David E. Gehlke of DeadRhetoric.com recently conducted an interview with FATES WARNINGvocalist Ray Alder. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
DeadRhetoric.com: The band has been active on the live front since the release of "X", but did it ever cross your mind that as a recording entity, FATES WARNING may never record another album?
Ray Alder: Yeah, it definitely crossed my mind. People were doing their side-projects all over the place, and it was never discussed or anything that "We might not get around to doing another album, it's been so long." It was always in the back of my mind that we would, though.Jim [Matheos, guitar] and I are pretty proud in that way and don't want to just fade away. I knew we'd get around to do another album, it was just a matter of when. All of these fucking side-projects, but here we are now and I'm completely happy.
DeadRhetoric.com: You had a stretch where REDEMPTION was your main thing, obviously.
Alder: I think I did four albums with REDEMPTION. Jim was doing OSI, and they seemed like his main thing. It was never meant to be that way, but I had the opportunity to tour and record with REDEMPTION and I don't want to sit around and do nothing.
DeadRhetoric.com: There's been a lot of patience from your fanbase. You haven't totally fallen off the map. There's genuine interest in another FATES WARNING record. Did that help with getting the album together?