This site is supported by the advertisements on it, please disable your AdBlocker so we can continue to provide you with the quality content you expect.

Welcome to Our Community

Wanting to join the rest of our members? Feel free to sign up today.

FATES WARNING: Long Day Good Night

Discussion in 'ProgPower USA' started by KingsGene, Aug 26, 2020.

  1. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    11,667
    Likes Received:
    512
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    near KC
  2. engmtlhd

    engmtlhd Member

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    8
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Cleveland, TN
    Completely digging that riff!! Can't wait for the new album. FW never disappoints.
     
  3. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    11,667
    Likes Received:
    512
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    near KC
  4. VenomGA

    VenomGA At War With Stan

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2005
    Messages:
    4,243
    Likes Received:
    40
    Trophy Points:
    48
    I have this pre-ordered!!
     
  5. Scott B

    Scott B Member

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    9
    Trophy Points:
    18
    I remember back in the day when the release of a Fates Warning album caused so much online commentary servers huddled in fear of blowing up with the traffic.

    But today. Nothing? Really? What the hell happened?

    Oh well, it's only their best album since APSoG. Instant classic. Album of the year.

    Carry on...
     
  6. Silverlinings

    Silverlinings Member

    Joined:
    Jun 11, 2010
    Messages:
    104
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    18
    For some reason it hasn't clicked with me. I like it don't get me wrong, but it's not a classic for me. I also find the mix or mastering a little strange. It's certainly very low and doesn't have the clarity that some of their other albums had. I think his solo album sounded better. Maybe it's just me.
     
    TwizstedJesus likes this.
  7. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    11,667
    Likes Received:
    512
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    near KC
    New video from Fates Warning

     
  8. TwizstedJesus

    TwizstedJesus Member

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2004
    Messages:
    1,218
    Likes Received:
    22
    Trophy Points:
    38
    I've listened to the new album about 10 times. Some of it just doesn't resonate with me. Some of the experimenting with sounds just goes a little bit too far for me.

    I never wanted Jazz Warning, yet I get about 6 minutes of it. It's interesting from a musicians standpoint, but its not Fates Warning. "The Longest Shadow Of The Day" is interesting in it's odd, non-FW styling. But it doesn't quite feel right. The song only truly starts when Ray starts singing, and the last 5 minutes of this song is almost classic FW, but how many people will sit through that first six minutes to get there?

    There are at least two tracks here that sound like Theories of Flight outtakes. "Glass Houses" and "Liar" just don't do much for me. The chorus of "Liar" is reminiscent of something “Parallels” era. but once again, not a strong song.

    The alt-grunge "Begin Again" has some interesting things going, like the drums. But, once again, it's just not Fates Warning to me. Is it a bad song? Absolutely not! It's just unexpected and it feels like a square peg in a round hole.

    Now, the good...

    “When Snow Falls” reminds me of that “Disconnected” moodiness, and the electronic drums of Gavin Harrison add to the effects. This song feels like a new direction that I could appreciate if this road was a chosen path. This song grew on me a bit after each listen.

    “Now Comes The Rain”, the second single released previous to the full length, may be the best song FW has ever written. Ray harmonizing with himself has a beauty about it that steals my breath away. More moodiness, guitar magic and touches of echo on the vocals, all to great effect.

    “The Way Home” begins the middle part of the album with more touches of melancholy. Slow guitar intro leads us into the song. “Say goodbye, you’re going home...your heart aglow...you think about the times you were holding on to those who have always shown...that the world sometimes is not so cold...” Deep introspective lyrics by Ray which makes me feel like somebody is trying to find the words to say goodbye. After reading some of the newer reviews, I guess Ray is trying to say goodbye since this most likely is the final Fates Warning recordings we will hear.

    Track #1, “The Destination Onward” starts the disc with a very ethereal and moody beginning. Guitar with some spacey delay plays over a haunting keyboard...Slow crunchy guitars enter the fray, adding to the moodiness “...it’s been long since I’ve been home...it seems like a dream to me...” Ray sounds magnificent here and the song takes a “Theories of Flight” type riff into the main part of the song. A great beginning!

    Overall, I feel that this could have been a great Fates Warning album had they only trimmed about 30 minutes of excess off of the running time. The odd non-Fates Warning sounding stuff for some reason really turned me off on a lot of the new songs. Ray sounds incredible throughout, many of Matheos' song structures and ideas were well thought out and the recording and mix is solid.

    7.5/10. On par with "Darkness In A Different Light" as the worst Fates Warning album, which is still better than 99% of other bands output.
     
  9. ZZRCharlie

    ZZRCharlie Counting bodies...to the rhythm of the war drums

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2016
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    3
    When I have listened to Fates over the years, I seem to fall into a pattern. I'll listen to it the first time and
    think, damn, this is good. The next few times I get bored, trying to pick it apart. The next time I listen might be
    weeks later, then it seems to take on another personality. Fates has always been one of my favorite bands,
    just light years ahead of most out there. As far as the different sounds of a couple of songs, I sort of like that
    stuff. If it all sounded the same time after time, then what's the point. For the most part, I'll wear it out as I have
    done in years past. These guys are alone in their craft. I'm not a musician just a listener for decades. Fates Warning
    will always have a place in my life, always has. Good stuff.
     
  10. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    11,667
    Likes Received:
    512
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    near KC
    This the kind of reactions/opinions that make me keep this forum alive. Thanks for contributing your views!
     
  11. The Fiddler

    The Fiddler Just Do It.

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2002
    Messages:
    2,833
    Likes Received:
    6
    Trophy Points:
    38
    Location:
    Heaven and Hell
    This release, and Theories of Flight are probably the two best discs of their long career, IMO. Ray seems to be in the the midst of a creative resonance with the last two FW discs and his latest solo effort.

    I'll be interested to see where "Long Day Good Night" ends up in Glenn's annual Top 1,000 releases for 2020. ;)
     
  12. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    11,667
    Likes Received:
    512
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    near KC
    Full album stream....

     
    #12 KingsGene, Nov 19, 2020
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2020
  13. KingsGene

    KingsGene God of Thunder

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2005
    Messages:
    11,667
    Likes Received:
    512
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    near KC

Share This Page