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After a near decade long hiatus, Fates Warning returns with Darkness In A Different Light, their first CD of new material since the release of FWX in 2004. This also marks the first release for the current lineup of Ray Alder (vocals) Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass), and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • ASIN: B0002YLDRS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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About the Artist

Seminal progressive rock icons, FATES WARNING, back from a four-year recording hiatus, return to form with 2004's highly anticipated studio release "FWX". In 2003 fans of progressive rock & metal were treated to a U.S. TOUR that took almost fifteen years to come together. When DREAM THEATER, QUEENSRYCHE and FATES WARNING hit the road in the summer of 2003, both the members of Fates and the fans in attendance were in for the surprise of a lifetime. As far as Jim Matheos, Ray Alder and journeyman bassist Joey Vera were concerned, FATES WARNING would be the opening act on a national tour that would shine the spotlight squarely on co-headliners Dream Theater and Queensryche. Much to the band's delight, they were able to reach a whole new and very appreciative audience. Accolades for the band reached fever pitch during the tour with new fans embracing the band on every tour stop. This excitement has rejuvenated FATES WARNING and you can clearly hear it on "FWX", as the return of the more aggressive side of Fates has breathed new life into the recording of "FWX". Produced by guitarist Jim Matheos and vocalist Ray Alder, "FWX" is the best of FATES WARNING flexing their creativity combined with a new sense of purpose and drive.

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This album made it worth the wait.
Khalil Virji
Overall, a good album worthy of a listen, but I would prefer a bit more depth of melody and maybe a few twidly guitar bits.
This album is polished, intelligent, and mature.
Joel Israel

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Murat Batmaz on October 23, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is strange indeed because in all the reviews written thus far I didn't see anyone else mention the similarities between Ray Alder's solo project Engine and Fates Warning's new album FWX. Yes, this album *is* heavier than their previous two, but it certainly sounds nothing like their earlier 80's or mid-90's stuff (and it shouldn't anyway). People have likened FWX to their Parallels/Inside Out era and somewhat to the newer sound they explored on APSOG/Disconnected. While the Disconnected comparison isn't off, I've yet to hear others mention the influence of Ray Alder's Engine project.

This is the first record Matheos hasn't worked with long time producer Terry Brown and instead went along with singer Ray Alder to handle the production duties. The Ray Alder influence is needless to say quite subtle at times. Comparisons could be particularly made to the first Engine album; that's where some of the heaviness comes from. The sound on FWX is bound to please the older fans as long as they don't expect another Awaken the Guardian or Perfect Symmetry type of record. Looking back on Fates Warning, they've morphed from disc to disc, going from a hybrid of 80's heavy metal and prog metal to more melodic prog to atmospheric and experimental prog. Each disc has continued to evolve and Matheos particularly reached his peak during the APSOG era introducing layers of depth like never before.

FWX, while surprisingly heavy during some moments, still retains the dark and atmospheric vibe which Fates Warning successfully captured on their previous album Disconnected. The similarities are so evident that even the colours and tones they used on their artwork bear affinities.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Changing Fate on September 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
You need to check out Redemption, the band that Ray Alder is doing as a sort of side-project to Fates Warning. It is heavier, faster, and he does a stronger bit of vocals on it too, probably because of the songs.

Having said that I like this release. In my mind Ray hasn't been to into Progressive Rock for awhile now but he knows what is paying the bills. Something about his demeanor around me in past interviews makes me feel he wishes Engine was his meal ticket now. And having said that I think this CD is a combination of both Engine and Fates Warning. I don't know if ultimately it is a good mix or not. Honestly I can do without most of the gimickry and sound effects in music. Usually they are misused or even worse, overused in the songs they appear in. This happens in the songs on this CD as well.

All this sounds like I hate the CD but I don't. What I do like about the CD is the flow of the music and the overall effect it pulls from you after a few listens. Anyone who takes a CD out, listens to it once, and then buries it in a pile isn't likely going to like this CD. Complex music usually requires the listener to actually listen to the song instead of mindlessly moving to the same/beat/same/power chord kinda stuff that is usually more popular with the masses. They have reached some complexity with this one and the mood is very brooding throughout most of the music.

I have seen people refer to the tour they did with DT and QR and all the new fans such a tour apparently has garnered them. The problem with that and this release is that, at least on their stop here, they played a lot of older FW stuff. This CD isn't going to sound familiar to those new fans who are likely looking for more riffs and a different kind of flow to the music than exsists here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By RaY RaY Pine on May 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Those of us who are into Fates Warning have been waiting for the follow-up to Disconnected almost the minute it came out. I can actually remember exactly what happen the day I bought Disconnected... the thoroughfare, so to speak, that went into it. Me and my friends went to Tower at midnight to get it and came straight home to sit in my basement and listen. I think they were confused by the album after hearing it and loving A Pleasant Shade of Gray-- I just smiled, I felt like I knew something no one else did about this band at that point; Jim Matheos doesn't care what anyone thinks anymore.

Here we are, about four years later and an album older. It's hard to say where Jim Matheos intended this journey to begin or end, but one thing we can say about him is that he's always kept most of us guessing. While Disconnected was the exact reflection of its title, FWX is really the same way. It embodies a lot of the sound that classic Fates Warning fans have grown to love (Ray Alder era, not John Arch) while also embracing the nuances of the new age sound that Jim Matheos has adopted for his band (and his side project OSI). If everyone was looking for APSoG or Disconnected part 2, do not look here. Instead, ses this album as an extension of everything Jim has done in his long and storied career. Songs like "Simple Human" and "Sequence #7" remind me of that Disconnected sound while "River Wide Ocean Deep" could have been a B-side from the OSI sessions.

Jim has his hand in everything on this disc and instead of inviting long time collaborator Kevin Moore into the studio to lay down the keyboard tracks, Jim takes it on his own shoulders.
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