Album Review: Fates Warning – “Darkness In A Different Light”
Well no actually. ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ crashes in like the band have never been away. They’ve got riffs coming out of their arses and Ray Alders voice soars just as much as it ever has, even recalling original vocalist John Arch in places. While the band themselves are reluctant to say this is a return to their roots that will be something on the minds of most fans on first listen.
This is a good thing by the way.
On the first few tracks of the album, and in particular the opening salvo of ‘A Thousand Fires’ which stretches the tape at seven minutes, Fates Warning are back in the 80’s, but on ‘I Am’ they pull out a heavy ass riff that most modern metal bands would give their left arm for. It’s not all about the riff though, Fates Warning have always been masters of the slow burning, atmospheric gloom-a-thon and on ‘The Lighthouse’ they deliver. It’s looming, delicately picked chords giving the whole track an ominous feel which perfectly offsets the barrage of heaviness that follows in the guise of ‘Into The Black’.
Closing with the 14 minute ‘And Yet It Moves’ Fates Warning prove once and for all what masters of their genre they are. Holding your ears for quarter of an hour is always a challenge and one the band approach like their careers depend upon it. And I suppose it does. Fates Warning are a band with loyal fans but after a nine year absence they have something to prove and with ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ they have done exactly that, showing a lot of younger bands how it’s done in the process.