Pleasant Shade of Gray

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Though they'd pretty much come to epitomize the very essence of progressive metal over the years with their ever-challenging work, Fates Warning had surprisingly never committed to a full-on concept album -- almost a prerequisite of the genre. That is, until 1997's ambitious A Pleasant Shade of Gray, which corrected this oversight with 12 tracks forming a single, Herculean magnum opus. But while it offers up another helping of rhythmically complex progressive metal full of intricately woven time changes, this is no Operation: Mindcrime. The guitar riffs and melodic hooks contained here are simply not that memorable, requiring way too many listens before leaving any lasting impressions and overshadowing the band's ...
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Though they'd pretty much come to epitomize the very essence of progressive metal over the years with their ever-challenging work, Fates Warning had surprisingly never committed to a full-on concept album -- almost a prerequisite of the genre. That is, until 1997's ambitious A Pleasant Shade of Gray, which corrected this oversight with 12 tracks forming a single, Herculean magnum opus. But while it offers up another helping of rhythmically complex progressive metal full of intricately woven time changes, this is no Operation: Mindcrime. The guitar riffs and melodic hooks contained here are simply not that memorable, requiring way too many listens before leaving any lasting impressions and overshadowing the band's remarkable musicianship. There are no song titles either; each track is identified as "Part I," "Part II," etc., with perhaps the most memorable moments taking place on "Part IV" through "Part VIII" the last, a loving tribute to Kansas if ever there was one. All told, A Pleasant Shade of Gray is a challenging listen and not for the faint of heart. ~ Steve Huey & Ed Rivadavia
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/1997
  • Label: Metal Blade
  • UPC: 039841412925
  • Catalog Number: 14129
  • Sales rank: 59,920

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Fates Warning Primary Artist
Joey Vera Bass
Terry Brown Background Vocals
Ray Alder Vocals
Jim Matheos Guitar, Synthesizer Guitar
Mark Zonder Drums, Background Vocals
Lydia Montagnese Background Vocals
Lindsay Matthews Background Vocals
Kevin Moore Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Klaus Schulze Composer
Bill Laswell Composer
Terry Brown Producer, Engineer
Eddy Schreyer Mastering
Pete Namlook Composer
Ray Alder Contributor
Ioannis Art Direction
Stephen Jacaruso Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what else is there left to say

    not for the timmid , first time through you might say something like ''what was that all about'' then there you go. listen to it again. this is a wounderful work by Fates Warning , it is quite abit more envolved than one thinks. a must have. take the plung in to this gray matter expanding trip and see for yourself what was on his mind......

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