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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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Fates Warning Announce Drummers For European Dates

Fates Warning have announced the drummers for the upcoming European shows.

"Ray, Joey, Frank, and I are pleased and honoured to announce that Mike Portnoy (Dream Theatre) will be playing drums for us at the Headway festival April 3rd in Amstelveen, Netherlands", says guitarist Jim Matheos.

For the February gigs, none other than Nick D´Virgilio of Spock's Beard will handle the drums!

Fates Warning tourdates:

Feb. 16 Wigwam - Budapest, Hungary
Feb. 17 Hristo Botev Hall - Sofia, Bulgaria
Feb. 18 Vox - Istanbul, Turkey
Feb. 19 Hydrogios - Thessaloniki, Greece
Feb. 20 Gargarin 205 - Athens, Greece
Apr. 03 Headway Festival Amstelveen, Holland (special guest drummer: Mike Portnoy)

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Fates Warning To Shoot Video For "Simple Human"

Fates Warning will be making a video for the song, "Simple Human", off their latest release "FWX". Director Jerry Clubb will be shooting the video with the band on January 23.

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Fates Warning Announce European Dates

Progressive metal masters Fates Warning have confirmed the following European tour dates:

Feb. 16 Budapest, HUN @ TBA
Feb. 17 Sofia, BUL @ TBA
Feb. 18 Istanbul, TUR @ TBA
Feb. 19 Thessaloniki, GRE @ TBA
Feb. 20 Athens, GRE @ TBA

Fates Warning will be out on the road in support of their latest album, "FWX", which was released back in October of 2004 through Metal Blade Records.

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Redemption To Begin Mixing New CD

Sensory Records recording artists Redemption are going to be utilizing the servives of "an amazing producer" during the mixing process for their new album, tentatively titled "The Fullness of Time", according to a posting on their web site. "Got to keep in a secret for a few more weeks but Bernie [Versailles, guitar] and I are getting on a plane to Europe in 9 days to go get it done," Nicolas van Dyk, Redemption's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist, writes. "This is going to be a great-sounding CD and I can't wait for you all to hear it!" An eary 2005 release is expected.

As previously reported, Redemption recently announced that Ray Alder, legendary vocalist of progressive metal icons Fates Warning and of his solo project Engine, has become the group's new vocalist. Alder was a guest musician for one track on Redemption's self-titled debut (released on Sensory in 2003), and he joined the group on-stage at Atlanta's ProgPower festival in September of that year to perform this song. Alder and van Dyk also collaborated previously on a track on the first Engine CD.

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Fates Warning Singer To Be On Chaos Metal Show

Ray Alder from Fates Warning will be on the Chaos metal show on Indie 103.1 (L.A.) Wednesday, September 29th from 11pm to 12am to promote the new "FWX" album. If you live in the Los Angeles area please tune in and check it out.

You can also listen to the interview via the internet here.

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Fates Warning Singer Joins Redemption

Sensory Records recording artists Redemption have announced that Ray Alder, legendary vocalist of progressive metal icons Fates Warning and of his solo project ENGINE, has become the group's new vocalist. He is currently recording vocal tracks for Redemption's second CD, tentatively titled "The Fullness of Time", scheduled for release in early 2005.

"I'm incredibly excited that Ray is our singer," commented Nicolas van Dyk, Redemption's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist. "He's always been my favorite vocalist in progressive metal and his voice sounds amazing with the new Redemption material."

Alder and van Dyk have been friends for some time. Alder was a guest musician for one track on Redemption's self-titled debut (released on Sensory in 2003), and he joined the group on-stage at Atlanta's ProgPower festival in September of that year to perform this song. The two also collaborated previously on a track on the first Engine CD.

When writing began for the upcoming Redemption CD, the band had planned to work with Corey Brown (Magnitude 9, Section XVI) who had stepped in to sing for the band at ProgPower. However, that changed when Alder heard the new material.

"When I heard the new songs that Nick had written, they immediately struck me as really heavy, and progressive but more focused at the same time," said Alder. "Not to take anything away from the debut, but this CD is a big step forward. They're just great, heavy songs and I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of."

"I want to emphasize, Corey Brown is a talented friend and a true professional," said van Dyk. "The decision to work with Ray is in no way indicative of any discord with Corey, whose performance with us in Atlanta was awesome and who possesses an amazing voice. I was fully prepared to work with Corey and I would have been very happy with him in the band. But there was no way I was going to turn down the chance to have Ray in Redemption. It's a unique opportunity to work and perform with a vocal legend, as well as a close friend. I think Ray's voice will take Redemption to a truly special level."

Alder, of course, remains the vocalist for Fates Warning (who are releasing their new CD, "FWX", on October 5) and Engine. "Ray has a fair amount on his plate, and before we began work on Redemption together we had to make certain that his ongoing commitments to Fates Warning and Engine would still allow him to commit himself to Redemption as well," explained van Dyk. "I didn't just want to hire a session vocalist. Redemption is a band. Ray and I are comfortable that Redemption will fit into his schedule, both for recording and live performance."

Recording for the new CD, other than vocals, is nearly completed. "It's significantly heavier than the previous CD, but it's very melodic at the same time," said van Dyk. "It's still quite progressive but I think it's more song-oriented and the songwriting, both musically and lyrically, is much more mature than our debut. I'm really looking forward to people’s reactions — I think it's going to surprise a lot of people. We'll be letting people know a bit more about the CD, including its production details and track information, as the release date gets a bit closer."

In addition to van Dyk and Alder, Redemption's other members are guitarist Bernie Versailles (Agent Steel, Engine), and bassist James Sherwood and drummer Chris Quirarte (both of Prymary). Versailles has been a member of the band since its inception, while Sherwood and Quirarte joined for last year's ProgPower performance and have been members since that time.
The group's new CD will be released by Sensory Records, a division of The Laser's Edge.

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Musicians Speak Out On Anti-American Sentiment

Norway's Imhotep 'zine recently asked more than 60 heavy metal and hard rock musicians to answer the following question regarding the current political situation in the world:

What's your opinion on the rising tide of the anti-American sentiment around the world and to what would you attribute this?

Among the musicians that took part in this "survey" were the following: More...

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Fates Warning Posts New MP3 Online

Fates Warning has put an MP3 online of their upcoming record "FWX," which will be released on October the 5th. The song is called "Simple Human," and can be downloaded here.

The tracklist of the album will look like this:
01. Left Here
02. Simple Human
03. River Wide Ocean Deep
04. Another Perfect Day
05. Heal Me
06. Sequence # 7
07. Crawl
08. A Handful Of Doubt
09. Stranger (With A Familiar Face)
10. Wish

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Fates Warning Album Details & Release Date

Metal Blade have confirmed that they will release Fates Warning's new album, "FWX," on October 5th. "FWX" was recorded in Stamford, Connecticut at Carriage House and will include the following song titles:

1. Left Here
2. Simple Human
3. River Wide Ocean Deep
4. Another Perfect Day
5. Heal Me
6. Sequence # 7
7. Crawl
8. A Handful Of Doubt
9. Stranger (With A Familiar Face)
10. Wish

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Album Update From Fates Warning Vocalist

Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder has provided this update regarding the band's new album "FWX":

"We went into this record being as creative as possible, and we worked really hard. We were facing some big changes that made the writing and recording a long, arduous process. The result is a record that is a lot heavier than past records. It's also more technical than any other record we've done."

Here is the track listing for the album:

01. Left Here
02. Simple Human
03. River Wide Ocean Deep
04. Another Perfect Day
05. Heal Me
06. Sequence # 7
07. Crawl
08. A Handful Of Doubt
09. Stranger (With A Familiar Face)
10. Wish

"FWX" is scheduled to be released on October 5 through Metal Blade Records.

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Cans Tour Dates And Lineup Revealed

More details have been revealed about the touring lineup for Cans, the solo project of Hammerfall singer Joacim Cans. Joining Cans in the group's current incarnation are drummer Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord), guitarist Stefan Elmgren (Hammerfall), keyboardist Danielle Soravia, guitarist Danny Gill and bassist Fredrik Larsson.

Upcoming Cans tour dates:
Aug. 09 - Bananpiren - Göteborg, SWE
Aug. 10 - Klubben - Stockholm, SWE*
Aug. 11 - Markthalle - Hamburg, GER*
Aug. 12 - Rockfabrik - Ludwigsburg, GER*
Aug. 13 - Zeche - Bochum, GER**

* Support: DIONYSOS
** Support: SILENT FORCE, DIONYSUS

Cans' debut album, "Beyond The Gates," was released in April through Sanctuary Records. The CD was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, Primal Fear, Sinner), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-Halford, Painmuseum), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, Hammerfall) and Mark Zonder (drums, Fates Warning). An MP3 of the song "Fields of Yesterday" can be downloaded at this location.

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News On Hammerfall Singer Joacim Cans Solo Album

"Beyond The Gates" is the name of the forthcoming solo album by Hammerfall's singer Joacim Cans. It is scheduled for release on April 19 through Sanctuary Records.

The album was recorded between November 2003 and February 2004 at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden, Frankie's Hideaway in the U.S. and House of Music Studios in Germany, and was mixed and mastered at Twilight Studios in Germany. The recording lineup on the CD was as follows: Cans (vocals), Mat Sinner (bass, SINNER), "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (guitars, ex-HALFORD, PAINMUSEUM), Stefan Elmgren (guitars, HAMMERFALL) and Mark Zonder (drums, FATES WARNING). The album track "Fields of Yesterday" can be downloaded in MP3 format here

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Anthrax Officially Part With Bassist, Frank Bello

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and Australia." More information will be made available soon.

As previously reported, ANTHRAX will be joined by KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and SOILWORK on their upcoming headlining tour of Japan and Australia. The dates are as follows: More...

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Frank Bello Leaves Anthrax

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, according to "informed sources". The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello in ANTHRAX on a temporary basis is veteran bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING). An official announcement on the matter is expected soon.

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