Thessaloniki await them for another music journey. Wardrum, were the lucky and as it seems the hardworking band, that had the opportunity to open this incredible night. Performing songs from their latest release “Desolation” as well as some older tunes and some new yet unreleased tracks, these local power/prog metal heroes lead by guitar virtuoso Kosta Vreto, really set the standards high for every band that wants to be considered as professional in any possible way. Warming the crowd with their uptempo music everything was ready for the coming of the true global prog metal GODS!!! Fates Warning, kicked off their appearence with “One Thousand Fires” from their latest release and everything from that moment and on, was a completely orgasmic set with songs from “Perfect symmetry” release and forth. An amazing night for all the possible reasons,the band performed absolutely incredible and by far highly professionally and their difficult non-consuming music which only they manage to play so tight, overcharged everyone in the venue emotionally and literaly! Having Drum legend Bobby Jarzombek, replacing the austere and highly important drumming duties, of absent drum GOD Mark Zonder, everyone’s attention was to the little tiny things as well as the overall presence of the drum-kit controller and believe me none left unimpressed!!! Bobby Jarzombek, is just amazing to the way he placed himself and his duties as a drummer to the music, the style and the performance needed and simultaneously “demanded” by the Fates Warning back and new song catalog! Absolutely the FITTEST for this job!!! Another new link that didn’t make his presence unattended was session guitarist Michael Adbow in the Frank Aresti guitar parts. Playing note by note everything where needed he also did an amazing job! Now for the final and most amazing thing that was reveale to us from note one to the last note of the show was one true mystery that revealed to everyone that had their eyes on stage!!! Ladies and gentleman Jim Matheos CAN smile – and did so many times during the show- Jim Matheos CAN headbang – and did some of it enough times during the show to make us notice and mention as well- and YES my friends this was an absolute delight to see and enjoy!!! Ray Alder being way to good once again left everyone stunned by his performance and communication with the crowd!!!And so did the backbone and coenerstone of their music Mr. Joey Vera – who despite a minor problem during encore-indulged us to his absolutely high standard performance alongside with a band that sounded so professional like no other I’ve seen the past few years!!! Fates Warning were and will always be a hell of a great performance band with music so unique that even a full 2 hour show will never be enough!!!