ARTIST:

FATES WARNING

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

LONG DAY GOOD NIGHT

(2020)
LABEL:

METAL BLADE RECORDS

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE METAL

TAGS:
Low vocals, Technical
"Fates Warning at its best offers with "Long Day Good Night", an album rich in emotions, colors and musicality."
THIBAUTK (11.11.2020)  
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Fates Warning is one of those who built a style ("Awaken The Guardian"), gave it its letters of nobility ("No Exit"), refined it ("A Pleasant Shade Of Grey") and transcended it with the superb voice of Ray Adler. The band had made an indelible mark in the memories with "A Pleasant Shade Of Grey", when its refined music created emotion. The band releases "Long Day Good Night", a new record that synthesizes the facets that made its reputation.

The album rests on precise and impeccable rhythmic bases with pure tones, on complex stacked layers ('Alone We Walk'), on syncopated parts ('The Way Home') or on a melancholic heaviness ('Scars', 'Glass Houses'). He is bathed in introspective moods from 'A Pleasant Shade Of Grey', especially in the soft introduction of 'The Destination Onward'. As on 'Awaken The Guardian' or 'Parallels', this softness gives the illusion of simplicity and ease. The long track 'The Longest Shadow Of Day' is a marvel of precision that starts with a beautiful clear guitar and a solitary bass. It is the voice that links the disparate elements: even though the track has many variations, the vocals are the cement that consolidates its parts. 'Shuttered World' and 'Alone We Walk' impose aggressive riffs and a chorus that again leaves a lot of room for vocals that charms the listener.

A sincere emotion emerges from the tracks. 'Now Come The Rain', 'The Way Home', 'Under The Sun' remind us of 'The Eleventh Hour' and the brilliance of its arpeggios. The purity comes from the beautifully crafted six-string melodies, sometimes bordering on shred, and the tracks are touching when the guitar alone supports Ray's brilliant voice. Progressive variations are present with changes of rhythm, breaks and accelerations, delivering climates that are meant to stir the emotions. Thus the atmosphere is sometimes soft ('Alone We Walk'), sometimes it carries multiple colors ('The Destination Onward'), then harmonized it gives rise to an immense feeling of majesty ('Now Comes The Rain', 'The Way Home').

Between simplicity and complexity, "Long Day Good Night" is a very beautiful album. Ray Adler's vocal is the soul and the foundation of the opus. Fates Warning, at its best, offers an album rich in emotions, colors and musicality.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. The Destination Onward
02. Shuttered World
03. Alone We Walk
04. Now Comes The Rain
05. The Way Home
06. Under The Sun
07. Scars
08. Begin Again
09. When Snow Falls
10. Liar
11. Glass Houses
12. The Longest Shadow Of The Day
13. The Last Song

LINEUP:
Bobby Jarzombek: Batterie
Jim Matheos: Guitares
Joey Vera: Basse
Ray Alder: Chant
   
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PROGRACER
14/11/2020
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C'est vrai que le chant de Alder a perdu de sa superbe et qu'il a besoin d'un coup de pouce en post-prod. Mais son timbre me fait toujours autant d'effet. Cet album est un bain de jouvence face à toutes les productions metal prog actuelle qui ne cessent de promouvoir le riff et les décibels. Ici, on navigue dans la douceur et la subtilité, avec une écriture variée et intelligente. Très bon album.
TORPEDO
11/11/2020
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Jamais trop compris l'engouement pour ce groupe... Peut-être à une époque a-t-il contribué à apporter au metal progressif ses lettres de noblesse ? Mais ce que j'entends aujourd'hui ne m'emballe pas plus que cela. Et puis, c'est pas de chance mais le chant de Ray Alder qui est peut être un peu trop surmixé m'insupporte sur la durée.
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