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When someone is speaking of progressive metal, usually, it's easy to think of Dream Theater or Symphony X. But, no, for sure, there are many other bands in this field that deserve a high degree of attention. And one of these bands is, certainly, Fates Warning. This band could be considered as one of the founders of progressive metal in the late 80s.
Mentioning progressive style, Fates Warning belongs to this genre. But it's a heavier side, without being power ("American power" as in their beginnings) or something else (. It's heavier than Dream Theater, and it doesn't have anything in common with Symphony X's style. Somehow, this live recording can really be filed next to of Mekong Delta, "Pictures of an Exhibition".
"A Pleasant Shade of Grey" was recorded live during various shwos in Nurnberg, Koln, Wurzburg, Offenenbach, Ludwigsburg (Germany) and Hollywood, CA (U.S.A.), and is presented as a whole, parted in 12 songs. Or, if you want, it's a "concept" album. FW explores a darker side of progressive. Emptiness, confusion, desolation, which lead to a sort of desperation. But, finally, "face to face we'll awake/ to see another day". It's like a nightmare, which finally ends. Moreover, this sensation is clarified by the clock ring in the end of the album. Like the beginning of "Awake" album (Dream Theater). Some people criticize progressive genre for obvious reasons: lack of innovations, platitude, same old themes presented as new, uninspired lyrics, forced paradoxes. Well, Fates Warning has always had the ability to create interesting music, by avoiding recurrent clichés. And another important remark: if they were copying, they imitated themselves. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED!