As you scream into the web of silence...
Thank god I'm not alone this time.
A few things to consider before diving into Fates Warning:I'm not versed in Fates Warning, but this album has compelled me to put them on the list. Prog metal for me goes on a fun scale, and this one is a bit more wanky than what I love in prog, but isn't so wanky as to be Dream Theater, which I am very lukewarm on.
I never heard you bang shit, Wizard. I'll put it on now, just for youI did listen to 'Winter Ethereal' when it was first released a few weeks ago and added it to my 2019 Spotify playlist so I was already quite familiar with it. My initial thoughts were that John Arch's vocals are quite grating, but musically it's a good album. Having come back to it for this thread and listened a bit more closely I think the vocal lines themselves are quite good, but the vocals are still quite trying. I suppose they're an acquired taste. There's no way that this is better than everything Dream Theater have done but it's probably more accessible as it doesn't have any of the Jordan Rudess messing around stuff. I wasn't familiar with anything that Arch or Matheos have done previously, but have heard of Fates Warning. Should I check them out?
For the "album you love that everyone else should" round I will nominate Purest of Pain's 'Sollipsis' from last year. An album I've been banging on about for a year and nobody bother to listen to.
There's a lot I could go with here, but I'm going to keep it in the prog realm and nominate Shrine of New Generation Slaves by Riverside.The next theme is: That album you love that you wish everyone else did.