A Pleasant Shade of Gray

A Pleasant Shade of Gray

by Fates WarningFates Warning




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

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/1997
Label: Metal Blade
UPC: 0039841412925
catalogNumber: 14129

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
Pete Namlook   Composer
Ray Alder   Contributor
Ioannis   Art Direction
Stephen Jacaruso   Art Direction

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