I've never listened to FW until recently when I got a copy of Darkness In A Different Light. I find it very generic. Perhaps I need to listen to it more. But right now, FW is just not exciting to me.
well, there are two distinct versions of FW. the one with Jon Arch as the vocalist + "No Exit" with the Ray Alder, which is more riff orientated, a more proggy one in the middle, and the darker one started with A Pleasent Shade of Gray.I've never listened to FW until recently when I got a copy of Darkness In A Different Light. I find it very generic. Perhaps I need to listen to it more. But right now, FW is just not exciting to me.
My second favorite band after Maiden. I love all the eras, but overall prefer original vocalist John Arch. His style is just incredible, but it can take a while to get used to, since he often doesn't follow the rhythm exactly. Alder is great too, but in a different way. Jim Matheos is the man though, he simply doesn't know how to write bad music. He's also a great producer. Listen to the Arch/Matheos album and the latest FW, that is how a progressive/metal album should be produced. Excellent guitar tone and all the instruments are seamlessly mixed together and layered.
FINALLY saw FW live for the first time last night on San Antonio! Ray is from San Antonio and it showed because the audience was VERY into the material. Ray said "Hola" to his mom in the audience! God the band sounded great but Ray is who blew me away. Makes me regret all the times I did not see them through the years. Now my next goal is to see them headline...