FATES WARNING — Perfect Symmetry (review)

FATES WARNING — Perfect Symmetry album cover Album · 1989 · Progressive Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
5/5 ·
FATES WARNING is my favourite Prog-Metal band and what i find very cool with them is that my three favourite FATES WARNING albums are all completely different from one another. "Awaken The Guardian" is heavy and dirty sounding with the unique vocals of John Arch, while this album is more complex and a very influential Prog-Metal album. Zonder makes his first appearance for the band on drums here and Kevin Moore guests on keyboards. "Disconnected" my other top three is more atmospheric and less Metal but i love that record. I'm sure this record along with "Operation Mindcrime" had a big influence on DREAM THEATER. This album will always be special to me as well for leading me into the world of Progressive Rock. I know that's probably a strange statememnt but i bought this guitar magazine because it had a list of the 50 best guitar albums of the eighties in it and for some reason i kept going back to this album and band i'd never heard of. Finally for the first time in my life i went on-line to search out a band which led me from this band to DREAM THEATER then onto Prog bands i'd never heard of and my world changed for the better. Anyway back to this album and i feel Ray's vocals are much better here compared to "No Exit" plus i love that twin lead guitar attack from Matheos and Aresti. And Zonder is lights out and one of my favourite drummers. "Through Different Eyes" and "At Fates Hand" are my two favourite tracks. I remember several years ago driving into the ball park where my son was to play baseball and i had this album cranked. This parent who was high most of the time and into Classic Rock came right over wondering what i was listening to. No he never heard of them(haha) not surprisingly but he loved their sound. Masterpiece number two for this band.
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more than 2 years ago
I heard it about 15 years later (haha). Better late than never as they say. I just dug that magazine out(from January 21 2004) where i first heard about this band. The 50 Greatest Guitar Albums of the Eighties and Perfect Symmetry is listed at #46. It says "Picking up on Queensryche's lead Fates Warning's Perfect Symmetry is a classic and a must-own for fans of progressive rock. Scaling back on their heavy metal influence and sound and incorporating more odd-time shifts and melody guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti hit their prog-rock high-water mark with this gem."
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
I only heard it about 5 years later.
J-Man wrote:
more than 2 years ago
This is one of my favorites as well. I wasn't around back then, but this must've sounded revolutionary in 1989!
UMUR wrote:
more than 2 years ago
Fantastic and unique progressive metal album this one...love it too.


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