Origin: Connecticut, USA  
Genres: Progressive Metal
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Fates Warning

Along with Dream Theater and Queensryche, Fates Warning is acknowledged as one of the more influential progressive metal bands in existence. The Iron Maiden-ish debut (Night On Brocken) was fine in its own right, but it was the next pair of albums (The Spectre Within and Awaken The Guardian) where the band really took off -- these were monstrous, classic early prog metal masterpieces, with John Arch's unique vocals blending perfectly with the various melodies and time changes. New vocalist Ray Alder stepped in and the band continued with No Exit before adopting a somewhat less progressive, more mainstream style on the next few albums. Former Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore was drafted as a guest for A Pleasant Shade Of Gray, and his presence gave the band a bit more depth as they partially returned to their earlier prog roots. Following the release of their tenth album (the appropriately titled FWX), longtime drummer Mark Zonder decided to step down from the band, as he wished to pursue other interests.

Current Members

Ray Alder

vocals (ex-Engine, ex-Redemption)

Jim Matheos

guitars (Arch/Matheos, ex-Gordian Knot, O.S.I.)

Frank Aresti

guitars (Arch/Matheos, Dragonspoon)

Joey Vera

bass (Arch/Matheos, Armored Saint, ex-Engine, Motor Sister, guest for O.S.I., ex-Seven Witches, guest for Seven Witches)

Bobby Jarzombek

drums (Arch/Matheos, ex-Demons & Wizards, ex-Halford, ex-Juggernaut, ex-Painmuseum, Riot, Spastic Ink)

Former Members/Guests

John Arch

vocals (Arch/Matheos)

Victor Arduini

guitars (Arduini/Balich)

Bernie Versailles (guest)

guitars (ex-Agent Steel, ex-Engine, Masters Of Metal, Redemption)

Michael Abdow (guest)

guitars

Joe DiBiase

bass

Jason Keaser (guest)

keyboards

Kevin Moore (guest)

keyboards (ex-Dream Theater, O.S.I.)

Steve Zimmerman

drums

Mark Zonder

drums (Dramatica, guest for Leviathan, ex-Slavior, ex-Warlord)



Discography



Night On Brocken  
1984 Metal Blade
  1. Buried Alive
  2. The Calling
  3. Kiss Of Death
  4. Night On Bröcken
  5. S.E.K.
  6. Misfit
  7. Shadowfax
  8. Damnation
  9. Soldier Boy
  • John Arch
  • Jim Matheos
  • Victor Arduini
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Steve Zimmerman



The Spectre Within  
1985 Metal Blade
  1. Traveler In Time
  2. Orphan Gypsy
  3. Without A Trace
  4. Pirates Of The Underground
  5. The Apparition
  6. Kyrie Eleison
  7. Epitaph
  • John Arch
  • Jim Matheos
  • Victor Arduini
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Steve Zimmerman
1985 Readers' Album #7





Awaken The Guardian  
1986 Metal Blade
  1. The Sorceress
  2. Valley of the Dolls
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Guardian
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Giant's Lore (Heart of Winter)
  7. Time Long Past
  8. Exodus
  • John Arch
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Steve Zimmerman
1986 Readers' Album #5





No Exit  
1988 Metal Blade
  1. Anarchy Divine
  2. Silent Cries
  3. In A Word
  4. Shades of Heavenly Death
  5. The Ivory Gate of Dreams
  6. I. Innocence
  7. II. Cold Daze
  8. III. Daylight Dreamers
  9. IV. Quietus
  10. V. Ivory Tower
  11. VI. Whispers on the Wind
  12. VII. Aquiescence
  13. VIII. Retrospect
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Steve Zimmerman
1988 Readers' Album #8





Perfect Symmetry  
1989 Metal Blade
  1. Part of the Machine
  2. Through Different Eyes
  3. Static Acts
  4. A World Apart
  5. At Fates Hands
  6. The Arena
  7. Chasing Time
  8. Nothing Left to Say
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Mark Zonder



Parallels  
1991 Metal Blade
  1. Leave the Past Behind
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. Eye to Eye
  4. The Eleventh Hour
  5. Point of View
  6. We Only Say Goodbye
  7. Dont Follow Me
  8. The Road Goes on Forever
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Mark Zonder
1991 Readers' Album #18




Inside Out  
1994 Metal Blade
  1. Outside Looking In
  2. Pale Fire
  3. The Strand
  4. Shelter Me
  5. Island in the Stream
  6. Down to the Wire
  7. Face the Fear
  8. Inward Bound
  9. Monument
  10. Afterglow
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Mark Zonder
1994 Readers' Album #19




Chasing Time  COMPILATION
1995 Metal Blade
  1. Monument
  2. The Apparition
  3. Through Different Eyes
  4. Point of View
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Quietus
  7. Eye to Eye
  8. Guardian
  9. At Fates Fingers
  10. Silent Cries
  11. We Only Say Goodbye
  12. Damnation
  13. Circles
  14. The Eleventh Hour



A Pleasant Shade Of Gray  
1997 Metal Blade
  1. A Pleasant Shade of Gray (Parts I-XII)
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Joey Vera
  • Kevin Moore
  • Mark Zonder
1997 Readers' Album #16




Still Life  LIVE
1998 Metal Blade
  1. A Pleasant Shade of Gray (Parts I-XII)
  2. The Ivory Gate of Dreams
  3. The Eleventh Hour
  4. Point Of View
  5. Monument
  6. At Fates Hands
  7. Prelude To Ruin
  8. We Only Say Goodbye
  9. In Trance (Japan version only)
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Bernie Versailles
  • Joey Vera
  • Jason Keaser
  • Mark Zonder
1998 Readers' Album #54




Disconnected  
2000 Metal Blade
  1. Disconnected Pt. I
  2. One
  3. So
  4. Pieces of Me
  5. Something from Nothing
  6. Still Remains
  7. Disconnected Pt. II
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Joey Vera
  • Mark Zonder



FWX  
2004 Metal Blade
  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)
  10. Wish
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Joey Vera
  • Mark Zonder
2004 Readers' Album #61




Darkness In A Different Light  
2013 Inside Out
  1. One Thousand Fires
  2. Firefly
  3. Desire
  4. Falling
  5. I Am
  6. Lighthouse
  7. Into the Black
  8. Kneel and Obey
  9. O Chloroform
  10. And yet It Moves
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joey Vera
  • Bobby Jarzombek
2013 Readers' Album #17




Theories Of Flight  
2016 Inside Out
  1. From The Rooftops
  2. Seven Stars
  3. SOS
  4. The Light And Shade Of Things
  5. White Flag
  6. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen
  7. The Ghosts Of Home
  8. Theories of Flight
  9. Firefly
  10. Seven Stars
  11. Another Perfect Day
  12. Pray Your Gods (TOAD THE WET SPROCKET cover)
  13. Adela (JOAQUIN RODRIGO cover)
  14. Rain (URIAH HEEP cover)
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joey Vera
  • Bobby Jarzombek
2016 Readers' Album #11




Awaken The Guardian Live  LIVE
2017 Metal Blade
  1. The Sorceress
  2. Valley of the Dolls
  3. Fata Morgana
  4. Guardian
  5. Prelude to Ruin
  6. Giant's Lore (Heart of Winter)
  7. Time Long Past
  8. Exodus
  9. The Apparition
  10. Damnation
  11. Night on Brocken
  12. Epitaph
  • John Arch
  • Jim Matheos
  • Frank Aresti
  • Joe DiBiase
  • Steve Zimmerman



Live Over Europe  LIVE
2018 Inside Out
  1. From the Rooftops
  2. Life in Still Water
  3. One
  4. Pale Fire
  5. Seven Stars
  6. SOS
  7. Pieces of Me
  8. Firefly
  9. The Light and Shade of Things
  10. Wish
  11. Another Perfect Day
  12. Silent Cries
  13. And Yet It Moves
  14. Still Remains
  15. Nothing Left to Say
  16. Acquiescence
  17. The Eleventh Hour
  18. Point of View
  19. Falling
  20. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
  21. Through Different Eyes
  22. Monument
  23. Eye to Eye
  • Ray Alder
  • Jim Matheos
  • Michael Abdow
  • Joey Vera
  • Bobby Jarzombek




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