When prog-rock first reared its head in the early '70s, it contained elements of hard rock, but few groups crossed the line into heavy metal. This all changed during the '80s, when bands such as Dream Theater, Queensrÿche, Watchtower, and Fates Warning merged their love of Yes and Rush with their admiration for Iron Maiden and Judas Priest. As pioneers of the progressive metal movement, Fates Warning achieved international success in the '80s and '90s via career-making albums like Awaken the Guardian, No Exit, Perfect Symmetry, and Parallels. Despite enduring numerous lineup changes -- guitarist/songwriter Jim Matheos is the only original member still active -- and a substantial recording hiatus that began in 2004 and ended in 2013, the group's penchant for pairing innovation and might hasn't wavered throughout the decades; later ...
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