Fates Warning - A Pleasant Shade Of Gray

8.5 | 197 votes |
Release date: 22 April 1997
Style: Progressive metal


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01. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part I
02. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part II
03. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part III
04. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part IV
05. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part V
06. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part VI
07. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part VII
08. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part VIII
09. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part IX
10. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part X
11. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part XI
12. A Pleasant Shade Of Gray Part XII

Ray Alder - vocals
Jim Matheos - guitars, guitar synth
Mark ''Thunder Child'' Zonder - drums, vocals
Joey Vera - bass

Guest musicians
Kevin Moore - keyboards, piano
Bill Metoyer - vocals
Lydia Montagnese - vocals
Terry Brown - vocals
Lindsay Matheos - vocals

Additional info
Recorded, produced, and mixed by Terry Brown at the Carriage House, Stamford, CT in November-December 1996.
Assistant engineers: Andy Katz and Joe Peccerillo.
Mastering: Eddie Schreyer at Oasis.

Pre-production: Bill's Place.

Art direction and design: Ioannis and Steven Jacaruso at Vivid Images Int.

Photography: Ioannis and Heide Coyle.

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Well, when someone is speaking of progressive rock, usually, you could think of Dream Theater or Symphony X. But, no, for sure, there are many other bands in this field that deserve a high degree of attention. And one of these bands is, certainly, Fates Warning. This band could be considered as one of the founders of progressive metal in the late 80s.

published 07.10.2004 | Comments (9)

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08.08.2013 - 17:46
Rating: 9
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If "Inside Out" was a continuation of "Parallels" (in musical style), then "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" is something new compared to its predecessor. No, not fundamentally new, but still the changes are substantial, in my opinion.
First of all, Ray Alder continues with his emotional vocal manner but adds to it some subtlety, which provides for a wonderful result. Then, Jim Matheos manages to come up with quite a handful of great (and hard) riffs. And the last, but definitely not the least, the addition of Joey Vera on bass made that often undeservingly put into the back of the mix instrument really shine.
My verdict - a great progressive metal album and one of the jewels of Fates Warning discography.
"And we are not who we think we are
We are who we're afraid to be"
- Lux Occulta "The Opening of Eleventh Sephirah"
08.06.2020 - 11:20
Rating: 7
I dont get it sometimes... People raving on about how awesome a particular band is... I love Progressive Metal and I think Ray Alder works great in Redemption... I have given Fates Warning my ears over and over again trying to find out what the fuss is about... They are extemely talented there is no doubt about that but overall their songs are just lame, they have no real direction, it is totally lost and Ray is constantly howling over and over again. The drummer is the only excellent thing about this band... Sure a few good riffs here and there, some nice choruses but I am always left waiting for the good moments which are only temporary so this band isn't worth my time anymore. Sorry Fates Warning, I have listened to your albums over and over again but I never had the natural desire to listen to your music.

As far as I am aware though, Parallels is their only good album.

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