No Exit (Fates Warning album)

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No Exit
Studio album by Fates Warning
Released 1988 (1988)
Recorded October–December 1987 at Carriage House Studios in Stamford, Connecticut
Genre Progressive metal
Length 40:04
Label Metal Blade
Producer Roger Probert, Max Norman
Fates Warning chronology
Awaken the Guardian
No Exit
Perfect Symmetry
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

No Exit is the fourth studio album by progressive metal band Fates Warning, released in 1988 through Metal Blade Records. It is the first Fates Warning album to feature current vocalist Ray Alder, who replaced John Arch after the release of Awaken the Guardian (1986), as well as the last to feature drummer Steve Zimmerman, who left the band just prior to the recording of their subsequent album Perfect Symmetry (1989). The title was inspired by No Exit, a 1944 play written by French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre.[2] A remastered edition containing three bonus tracks and a DVD of live material was reissued on September 4, 2007 to coincide with the label's 25th anniversary.


Critical reception for No Exit was mostly positive. Eduardo Rivadavia of AllMusic gave it a positive review by saying, "Usually regarded as the finest release from Fates Warning's early years, when their progressive leanings were tempered with no small amount of classic metal riffing, No Exit is a typically difficult album to come to grips with."[1] The album only reached #183 on the Billboard 200 chart. It charted for thirteen weeks, which was longer than any of the band's previous albums.[3] IGN later ranked it #14 on their Top 25 Metal Albums list.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "No Exit"   Jim Matheos Matheos 0:41
2. "Anarchy Divine"   Frank Aresti Aresti, Matheos 3:46
3. "Silent Cries"   Matheos Matheos, Aresti, Joe DiBiase, Steve Zimmerman 3:17
4. "In a Word"   Aresti Aresti 4:25
5. "Shades of Heavenly Death"   Aresti Aresti, DiBiase, Matheos, Zimmerman 5:57
6. "The Ivory Gate of Dreams"
  • "I. Innocence"
  • "II. Cold Daze"
  • "III. Daylight Dreamers"
  • "IV. Quietus"
  • "V. Ivory Tower"
  • "VI. Whispers on the Wind"
  • "VII. Acquiescence"
  • "VIII. Retrospect"  
Matheos Matheos 21:58
Total length:


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1988 Billboard 200 183[3]


  1. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo. "No Exit - Fates Warning". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  2. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)". Archived from the original on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2012-11-20.
  3. ^ a b "Artists: Fates Warning". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-04-03. 
  4. ^ T. Spence D; T. Ed (2007-01-20). "Top 25 Metal albums". IGN. Retrieved 2012-11-20.

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