A three-CD/DVD deluxe reissue of the critically acclaimed 1997 album “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray” from progressive metal legends FATES WARNING will be made available on October 2 via Metal Blade. “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray” is a single song that is divided into twelve tracks. The album is notable for its darker mood and mixture of progressive rock and metal with hints of industrial, classical, and psychedelia.
This all-encompassing and expansive collection features the original album on the first CD. The second CD features a live version of the album recorded during the band’s 1998 European tour as well as a soundcheck recording of “We Only Say Goodbye” and a studio cover version of the SCORPIONS‘ “In Trance”. The third CD in the package consists of demos from the pre-production and writing sessions for “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray”. Finally, the DVD portion of the set consists of two complete live performances of “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray”. The first is a restored and re-edited version of the band’s 1998 VHS release and the second was filmed at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California in 1999. Pre-orders as well as the first samples of music from this special edition will be available next Thursday, August 6.
FATES WARNING will tour North America this fall. The trek kicks off October 9 in Hartford, Connecticut and runs through November 2 in Ramona, California. Exclusive VIP Packages are available for all shows and can be purchased here. There are two different VIP Packages: the first includes a chance to watch the band’s soundcheck, meet the band, take photos with the band and a VIP laminate; the second package includes everything from the first package and in addition a signed copy of the deluxe reissue of “A Pleasant Shade Of Gray”.
FATES WARNING‘s eleventh studio album, “Darkness In A Different Light”, sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was issued in North America on October 1, 2013 via InsideOut Music.
Featuring founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek, “Darkness In A Different Light” was produced by Matheos and mixed by longtime FATES WARNING engineer Phil Magnotti. The effort was mastered by Maor Appelbaum (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA, ANVIL) at Maor Appelbaum Mastering in California. The cover artwork was designed by Conte di San Pietro.
In addition to the standard CD jewel case and the digital download format, “Darkness In A Different Light” was made available in Europe as 2CD mediabook edition and as gatefold 2LP version (180-gram vinyl in black, red or white vinyl) with four bonus tracks.
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