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Connecticut, United States (1983 – present)

Fates Warning is a progressive metal band, formed in 1983 by John Arch, Jim Matheos, Victor Arduini, Joe DiBiase, and Steve Zimmerman in Connecticut, USA.

The band directly contributed to the establishment of the progressive metal genre. Their early works are considered by many as very important works defining the genre itself. The middle-period works are considered as a progress in songwriting and musicianship as the band evolved. Recent works, since 1997, are in a heavy-progressive, more mature style.

The first album, Night on Bröcken, was released in 1984, on the Metal Blade label, featuring a strong Iron Maiden influence. The Spectre Within was released in 1985, which had a more progressive sound. In 1986, original guitarist Victor Arduini left the band and was replaced by Frank Aresti. The third album, Awaken the Guardian was released in that year, moving towards a more mythical atmosphere. In 1987, original vocalist John Arch left the band, and was replaced by a new vocalist, Chris Cronk, who left short after. Ray Alder, joined the band in 1988. That year, the first album with Alder, No Exit was released. In 1988, original drummer Steve Zimmerman left the band, and Mark Zonder joined the band in 1989. Perfect Symmetry was released in the same year. Kevin Moore (ex-Dream Theater) was featured as a guest on At Fate’s Hands playing keyboards.


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  • UnleashTheW0lvz

    excellent stuff

    6 May 7:43pm Reply
  • BeyondEternity If you are into power metal in the style of Fates Warning, you will surely enjoy this track from UK Power / Heavy act Starborn.

    30 Apr 5:37pm Reply
  • menswear2112

    Surprisingly great band with an even more surprising low fanbase

    15 Apr 8:43pm Reply
  • Chrilu

    All the bands I love are only doing fucking festivals anymore...Annoying.

    14 Apr 1:05pm Reply
  • TheOnlyMAD

    Not only one of the best prog metal bands ever, but also one of the best bands of any genre ever.

    13 Mar 12:31am Reply
  • Proggie89

    We are extremely proud to present you our KEEP IT TRUE 2016 (!!!) headliner: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Awaken The Guardian” FATES WARNING will perform the complete album plus more early FATES WARNING songs from the Arch era in the original “Awaken The Guardian” line up: John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Frank Aresti (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums). This will be an EXCLUSIVE European Show and the first time FATES WARNING will perform an old school show with John Arch on vocals.

    24 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodofDeathMetal

    I saw 'em live once. They mostly played new material. It was cool.

    8 Sep 2014 Reply
  • metalkillthekin

    great band!!

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Cat_007

    Darkness is a light!

    5 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Buhlio

    Thank you for the wonderful music! My soul found home!

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • sbsnpr

    still kickassas well!! \\m/ (-_-) \\m/

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sikimdeolurmu

    Last Call (demo) has one of the best beginning that i've ever heard.

    4 Mar 2014 Reply
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  • Thradar

    Saw Fates Warning (also played some O.S.I.), Queensryche, and Dream Theater on the same ticket back in....2003? Epic.

    17 Jan 2014 Reply
  • Metalion_SOS

    I've always avoided FW cos I can't stand prog metal and Night On Broken did nothing for me. But I just gave in and bought The Spectre Within and am LOVING it, so I guess I'll have to get Awaken next... Nice surprise of the day.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Antikrun

    Oh what a boring band.....

    1 Dec 2013 Reply
  • mk741

    They were simply incredible live. Felt spoiled by their performance.

    21 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Mindcrime-III

    New album is very great! Nice job FW!

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
  • elenheru

    Stronger than DT. Again

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • raznuzdan

    Many thanks for a concert in Moscow! Very emotional, energetic and mentally at the same time!

    22 Oct 2013 Reply
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