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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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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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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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