U.S. progressive metal pioneers FATES WARNING will release their much-anticipated 12th studio album, "Theories Of Flight", on July 1 via InsideOut Music. The cover artwork for the CD was created by Michigan artist Graceann Warn.
Performed by the FATES WARNING lineup that returned to form with 2013's acclaimed "Darkness In A Different Light" release, "Theories Of Flight" was produced by guitarist Jim Matheos and mixed/mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios (OPETH, SYMPHONY X).
Guitarist Frank Aresti contributed a couple solos on the new record, but due to his current work commitments, he will not be able to tour with FATES WARNING for the foreseeable future. FATES WARNING guitarist and main composer Jim Matheos states; "[Frank] remains part of the extended FATES WARNING family and the door is always open for him to return anytime his schedule permits."
Adds Frank: "I absolutely love 'Theories Of Flight', and I'm proud to be a part of it. I'll continue to do as much as I can, as often as I can, with the band. Meantime, they're in good hands with Mike Abdow, a great guitarist and a great guy. I wish them the best of luck, and look forward to sitting in on a song (or two)."
"Theories Of Flight" track listing:
01. From The Rooftops (6:52)
02. Seven Stars (5:33)
03. SOS (4:34)
04. The Light And Shade Of Things (10:14)
05. White Flag (5:20)
06. Like Stars Our Eyes Have Seen (5:13)
07. The Ghosts Of Home (10:31)
08. Theories of Flight (4:00)
CD 2 (Acoustic Bonus Disc):
01. Firefly (3:15)
02. Seven Stars (4:25)
03. Another Perfect Day (3:25)
04. Pray Your Gods (TOAD THE WET SPROCKET cover) (3:45)
05. Adela (JOAQUIN RODRIGO cover) (2:25)
06. Rain (URIAH HEEP cover) (4:03)
Matheos had this to say about the title and the artwork for the "Theories Of Flight" album: “The working title for the album was 'The Ghosts Of Home' and the song with that name was first called 'Home Again'. When I started searching for artwork, I came across the piece that's now the cover and it was called 'Theories Of Flight'. In fact, the title you see on the cover is part of the original art, not something we added. There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately, where Ray [Alder, vocals] and I are often writing about various uprooting, escapes….flights. So I was immediately drawn to that phrase as being a better description of what some of the songs are about."