Review of the Album "Chasing Time" by American Progressive Metal Band Fates Warning
About the Album "Chasing Time"
"Chasing Time" by American progressive metal band Fates Warning occupies a very special place in the history of the heavy metal genre because it is not a new studio album but rather a collection of songs from the band’s first seven studio albums. Taking a look at the track listing for this long album, I am already impressed! The start of this album begins with the bass driven and catchy song Monument which is off of their album Inside Out. The album came out in 1995 a year that was very memorable for the heavy metal genre for many reasons. The lineup for this album has the members that have played on the band’s albums from the beginning. Guitarist Victor Arduini played guitars for the albums Night on Brocken and The Spectre Within. Frank Aresti joined in 1986 and was a member for a very long time.
Chasing Time is Close to Being a Greatest Hits Album But...
Is Chasing Time good enough to be considered a greatest hits kind of album? Not quite but close and there are two reasons why this is not a greatest hits kind of album is because of the songs Guardian and Prelude to Ruin which are not elite songs.
"Quietus" Originally from the Album Called No Exit
Quietus...One of the Best Fates Warning Songs Ever
Prelude to Ruin has a very good beginning melodic part but there was no need to include pretend chants by John Arch in this song. However to include the song Quietus which is a part of the song The Ivory Gate of Dreams was an excellent decision by the band. A song that has one of the best melodies in the band’s career combined with the piano part at the end makes for an unforgettable moment in American heavy metal history!
"We Only Say Goodbye"
How This Compilation Could Have Been Better
Fates Warning could have included songs such as The Sorceress and this compilation would have been even better. This is certainly a respectable collection of songs and easily beats the Hidden Treasures EP by Megadeth and Fates Warning was not chasing time. They were chasing history and they have solidified their reputation as one of the best American metal bands ever. If Metallica is the best US thrash metal band ever, the case could be made that Fates Warning may be the best American progressive metal band even though Dream Theater is respectable and deserves consideration.
"The Eleventh Hour"
Final Thoughts About Chasing Time
The slower song Circles sounds like the song Shelter Me and it is actually a song that has not been previously released. There is also a demo version of the love song called We Only Say Goodbye. The song may be hard for some of us to handle due to the mood and emotion. The song is about a person that really misses the love of his life because she has passed away. It feels like there is never enough time to say all things that we want to say and then it becomes too late to say them. Chasing Time is a very good compilation of songs by one of the best American bands ever. It gets a 90 out of 100 points for its remarkable consistency even though John Arch was never an elite singer. The album ends with the beautiful song The Eleventh Hour. When you need to explain something to somebody because you have done something wrong, even if it is a late hour, make sure that you do so.
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