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Fates Warning

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

Latest Fates Warning News

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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Infinite Spectrum Joining Fates Warning On Tour

NYC progressive metal troupe Infinite Spectrum has been confirmed as direct support for Fates Warning on a three-week tour this s ummer.

Infinite Spectrum's latest album "Haunter Of The Dark" (streaming here) was released in June of 2016 and is a full-length concept recording based on the short story by master of horror, H. P. Lovecraft.

Two weeks after the tour with Fates Warning, the band is set to take part in Progpocalypse Now!, a special progressive rock concert event where Infinite Spectrum will join The Tea Club and Crazy Swedes at Brooklyn's Knitting Factory. More...

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Jim Matheos Announces Ambient Project

Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary U.S. progressive metallers Fates Warning, has announced the release of the debut album from his new ambient instrumental rock project Tuesday The Sky. The first full-length album "Drift" is set for release on June 30th, 2017, and sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further.

"Drift" came together in the downtime between Fates Warning finishing "Theories of Flight" and the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him.

He comments: "With this kind of music, it's a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music."

Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced. More...

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Fates Warning Announces U.S. Tour Dates

U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers Fates Warning continue to tour in support of the much praised latest release "Theories Of Flight" and are now announcing a first run of dates for the album in North America in June.

Vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "We are very excited to finally announce the first leg of the US tour for 'Theories Of Flight'. We know that this news has been a long time coming, but it's finally here and we are ready to once again hit the States in support of a new album. The European tour was amazing, and we are anticipating nothing less from our home crowd. We can't wait to see our fans again. Get your tickets now. Thank you all!"

Here is a list of upcoming dates for Fates Warning:

Fri 06/02/2017 London (UK) - Underworld
Sat 06/03/2017 Vaureal (France) - Le Forum
Sun 06/04/2017 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival
Mon 06/05/2017 Berlin (Germany) - BiNuu
Tue 06/06/2017 Bremen (Germany) - Tivoli
Thu 06/08/2017 Solvesborg (Sweden) - Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 06/11/2017 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Tue 06/13/2017 Clifton Park. NY - Upstate Concert Hall
Fri 06/16/2017 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Sat 06/17/2017 Patchogue, NY - 89 North
Tue 06/20/2017 Buffalo, NY - Ironworks
Thu 06/22/2017 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Fri 06/23/2017 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
Sat 06/24/2017 Joliet, IL - The Forge
Sun 06/25/2017 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Tue 06/27/2017 Pittsburgh, PA - The Rex
Fri 06/30/2017 Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Sat 07/01/2017 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
08/03-05/2017 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air

More to be announced soon! More...

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Fates Warning Releasing New DVD

Legendary progressive metal act Fates Warning celebrated the 30th anniversary of third album, "Awaken the Guardian," in 2016.

To celebrate this milestone, Jim Matheos (guitar) reassembled that era's lineup for two special festival appearances last year: Keep it True XIX and Prog Power USA XVII. Fortunately for fans that were not able to attend, each show was filmed for the upcoming DVD/Blu-ray due out April 28th via Metal Blade Records.

For a preview of "Awaken the Guardian Live," a video for "Fata Morgana" from Keep it True XIX can be viewed below. Directed and edited by Oliver "Bomber" Barth, the Keep It True XIX footage was recorded on April 30th, 2016 in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany; the Prog Power USA footage was recorded on September 9th, 2016 in Atlanta, GA with sound recording and video editing by Kent Smith, plus audio and video recording services provided by Lucid Lounge Studios - Atlanta. More...

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Fates Warning Issues Tour Recap

After just wrapping up a January / February European tour in support of the "Theories Of Flight" album, Fates Warning has now checked in with this recap:

"Well folks, we've been back from the European tour for a few days now, and now that I've had time to unwind and reflect on what this tour was like I'd like to share my thoughts with you all... First of all I would like to personally thank each and every person that made it out to our shows in Europe.

"This was a very special tour. Not that any of the others haven't been, this one was just electric. I could feel it every night I stepped out on the stage. Yes, we were excited to play the new material but it seems that most of the crowds were even more excited to hear it. You, our wonderful fans, have no idea how that feels. To have played in this band for so long and to have everyone singing along to the new album was just, well it was amazing. Thank you for that.

"The tour started out strong, with our first sold out show in Essen, Germany. What a great crowd and evening that was!! In fact the crowds for this tour were about twice as big as our last European tour... And we could not have asked for more enthusiastic crowds. Every night was just as exciting as the last. More...

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Fates Warning Gears Up For European Tour

U.S. progressive metal group Fates Warning will return to Europe at long last next week to start a first European headlining tour in support of the "Theories Of Flight" album.

"Theories Of Flight" was released in July of last year and ranked high in year-end polls across all media, including #1 in Greece's Metal Hammer.

Support for the shows will be provided by Armored Dawn from Brazil as well as opening acts Fallen Arise (24.01.-01.02) from Greece and A New Tomorrow (02.-10.02.) from the UK.

24.01.2017 Hamburg (Germany) - Logo
25.01.2017 Cologne (Germany) - Underground
27.01.2017 Essen (Germany) - Turock
28.01.2017 Uden (The Netherlands) - De Pul
29.01.2017 Haarlem (The Netherlands) - Patronaat
30.01.2017 Aschaffenburg (Germany) - Colossaal
01.02.2017 Brno (Czech Republic) - Metro Music Bar
02.02.2017 Budapest (Hungary) - A38
03.02.2017 Bratislava (Slovakia) - Majestic Music Club
04.02.2017 Munich (Germany) - Strom
05.02.2017 Stuttgart (Germany) - Universum
07.02.2017 N├╝rnberg (Germany) - Hirsch
08.02.2017 Aarau (Switzerland) - Kiff
09.02.2017 Brescia (Italy) - Circolo Colony
10.02.2017 Bologna (Italy) - Zona Roveri
12.02.2017 Athens (Greece) - Gagarin205 More...

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Fallen Arise To Support Fates Warning

Alpha Omega Management has the great pleasure to announce that two of its roster bands, A New Tomorrow and Fallen Arise, are confirmed as support acts for Fates Warning's "Theories of Flight" 2017 tour in Europe.

Fallen Arise will appear from January 24 to February 1st, and A New Tomorrow from February 2nd to February 10th. Check out the show details below. The tour also sees on stage Armored Dawn as main support.

January 24 - Hamburg (GER) @Logo
January 25 - Cologne (GER) @Underground
January 27 - Essen (GER) @Turock
January 28 - Uden (NL) @De Pul
January 29 - Haarlem (NL) @Patronaat
January 30 - Aschaffenburg (GER) @Colossaal
February 01 - Brno (CZ) @Metro Music Bar More...

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Fates Warning Releases "SOS" Video

While touring activities in support of the latest album "Theories Of flight" by U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning is drawing nearer, a new official video clip is launched today in order to continue the release's promotional campaign.

Check out the clip for "SOS," directed by David Brodsky for MyGoodEye, in the player below. Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder commented as follows:

"We are very happy to announce the latest video for the song 'SOS' from our new album 'Theories Of Flight!' The video was recorded at Carriage House Studios in Stamford Connecticut, where we have recorded a number of albums over the years. It was great to be back there again! So many memories...We hope you enjoy the video, and we look forward to seeing you on tour soon!"

Fates Warning will embark on a first European tour for "Theories Of Flight" in January/February 2017. Full dates are available after the video. More...

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Fates Warning Releases New Video

In promotion of new album "Theories Of Flight," U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning today premiere a promotional video for the song "Seven Stars."

Check out the clip, which was directed by David Brodsky for MyGoodEye, in the YouTube player below. Vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment about the video:

"We are happy to debut the new video for 'Seven Stars' from our latest album 'Theories Of Flight.' This song is very special to me. The lyrics for this song were the first that I had written for the new album. I knew that my life was changing, I had met my lovely (now) wife who lived in Madrid, Spain and she was the inspiration for this song. I knew that I would be moving to Madrid soon, so the lyrics tended to come very organically.

"That theme would develop more as the writing progressed. Stories of change and moving on. Living life really. I found the flag of Madrid quite interesting. Seven white stars surrounded by red...Hence the inspiration for the title. I figured I would give a little tour of the city in the video since I'm now here. Enjoy!" More...

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Fates Warning Announces Tour

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning just announced a touring run in Europe supporting new album "Theories Of Flight."

The tour will be taking place in January/February 2017 and will feature Armored Dawn in the opening slot and one further band to be announced soon. Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment:

"Hello all! We are happy to finally announce the tour dates for the first leg of our world tour for 'Theories Of Flight!' We are very excited and cannot wait to hit the road with the new album! There will be more dates announced soon, as well as a few surprises, so keep an eye out... We look forward to seeing you all on this next tour! See you soon!"

In other news, Fates Warning just completed work on a first promotional video for "Theories Of Flight," so look out for a clip for the song "Seven Stars" to make a debut soon... More...

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Fates Warning Album Hits The Charts

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning just entered the sales charts in various countries with 12th studio album, "Theories Of Flight," released last week via InsideOutMusic. Here are some of the chart results:

Germany: # 12
Italy: # 80
The Netherlands: # 70
Belgium (Flemish): # 175
USA: # 2 Billboard Heatseekers / # 62 Current Top 200 Albums

Vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "Thanks to everyone who contributed to this amazing first week. We're blown away by the response so far. Thanks again!"

A new drum and bass play-through video (with a slightly adapted audio mix) for the song "White Flag" has now also been launched online and can be seen below. More...

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Fates Warning Posts Guitar Playthrough

In light of the upcoming July 1st release date for 12th studio alum "Theories Of Flight," the prog power pioneers from Fates Warning now offer a new song today via a play through video. Check out "White Flag" below.

A complimentary drum and bass play through clip for the same track featuring a special audio mix will be available separately in the coming weeks too. Fates Warning's Jim Matheos checked in to comment about the song as follows:

"With 'White Flag' I wanted to do something a bit heavier then what we've done in the recent past, but also to feature counterpoint type guitar parts, where the guitars are playing around and in between each other rather than in strict unison throughout. I also wanted to provide solo spots for Frank Aresti and Mike Abdow. Their contributions are one of the highlights in the song for me." More...

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Fates Warning Heard "From The Rooftops"

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning released a lyric video for the new track "From the Rooftops." The song appears on the upcoming 12th studio release "Theories Of Flight," which is out via InsideOutMusic on July 1st.

The track listing for "Theories Of Flight" reads as follows:

1. From The Rooftops
2. Seven Stars
3. SOS
4. The Light And Shade Of Things
5. White Flag
6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
7. The Ghosts Of Home
8. Theories Of Flight

Check out "From the Rooftops" here: More...

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Fates Warning Posts "Theories Of Flight" Preview

In light of the upcoming release of the much anticipated 12th studio album, "Theories Of Flight" via InsideOutMusic on July 1st, U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning are launched an album sampler video, containing excerpts from all songs on the album.

Check out the clip, which features footage entitled 'Feeding The Gulls' by Dennis Hlynsky, in the player below. The album is available for pre-order at this location.

Vocalist Ray Alder checked in to comment about "Theories Of Flight" as follows: "We began writing the music for 'Theories' while we were still touring for 'Darkness'...
I believe that the anticipation to write another record was due to the fact that we were once again touring and playing new material after nine years of playing the same songs.
It was exciting to be on stage again and we looked forward to getting back in the studio.
I also believe that our fans were happy to finally having something new to listen to..

"I/we are very happy with the way that 'Theories' turned out. Jim and I collaborated practically every day on the new album for over a year until we actually went into the studio.. There were many different versions of the songs until they were finally complete, and I believe it shows in the final product. I think that Jim did an excellent job producing the new album. The material is, I believe heavier than what people are used to from us, as well as my vocal style. We wanted something different than "Darkness" but something that still carried a lot of melody."

The track listing for "Theories Of Flight" reads as follows:

1. From The Rooftops
2. Seven Stars
3. SOS
4. The Light And Shade Of Things
5. White Flag
6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
7. The Ghosts Of Home
8. Theories Of Flight

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Dead By Wednesday Premieres New Song "Live Again"

Dead By Wednesday premieres a new song and music video for "Live Again"featuring Brian Fair (Shadows Fall) on guest vocals. The track is taken from the band's upcoming new album "Darkest Of Angels", which will be out in stores May 20 via EMP Label Group/eOne Music.

"The Darkest of Angels" features 11 tracks with 11 heavyweight guest vocalists including: Brian Fair (Shadows Fall), Eric AK (Flotsam and Jetsam), John Arch (Fates Warning), Rob Dukes (Generation Kill, ex-Exodus), Carley Coma (Candiria), Waylon Reavis (ex-Mushroomhead), Sean Danielsen (Smile Empty Soul), Paul Stoddard (Diecast), Kris Keyes (formerly Gargantua Soul), Antony Hamalainen (Armageddon) and Ceschi Ramos (Fake Four Inc.).

Check out now "Live Again" below.

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Fates Warning Details New LP "Theories Of Flight"

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning announced a worldwide release date of July 1st for the much anticipated 12th studio album via InsideOutMusic. The new album is entitled "Theories Of Flight" and comes packaged with unique artwork (which can be seen below) created by Michigan artist Graceann Warn.

Fates Warning guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos comments about the title and the artwork for the "Theories Of Flight" album as follows: "The working title for the album was 'The Ghosts Of Home' and the song with that name was first called 'Home Again.' When I started searching for artwork I came across the piece that's now the cover and it was called 'Theories Of Flight.' In fact, the title you see on the cover is part of the original art, not something we added. There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately, where Ray and I are often writing about various uprooting, escapes....flights. So I was immediately drawn to that phrase as being a better description of what some of the songs are about."

The track listing for "Theories Of Flight" reads as follows:

1. From The Rooftops
2. Seven Stars
3. SOS
4. The Light And Shade Of Things
5. White Flag
6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
7. The Ghosts Of Home
8. Theories Of Flight More...

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Fates Warning Starts Work On New Album

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning have started work on the upcoming 12th studio album effort, which will be released worldwide next year via InsideOutMusic. Guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos checked as follows to comment about the status of activities:

"I'm happy to announce that all the music for FW12 is now written. Still some work to do on lyrics and final arrangements, but the plan is for us to start tracking in December with a release date planned for the first half of 2016. In the meantime, I hope to see and meet a lot of you on the upcoming US dates."

Fates Warning's upcoming U.S. tour is in support of the current album "Darkness In A Different Light." It starts out October 9th and runs up to November 2nd. Here is a full list of dates (with recent updates*): More...

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ProgPower USA Announces 2016 Lineup

Glenn Harveston, promoter for the annual ProgPower USA Festival, announced the lineup for the 2016 edition of the Atlanta, Georgia event. Next year marks the 17th installment and will be headed by a U.S. exclusive performance by Fates Warning featuring original vocalist John Arch performing the 1986 classic "Awaken the Guardian" marking the 30th anniversary of the release.

The complete lineup, which was revealed after Anathema's set this past Friday, September 11th, is as follows:

Friday (September 9, 2016):

Fates Warning (USA) "Awaken the Guardian" in its entirety with John Arch. - a U.S. Exclusive
Scar Symmetry (Sweden)
The Gentle Storm (Netherlands)
Freedom Call (Germany)
Vanishing Point (Australia)
Ascendia (Canada)

Saturday (September 10, 2016):

Devin Townsend (Canada) with special guest, Anneke van Giersbergen
Haken (UK)
Refuge (Germany)
Green Carnation (Norway) ("Light of Day, Day of Darkness" in its entirety. - a U.S. Exclusive)
Serious Black (Multinational)
Savage Messiah (UK)

In addition, 2016 will see the Midweek Mayhem and Kick Off Shows merge into the main festival, to be known as ProgPower USA Days 1-4. Going forward, Wednesday's show will be a joint presentation of Milton Mendonca of Infinity Concerts and Nathan Block of Swordlord Productions and Thursday will feature three bands, each a selection of the three promoters, all of which will be the caliber of band that could headline any day.

Tickets will be sold separately for the first two days (Wed/Thur) and then the second two days (shown above). The first ticket sales for Days 3-4 (lineup above) will go on sale via Ticketmaster on October 3, 2015. Tickets for Days 1-2 go on sale go on sale November 7th (more info coming). More...

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Fates Warning Names Support Act For Tour

Detroit's "progressive super metal" act Imminent Sonic Destruction will be hitting the road this fall in support of Fates Warning on the first half of the upcoming 2015 North American tour.

ISD is currently wrapping up production on the sophomore full-length CD, a concept album entitled "Triumphia," and will be playing selections from it on tour.

The Fates Warning tour dates featuring Imminent Sonic Destruction are:

Fri, Oct 9 * Hartford, CT * Webster Theater
Sat, Oct 10 * Worcester, MA * Palladium
Sun, Oct 11 * Poughkeepsie, NY * The Chance
Tues, Oct 13 * Brooklyn, NY * St. Vitus
Wed, Oct 14 * Amityville, NY * Club Revolution
Fri, Oct 16 * Detroit, MI * Token Lounge
Sat, Oct 17 * Chicago, IL * Reggie's
Sun, Oct 18 * Cleveland, OH * Agora Theater
Tues, Oct 20 * Altoona, PA * McGarveys
Wed, Oct 21 * Dayton, OH * Oddbody's

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Fates Warning To Release Deluxe Reissue

Progressive metal legends Fates Warning will be releasing a 3CD/DVD deluxe reissue of the critically acclaimed 1997 release "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" on October 2nd via Metal Blade Records. "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" is a single song divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.

This all encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band's 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of "We Only Say Goodbye" and a studio cover version of the Scorpions "In Trance." The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for "A Pleasant Shade of Gray." Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of "A Pleasant Shade Of Gray": The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band's 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at The Whisky in Hollywood CA in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Friday August 6th.

Fates Warning will be touring North America this fall. The tour begins October 9th in Hartford, CT and runs through November 2nd in Ramona, CA. A complete list of dates can be found below. Exclusive VIP Packages are available for all shows and can be purchased at this location. There are two different VIP Packages, the first includes a chance to watch the band's sound check, meet the band, take photos with the band and a VIP laminate. The second package includes everything from the first package and in addition a signed copy of the deluxe reissue of "A Pleasant Shade of Gray." More...

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