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Fates Warning
December 2004
Released: 2004, Metal Blade
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: JP

Year-end wrap-up: Each of the last few years to wrap up the year I have picked a theme for my reviews for December. This year due to the overwhelming number of CD’s that deserve exposure, recognition and commentary I am going to resort to quantity over quality. I usually try to give as much attention to each CD with extensive commentary however this month’s reviews (perhaps unfortunately) will be short and sweet and much more in the style of traditional magazine reviews where space restrictions are an important factor. (ie. Less detail) I apologize in advance to readers who expect much more detailed reviews. Please check the reviews archives as many of my colleagues have written excellent detailed commentary of many of these CD’s. I hope the large number of quick comments will help guide you making some of those important year-end CD purchase decisions. Happy Holidays and see you in January. JP

Worst album title. Ever. With all the creative power, musically and lyrically this band of veterans possesses the best they could come up with for CD # 10 is ‘X’? Lame. Like many fans I long for the old days of the band but am resigned to the fact it will never happen. Consequently, I quite enjoyed this CD, which is a Fates Warning CD in name only. It is by far the most modern and electronic CD ever and the farthest form their style they have ever wandered. It is very dark and heavy with many, many cool progressive ideas and elements, which is exactly what good progressive bands should do. As always, cool packaging, production, introspective lyrics and some good guitar crunch. Alder is still wasting his talent as are most of the band but I’m sure they are happy. So we get one of the stronger entries into the catalogue for the last decade, before the inevitable three to four year wait until next time.
Track Listing

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)


Ray Alder-Vocals
Jim Matheos-Guitar
Joey Vera-Bass
Mark Zonder-Drums



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