FATES WARNING — A Pleasant Shade Of Gray (review)

FATES WARNING — A Pleasant Shade Of Gray album cover Album · 1997 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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After two fairly commercial sounding albums that didn't bring the band the record sales they thought they would get the band made some major changes. Frank Aresti left but they didn't replace him feeling that one lead guitarist was enough. Then Joe DiBiasi left causing the band to bring in Joey Vera on bass. They also decided to change their style here making a more atmospheric album with less Metal. This is one long suite but divided into twelve sections. There are breaks between songs though and it doesn't always flow that well. Jim Matheos would write all the music and lyrics. Kevin Moore is back guesting on keyboards but this time he plays a more important role. Terry Brown is also back as the producer and Hugh Syme did the cover art once again. In the liner notes they thank Terry "How much grayer could it be ?" Brown showing that they got their desired results of a gray album. And they also thank "Mike Portnoy(an honourary Fates member)". That's pretty cool too. So yeah this is a return to the progressive leanings of "Perfect Symmetry" but this is certainly much different sounding than that one. I'm not as big a fan of this as many seem to be but for sure it's a 4 star album.
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