Four years after the last album “Disconnected”, cult metallers FATES WARNING present a new album. It has turned out relatively modern and heavy, the disc simply entitled “FWX”. But also highly atmospheric, furnished with a lot of calm parts, dynamic and with loops, and trippy parts.
A song like „River Wide Ocean Deep“ is such a quiet tip, a very complex song which wrong-foots you at first to literally explode towards the end. In stark contrast to that there’s “Another Perfect Day” to be admire, which could also be called “Another Perfect Song”. It is super straight, with ingenious vocals and catchy melody lines. The potential signle so to speak. What I don’t like is the two tracks “Simple Human” and “Stranger (With A Familiar Face)” which just don’t seem to fit with the atmosphere of the rest of the album. Too hard, too heavy, too “ordinary” I would say. Would rather fit with ENGINE than with FATES WARNING. This costs points as well, for 10 points would also have been easily possible… Nonetheless it’s a fact that we are talking about a formidable work by the gods, especially the combination of melodic Metal with Trip Hop and a heavy, modern guitar sound definitely has something! The closing “Wish” offers a completely ingenious bar piano solo as a present, so that my jaw simply drops.
Thus: with this work FATES WARNING will definitely get rid of the old fans finally and gain some new ones. The album is definitely a must-have! (Online November 24, 2004)