My not-so-new metal obsession lately has been Fates Warning. Man, are these guys good. Very dark, very dense, certainly not easy to get into. However, I kind of cringe when they get lumped into the whole "prog" thing. I don't get that feeling from them at all. They are way above most of the "prog-metal" bands- no flashy solos or any such thing. What's amazing about them is that they changed their sound, style, and band members so much over the years, and I like everything that I've heard. I just got Spectre Within, their second album. I've seen it get trashed, but I don't understand why. Sure, the lyrics are corny, but so is all 80s metal. It's not worse than Iron Maiden, Queensryche, or Megadeth, all bands that I love. Awaken the Guardian is easily one of my favorite metal albums. People point to this as the point where they start to go "prog-ish," though I don't see that at all. It's just continuing what they were doing in Spectre Within and improving it. I've not heard their first album, Night On Brocken. I shall be acquiring it shortly. I like the second singer much better, and their music with him, especially with Zonder playing drums, is the best. No Exit is pretty cool, the highlight of course being Ivory Gate of Dreams. Perfect Symmetry is, IMO, their masterpiece, representing everything Fates Warning is about. I would rank this on my top 5 metal albums without hesitation. Parallels and Inside Out were somewhat controversial because they sounded more commercial. I love Parallels no matter what anyone says: it's just great. I am expecting Inside Out in the mail shortly. A Pleasant Shade of Grey is there other masterpiece. I think it's the only concept album I've heard that is both interesting and not overblown with solos and nonsense. It does a great job of using sound and atmosphere to get its point across. Their latest one, Disconnected, continues their roll. They lost a guitar player and bass player, I think, but perhaps it streamlines their sound and makes them more focused.