Fates Warning

Theories of Flight (Inside Out)

Metallurgy

Progressive metal remains perfect for Berklee music school nerds and hardly anyone else. The big difference between pioneer Fates Warning and acts they inspired over 30 years becomes pretty obvious when Theories of Flight launches: hooks. The 12th album by the Hartford, Conn., quintet fields as many sing-along choruses as it does non-4/4 tempos and six-fingered chords. Even a 10-minute epic such as "The Light and Shade of Things" maintains accessibility. Guitarist/mastermind Jim Matheos keeps "White Flag" and "Seven Stars" wallowing in both melody and power, and front dude Ray Alder sings with taste and soul. Prog metal for the people.

***.5

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