No Exit (Fates Warning album)

No Exit (Fates Warning album)
No Exit
Studio album by Fates Warning
Released 1988
Recorded October-December 1987
Genre Progressive metal
Length 40:10
Label Metal Blade
Producer Roger Probert
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Fates Warning chronology
Awaken the Guardian
(1986)
No Exit
(1988)
Perfect Symmetry
(1989)

No Exit is the fourth album by the progressive metal group Fates Warning, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music). Lyrically, No Exit proved a radical departure from Fates Warning's last three albums, as the album focused more on society and dreamscapes than the occult metal embraced by albums such as The Spectre Within and Awaken the Guardian. This album is the last by Fates Warning to feature Third Image cover art. It also marked the recorded debut of new vocalist Ray Alder.

A reissue was released September 4, 2007, in celebration of Metal Blade Records' 25th anniversary. The reissue includes three bonus tracks, and a Bonus DVD.

The album is conceivably the band's most popular; although it reached only #111 on the US Charts, it remained in the charts for thirteen weeks, longer than any of the band's other albums.[1]

The album title was inspired from 1944 play No Exit written by Jean-Paul Sartre [2].

The album was ranked 14th on IGN's Top 25 Metal albums. [3]

Contents

Track listing

  1. "No Exit" (Matheos) – 0:41
  2. "Anarchy Divine" (Aresti/Matheos) – 3:46
  3. "Silent Cries" (Aresti/DiBiase/Matheos/Zimmerman) – 3:17
  4. "In a Word" (Aresti) – 4:25
  5. "Shades of Heavenly Death" (Aresti/DiBiase/Matheos/Zimmerman) – 5:57
  6. "The Ivory Gate of Dreams" (Matheos) – 21:58
    1. "Innocence" - 1:13
    2. "Cold Daze" - 2:15
    3. "Daylight Dreamers" - 3:06
    4. "Quietus" - 4:25
    5. "Ivory Tower" - 3:17
    6. "Whispers on the Wind" - 2:24
    7. "Acquiescence" - 4:24
    8. "Retrospect" - 1:01

2007 Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

  1. "Quietus" [Demo] - 3:59
  2. "Ivory Gate of Dreams" [Outtake 1] - 2:04
  3. "Ivory Gate of Dreams" [Outtake 2] - 3:14

Bonus DVD

  1. "No Exit" tour documentary
  2. "Silent Cries" video
  3. "Anarchy Divine" video
  4. "Valley Of the Dolls" (Live in Philadelphia 1988)

Personnel

  • Ray Alder - Vocals, Photography
  • Frank Aresti - Guitar
  • Joe DiBiase - Bass, Photography
  • Phil Magnotti - Engineer
  • Jim Matheos - Guitar, Photography
  • Max Norman - Mixing
  • Roger Probert - Producer, Mixing
  • Mick Rock - Photography
  • Steve Zimmerman - Percussion, Photography

Charts

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1988 The Billboard 200 111

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