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Vocalist Ray Alder of American progressive metallers FATES WARNING was interviewed on the latest edition of “The Classic Metal Show”, which is heard live on Saturdays from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. EST at TheClassicMetalShow.com. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below.

FATES WARNING‘s eleventh studio album, “Darkness In A Different Light”, will be released in North America on October 1 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” will be 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.

“Darkness In A Different Light” track listing:

CD 1

01. One Thousand
02. Firefly
03. Desire
04. Falling
05. I Am
06. Lighthouse
07. Into The Black
08. Kneel And Obey
09. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

CD 2

01. Firefly (extended)
02. Falling Further
03. One (live)
04. Life In Still Water (live)

Regarding the song “Firefly”, Alder said: “‘Firefly’ is very personal to me in more ways than one….

“After I had written the melody for this song, I knew immediately what the title was going to be, as well as the subject; it just fit the mood.

“As for the subject, I’m pretty sure we’ve all felt this way at one time or another.

“Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you think they would, but that’s okay, that’s part of life… We move on. Ironically, while recording ‘Firefly’ in New Hampshire, I was outside the studio late one night, and there they were, floating through the trees in the forest! I hadn’t seen a single firefly for at least fifteen years since I had left my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, so I kinda took it as a sign. A sign of what, I don’t know… But very ironic nonetheless…”

On the topic of “Darkness In A Different Light” as a whole, Alder said: “‘Darkness In A Different Light’ is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.

“I believe that this lineup is the best that FATES WARNING has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album.

“It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.

“We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years.

“We plan on touring as much as possible for ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been.”

FATES WARNING will embark on a North American tour in November. The trek will launch November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and wrap December 14 in Seattle, Washington.



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Audio samples of “Darkness In A Different Light”, the eleventh studio album from American progressive metallers FATES WARNING, can be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The CD will be released on September 27 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” will be 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.

“Darkness In A Different Light” track listing:

CD 1

01. One Thousand
02. Firefly
03. Desire
04. Falling
05. I Am
06. Lighthouse
07. Into The Black
08. Kneel And Obey
09. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

CD 2

01. Firefly (extended)
02. Falling Further
03. One (live)
04. Life In Still Water (live)

Regarding the song “Firefly”, Alder said: “‘Firefly’ is very personal to me in more ways than one….

“After I had written the melody for this song, I knew immediately what the title was going to be, as well as the subject; it just fit the mood.

“As for the subject, I’m pretty sure we’ve all felt this way at one time or another.

“Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you think they would, but that’s okay, that’s part of life… We move on. Ironically, while recording ‘Firefly’ in New Hampshire, I was outside the studio late one night, and there they were, floating through the trees in the forest! I hadn’t seen a single firefly for at least fifteen years since I had left my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, so I kinda took it as a sign. A sign of what, I don’t know… But very ironic nonetheless…”

On the topic of “Darkness In A Different Light” as a whole, Alder said: “‘Darkness In A Different Light’ is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.

“I believe that this lineup is the best that FATES WARNING has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album.

“It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.

“We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years.

“We plan on touring as much as possible for ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been.”

FATES WARNING will embark on a North American tour in November. The trek will launch November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and wrap December 14 in Seattle, Washington.

The “Parallels” lineup of FATES WARNING played a number of shows in 2010 in support of the released special edition of the album, which was made available through Metal Blade Records. In addition to remastered audio, there is a second audio disc of live and demo material. The package also includes a DVD with nearly three hours of material, including a complete live show from the 1992 “Parallels” tour and a documentary on the making of “Parallels” which includes live, studio, and current day interview footage with all the band members, Terry Brown (producer) and Brian Slagel (CEO of Metal Blade Records).

FATES WARNING‘s last CD, “X”, was released in 2004 on Metal Blade Records.



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Former DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson will fill in for Craig Goldy at the October 26 DIO DISCIPLES concert at M15 in Corona, California as Craig has a prior commitment in Russia.

DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL) and is fully supported by Dio‘s widow/manager, Wendy, currently consists of the following musicians:

* Mark Boals (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Vocals
* Oni Logan (LYNCH MOB) – Vocals
* Craig Goldy (DIO) – Guitar
* Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) – Bass
* Scott Warren (DIO,HEAVEN & HELL) – Keyboards
* Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO) – Drums

In the late 1980s Robertson heard that Ronnie James Dio was looking for a new guitarist. He sent a tape to the record company Phonogram. After six months of waiting, he got a reply that stated that at that moment they were not interested in him. At the encouragement of his friend and fellow guitarist Sean Manning (HURRICANE) the tenacious Robertson then contacted the DIO fan club who then asked him to send his demo tape to them.

Robertson, who was 17 years old at the time, got a great response from DIO after receiving the demo through the fan-club channels. In late January or early February 1989 Robertson was flown to Los Angeles for an audition with DIO. He was auditioned twice. Immediately after the second audition he was invited to join the band. The press-release for the addition of Robertson to DIO was sent out on July 18, 1989 and the press was invited to meet the newest DIO guitarist on July 20, 1989 at Oliver’s Pub in New York City.

The first DIO album Robertson started working on with DIO was “Lock up the Wolves”. These sessions included Jimmy Bain, Vinny Appice and Jens Johansson. The band had already begun writing and recording when Jimmy Bain and Vinny Appice were suddenly excused from the band. They were replaced with Teddy Cook and former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

“Lock up the Wolves” was released in 1990, and the band embarked on a tour in support of the album.

Robertson stayed with DIO until Ronnie James Dio rejoined BLACK SABBATH in 1991.

Dio and Robertson had been writing songs for an album to be released in May 1991 which ended up being shelved. When the DIO band was put on ice, Robertson started work on an instructional video for guitar players. It was released on Star Licks in July or August 1991. He then teamed up with vocalist Oni Logan (ex-LYNCH MOB) and drummer Jimmy Paxson (from TRIANGLE) and began to write and record on an album together for Atlantic Records.

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Slovak melodic metal band SIGNUM REGIS will release its third album entitled “Exodus” on November 15 in Europe and December 3 in North America via Ulterium Records. The CD features guest vocals by Lance King (ex-PYRAMAZE, BALANCE OF POWER), Michael Vescera (OBSESSION, ANIMETAL USA, ex-LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Matt Smith (THEOCRACY), Daísa Munhoz (VANDROYA, SOULSPELL), Eli Prinsen (SACRED WARRIOR, THE SACRIFICED), Samuel Nyman (MANIMAL), Thomas L. Winkler (GLORYHAMMER, EMERALD), Göran Edman (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JOHN NORUM) and Mayo Petranin (CASTAWAY). The album was mastered by Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, JORN, CIRCUS MAXIMUS) and the artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY OF FIRE).

“Exodus” is a historical concept album about the Israelites who were enslaved in ancient Egypt.

“Exodus” track listing:

01. On The Nile
02. Enslaved
03. The Promised Land
04. Let Us Go!
05. Wrath Of Pharaoh
06. The Ten Plagues
07. Last Days In Egypt
08. Exodus
09. Song Of Deliverance
10. Sole Survivor
11. Mountain Of God (CD bonus track)

A teaser for the album is available in the YouTube clip below.

“Exodus” can be pre-ordered at the Ulterium Records store.

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Greg Prato of Songfacts recently conducted an interview with legendary rock singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ). A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Songfacts: What are you currently doing musically?

Graham Bonnet: Well, at the moment, Mandy Wheatcroft, who’s looking after my business in England, we’re putting together an album that’s like a special edition of tracks that have never been released. She’s putting that together right now. And what we’re going to do is put it on my site, GrahamBonnet.com, folks. [laughs] How’s that for a commercial? There are some songs that I’ve had, they’ve been put away on a shelf and have never been released. It’s a mixture of different kinds of music, different kinds of styles, and it’s really more where I’m at with my music, because I started off as doing R&B and more pop stuff and I was suddenly put into this bracket of being called a heavy rock singer, which is not what I wanted to do at first. So this shows different sides of my singing and songwriting. It’s kind of like Paul McCartney‘s albums when he went solo after he left THE BEATLES: a bit of reggae, jazz, a bit of everything. So that’s what’s happening right now. We’re putting that together and getting the booklet together with some photos and all that kind of stuff inside. It will be interesting to people who like what I’ve done in RAINBOW or in ALCATRAZZ or other bands I’ve been in. It’ll be another side for them to listen to.

Songfacts: How would you compare playing in the current ALCATRAZZ lineup to the ’80s version of ALCATRAZZ?

Graham: Well, it’s completely different. We have no keyboard player, so it’s a smaller band of musicians. What we’ve done — a secret — is we’ve pre-recorded keyboards. We play to a click track when we go on stage, because a lot of the music I made in the past has been very heavily keyboard-oriented. So we’ve had to do that, unfortunately. Our keyboard player actually left — he went to get a real job, like big men do. He decided the music business wasn’t for him anymore. He was our keyboard player and second guitar player. His name’s John Thomas, and he’s a really great guitar player and worked very well with our current guitar player, Howie Simon. He left, so it’s completely different. I often think about the original band, the first band we put together with Yngwie Malmsteen playing and then the second band with Steve Vai, and it was a completely different world then. It was very exciting, it was all new, and everybody’s going, “Who are these guitar players?” But now there are so many guitar players that have that same kind of style, as well as singers who sing high, it’s becoming done to death. But I do miss that feeling of the first band. The first lineup we had was great, with Yngwie playing, and the second with Steve. Then the third one was with Danny Johnson, who eventually went to play with STEPPENWOLF. Danny‘s a very bluesy player, so he found it hard to fit. He said: “I can’t play all this heavy whittley whittley stuff.” But he did. And he could. But a better job come along, so he went with STEPPENWOLF for about 13 years after he left ALCATRAZZ. But the first lineup was a great lineup with Yngwie, because it was all new and fresh with this new guitar player, this young kid who everybody loved to death. I kind of miss that. It’d be nice to do it again, but I don’t think that will happen. I don’t think there’ll be a reunion.

Songfacts: How did you originally cross paths with Ritchie Blackmore?

Graham: That was through Roger Glover. One of my friends, Mickey Moody, was playing for WHITESNAKE at that time, and I think Roger was producing their album. This is 1970-something. Mickey told Roger that I was doing some solo stuff, which was successful in places like Australia and New Zealand. Weird places — everywhere but England. Roger wanted to know what I was doing, so they invited me over to this chateau on the border of Switzerland and France, and they gave me a song to learn. I had to learn a song called “Mistreated”, which I didn’t know anything about. I didn’t know anything about RAINBOW at all, to be honest with you. So I had to buy the albums and learn one song as an audition. Roger phoned me up and said, “Will you come over and do a song with us?” And so I went over there and sang at them and they gave me the job. That was it, really. Then I went home, thought about it, and I said to my manger, “I’m not right for this. I’m not like these other guys, long hair and all the rest of it. I don’t fit.” But I did in the end.

Songfacts: Would you want to set the record straight once and for all regarding if Yngwie is hard to work with or not?

Graham: He wasn’t at first. [laughs] But he became… he suddenly was engulfed by people telling him how wonderful he was. And when a kid is 19 years old and everybody’s telling you how marvelous you are and you could be better than this, how you could be the next Jimi Hendrix, it was very tempting for him, and his ego suddenly inflated. He became not a band member anymore — he wanted to go off on his own. And eventually, he did. It just wasn’t working. I could see it happening.

Read the entire interview at Songfacts.

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Brazil’s Wikimetal podcast recently conducted an interview with DOKKEN frontman and namesake Don Dokken. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.

DOKKEN‘s eleventh studio album, “Broken Bones”, sold around 2,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 173 on The Billboard 200 chart. Released in North America on September 25 via Frontiers Records, the effort was made available in two configurations: standard CD and limited-edition CD in digipak with a bonus DVD, which features a comprehensive “Making Of The Album” documentary.

“Broken Bones” was produced by Don Dokken and was mixed by Bob St. John (EXTREME, DURAN DURAN, COLLECTIVE SOUL) and Wyn Davis (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, WHITESNAKE) and mastered by famed engineer Maor Appelbaum (HALFORD, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, SEPULTURA). The new set features a return to the band’s signature sound of catchy melodies, hot riffs and monster production.

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“I Am”, a brand new song from American progressive metallers FATES WARNING, can be streamed below. The track comes off the band’s eleventh studio album, “Darkness In A Different Light”, which will be released on September 27 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, the CD 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” will be 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.

“Darkness In A Different Light” track listing:

CD 1

01. One Thousand
02. Firefly
03. Desire
04. Falling
05. I Am
06. Lighthouse
07. Into The Black
08. Kneel And Obey
09. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

CD 2

01. Firefly (extended)
02. Falling Further
03. One (live)
04. Life In Still Water (live)

Regarding the song “Firefly”, Alder said: “‘Firefly’ is very personal to me in more ways than one….

“After I had written the melody for this song, I knew immediately what the title was going to be, as well as the subject; it just fit the mood.

“As for the subject, I’m pretty sure we’ve all felt this way at one time or another.

“Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you think they would, but that’s okay, that’s part of life… We move on. Ironically, while recording ‘Firefly’ in New Hampshire, I was outside the studio late one night, and there they were, floating through the trees in the forest! I hadn’t seen a single firefly for at least fifteen years since I had left my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, so I kinda took it as a sign. A sign of what, I don’t know… But very ironic nonetheless…”

On the topic of “Darkness In A Different Light” as a whole, Alder said: “‘Darkness In A Different Light’ is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.

“I believe that this lineup is the best that FATES WARNING has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album.

“It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.

“We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years.

“We plan on touring as much as possible for ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been.”

FATES WARNING will embark on a North American tour in November. The trek will launch November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and wrap December 14 in Seattle, Washington.

The “Parallels” lineup of FATES WARNING played a number of shows in 2010 in support of the released special edition of the album, which was made available through Metal Blade Records. In addition to remastered audio, there is a second audio disc of live and demo material. The package also includes a DVD with nearly three hours of material, including a complete live show from the 1992 “Parallels” tour and a documentary on the making of “Parallels” which includes live, studio, and current day interview footage with all the band members, Terry Brown (producer) and Brian Slagel (CEO of Metal Blade Records).

FATES WARNING‘s last CD, “X”, was released in 2004 on Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2000′s “Disconnected” was recorded at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut and features cover artwork by renowned record-cover artist Ioannis (DREAM THEATER, SEPULTURA, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KING CRIMSON, BIOHAZARD, VOIVOD, UFO, OVERKILL).



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Justin R. Beckner of Classic Rock Revisited recently conducted an interview with legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

Classic Rock Revisited: Do you ever get caught up in thinking about commercial appeal of what you’re writing or composing?

Yngwie: I did at one point, when that actually existed. The radio format doesn’t exist, the singles don’t exist. The record label doesn’t exist. The record stores don’t exist. That whole entire thing is gone.

Classic Rock Revisited: Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Yngwie: Well, first of all is very bizarre, especially for someone like me. When I started out, it was very much like the guy with the big cigar in a big office saying, “I’ll give you a record deal, boy.” You had tour support, tour buses, local A&R people, the whole nine yards. I did that, but it’s all gone now. It can be for better or worse, because if you don’t have name recognition now. If you want to start out now, how the fuck do you do it? Back in the day, DEF LEPPARD said if they could get a few singles on MTV, they’d be able to make it, and they did. That happened with a lot of bands who did that back then. Now we have YouTube, but there are billions of videos and musicians on there and if nobody knows your name, nobody’s going to look you up. It’s a little bit weird, but in that sense, the music industry situation is really bad for whoever wants to start out now. The good part is that there is no longer this slavery to a certain format going on, where in the ’80s, if you didn’t follow format, they wouldn’t give you the time of day. You had to conform to get a shot at a record deal. That’s gone now, and it’s bizarre.

Classic Rock Revisited: The Internet changed a lot for the industry; piracy has certainly had a hand in changing the game. Do you think that piracy can be beneficial to some of those bands starting out? How has it affected you?

Yngwie: How could it possibly be positive? If you go into a store and you see a car that you like, you can’t just drive off with it. The cost and the blood and sweat and tears that go into making music is the same thing, it’s not free. Try telling the engineer and the producer that they have to work for free. It’s utterly bizarre. It’s like just going into a store and taking things off the shelves. It’s stealing. The reason there are no bands coming out now is that the money that was once there is not there anymore. So what happened was, in essence, by pirating music, you kill the music industry. The music industry died because of the piracy, and now all the fans will have no new music. Isn’t that wonderful? It’s a direct consequence of that.

Classic Rock Revisited: I think that, with piracy, we’ve lost the album art, the liner notes, the waiting in line to get the next record. It seems that there used to be this aura of awesomeness that used to surround a new record being released. Now it’s just a click away. One sad little click.

Yngwie: Yeah, that’s another aspect of it that I totally agree with what you’re saying. But I think that kind of got lost with the CD a little bit too. I think when the LP went, that’s when the art went. You know, when I was a little kid, I used to record cassette tapes for friends. So this music-sharing thing has been going on for a long time and the Internet just sped it up.

Classic Rock Revisited: It seems to me that over the years, you’ve been portrayed as a musical dictator of sorts. Most bands talk about the glory of collaboration and all the great things that come out of that. I find it interesting that you feel differently.

Yngwie: It’s funny; I was just talking to someone about this the other day. Yeah, you’ve got Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and you’ve got VAN HALEN, who wrote as a team, and that’s great for them, and I love that. For me, I look at it in the way that I am an artist. An artiste. When you’re a writer, you write the whole book. When you’re a painter like Da Vinci, you don’t say to someone, “Hey, come over here and help me with my painting.” There are a few reasons why I work this way. First of all, I’m so full of creativity that I don’t need any other input. The other is that I feel so strongly about my work; it’s like a burning passion to create something that is uniquely me. This comes with the full realization that you may love it or you may hate it. But this is what I’m going to do, and I’m not about to have any kind of discussion with anybody about how it should be done. I’m a very serious creative person. I don’t compromise, because I don’t collaborate. I tried it and I hated it every time and I was never pleased with the end result. I’ve been doing this way too long to change how I do things now. I’m not doing things this way because of some egotistical dictator type of reason. Ask Rembrandt if he would have liked for someone to come and paint in his paining. That’s exactly how I approach it. I have to love what I do. If other people love it, I’m happy. If other people hate it, I’m still happy because I’m doing what I want to do. I’m a tennis player, I’m a boxer — I don’t play team sports. I’m not a team player; I never have been and I never will be. In tennis, if I win, it’s because of my serve or my backhand. It’s a battle and is a challenge to myself. After it’s over, I don’t want to say, “Good job, pal, I couldn’t have done it without you.” I can’t live like that. It’s a lot of work to do things like that, but that’s how it has to be.

Read the entire interview at Classic Rock Revisited.

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“Darkness In A Different Light”, the eleventh studio album from American progressive metallers FATES WARNING, which will be released on September 27 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, the CD 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.

Video footage of Jarzombek laying down his tracks for the CD can be seen below.

“Darkness In A Different Light” track listing:

CD 1

01. One Thousand
02. Firefly
03. Desire
04. Falling
05. I Am
06. Lighthouse
07. Into The Black
08. Kneel And Obey
09. O Chloroform
10. And Yet It Moves

CD 2

01. Firefly (extended)
02. Falling Further
03. One (live)
04. Life In Still Water (live)

The song “Firefly” can be streamed below.

Says Alder: “‘Firefly’ is very personal to me in more ways than one….

“After I had written the melody for this song, I knew immediately what the title was going to be, as well as the subject; it just fit the mood.

“As for the subject, I’m pretty sure we’ve all felt this way at one time or another.

“Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you think they would, but that’s okay, that’s part of life… We move on. Ironically, while recording ‘Firefly’ in New Hampshire, I was outside the studio late one night, and there they were, floating through the trees in the forest! I hadn’t seen a single firefly for at least fifteen years since I had left my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, so I kinda took it as a sign. A sign of what, I don’t know… But very ironic nonetheless…”

Regarding “Darkness In A Different Light”, Alder previously said: “‘Darkness In A Different Light’ is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band.

“I believe that this lineup is the best that FATES WARNING has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album.

“It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here.

“We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years.

“We plan on touring as much as possible for ‘Darkness In A Different Light’ and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been.”

FATES WARNING will embark on a North American tour in November. The trek will launch November 15 in Joliet, Illinois and wrap December 14 in Seattle, Washington.

The “Parallels” lineup of FATES WARNING played a number of shows in 2010 in support of the released special edition of the album, which was made available through Metal Blade Records. In addition to remastered audio, there is a second audio disc of live and demo material. The package also includes a DVD with nearly three hours of material, including a complete live show from the 1992 “Parallels” tour and a documentary on the making of “Parallels” which includes live, studio, and current day interview footage with all the band members, Terry Brown (producer) and Brian Slagel (CEO of Metal Blade Records).

FATES WARNING‘s last CD, “X”, was released in 2004 on Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2000′s “Disconnected” was recorded at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut and features cover artwork by renowned record-cover artist Ioannis (DREAM THEATER, SEPULTURA, DEEP PURPLE, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, KING CRIMSON, BIOHAZARD, VOIVOD, UFO, OVERKILL).




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Touring for over a span of seven years since age sixteen, first with late WARRANT singer Jani Lane and in more recent years with LIZZY BORDEN, metal guitar virtuoso Dario Lorina will release his first solo recording, entitled simply “Dario Lorina”, on September 10 via Shrapnel Records.

Growing up listening to guitarists such as Randy Rhoads, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen, Dario‘s music harkens back to the glory days of high-caliber shred guitar, the genre of which Shrapnel Records was a founding force.

Dario Lorina‘s debut solo CD reveals a guitarist brimming with extreme musical ability. This guitarist brings more diverse influences into play than the average neo-classical riff monger. While technically proficient like all of the label’s guitar instrumentalists, Dario‘s CD isn’t just about shredding. It’s an American guitar instrumental album having more in common with riffs reminiscent of Paul Gilbert, George Lynch and Eddie Van Halen than the European influence of guitarists such as Yngwie Malmsteen.

Dario‘s debut CD is a powerful all-instrumental CD drenched in attitude-filled guitar work, backed by a thundering hard rock rhythm section.

Points of Interest

* Phil Campbell from MOTÖRHEAD had this to say, “I think Dario Lorina is one Amazing guitar player! Having known him for many years, he never ceases to amaze me every time we hang out and jam! He blew me away when he played with us in Vegas. A true talent and an amazingly nice guy.”
* Boasting thirteen phenomenal new instrumental tracks, Dario proves why he is considered by many of his peers to be a true guitarist’s guitarist.
* Dario Lorina has remained in the public eye through heavy touring, first with Jani Lane and later with LIZZY BORDEN with whom he continues to perform.
* Dario has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and Europe’s Guitare Xtreme magazine.
* Dario was featured in the Music Star Productions All Star DVD (2008) with George Lynch, Bruce Kulick, Jennifer Batten as “Next Generation Of Rock Guitar”.
* Dario has his own signature guitar model with LAG Guitars, founded in 1980 and headquartered in Bedarieux, France.

“Dario Lorina” track listing:

01. Demon Rum
02. Pipe Dreams
03. My Heroine
04. Villains
05. Silhouettes
06. Feels Good
07. House Of The Rising Sun
08. Alive
09. Ambrosia
10. Words Unspoken
11. Sacksong
12. Revolutions
13. Amor Odium

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