Former FATES WARNING Drummer Explains His Writing/Recording Approach

In a posting on FATES WARNING's official web site, former FW drummer Mark Zonder was asked by a fan how his recent recording session with Glenn Snelwar was different from the approach he used with CANS' "Beyond the Gate" or WARLORD or even FATES WARNING.

"I like all different kinds of music and when I am coming up with parts or working with a certain band or artist, I try to make my parts fit and not distract from the music," Mark replied. "Then I just try various different ideas and see how creative I can get my parts without getting in the way of the general theme of the music.

"If you listen to Kevin Moore's CHROMA KEY or Jim Matheos' album 'Away with Words', you can see what I am talking about.

"I feel one of my strengths is that I have the ability to apply my parts to various styles of music. If I was working with WARLORD, I would not try to add an Afro-Cuban part.

"I find it quite repetitive when you hear drummers that can only play one style and then try to apply it to various other styles. Sort of a round peg in a square hole."

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