Wednesday, June 6, 2012

CD Review: Fates Warning Pack Deluxe Edition Of "Inside Out"

Progressive metal band Fates Warning have been giving fans what they long for, expanded versions of almost every one of their albums. Beginning in 2002, Fates Warning has been digging through their vaults in order to give their vans everything they have including demos, live tracks and outtakes that were recorded for that specific album.

In June, Fates Warning will release a deluxe, expanded edition of their 1994 album "Inside Out" through Metal Blade Records. This album sold well upon its original release following the band's breakthrough album "Parallels." "Inside Out" still featured a commercial rock sound that also put more of a strain on band members as they disagreed on the direction the band was heading.

The first disc features the original album, remastered by its original producer Bill Metoyer. These songs have never sounded better as the vocals of Ray Alder in "Island in the Stream" really shine. Also the progressive rock of "Monument" and "Afterglow" show the excellent musicianship this band displayed back in 1994.

The second disc features five demos from the "Inside Out" album sessions, as you are able to hear some of the these songs in a rougher stage of development. The real treat is the five live songs taken from shows recorded around the time the album was originally released. You get great live versions of "The Eleventh Hour" and "Point Of View" which do not appear on the "Inside Out" album. The gem of this release is the demo for the song "Circles" which was left off the original album.

Also included in this set is a DVD featuring the band performing songs from the album live between 1993 and 2010. This release is a great treat for fans as they relive an earlier time in the band's history. For more information, check out fateswarning.com.

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