FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder has posted the following update at this official web site:
"I just received the new FATES album from [guitarist] Jim [Matheos] and all I can say is that is it great!! You will have to wait until Oct 5th, but it will be worth the wait. Awesome production.
"I have been watching the Tour de France over the last few weeks and enjoy seeing the USPS Team with Lance destroy the competition. I try to get my 30 -40 miles in on the bike daily. Great exercise.
"I will be leaving to go to Europe and play some gigs with CANS [the solo project of HAMMERFALL singer Joacim Cans] in the next two weeks. Sweden and Germany are the spots. I think [ex-ROYAL HUNT singer] D.C. Cooper's band SILENT FORCE might be playing with us on some of those shows.
"[SHADOW GALLERY guitarist] Gary Wehrkamp will be coming out here to finish up the songs for the ALFA-DOG demo [a collaboration between Zonder, Wehrkamp and D.C. Cooper]. We have changed direction a bit and things are a bit more heavy and proggy. Decided to hold nothing back. Can't wait to finish these songs up and start recording them.
"Practice wise I have been spending a lot of time concentrating on my right foot and being able to play 16th note patterns at fast tempos with one foot. Some of this practice stuff wound up in one of the ALFA-DOG songs. I have also spent a lot of time analyzing my playing with regards to the feel of my drums. This is a personal thing as no one else hears my playing the way I do. I know all of you musicians know what I mean. It might sound very good, and the listener thinks it is great, but the player knows how the feel is. This goes beyond just playing the parts, but really being able to feel the pulse of your groove and fills. Remember, practice, practice, practice!!!!"
Prior to laying down the drum tracks for the new CD, Zonder announced that he will no longer be touring with FATES WARNING and has indicated that he may not record any more albums with the group. A replacement drummer has yet to be named.