In the iconic 1988 "No Exit" album by Fates Warning, released on Metal Blade Records' 12" LP Album Vinyl, the band showcases their progressive metal prowess. This masterpiece, inclusive of an original inner sleeve (OIS) on MBR, elevates the listener with intricate instrumentals and thought-provoking lyrics. A testament to Fates Warning's artistry, "No Exit" stands as a milestone in the metal genre, leaving an indelible mark.


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Album Description & Collectors information: 

Fates Warning's "No Exit" is a groundbreaking 12" LP album released in 1986 on Metal Blade Records. With its intricate musicianship, powerful vocals, and thought-provoking lyrics, the album solidified Fates Warning's position as pioneers of progressive metal. Featuring the standout tracks "Anarchy Divine" and "Silent Cries", "No Exit" remains a classic in the genre, captivating listeners with its dynamic and atmospheric sound.

This album "FATES WARNING - No Exit" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos


Album Fact Sheet: FATES WARNING - No Exit

Music Genre:

 Progressive Metal  

Album Production Information:

The album: "FATES WARNING - No Exit" was produced by: Robert Probert for Major Productions

Executive Producer: Max Norman - On Yer Bike

Legendary engineer Max Norman shaped iconic metal albums. Discover his story: Ozzy, Megadeth, and beyond!

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Phil Magnotti , Max Norman

Legendary engineer Max Norman shaped iconic metal albums. Discover his story: Ozzy, Megadeth, and beyond!

Sound mixing: Max Norman , Phil Magnotti, Roger Probert

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This album was recorded at: Carriage House, CT, during October-December 1987

Album cover graphics: Lew Bryant - The Bland Design Group

Lew Bryant ( Graphic Designer, Illustrator ) of the "Blend Design Group" worked on a couple of album covers of Heavy Metal bands, in particular "Dead End", "Hallows Eve", "Fates Warning" and "Nasty Savage"

Album photo-art: Mick Rock Photographer for Double Exposure Inc

Mick Rock, born on 24 November 1948, is a renowned British photographer widely known for his iconic images of rock and roll legends. Dubbed "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", Rock's distinctive style and uncanny ability to capture the essence of the music and artists he photographed have solidified his position as one of the most influential rock photographers of all time.


Early Life:

Michael David Rock was born in London, England. From an early age, he displayed a deep interest in the arts and music. He attended Cambridge Arts College, where he further honed his artistic skills and developed a passion for photography. During this time, he experimented with various techniques and styles that would eventually define his unique visual language.

Rise to Fame:

In 1969, Mick Rock's career took a serendipitous turn when he met a young and relatively unknown musician named David Bowie (then known as David Jones). The meeting marked the beginning of a transformative partnership and close friendship between the two artists. Rock's camera lens would go on to capture some of the most iconic moments of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era, helping to cement Bowie's status as a legendary rock star.

Rock's ability to capture the raw and flamboyant energy of the emerging glam rock movement brought him to the forefront of the music scene. Throughout the 1970s, he became the go-to photographer for rock and roll royalty, working with iconic acts such as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Queen, The Ramones, and many others.

Photographic Style:

Mick Rock's style was characterized by a unique mix of intimate, candid shots, and staged, imaginative portraits. He had a keen eye for detail, and his use of lighting and composition brought a surreal and theatrical quality to his photographs. His pictures often managed to capture the vulnerability and charisma of his subjects, revealing the human side behind the rock star façade.

The visual language he developed became synonymous with the glam rock era and significantly influenced the perception of rock and roll culture during that time. His images exuded an aura of decadence and hedonism, reflecting the spirit of the era's music and lifestyle.

Later Career:

As the music scene evolved, so did Mick Rock's photography. In the 1980s and beyond, he continued to collaborate with musicians from various genres, documenting the rise of new wave, punk, and post-punk acts. His versatility as a photographer allowed him to adapt to changing musical landscapes, capturing the essence of each unique era.

In addition to his photography work, Mick Rock has also directed music videos for prominent artists like David Bowie, including the iconic video for "Life on Mars?" He has published several acclaimed photography books, showcasing his vast collection of images from his decades-long career.

Legacy and Recognition:

Mick Rock's contributions to the world of rock and roll photography have earned him widespread recognition and numerous accolades. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, and he continues to be celebrated as one of the pioneers of his craft. Rock's images have become an integral part of music history, immortalizing the spirit of some of the most legendary and influential musicians of all time.

Mick Rock a selection of album covers for which he has done the photography: Queen , David Bowie , Syd Barrett, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Geordie, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, Joan Jett, Talking Heads , Roxy Music , Crossfade, Thin Lizzy, Mötley Crüe , and Blondie. Often referred to as "The Man Who Shot the Seventies", most of the memorable images of David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust were shot by Mick Rock, in his capacity as Bowie's official photographer.

Heavy Metal bands he has photographed include: Attila, Def Leppard , Doro , Fates Warning, Hallows Eve, Piece Dogs, Riot V, Thin Lizzy, Voivod , Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Inner sleeve photos: Pat Prince

Record Label Information:

  Metal Blade Records RR 9558 1

Record Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

  1988 Made in Holland
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Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: FATES WARNING - No Exit
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Ray Alder - Singer

    Ray Alder (real-name Raymond Balderrama) on August 20, has been the lead vocalist of the progressive metal band Fates Warning since their 1988 release No Exit. The timeline of "Ray Alder" Fates Warning 1987-Today, Syrus 1987, Engine 1999-Today, Redemption 2005-2017.

  • Frank Aresti - Guitars

    Frank Aresti - Guitars mostly known for playing guitar with the American Metal band "Fates Warning", timeline of the bands Frank Aresti has played in. Demonax 1985, Fates Warning 1986-1996, Fates Warning 2005-2016, Arch / Matheos 2010-Today, All That Is, Dark Day Sunday, DragonSpoon.

  • Jim Matheos - Guitars

    Jim Matheos - Guitars, one of the founding members of the American Heavy Metal bands Misfit and "Fates Warning". He has remained with "Fates Warning" since 1984 and other bands he has played guitars together with his mate "John Arch", are "John Arch (band)" and "Arch / Matheos". This is a chronology of the bands he has been with Misfit 1982-1984, Fates Warning 1984-Today, Jim Matheos (Band) 1993-2014, OSI 2002-2013, John Arch (Band) 2003-Today, Arch / Matheos 2010-Today.

  • Joe DiBiase - Bass

    Joe DiBiase - Bass, one of the founding members of "Fates Warning" and has also played in "Fates Warning" predecessor band "Msifit".

  • Steve Zimmerman - Drums

    Steve Zimmerman - Drums, co-founder of the band "Fates Warning" and also coming from "Fates Warning" predecessor the "Misfit" band, timeline of "Steve Zimmerman": Misfit 1982-1984, Fates Warning 1984-1988, Image Beyond 1995, Enemy Remains 2005-Today, Eleventh Hour.

Complete Track-listing of the album "FATES WARNING - No Exit"

The detailed tracklist of this record "FATES WARNING - No Exit" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. No Exit (Fates Warning) :41
  2. Anarchy Divine (Fates Warning) 3:46
  3. Silent Cries (Fates Warning) 3:17
  4. In a Word (Fates Warning) 4:25
  5. Shades of Heavenly Death (Fates Warning) 5:57
  6. The Ivory Gate of Dreams (Fates Warning) 21:58 (in all)
    • Innocence
    • Cold Daze
    • Daylight Dreamers
    • Quietus
    • Ivory Tower
    • Whispers on the wind
    • Acquiescence
    • Retrospect
Index of FATES WARNING Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

  Fates Warning is an American progressive metal band that was formed in Connecticut in 1982. The band is often considered one of the pioneers of the progressive metal genre, alongside bands like Queensryche and Dream Theater.

 The original lineup of Fates Warning consisted of vocalist John Arch, guitarists Jim Matheos and Victor Arduini, bassist Joe DiBiase, and drummer Steve Zimmerman. The band released their debut album, "Night on Bröcken," in 1984, which showcased a traditional heavy metal sound. However, with their second album, "The Spectre Within" (1985), Fates Warning began to incorporate more progressive elements into their music, such as odd time signatures and extended instrumental passages.

 In 1986, Fates Warning released their breakthrough album, "Awaken the Guardian," which is considered a classic of the progressive metal genre. This album featured more complex song structures and a greater emphasis on melody and harmony, as well as the impressive vocal range and unique style of singer John Arch.

 After John Arch left the band in 1987, Fates Warning continued to evolve their sound, incorporating more experimental and atmospheric elements into their music. In the 1990s, the band released a series of acclaimed albums, including "Parallels" (1991), "Inside Out" (1994), and "A Pleasant Shade of Gray" (1997), which featured a single 52-minute song broken into twelve parts.

 Fates Warning has undergone several lineup changes over the years, with guitarist Jim Matheos remaining the only constant member. The band has continued to release albums and tour, with their most recent album, "Long Day Good Night," released in 2020. Fates Warning is considered one of the most influential bands in the progressive metal genre, and their music continues to inspire and influence new generations of musicians.