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Fates Warning: Live Over Europe

Live Over Europe chronicles Fates Warning's recent headline tour of Europe in support on their excellent late 2016 album Theories of Flight. A double disc set, this live album is packed with not only gems from that recent studio outing, but a host of classics from throughout their career. Mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Kreator, Symphony X) and mastered by Tony Lindgren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden, Live Over Europe is available as limited 2CD Mediabook, Gatefold 3LP + Bonus-2CD or as Digital Album.

Kicking off with the excellent "From the Rooftops", the opening cut of Theories of Flight, perfectly sets the stage for what is to come, lead vocalist Ray Alder in fine form, recently walking away from Redemption to concentrate all his efforts once again on Fates Warning. Parallels "Life in Still Water" follows, a tremendous track that still sends chills today, Ray Matheos & Frank Aresti layering riff after riff, Bobby Jarzombek rumbling underneath with some intricate drum fills, and Alder soaring over the top of it all. The raging "One" follows, and there's no let up from there, Fates classics like "Silent Cries", "Pale Fire", "Nothing Left to Say", the fabulous "The Eleventh Hour", "Monument", "Eye to Eye" and even a section of the epic "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" makes an appearance. Tracks from Theories of Flight are nestled in between the older songs, and fit in perfectly, especially the progressive gem "The Light and Shade of Things", one of the standout cuts from that album.

Though some might quibble that not enough from Perfect Symmetry and No Exit are represented in the set list, let alone anything from the John Arch era of the band, this is still a loaded live album with 23 Fates Warning gems, performed brilliantly in front of loving audiences across Europe. It's a mandatory live album for any fan, plain and simple.

Track Listing
CD 1:
1. From the Rooftops
2. Life in Still Water
3. One
4. Pale Fire
5. Seven Stars
6. SOS
7. Pieces of Me
8. Firefly
9. The Light and Shade of Things
10. Wish
11. Another Perfect Day
12. Silent Cries
13. And Yet it Moves

CD 2:
1. Still Remains
2. Nothing Left to Say
3. Acquiescence
4. The Eleventh Hour
5. Point of View
6. Falling
7. A Pleasant Shade of Gray, Pt. IX
8. Through Different Eyes
9. Monument
10. Eye to Eye

Added: June 30th 2018
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Language: english

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