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Fates Warning

Formed: 1983
From: Hartford, CT, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Fates Warning news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Fates Warning Premiere "Firefly" Music Video

Progressive metal act Fates Warning premiered the new music video "Firefly" over at Guitar World's website at this location (also streaming in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Darkness in a Different Light," which is available now via InsideOut Music.

Check out "Firefly" here:

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Artizan Gearing Up For Tour With Fates Warning

Artizan will be joining Fates Warning for the second leg of the band's U.S. tour kicking off December 3rd.

Artizan will be performing in support of latest album "Ancestral Energy" and you can catch the band live with Fates Warning on these dates:

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 Tempe, AZ - Club Red
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

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Fates Warning Posts Live Video

Fates Warning - which is kicking off a North American tour tonight - has posted a new live video online for the track "I Am."

"I Am" comes off the recently released "Darkness In A Different Light," which is available through InsideOut Music and is the band's first studio output in nearly a decade. Dates for the group's current trek can be found after the jump.

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Fates Warning Kicking Off North American Tour

The U.S. progressive metal pioneers in Fates Warning are gearing up to head out on their North American headline tour, kicking off tomorrow in Joliet, IL.

The tour will hit 23 North American cities, and will come to a close in Seattle, WA on December 14th. Support will be split between two halves of the tour, and will come from Halcyon Way and Artizan. See below for a full listing of tour dates.

On October 1st, Fates Warning released a first new album in over nine years, "Darkness In A Different Light," via InsideOutMusic. More...

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Fates Warning Posts Album Sampler

In the light of the imminent street date for "Darkness In A Different Light," Fates Warning has posted an album sampler online containing of all the album's tracks. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of GuitarWorld.com.

The album is due out September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic. The track listing is as follows:

1. One Thousand Fires
2. Firefly
3. Desire
4. Falling
5. I Am
6. Lighthouse
7. Into The Black
8. Kneel And Obey
9. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves More...

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Fates Warning Streaming New Track

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled "Darkness In A Different Light" on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

Another song from the new album, "I Am," can be heard in the player below. You can also check out the previously posted track "Firefly" at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:

1. One Thousand Fires
2. Firefly
3. Desire
4. Falling
5. I Am
6. Lighthouse
7. Into The Black
8. Kneel And Obey
9. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

Next to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, "Darkness In A Different Light" will also be available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180gr. vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with the following four bonus tracks:

1. Firefly (Extended)
2. Falling Further
3. One (Live)
4. Life In Still Water (Live) More...

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Halcyon Way And Artizan Join Fates Warning Tour

Halcyon Way and Artizan announced through Intromental management that both bands will provide direct support to Fates Warning on the upcoming North American Tour. Fates Warning is releasing its new album "Darkness In a Different Light" on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via InsideOutMusic. Halcyon Way has an upcoming release "Conquer," the release date of which has not been revealed as of yet. Artizan just released its latest album "Ancestral Energy" back in May via Pure Steel Records.

The following dates will feature Fates Warning with Halcyon Way:

Nov. 15 -- Joliet, IL -- Mojoe's
Nov. 16 -- Detroit, MI -- Harpos
Nov. 17 -- Louisville, KY -- Diamond Pub & Billiards
Nov. 18 -- Cleveland, OH -- Peabody's
Nov. 20 -- Toronto, ONT -- Mod Club
Nov. 21 -- Poughkeepsie, NY -- The Chance
Nov. 22 -- Hartford, CT -- Webster Theater
Nov. 23 -- New York, NY -- The Studio @ Webster Hall
Nov. 24 -- Clifton, NJ -- Dingbatz
Nov. 26 -- Amityville, NY -- Revolution
Nov. 27 -- Lancaster, PA -- Chameleon Club
Nov. 30 -- Spartanburg, SC -- Ground Zero
Dec. 1 -- Atlanta, GA -- Masquerade

The following dates will feature Fates Warning with Artizan:

Dec. 3 -- Houston, TX -- Scout Bar
Dec. 4 -- San Antonio, TX -- Backstage Live
Dec. 5 -- Dallas, TX -- Trees
Dec. 7 -- Phoenix, AZ -- Rocky Point Cantina
Dec. 8 -- San Diego, CA -- Brick By Brick
Dec. 10 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Whisky
Dec. 11 -- San Francisco, CA -- DNA Lounge
Dec. 13 -- Portland, OR -- Hawthorne Theater
Dec. 14 -- Seatlle, WA -- Studio Seven

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Fates Warning Premieres New Track "Firefly"

Progressive metal act Fates Warning premiered the new track "Firefly" over at U.K.'s Classic Rock Magazine at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the band's upcoming new release (and first in a decade) "Darkness In a Different Light," which is scheduled for release on September 30th (EU) and October 1st (North America) via InsideOutMusic. It was produced by guitarist Jim Matheos and mixed by long time Fates Warning engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.

The album will be available in the standard CD, as well as a 2CD Mediabook edition (Europe) and a Gatefold 2LP version with four bonus tracks.

Vocalist Ray Alder had the following comments about the song: "'Firefly' is very personal to me in more ways than one.... After I had written the melody for this song, I knew immediately what the title was going to be, as well as the subject, it just fit the mood. As for the subject, I'm pretty sure we've all felt this way at one time or another. Sometimes things just don't work out the way you think they would, but that's okay, that's part of life...We move on. Ironically, while recording "Firefly" in New Hampshire I was outside the studio late one night, and there they were, floating through the trees in the forest! I hadn't seen a single firefly for at least fifteen year since I had left my hometown of San Antonio TX, so I kinda took it as a sign, a sign of what, I don't know...
But very ironic nonetheless..."

The track listing for "Darkness In A Different Light" is as follows:

1. One Thousand Fires
2. Firefly
3. Desire
4. Falling
5. I Am
6. Lighthouse
7. Into The Black
8. Kneel And Obey
9. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

Bonus Tracks:

1. Firefly (Extended)
2. Falling Further
3. One (Live)
4. Life In Still Water (Live)

Check out "Firefly" here: More...

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Fates Warning Reveals American, European Tours

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning has headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014. Currently announced dates are available below.

The band will be touring in support of its first studio album in nearly a decade. Entitled "Darkness In A Different Light," the album will be released on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 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 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 artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro. More...

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Fates Warning To Release New Album

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 be released on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 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 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 artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro. Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder checked in with a comment as follows: More...

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Fates Warning Announces New Tour, Album

The wait is over, and one of the premier bands of the American progressive metal movement is back! Fates Warning is proud to announce that the band will enter the studio in April to begin tracking on a new studio album - the group's first album of new material in nine years, and first studio release for InsideOut Music.

The Fates Warning U.S. run will launch November 15th in Joliet, IL and wrap December 14th in Seattle, WA. The band's 11th studio album is set for a fall release, and will feature founding guitarist Jim Matheos, classic lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitars), longtime bassist Joey Vera, and drummer Bobby Jarzombek.

Tickets for the band's long-awaited winter tour will be available for purchase starting March 27th - please see below for all Fates Warning U.S. tour dates (European and South American dates will be announced soon). Fates Warning was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here. More...

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Sunday Old School: Fates Warning

The band I bring you today has special significance to me, because looking at its history is almost like looking at a mirror image of my own. Thirty years ago this year, when I got my start on college radio, these guys were the first band I ever sat in on an interview with. That interview was done by the other metal DJ on WNHU, with Joe DiBiase and John Arch sitting behind the mic with a demo in hand for their new band Misfit. That session was also one of their very first interviews as a band. Special times from a period long ago indeed. More...

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Fates Warning Issues Update On New Album

Jim Matheos has issued the following brief announcement online about the writing process for a new Fates Warning album:

"I'm happy to say that all the music for FW11 is now written (finally!). Still some lyrics to do, but we're close. Looking forward to sharing this with you in 2013."

This upcoming album will be the follow-up to 2004's "Fates Warning X." Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can stay up to date on the album's progress over at the Fates Warning Facebook profile.

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Metal Blade Updates 30th Anniversary Show Lineup

Metal Blade Records is proud to announce that Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X have been confirmed as the special guests for the 30 Anniversary show set for Friday, November 30th at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA.

The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout the band's set to perform a variety of cover songs. Also confirmed to attend the show and celebration are That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson, who will be hosting the event.

Here's what Don had to say about hosting the show: "So pumped to be hosting Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary Show with quintessential metal warriors, Armored Saint and a destined-to-be quintessential metal band, Gypsyhawk. Gonna be heavier than Honey Boo Boo's mama!"

Unfortunately the shock metal act Lizzy Borden will no longer be able to play the event, but the label will be making it up to the fans by bringing out new guests for the special jam session. Metal Blade will be announcing the special guests in the coming weeks. Tickets are currently on sale right here. More...

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Fates Warning Album To Be Re-Issued As 3 Disc Set

Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about re-issuing "Inside Out" by Fates Warning as a three disc set:

"Fates Warning: a classic name not only on the Metal Blade roster but within the metal scene in general. In the course of our ongoing re-release series, the band's classic Inside Out is another must have item. Fates Warning always been one of the most influential bands within the metal scene. Being one of the founders of the progressive metal movement they have influenced the likes of Queensryche or Dream Theater among many others.

"This re-release comes as a double CD plus bonus-DVD. It contains the classic original album as well as live tracks from a German show Fates Warning played in Dusseldorf in 1995 and unreleased demo takes. The bonus-DVD contains an assortment of live clips, from 1993-1995. The full track listing is below. A sample clip from the DVD, Monument, as well as one of the re-mastered tracks, Pale Fire, can be viewed now over at this location." More...

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Fates Warning Albums To See Vinyl Re-Issues

Metal Blade is set to release the Fates Warning classics "Night On Bröcken" and "The Spectre Within" on gatefold vinyl. They will be strictly limited to 1,000 hand-numbered copies each and in time for the one and only European live performance of Arch/Matheos in 2012 at the infamous Keep It True festival.

Both these early works of Fates Warning - featuring original singer John Arch - will be released on gatefold vinyl with the original cover art and the remastered versions of the album tracks.

"Night On Bröcken" will be available on 180g black vinyl and green colored vinyl while "The Spectre Within" will be available on 180g black vinyl and blue colored vinyl. Both albums will be available from Metal Blade Europe April 27th/30th.

For more details on Fates Warning and the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to this location.

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Shattered Destiny Completes Debut EP

Shattered Destiny recently finished up mastering the debut EP, "Fragments." You can have a listen on the band's Facebook page "bandpage." The band has also released a studio video, which can be seen below.

The EP features Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) on drums. The “Fragments” EP will be available March 20, 2012 through all digital music services. A limited edition physical pressing will be released through the bands website, Facebook, and Amazon on the same day.

“Fragments” was recorded in Rogue Studios by Martin Brändström (Dark Tranquillity) under the supervision of Joacim Cans (HammerFall) in early 2012. Pontus Norgren (HammerFall) mixed the EP. “Fragments” features original artwork by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity) and was mastered at Fascination Street by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth).

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Fates Warning European Tour And One Date In Brazil

U.S. progressive metal icons Fates Warning will be returning to Europe for a headlining tour in March 2012 and also a first-ever visit to South America (as special guests for Queensryche in São Paulo, Brazil on April 14th), before resuming songwriting work on a new studio album.

Fates Warning have now confirmed that Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob/Transatlantic, ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) will be once again joining the band as stand-in drummer on it's show in Brazil, commenting the news as follows:

“We're pleased and excited to announce that Mike Portnoy will be our special guest drummer for our April 14th show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. We had a great time playing with Mike back in 2005 at the Headway festival in Holland and we're happy that he's able to help us out again. We'd also like to make it clear that Bobby Jarzombek is still the drummer for Fates and will be with us for our European shows in March as well as on the new record we're currently working on. Unfortunately, Bobby committed to another gig on the same day (ironically, in the same city) before this show was planned."

Here is also an update on the upcoming European headlining dates:

FATES WARNING – European Tour 2012:

March 5 - Verviers (Belgium) - Spirit '66
March 6 - Pratteln (Switzerland) - Z7
March 7 - Paris (France) - Nouveau Casino
March 9 - Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
March 10 - Reichenbach (Germany) - Bergkeller
March 11 - Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colos Saal
March 12 - Bochum (Germany) - Matrix
March 14 - Munich (Germany) - Backstage *
March 15 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Orto Bar
March 17 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - MMC
March 18 - Prague (Czech Republic) - Exit-Us
March 19 - Budapest (Hungary) - A38
March 21 - Bucharest (Romania) - Jukebox Club
March 22 – Sofia (Bulgaria) - Mixtape 5 Club
March 24 - Moscow (Russia) - KKZ
April 14 - São Paulo (Brazil) - HSBC Brasil + Queensryche

* As special guests to “Vargas + Appice + Shortino”


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Fates Warning Greece Footage Available Online

Footage has been posted online (courtesy of YouTube user oxlodapac) of Fates Warning performing live in Athens on August 2nd, 2011. You can check out the first clip below and the second after the jump.

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Fates Warning Members Form New Band

Jim Matheos and John Arch are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The new band, called Arch/Matheos, began tracking the drums on January 12th and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album.

Arch/Matheos features Joey Vera on bass (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), Bobby Jarzombek on drums (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar (Fates Warning). More details on the new band and album will be announced over the coming months.

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