Metal Blade Announces Release Date, Specs For Fates Warning Vinyl Re-Issues

Courtesy: Metal Blade Records

Metal Blade Records is re-issuing three classic albums from Fates Warning.

The label will re-issue The Spectre Within (1985), No Exit (1988), and Inside Out (1994) on Aug. 7 on vinyl.  Pre-orders are open now in the U.S. and EU.

Each re-issue will release on a standard 180-gram pressing and on separate color pressings.  The full details for the re-issues are noted below.

 

The Spectre Within “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
– sky blue marbled vinyl (USA exclusive)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– night blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– violet / blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– blue / white melt w/ red & white splatter vinyl (EU webshop – limited to 100 copies)

No Exit “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
– signal red / white marbled vinyl (USA exclusive)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– opaque deep red vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– light grey / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– silver / blackdust vinyl (EU webshop – limited to 100 copies)

Inside Out “Originals-Series” LP re-issue
– grass green marbled vinyl (USA exclusive)
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– dark brown marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– opaque beige marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– green / brown / red melt vinyl (EU webshop – limited to 100 copies)

The Spectre Within track-listing
SIDE A
1. Traveler in Time
2. Orphan Gypsy
3. Without a Trace
4. Pirates of the Underground
SIDE B
5. The Apparition
6. Kyrie Eleison
7. Epitaph

No Exit track-listing
SIDE A
1. No Exit
2. Anarchy Divine
3. Silent Cries
4. In a Word
5. Shades of Heavenly Death
SIDE B
6. The Ivory Gate of Dreams
I. Innocence
II. Cold Daze
III. Daylight Dreamers
IV. Quietus
V. Ivory Tower
VI. Whispers on the Wind
VII. Acquiescence
VIII. Retrospect

Inside Out track-listing
SIDE A
1. Outside Looking In
2. Pale Fire
3. The Strand
4. Shelter Me
5. Island in the Stream
SIDE B
6. Down to the Wire
7. Face the Fear
8. Inward Bound
9. Monument
10. Afterglow

 

Metal Blade Records and Fates Warning reunited so to speak early last year. The band announced in February 2019, it had signed a new record deal with Metal Blade Records.

Most recently, the band was signed with InsideOut Music, which released the band’s most recent recordings, Theories of Flight (2016) and Live Over Europe (2018).

Front man Ray Alder addressed the reunion in an interview at the time.

“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records,” Alder said.  “Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning, and we are proud to call them part of our family.  The journey begins again, and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more.  A big thank to our fans for sticking with us through all these years.  We could not be here today without all of you.  That is a fact.  Thank you, everyone.  Here’s to making some new memories.”

Fates Warning was signed with Metal Blade Records from its inception, releasing albums through the label until 2013, when it released Darkness in a Different Light through InsideOut Music.  Theories of Flight followed in 2016.  The band’s 1998 live recording Still Life was also released via Metal Blade Records, as was the band’s 2017 live recording Awaken The Guardian Live.

More information on that album is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

 

Websitehttp://www.fateswarning.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Michael Abdow Continues To Make His Mark In The Progressive Music World With His Latest LP

Courtesy: Couch Cat Records

Guitarist Michael Abdow is scheduled to release his latest studio recording Heart Signal Friday.  The new, eight-song collection of songs is a presentation that Abdow’s fans will appreciate just as much as progressive rock and metal fans.  That is proven in part through the arrangements that make up the body of the 43-minute record.  Those arrangements will be discussed shortly.  The sequencing of those arrangements adds even more strength to the album’s presentation, and will be discussed a little later.  The record’s overall production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, and will also be addressed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Heart Signal.  All things considered, they succeed in achieving Abdow’s goal of evoking a response from listeners; a positive response at that.

Michael Abdow’s new LP Heart Signal is a presentation that sends its own strong signal to audiences.  The signal in question is that this record deserves as much attention from audiences as works from the likes of John Petrucci, Al Joseph and Joe Satriani.  While the clearly prog rock/metal arrangements do lend themselves to comparisons to works from the noted counterparts to Abdow, audiences will be pleased to know that they still boast their own unique identities.  The album’s 12-minute-plus opener ‘Weight of the World’ is just one example of the identity that the arrangements present.  Yes, there are some distinct progressive elements here, but there are also some bluesy elements set alongside the more progressive elements.  The work of Abdow’s fellow musician, bassist Tony Franklin adds its own touch to the song, as do the electronic elements, which create kind of a unique “spacey” vibe to the song.  At the same time that all of that is going on, there is also a subtle Pink Floyd influence evidenced at one point in the song, adding even more interest to the composition.  The balance of all of these noted elements throughout the song’s nearly 13-minute run time keeps the song’s energy stable throughout, and in turn keeps the engagement and entertainment just as solid.  Abdow’s control of his own instrument throughout is just as noteworthy.  He shows that he can shred and that he can play with a bit more finesse throughout, really presenting a rich view of his talents.

The arrangement at the center of ‘Synthetic Origins’ is another example of how this record’s arrangements make it such an intriguing new offering.  The heaviness and precision in Abdow’s guitar work and that of Franklin, and the very experimental nature of the arrangement is in itself truly noteworthy here.  The inclusion of the old school metal elements that are included so subtly adds a nice touch to the whole.  Drummer Shawn Deneault’s ability to maintain the time keeping throughout the whole of the song is just as admirable in its own right.  The collective talents of each musician and the overall sound and feel of this song serves to make it another example of how this record holds its own easily against any other solo guitarist’s record and even that of any other progressive rock act.  It’s just one more way in which the arrangements prove their importance to the bigger picture of the album’s presentation.  ‘Nature of Play,’ the record’s finale, is one more example of the importance of the record’s arrangements.

The arrangement at the center of ‘Nature of Play’ is important as it truly does evoke a certain sense of happiness.  The harmonics that Abdow uses and the very interplay (pardon the pun) between Abdow, Franklin and Deneault evokes its own sense of playfulness.  Everything is so precise, yet so light throughout the course of the song.  It generates such a positive feeling in a person’s mind.  Considering this, the thoughts and emotions evoked by the other discussed songs and the rest of the record’s arrangements, the whole of the record’s content provides listeners with something that is unique from start to end even with its similarities to other well-known solo guitarists’ works.  That uniqueness (is that even a real word?) and the energies in each song ensures listeners’ engagement and enjoyment even more.  Speaking of energies, the energies in each song are connected to the album’s sequencing – another of the album’s most important elements.

Heart Signal’s sequencing is important to the album’s whole because of the balance in the record’s energy that it exhibits.  The album starts off in a nice, mysterious fashion in the opening bars of ‘Weight of the World.’  That vibe and sound soon after gives way though, to the song’s more aggressive tones and feeling.  There are also some more contemplative moments added to the mix that are well-balanced in their own right.  The album’s energy pulls back in its title track, which immediately follows ‘Weight of the World,’ keeping things interesting for listeners.  The record goes in a decidedly different direction in its third track, ‘We Live Here.’  The energy is clearly on the rise throughout here thanks to the arrangement.  One could argue that there is a certain manic energy here whereas the energy in the album’s first two songs was more controlled and focused.  That is not a bad thing, though.  It just means that once again, it gives listeners even more reason to remain engaged.  The album’s energy and direction takes yet another turn as it progresses into ‘Heavy Drifter.’  The sound and the sense that the arrangement creates is something that can only be heard to fully comprehend, but it is unlike anything else on this record.  The change in pace and feel doesn’t end in ‘Heavy Drifter.’  It continues in ‘The Hand That Takes.’  The arrangement’s energy is decidedly upbeat, but is also very focused and driving.  This will in turn keep listeners focused, listening to every nuance in the song.  It is just a good modern, prog-metal opus.  Abdow and company really throw a wrench into the works as Heart Signal progresses from ‘The Hand That Takes’ into the album’s next song, ‘Cherry Blossom Descent.’  This song’s arrangement presents an energy that is more reserved than other works on the album, but not by too much.  It creates an emotional impact through the approach here, that will keep listeners just as engaged as that of the album’s other works.  The group doesn’t let things sit back for too long as the record makes its way into ‘Synthetic Origins.’  The energy is high in this song to say the least, and stays high throughout.  Things ease off a little bit as the record enters its finale, ‘Nature of Play,’ but still leaves listeners feeling fulfilled in its own right.  By the time the song (and album) ends, listeners can look back and know that from beginning to end, the energies in each song rise and fall and move in all of the right directions throughout, ensuring listeners’ engagement and entertainment even more.  When this positive is considered along with the positive impact of the record’s content, the end result is a presentation that works just as well for its aesthetics as for its content.

Heart Signal gets a lot right in looking at its content and its sequencing.  While those noted elements do a lot to make the record worth hearing.  Those elements are not the record’s only important elements.  Its overall production puts the finishing touch to its whole.  As has already been pointed out twice over, there is a lot going on throughout this record, and that is just from three musicians.  Considering the complexity of each song, that meant that a lot of attention had to be paid to the sound balance in each work and to making sure that the intended emotion was fully captured, by connection.  Those behind the glass did just that, and did so expertly, too.  Each musician gets his own time in the limelight so to speak.  Whether in the balance between Abdow and Franklin’s parts in the manic ‘We Live Here’ (and the keyboards in the song, too), that of the frenetic performance of Abdow to Deneault’s time keeping in ‘Synthetic Origins’ or even the effect used on Abdow’s guitar and its balance with the guitars and bass in ‘Nature of Play,’ it is clear that a lot of time and work was put into making sure each song’s fullest effect was presented.  That effort paid off all the way through the album, too.  When this is considered along with the impact of the album’s content in general and that content’s sequencing, all three elements come together to make Heart Signal a record that has plenty of heart and sends its own strong signal to audiences and other rockers alike.

Michael Abdow’s fourth full-length solo record Heart Signal is a presentation that prog-rock and prog-metal fans alike will agree is worth at least one listen.  It lends itself to comparisons to work from the likes of Liquid Tension Experiment, Dream Theater and even his Jason Kui.  At the same time, the record’s arrangements still boast their own unique identity, giving reason in itself for audiences to take in this record.  The record’s sequencing adds even more interest to its presentation, as it balances each song’s energy well against one another.  The album’s production puts the finishing touch to its presentation, as noted.  Each item addressed here is important in its own way to the whole of the record.  All things considered, they make Heart Signal a work that is certain to appeal to any progressive music fan.  The record is scheduled for release Friday through Couch Cat Records.  More information on the record is available along with all of Michael Abdow’s latest news at:

 

 

 

Website: http://michaelabdow.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichaelAbdow

 

 

 

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Fates Warning, Metal Blade Reunite

Photo Credit: Stephanie Cabral

Fates Warning and Metal Blade Records have reunited.

The veteran progressive rock band announced this week that it signed a new deal with Metal Blade Records.  Most recently, the band was signed with InsideOut Music, which released the band’s most recent recordings, Theories of Flight (2016) and Live Over Europe (2018).

Front man Ray Alder addressed the reunion in a recent interview.

“All of us in Fates Warning are happy to announce that we are back with Metal Blade Records,” Alder said.  “Metal Blade has been there for us since the very beginning, and we are proud to call them part of our family.  The journey begins again, and we cannot begin to say how excited we are to work together once more.  A big thank to our fans for sticking with us through all these years.  We could not be here today without all of you.  That is a fact.  Thank you, everyone.  Here’s to making some new memories.”

Fates Warning was signed with Metal Blade Records from its inception, releasing albums through the label until 2013, when it released Darkness in a Different Light through InsideOut Music.  Theories of Flight followed in 2016.  The band’s 1998 live recording Still Life was also released via Metal Blade Records, as was the band’s 2017 live recording Awaken The Guardian Live.

 

 

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning is scheduled to join Queensryche on the road starting March 2 as a support act for Queensryche as it tours in support of its new album The Verdict.  That album is currently scheduled for release March 1 via Century Media Records.  The tour’s current schedule is noted below.

Fates Warning tour dates
w/ Queensryche

Mar. 2 – The Plaza Live – Orlando, FL
Mar. 3 – Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Mar. 4 – Jack Rabbits Live – Jacksonville, FL *
Mar. 5 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Mar. 7 – Sound Stage – Baltimore, MD w/ The Cringe
Mar. 8 – Sellersville Theater – Sellersville, PA *
Mar. 9 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY w/ The Cringe
Mar. 10 – Palladium – Worcester, MA w/ The Cringe
Mar. 12 – Bogarts – Cincinnati, OH
Mar. 13 – Diesel – Detroit, MI
Mar. 14 – Concord – Chicago, IL
Mar. 15 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
Mar. 16 – Medina Entertainment Center – Medina, MN
Mar. 17 – The Royal Grove – Lincoln, NE *
Mar. 19 – The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *
Mar. 20 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX
Mar. 21 – House of Blues – Houston, TX
Mar. 22 – Aztec – San Antonio, TX
Mar. 23 – El Rey – Albuquerque, NM
Mar. 24 – House of Bards – Tucson, AZ * w/ Push, DIRTNAP, Tribulance, Fire By Rank
Mar. 26 – The Marquee – Tempe, AZ
Mar. 27 – Observatory – San Diego, CA
Mar. 28 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
Mar. 29 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Mar. 30 – Ace of Spades – Sacramento, CA
Apr. 1 – The Dip – Redding, CA *
Apr. 2 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
Apr. 3 – Neptune – Seattle, WA
*=Fates Warning only

Once Fates Warning wraps its tour, it will start work on its 13th full-length studio recording, which will be released in 2020 via Metal Blade Records.  More information on that album is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Eagle Rock’s Mingus Montreux Show Shines In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top New Live CDs List

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Going to live shows is neither easy nor inexpensive nowadays.  Between the collective cost of tickets — which is itself oftentimes bank-breaking — transportation, food, potential lodging and souvenirs, and of course planning around work and family schedules, getting out to live shows is not easy for anyone.

Those barriers make the availability of live recordings something critical for audiences everywhere, regardless of genre.  To that end, live CDs deserve their own consideration just as much as studio recordings, each year.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has developed once again a list of the year’s Top 10 new live CDs.

This year has been an interesting one for live CDs.  Some notable live CDs were featured as part of bigger bundles (E.G. The Rolling Stones’ San Jose ’99 and Voodoo Lounge ’94 shows) while others, such as Alice Cooper’s A Paranormal Night @ The Olympia Paris and Marty Friedman’s One Bad M.F. Live were standalone offerings.

Some were standout offerings for all of the best reasons.  Others had some problems to note.  Keeping all of this in mind, this year’s crop of live CDs deserves just as much attention as the vast sea of studio recordings released throughout the year.

Topping this year’s list is yet another live CD from the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of Charles Mingus’ classic 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival show.  This recording presents Mingus at one of his finest moments, and why his live performances were — and still are today — such powerful presentations.

Coming in second in this year’s list is the new Jimi Hendrix live CD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.  This CD was released as part of the bigger Electric Ladyland box set, and stands out so strongly because of its set list, Hendrix and company’s performance and the production values.

Third place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live CDs goes to veteran viking metal outfit Amon Amarth.  The 30-song set list spans two nights and quite an expansive portion of the band’s catalog.  That set list is directly mirrored on its DVD and BD presentation, and sounds just as good.  Though because of the intensity of the show, it is still better appreciated being seen and heard and not just heard.  That’s not to say the CD presentation is bad, but audiences will agree that hearing it makes for far more appreciation for the concerts’ DVD and BD presentations.

Also featured in this year’s list of top new live CDs are those noted new offerings from Marty Friedman, Alice Cooper and The Rolling Stones alongside new offerings from Opeth, Devin Townsend and John 5 to name just a few more titles.  As always, this critic’s list features 10 of the year’s top new offerings plus five honorable mentions, which follow, for a total count of 15.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 new Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Charles Mingus — Live at Montreux 1975
  2. Jimi Hendrix — Live at the Hollywood BowlAug. 14, 1968
  3. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  4. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean MachineLive at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  5. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  6. The Rolling Stones — No SecuritySan Jose ’99
  7. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  8. John Mclaughlin & The 4th Dimension and Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip — Live in San Francisco
  9. Marty Friedman — One Bad M.F. Live
  10. Accept — Symphonic TerrorLive at Wacken 2017
  11. Alice Cooper — A Paranormal Night at The Olympia Paris
  12. Fates Warning — Live Over Europe
  13. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow — Memories in Rock II
  14. John 5 and The Creatures — It’s Alive
  15. Overkill — Live in Overhausen

Fates Warning Debuts ‘Point of View’ Lyric Video

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning has released another video in support of its new live recording Live Over Europe.

The band debuted the lyric video for the song ‘Point of View‘ today via YouTube.  Created by John Kaimakamis and the Nightwatchers, the song is the partner to the song taken directly from the song from the recording.  The video’s design places the song’s lyrics over a blueprint style background, with the lyrics written on sheets of paper on said backdrop.  Pictures of the band performing live are also incorporated into the final design, adding even more depth to its presentation.

The band is scheduled to perform live in October at a trio of South American shows.  Those dates are also in support of Live Over Europe.  Drummer Craig Anderson (Ignite, Crescent Shield) will fill in for regular drummer Bobby Jarzombek for those shows.  That is because Jarzombek has previous commitments on said dates, which are noted below.

FATES WARNING – Live 2018:
October 9th – Santiago (Chile) – Club Subterráneo
Tickets: https://www.eventrid.cl/eventos/spiderprod/fates-warning-en-chile

October 11th – Arequipa (Peru) – Jarawa / Lima Metal Fest Sideshow

October 13th – Lima (Peru) – Lima Metal Fest III

Tickets: https://www.joinnus.com/PE/conciertos/lima-lima-metal-fest-3-2018-20073

 

‘Point of View’ is just the latest single to come from Live Over Europe.  The record — mixed by Jen Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden — has also spawned the singles ‘Firefly,’ ‘The Light and Shade of Things‘ and ‘Life in Still Water.’  Those songs and the others featured in the record were culled from eight different cities in which Fates Warning performed earlier this year across Europe in support of its most recent full-length studio recording Theories of Flight.

Liver Over Europe is available now in stores and online.  It is available digitally and as a 2CD and 3LP set.  The CD and LP sets can be ordered here.

More information on Fates Warning’s new lyric video is available online now along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FastesWarning

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fasteswarning

 

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Fates Warning Debuts ‘Firefly’ Live Clip From ‘Live Over Europe’

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning is giving audiences their first preview of its latest live recording.

The band debuted its performance of ‘Firefly‘ today.  The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming live recording Live Over Europe.  It is streaming online now here.

Live Over Europe is currently scheduled to be released June 29 via InsideOut Music.  It will be available on 2 CD and 3 LP/2CD combo pack.  Pre-orders are available online now.

The 2-CD, 23-song recording culls performances from eight stops along Fates Warning’s run through Europe this past January in support of its latest album Theories of Flight — Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The double-disc set, which spans the band’s 30 year-long life, was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.  It will be available as limited edition 2-CD deluxe mediabook, 3LP/2CD combo pack, and digitally.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Front man Ray Alder said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the recording’s release.

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make Live Over Europe,” Alder said.  “We had a great time making this album, and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!”

FATES WARNING – “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:
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

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

More information on Live Over Europe is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news and more at:

 

Websitehttp://www.fateswarning.com

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitterhttp://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Fates Warning Announces ‘Live Over Europe’ Release Date, Specs

Courtesy: InsideOut Music

Fates Warning has a new live recording on the way.

The veteran progressive rock act announced Thursday that it will release its new live recording Live Over Europe on June 29 via InsideOut Music.  The 2-CD, 23-song recording culls performances from eight stops along Fates Warning’s run through Europe this past January in support of its latest album Theories of Flight — Aschaffenburg, Germany; Belgrade, Serbia; Thessaloniki and Athens, Greece; Rome and Milan, Italy; Budapest, Hungary and Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The double-disc set, which spans the band’s 30 year-long life, was mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden.  It will be available as limited edition 2-CD deluxe mediabook, 3LP/2CD combo pack, and digitally.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Front man Ray Alder said in a recent interview that he was looking forward to the recording’s release.

“We would like to thank each and every one of our fans that helped us make Live Over Europe,” Alder said.  “We had a great time making this album, and we hope that you enjoyed the shows as much as we did playing them!”

FATES WARNING  “Live Over Europe“

CD 1:
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

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

More information on Live Over Europe is available online now along with all of Fates Warning’s latest news and more at:

 

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

 

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

Courtesy: Dagger Records/Experience Hendrix, LLC

Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Fates Warning Announces New Live Dates

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Fates Warning has a special message for its fans.

The band is heading back out on the road. The announcement was made Monday via a news release from the band that also included a video message from front man Ray Alder about the tour. Audiences can view that video online now here.

The tour is currently scheduled to have separate North American and European schedules. The American tour is scheduled to launch Jan. 5 in Seattle, WA and run through Jan. 14 in Los Angeles, CA. The second leg, the European leg, is scheduled to start Jan. 18 in Essen, Germany and run through Jan. 27 in Anthens, Greece.

The band’s European dates will be recorded for a live recording to be released at a later date. The current tour schedule for both legs is noted below.

FATES WARNING – “Theories Of Flight” – Live 2018:
Fri January 05 – Seattle (USA) – Studio Seven
Sun January 07 – Mexico City (Mexico) – Circo Volador
Thu January 11 – Las Vegas, NV (USA) – Count’s Vamp’d
Fri January 12 – Phoenix, AZ (USA) – Club Red
Sat January 13 – San Diego, CA (USA) – Brick By Brick
Sun January 14 – Los Angeles, CA (USA) – The Whisky

FATES WARNING – “Theories Of Flight” – Live over Europe 2018 – Support: Methodica
Thu January 18 – Essen (Germany) – Turock
+ Special Guests: LONG DISTANCE CALLING
Fri January 19 – Aschaffenburg (Germany) – Colos-Saal
+ Special Guests: LONG DISTANCE CALLING
Sat January 20 – Milan (Italy) – Legend
Sun January 21 – Rome (Italy) – Orion
Tue January 23 – Ljubljana (Slovenia) – Orto Bar
Wed January 24 – Budapest (Hungary) – A38
Thu January 25 – Belgrade (Serbia) – Dom Omladine
Fri January 26 – Thessaloniki (Greece) – Principal Club Theater
Sat January 27 – Athens (Greece) – Fuzz Club

More information on Fates Warning’s upcoming live dates is available online now along with all of teh band’s latest news and more at:

Website: http://www.fateswarning.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FatesWarning

Twitter: http://twitter.com/fateswarning

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Metal Blade Sharp As Ever With New BTBAM, Fates Warning Live Recordings

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Metal Blade Records has two new live recordings out today, and they are recordings that both deserve a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.  The recordings in question are Between The Buried and Me’s Coma Ecliptic Live and Fates Warning’s Awaken The Guardian Live. Both deserve one of those critical spots in part due to their set lists.  This will be discussed shortly.  The respective performances in each recording are just as important to note as the set lists.  The recordings’ production values round out the recordings’ most important elements.  Each element is important in its own right to the recordings’ presentations.  All things considered, both recordings prove to be offerings that fans of each band will appreciate and that, again, deserve a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.

Coma Ecliptic Live and Awaken The Guardian Live are both recordings that are deserving of a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.  That is due in no small part to the set lists featured in the recordings.  The set lists stand out because they are not just collections of songs.  Instead, each is a full album from its respective band.  For Between the Buried and Me, the album in question is the band’s latest album Coma Ecliptic.  For Fates Warning, the album is the classic album Awaken The Guardian. Both concerts were very recently recorded.  The prior was recorded during BTBAM’s October 4, 2016 concert at The Observatory North Park in San Diego, CA while the latter was recorded in 2016, too.  Regardless of whether one chooses the concerts’ 2 CD/DVD combo pack, Blu-ray, or deluxe edition, audiences will get both concerts on each platform.  BTBAM’s concert is also available in multiple formats, giving audiences just as much chance to enjoy that concert in various ways, too.  Having noted all this, it should be clear why the set lists featured in both bands’ new recordings are so important.  Sure, they are not the only bands to ever perform an album in whole at a concert.  How many bands or acts in general have ever released those performances for their fans?  Some have, yes.  But such recordings are not overly prevalent regardless of genre.  To that end, the set lists presented in these recordings gain even more importance in the recordings’ presentations.  Of course the set lists are only part of what makes each recording stand out.  The bands’ performances are just as important to note as the shows’ set lists.

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The set lists featured in Fates Warning and BTBAM’s new live recordings are clearly important parts of each recording’s whole.  They are however, not the recordings’ only important elements.  The bands’ performances in each recording are just as important to note as the shows’ set lists.  In regards to BTBAM’s performance of Coma Ecliptic Live, the band takes little, if any, time between songs.  Rather, the band proceeds smoothly from one track to the next, keeping the album’s story moving from one song to the next.  The result is that even home audiences are pulled completely into the show, fully ensuring their engagement from beginning to end.  That is a powerful statement even for the concert’s audio-only presentation.  The performances put on by Fates Warning are just as impressive. The reunion of the band’s original lineup created an energy in its performance that is difficult to top from any similar act.  Original front man Jon Arch’s vocals soar while guitarist Jim Matheos and drummer Steve Zimmerman collectively pack their own musical punch throughout the shows.  The same can be said of bassist Joe DiBiase.  What’s more, the band wastes just as little time between songs in its performances, too, opting instead to let their performances do the talking for them.  That element of the performance, just as with BTBAM’s new live recording, keeps this band’s fans just as engaged as those of BTBAM or any other band.  Keeping that in mind it becomes fully clear why the performances put on by both bands are so critical to each act’s recording.  The performances are not the last of the recordings’ most important elements.  Their production values round out their most important elements.

The set lists and performances presented in both BTBAM’s new live recording and that of Fates Warning are both key to said recordings’ presentations.  That is evident in the fact that the set lists are made of one full album each rather than being random collections of songs.  The performances take audiences straight through said albums with little to no downtime between songs. Considering this, it is clear why each element is so important.  The noted elements are not the recordings’ only key elements.  Their production values are just as critical in their presentations as the aforementioned elements.  That is because it is those values that determine how well (or not) the recordings translate to home audiences.  Luckily for each band, the recordings’ production values stand out for the most positive reasons.  In the case of Coma Ecliptic Live, audiences are treated to expertly mixed audio, camera angles that take audiences up close and personal with the band and editing that just as expertly captures the energy and emotion of every song.  Much the same can be said of Awaken The Guardian Live.  Even in the case of the recordings’ audio-only platforms, the sound mixing is so well handled that audiences are pulled just as much into the concerts.  Between the expertly handled audio, the camera work and the recordings’ editing, the whole of the recordings’ production values form the foundation for each recording, a foundation on which the previously discussed set lists and performances rest easily.  All things considered, each recording proves to be enjoyable for the bands’ respective audiences.  They prove to be among the year’s top new live recordings.

Come Ecliptic Live and Awaken The Guardian Live are among this year’s top new live recordings.  They are presentations that fans of Between The Buried and Me and Fates Warning will all enjoy.  That is due to set lists that give audiences full album experiences and performances of said albums that will keep home audiences just as engaged as the audiences who attended the events in person.  The concerts’ production values across their varied platforms put the finishing touch on each recording’s presentation.  That is because they wholly pull audiences into the concerts regardless of platform.  Each element, as has been discussed already, plays its own integral part in the recordings’ presentations.  All things considered, they make each recording presentations that are memorable concerts; concerts that fans of each band will enjoy, leaving them agreeing each one deserves a spot on any critic’s list of the year’s top new live recordings.  Each recording is available in stores and online now.  More information on each recording is available online now at:

 

 

 

Website: http://www.metalblade.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/metalbladerecords

Twitter: http://twitter.com/MetalBlade

 

 

 

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