Progressive metallers FATES WARNING will release their twelfth studio album, "Theories Of Flight", on July 1 via InsideOut Music. The effort will be made available in the standard version and a two-disc mediabook edition, which will include a trio of unreleased originals, as well as three additional never-before-heard cover tunes. A double-LP version will also be available. The bonus disc is entirely acoustic.
"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)
FATES WARNING's previous CD, "Darkness In A Different Light", sold around 2,700 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The effort was issued in North America on October 1, 2013 via InsideOut Music.
FATES WARNING's lineup continues to feature founding guitarist Jim Matheos alongside classic-lineup members Ray Alder (vocals) and Frank Aresti (guitar), longtime bassist Joey Vera and drummer Bobby Jarzombek,
Speaking to Stormbringer webzine, Alder stated about how his vocal approach has changed over the years: "Yeah, [when I first joined FATES WARNING] I was young and everybody was doing the screaming and I thought that was cool. As I got older and progressed as a singer and realized what I wanted to do, I found it really silly. And then, even [singing] live in the old days, I tried not to do it as much. It just seemed silly to me. It doesn't make any sense. But as I grew as a singer, I knew what I wanted to do, and I realized that, I think, soul is more important than range. And it seems as though my voice just said, 'Yeah, I agree with you. Fuck it!' And it just kind of changed on its own. But, I mean, I like my voice where it is now. I have no problem… Again, I like where I am. Some people wanna hear the high screams, but… sorry! [Laughs]"
Asked if FATES WARNING has had to change the instrumental parts of some of the band's older songs in order to better suit his new vocal style, Alder said: "You've gotta work around different things where the high parts are, and a lot of the times I think it sounds much better the way it is, lowering certain things and [hitting] different notes. In hindsight, I wish I'd done what I'm doing now back then. [But] it was a thing at the time. Geoff [Tate] isn't really doing those anymore either… That's what we get for smoking and singing too much."
Regarding how he keeps his voice in shape when he is on tour, Alder said: "My main thing is I try not to smoke as much and definitely try not to drink as… It's not like the old days anymore. Of course when we were younger, we would party every night, and then I would really lose my voice. But now it's casual; [I have] a couple of glasses of wine and relax with everybody."