Fates Warning reveals details for new album, ‘Long Day Good Night’
On November 6th, Fates Warning will release their new album, Long Day Good Night, via Metal Blade Records. For a first preview of the record, the new single, “Scars”, can be heard at: metalblade.com/fateswarning – where Long Day Good Night can be pre-ordered in the following formats:
– ltd. digibook-CD
– 180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)
– red / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 500 copies)
– dark goldenrod marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)
– clear / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)
– orange / black dust splatter vinyl (Kings Road exclusive – limited to 100 copies)
– orange / red marbled vinyl (US exclusive)
– clear w/ red & orange splatter vinyl (US exclusive)
Fates Warning have been a formidable presence in progressive metal for more than 35 years, helping to shape and drive the genre without ever compromising their integrity or losing relevance. They return in 2020 with Long Day Good Night, the most epic and longest album of their storied career – mixed by Joe Barresi. “The styles of music we’ve written distinguish this record from the rest of our catalogue,” states vocalist Ray Alder. “There are some songs with electronics and some with a nice ethereal feel, as well as some pretty straightforward grooves, at least for us. And there are also some pretty heavy songs. We tried to give the listener a host of different things to listen to, as opposed to an album where every song sounds the same.” As such, the album is something of a rollercoaster ride, moving through various moods and making for perhaps their most vital release to date.
Guitarist Jim Matheos began writing the album in mid-2019, working closely with Alder for about a year, honing the songs, completing 13 for their 13th full-length – which un-coincidentally has a total running time of 72:22. Despite their long history of making records, Alder makes it clear that the songs take a lot of work to realize. “Like all albums, nothing comes easy. It’s quite a process to go from the idea to the actual finished song. Sometimes you think you’re done with it, then you hear something else and you have to try that. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but you at least have to try it just so you know that in the end you’ve done everything possible to make it as good as it can be. Jim and I spent practically every day for the last year writing this album. I am very happy with the outcome, and with the blend of styles. I guess I could say that this album represents all of the years that we have been together.”
The record also features guest appearances from touring guitarist Mike Abdow, who contributed some solos, plus Porcupine Tree/The Pineapple Thief drummer Gavin Harrison plays on “When Snow Falls”, and “Under The Sun” sees the band incorporating a full string section for the first time. The result of all the hard work put in by all involved is undeniable, and with Long Day Good Night, Fates Warning once again take a bold step forward into the next phase of their exhilarating career.
Long Day Good Night track-listing
1. The Destination Onward
2. Shuttered World
3. Alone We Walk
4. Now Comes the Rain
5. The Way Home
6. Under the Sun
8. Begin Again
9. When Snow Falls
11. Glass Houses
12. The Longest Shadow of the Day
13. The Last Song
The single Scars can also be streamed here – fateswarning.bandcamp.com/album/long-day-good-night
Where can I preorder the Kings road or other editions from Europe?
Wow Scars is awesome and is classic Fates!
can. not. wait.
Sweet! Looking forward. Fates!
FANTASTIC!! Just heard Scars! Can’t wait to see you guys back in Toronto. I meet you every time you come and I wouldn’t miss it for the world!
Just heard the new one. November is too far away! Thank you for putting out another album. (MoATHBass)
I like Sacars single, but more like the times of perfect simetry, paralles, and Inside out. Tnks
Scars is great! Has a bit of every sound over 35 year history. Looking forward to the album release.
[…] 13th studio album Long Day Good Night, released today (November 6). According to the band’s website, the album was written by Matheos in close collaboration with Alder who has been the band’s […]
another great album,amazing, I’ve been a fan since No Exit and Fates Warning gets better every album
Hi guys, another brilliant, versatile and touching work. Compliment! I’m with you since the spectre within. I hope the last song is not your last one, please keep going on.
Another fantastic Fates album. Love it! Keep it going!