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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 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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Redemption Cancels European Tour

Los Angeles metal act Redemption has issued the following update about the band canceling their European tour dates:

"Dear friends: I am sorry to say that we are faced with the reality of having to cancel Redemption's intended European shows the summer.

"Part of our unique sound comes from our vocalist, Ray Alder of Fates Warning. As a long-time fan of Fates myself, I have always maintained that Redemption would not interfere with Ray's commitment to Fates, and we have worked very carefully and diligently since Ray joined Redemption in 2005 to ensure that both bands would be able to record and perform without conflict.

"We intended to play several shows in several countries this summer in support of our new CD, Snowfall on Judgment Day. Our management and local promoters in Europe worked hard to line up some great shows that we were very much looking forward to playing. Originally, there was no conflict, even when Fates announced some special shows and festivals to commemorate the 20th anniversary of their fantastic Parallels CD. More...

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Fates Warning To Reissue "Parallels"

Connecticut metallers Fates Warning have announced the release of the deluxe edition of their 1991 album "Parallels." Fans can get their hands on this new take on the album on March 16th, 2010. The deluxe edition has been completely re-mastered and contains over 3 hours of music and live footage. James LaBrie of Dream Theater also makes a guest appearance on the track "Life In Still Water."

Vocalist Ray Alder commented: "I think it's one of the best albums we ever put out and I'm happy that fans have the chance to take a second look at this important record. The lineup, the songs and the cover art all came together to make a great package when originally recorded and the bonus DVD really adds a fresh perspective to the album."

The track listing for the CDs and DVD in the set will be as follows: More...

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Redemption Readies New Album

Progressive metal band REDEMPTION is readying their much anticipated fourth full-length release, "Snowfall On Judgment Day," which is set for a September 28th European release date (October 6th in North America) via Inside Out Music.

Formed in Los Angeles, California in 2000 by guitarist/keyboardist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk, the band features legendary progressive metal vocalist Ray Alder of Fates Warning, as well as guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel), the rhythm section of Chris Quirarte (drums) and Sean Andrews (bass) and the keyboard talents of Greg Hosharian.

Nicolas van Dyk further comments: "We're very excited for the release of our fourth CD. We've continued to push the envelope of our unique combination of aggression and melody and the result is our heaviest and also our most melodic CD to date. There's a healthy variety in the songwriting, ranging from very heavy tracks to more ‘proggy’ songs, all of which share the melodic focus and emotional urgency that make our signature sound. We've had the opportunity to play a lot more together prior to the recording of Snowfall and I think the band is both organic sounding and tighter than ever. It's a record we're really proud of and we're glad to get it in the hands of our fans."

Throughout spring 2009 the band finalized Snowfall On Judgment Day, which was mixed by well-known producer Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn Lande, Circus Maximus). The album also features James Labrie (Dream Theater) performing a duet guest vocal spot on the song “Another Day Dies.”

Redemption recently posted a new song, "Black and White World" on their MySpace player.

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Kobra Kai Announces Shows

Kobra Kai, the metal band feature current and ex-members of Shadows Fall, All That Remains, Fates Warning, and Dark Day Sunday have announced a few shows. According to the band, "If you are a promoter or just someone who wants to throw one hell of a party, contact our people over at road to rehab management at kobrakaikills@yahoo.com and book Kobra Kai for your venue or keg party."

Here are the latest shows:

2/28 Northampton, MA @ City Sports
3/6 Chicopee, MA @ Maximum Capacity

The group's line-up includes:

Mark Lopes – vocals (Dark Day Sunday, Hellspeak)
Jon Donais – guitar (Shadows Fall)
Frank Aresti – guitar (Fates Warning, Dark Day Sunday)
Matt Bachand – bass (Shadows Fall)
Mike Bartlett – drums (ex–All That Remains)

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Redemption Reveals New DVD Details

LA progressive metallers, Redemption, will be releasing a live DVD, titled "Frozen in the Moment: Live in Atlanta," through Inside Out on the following release dates:

Germany, Austria and Switzerland: February 27, 2009
Rest of Europe: March 2, 2009
North America: March 3, 2009

The DVD will contain nine tracks and a 12 minute video, photo tour diary set to an unreleased instrumental from a Dream Theater songwriting contest from 2003, and outtakes.

The track listing for the DVD is as follows:

1. Threads
2. Bleed Me Dry
3. Nocturnal
4. Memory
5. The Suffocating Silence
6. Release
7. Fall On You
8. Sapphire
9. The Death of Faith & Reason

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Jeff Wagner Writing Book On Progressive Metal

Bazillion Points Publishing has announced the first definitive book on the elusive world of progressive metal, written by esteemed metal crusader and prog manic and THE END RECORDS staff member Jeff Wagner. Scheduled for release in Autumn 2009, the book will detail the common movements of pioneers like OPETH, WATCHTOWER, VOIVOD, ATHEIST, DREAM THEATER, PSYCHOTIC WALTZ, CELTIC FROST, SIGH, and FATES WARNING — metal bands who have gone against the tide of tradition and conservatism. Linked by a desire to push heavy metal forward, these varied bands with a couple hundred other black sheep form the hard-to-pin-down category of "progressive metal."

Beginning with the hugely influential mid-1970s efforts of Canadian band RUSH, Wagner's book explores the shared lineage of prog rock and metal. He unfurls the huge tapestry and examines the sounds and styles created during the genre's 40-year history, including: the "Big Three" — QUEENSRŸCHE, FATES WARNING, and DREAM THEATER; extreme prog pioneers VOIVOD and CELTIC FROST; Norway's post-black metal avant garde (ULVER, ARCTURUS, VED BUENS ENDE, BEYOND DAWN, etc.); and of course the huge global movement of Big Three-worshippers in the 1990s and the leaders that emerged (AYREON, SYMPHONY X, etc.). The vastness of what can be considered "progressive metal" has proven to be one of the most viable, malleable forms in all of modern music. More...

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Redemption Announce New Keyboardist

REDEMPTION, the Los Angeles-based progressive metal band led by guitarist/songwriter Nicolas van Dyk and featuring vocal legend Ray Alder of FATES WARNING, has issued the following update:

"We are in the finishing touches of the video edit for our upcoming DVD, and in finalizing distribution terms with InsideOut. We're putting together some great bonus materials for it, including a performance of us with our friends in PAGAN'S MIND, a video montage of our tour with DREAM THEATER, and some other goodies. We've also selected a winning entry from our contest where YOU, our fans and friends, pick the name of our DVD. The name is great, and we'll announce it as soon as the 'ink is dry' on our deal with InsideOut."

"I'm pleased to announce that Greg Hosharian, the immensely talented keyboard player who joined us last year for our tour with DREAM THEATER, has joined us full-time. He will be playing keyboards along with me on our next CD, and will be touring, recording and writing with us in the future."

"Lastly, those of you in Southern California on March 15th may be interested in seeing Chris [Quirarte] at his drum clinic at Timbo's drum shop."

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Fates Warning to Re-Release "Perfect Symmetry"

Metal Blade will release a special edition of FATES WARNING's 1989 LP "Perfect Symmetry" in June. The package will include:

* Remastered Audio
* A bonus disc of "Perfect Symmetry" demos
* DVD with over 90 minutes of live footage

Stay tuned for more information, including a possible video preview, as it becomes available.

"Perfect Symmetry" was recorded and mixed between April 1989 and May 1989 at Carriage House Studios, Stamford, CT. The CD was produced by Roger Probert for Major Productions and was mixed by Phil Magnotti and Max Norman. It was the first album to feature Mark Zonder on drums.

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:


Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)


Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)


Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Bobby Jarzombek Issues Update

Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, SEBASTIAN BACH, FATES WARNING) has issued the following update:

"Just a quick update before I head out on the road for a bit. We had our final Fates Warning rehearsal in LA over the weekend and are getting read to jet over to Europe for a couple of weeks. The line-up is the same that did the Evolution Fest earlier this summer in Italy, Ray Alder, Jim Matheos, Frank Aresti, Joey Vera and myself. I've been learning a whole bunch of extra material going back to the No Exit album so get ready for a varied set of Alder-era Fates!

On another note, a while back I was introduced to guitarist George Lynch and he asked me if I was interested in playing on some new stuff he was working on. I liked what I heard, so a couple of weeks ago I spent two days at Henson Studios in Hollywood, formerly A&M Studios (once owned by screen icon Charlie Chaplin who built it in 1917), one of the best places to record around town. Not quite sure who else will be on the album or when/where this thing will see the light of day so keep checking GeorgeLynch.com for the latest on that front.

I also taped the last two episodes, including the series grand finale, of MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar with Sebastian Bach; if you don't blink you can see me with Baz performing 'Slam' by ONYX. Don't forget to mark your calendars - the worldwide release of Angel Down via EMI is set for November 20th!"

The tracklisting for Angel Down is as follows: 'Angel Down', 'You Don't Understand', 'Back In The Saddle' (feat. Axl Rose), '(Love Is) A Bitchslap' (feat. Axl Rose), 'Stuck Inside' (feat. Axl Rose), 'American Metalhead', 'Negative Light', 'Live & Die', 'By Your Side', 'Our Love Is A Lie', 'Take You Down With Me', 'Stabbin' Daggers', 'You Bring Me Down' and 'Falling Into You'.

Confirmed Fates Warning dates are now as follows:

10 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands *
11 - Frankfurt, Germany *
12 - Hamburg, Germany *
14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany *
15 - Cologne, Germany *
16 - Weert, Netherlands *
17 - Helendoorn, Netherlands *
19 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205 21 - London, England - Underworld **
22 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
23 - Barcelona, Spain - KGB

** with TO-MERA

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Slavior Post 'Swept Away' Video Online

SLAVIOR — the band featuring ex-FATES WARNING/WARLORD drummer Mark Zonder, current MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP guitarist Wayne Findlay, RING OF FIRE/STEVE VAI bassist Philip Bynoe and TRIBE OF GYPSIES vocalist Greg Analla — has posted another video from its trip to Japan in August. Watch the "Swept Away" clip here.

SLAVIOR's self-titled debut album was released on April 3 via Inside Out Music.

The band had originally inked a deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records, but financial turmoil eventually caused the label to fold, leaving SLAVIOR to re-evaluate matters and come to their initial choice of labels, Inside Out.

A versatile, melodic hard rock/metal act, SLAVIOR's debut album features elements familiar to Zonder's progressive metal past, but also introduces a wide array influences including reggae, hip-hop, and modern rock. More...

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Fates Warning Announce More European Live Dates

As previously reported, US progressive metal legends FATES WARNING have announced a string of European live shows for November. The band line-up is as follows: Bobby Jarzombek (drums) and Frank Aresti (guitars) will be joining Ray Alder (vocals), Joey Vera (bass) and Jim Matheos (guitar) for all dates.

Confirmed dates are now as follows:

10 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands *
11 - Frankfurt, Germany *
12 - Hamburg, Germany *
14 - Ludwigsburg, Germany *
15 - Cologne, Germany *
16 - Weert, Netherlands *
17 - Helendoorn, Netherlands *
19 - Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
21 - London, England - Underworld **
22 - Madrid, Spain - Copernico
23 - Barcelona, Spain - KGB

** with TO-MERA

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To-Mera To Support Fates Warning In London

TO-MERA, the U.K.-based dark progressive metal band formed by former WITHOUT FACE vocalist Julie Kiss (photo) and bassist Lee Barrett (ex-EXTREME NOISE TERROR, DISGUST, MUSSOLINI HEADKICK), will support FATES WARNING on November 21 at The Underworld, Camden, England.

In other news, TO-MERA has finished recording the follow-up to last year's "Transcendental" and is currently mixing the effort for a February 18, 2008 release. "We are again working with Brett Caldas-Lima from Tower Studios," says Barrett. "The process of recording, including photos and video clips, was captured in this blog."

Regarding the new CD's musical direction, Barrett said, "All the elements present on the last album have been greatly expanded upon. The music will display a much greater range of moods, tempos and dynamics (ranging from fragile subtlety to epic bombast via everything in between), whilst being simultaneously more sophisticated, yet more melodic and coherent than before. Julie's vocals have become substantially more versatile and powerful. There will be loads more guitar and keyboard (even drum!) solos. But most importantly, we feel this music has a much deeper and more genuine emotional impact to it. We're hoping the finished album will capture that."

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Fates Warning Release Re-Issue Details

FATES WARNING's classic 1988 album "No Exit" will be re-released in Europe on October 8 via Metal Blade Records (except in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, where it will arrive on October 5). The reissue will contain a remastered version of the original album plus outtakes, demos, and a bonus DVD featuring live footage from the "No Exit" world tour 1988 as well as the "making of" the "Silent Cries" and "Anarchy Divine" music videos. The complete track listing is as follows:


01. Anarchy Divine
02. Silent Cries
03. In A Word
04. Shades of Heavenly Death
05. The Ivory Gate of Dreams
I. Innocence
II. Cold Daze
III. Daylight Dreamers
IV. Quietus
V. Ivory Tower
VI. Whispers On The Wind
VII. Acquiescence
VIII. Retrospect

Bonus tracks:

* "Quietus" demo
* "Ivory Gate of Dreams" outtake #1
* "Ivory Gate of Dreams" outtake #2

Bonus DVD

* "No Exit" Documentary
* "Silent Cries" Video
* "Anarchy Divine" Video
* "Valley of the Dolls" Video
* Live in Philadelphia 1998

Running Time: approximately 68 minutes

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