INTERVIEW AND PICTURES BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA
Joey Vera is one of the more recognizable names in the metal scene. He has carved his name into metal history as a member of Armored Saint and Fates Warning. Metal-Rules.com had the pleasant opportunity to talk with Joey Vera at Wacken Open Air. The 20min conversation covered the making of the new album WIND HANDS DOWN and a bit of discussion about Anthrax and Fates Warning.
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) has posted in-studio footage of 2 songs from FATES WARNING’s highly acclaimed “Darkness In A Different Light” album. The video can be seen on his YouTube channel:
”Hey all, I finally sat down and finished editing some drumming video footage of myself from the recording sessions of Fates Warning’s “Darkness In A Different Light” at The Carriage House in Stamford, CT. DIADL was released in October 2013, and, of course, I’ve have this footage for a while but for various reasons I never got around to editing it until now. Better late than never, I guess. The two songs in this particular video clip are “I Am” and “One Thousand Fires.” Enjoy!”
New Album ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ Hits Stores in North American on October 1, 2013
U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING are soon to unleash their new studio album entitled Darkness In A Different Light on September 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.
Another song from the new album, ‘I Am’, can be checked out now via a static video on the InsideOutMusic YouTube-channel:
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 30, 2013 in Europe and October 1, 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 stellar 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 (above pictured) artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, HALFORD) issued the following update:
All sorts of stuff going on as I’m getting ready for a busy fall on the road!
Big FATES WARNING news as InsideOutMusic has just announced the album title and release date and unveiled the artwork for the new album! The record is called “Darkness In A Different Light” and will be out September 30 in Europe and November 1 in North America. This is the band’s first new studio album in almost 10 years and my first with them. Needless to say, I’m pretty damn excited because we’ve put a lot of hard work into this record – I know I certainly have. Once again, Jim (Matheos) has written some amazing songs which, in my estimation, are every bit as good as what we did with ARCH / MATHEOS a couple of years ago – and Ray (Alder) is singing great! Read the official press release on the Fates website http://www.fateswarning.com and stay tuned for further details and advance music as we get closer to the actual release.
The wait is over, and one of the premier bands of the American progressive metal movement is back! FATES WARNING are proud to announce that they will enter the studio in April to begin tracking on a new studio album – their first album of new material in nine years, and their first studio release for InsideOut Music.
The U.S. run will launch November 15 in Joliet, IL and wrap December 14 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. Read the rest of this entry »
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 have 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 offers value for money as it 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 for the audio part. The bonus-DVD contains a whole bunch of live clips, mainly from the years 1994 and 1995. Full track listing below.
CD1 – INSIDE OUT (re-mastered original album)
Outside Looking In
Island in the Stream
Down to the Wire
Face the Fear
CD2 – LIVE in DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY February 11th 1995
Outside Looking In
Down to the Wire
The Eleventh Hour
Point Of View
Face The Fear
Outside Looking In (demo)
Pale Fire (demo)
Shelter Me (demo)
Island In the Stream (demo)
Face The Fear (demo)
Monument (rough mix)
DVD – INSIDE OUT LIVE
Outside Looking In 1994/95
Pale Fire 1993/94
The Strand 1994
Shelter Me 1993
Island In The Stream 2010
Down To The Wire 1994/95
Face The Fear 1994/95
Afterglow Slide Show
Live In Still Water 1994
Through Different Eyes 1995
Guardian (Mike Portnoy drums) 1994
Shades of Heavenly Death 1995
MTV Europe Interview 1995
Eye to Eye 1994/95
Face The Face Of Fear 1994
Don’t Follow Me 1994
Shortest Fates Warning Show Ever. 1994
Guardian (Arch/ Alder duet) 1994
Inside Out will be released June 1st/4th via Metal Blade Records in Europe.
Drummer Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, RIOT, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH) has posted the following update on his website www.bobbyjarzombek.com :
“Just wanted to turn your attention to the latest issue of SICK DRUMMER magazine which is online now at this location http://www.sickdrummermagazine.com/issue21_free/. The guys were kind enough to put me on the cover (a first for me!) and put together a marathon 20-page feature you can read on pages 56 through 77. I don’t think I’ll have to do another interview for a long time – just about anything you ever wanted to know about me as a drummer is in there. Thanks again, Ian!
“My year is slowly winding down (doing local gigs and continuing work on a cool Danish prog metal project throughout December) but the first half of 2012 is already shaping up nicely and will keep me on the road quite a bit. I’ve got January U.S. shows with RIOT, pending European dates with FATES WARNING for March, February and April stints with SEBASTIAN BACH, and an exclusive headline gig with ARCH/MATHEOS in Germany at the end of April.”
Confirmed gigs are as follows:
Jan. 18 – B.B. King’s – New York, NY
Jan. 19 – Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
Jan. 20 – Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
Jan. 23 – 28 – 70.000 Tons Of Metal Cruise (Miami to Cayman Islands and back)
Feb. 11 – Deerfoot Inn & Casino – Calgary, AB
April 12 – Teatro Caupolican – Santiago, Chile
April 13 – Teatro Flores – Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 14 – Carioca Club – São Paulo, Brazil
April 15 – Opiniao – Porto Alegre, Brazil
April 27 / 28 – Keep It True Festival, Tauberfrankenhalle – Lauda-Königshofen, Germany
Arch / Matheos: Band sets “Sympathetic Resonance” as the title of upcoming debut full-length album
Fates Warning guitarist JIM MATHEOS and original vocalist JOHN ARCH team up for new band!
As previously announced, Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) have teamed up to form the new progressive rock band, ARCH/ MATHEOS. The band -accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar- began tracking the drums on January 12 and continued to record through mid February with Jim Matheos producing. ARCH/ MATHEOS is pleased to announce Sympathetic Resonance as the title of the debut album, which will be released September 13, 2011 in North America.
Jim Matheos offered his insight on the writing and recording process of Sympathetic Resonance; “I think John and I work really well together. There’s a lot of mutual respect and trust in what we do. But, we’re also both very critical of ourselves, and each other. This can make for a long and, sometimes, tedious process. But ultimately it’s one I enjoy because I think it brings out the best in both of us.” John Arch added; “When I first heard some of the arrangements Jim had written and recorded, it took quite some time before I could wrap my mind around the odd time signatures and guitar work going on here. There are some long compositions, so putting anxiety and apprehension on the back burner it was time to dissect these numbers into digestible bits. After the lengthy process of lyrics and melodies, listening to the songs now, I can’t imagine them any other way.” In terms of the lyrical content on Sympathetic Resonance, John Arch notes that “the lyrics this time around are more in line with A Twist of Fate and not of the mystical nature of some past albums.”
More details will be released over the coming months so be sure to stay tuned to MetalBlade.com. ARCH/ MATHEOS pages on Facebook and Twitter coming soon!
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – January 19, 2011 – Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive metal powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) are currently working together on a new full-length album that will be released in late spring/early summer via Metal Blade Records. The band, called ARCH / MATHEOS, began tracking the drums on January 12 and will continue to record through mid February with both John Arch and Jim Matheos producing the album. ARCH / MATHEOS features an all-star lineup including the talents of 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 will be released over the coming months so be sure to stay tuned to FatesWarning.com & MetalBlade.com
John Arch – vocals
Jim Matheos – guitars
Joey Vera – bass
Bobby Jarzombek – drums
Frank Aresti – additional lead guitar
'MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal'
Visionaries Praise Author Jeff Wagner’s Debut
Due for release on Dec. 1, former Metal Maniacs editor Jeff Wagner’s highly anticipated ‘MEAN DEVIATION: Four Decades of Progressive Heavy Metal’ (Bazillion Points Books) has already garnered staggering advance praise from some of the most respected figures in the progressive metal sphere.
Among the first responders:
Steven Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE): “We now have a definitive book on the relationship between metal and progressive music.”
Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING): “Looks cool! I’m looking forward to digging in.”
Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER): “The book is awesome! Damn, talk about work!”
Paul Masvidal (CYNIC): “The book looks and feels fabulous. I can’t wait to dig into this thing. Thank you, Jeff Wagner, for this massive information highway for all things progressive metal”
Kurt Bachman (BELIEVER): “Wow! I can’t wait to read it.”
Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA Festival): “The book is awesome. I read it in 2 days.”
Albert Mudrian (Decibel Magazine): “I’ve only read through chapter one, and I’m already hooked.”
Weighing in at 400 pages, the heavily-illustrated ‘Mean Deviation’ offers original artwork throughout by Michel “Away” Langevin of VOIVOD, and a foreword by Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE. The package includes a 16-page color photo insert, a constellation of appendixes, and an exhaustive index mapping the story of heady metal with exacting precision.