A-Z, the new band formed by Fates Warning icons Ray Alder and Mark Zonder, has released the second single from their upcoming debut album. Fans can check out the new music video for "Trial By Fire." watch the video below:

Speaking about the new single, the band comments:

"We always felt that 'Trial by Fire' was going to be a big song for us. Classic arena rock style song, big intro, great groove, memorable chorus, and a classic vocal-oriented ending. All of the elements that made the 70's and 80's the greatest era for rock."

In early 2020, famed former drummer for Fates Warning and Warlord, Mark Zonder, began working on new material with the vision of beginning a new, full-time band that would offer something different from his current catalog. The mission was to deliver straightforward, no-frills hard rock that speaks to a broader audience. The end result, which sees Zonder reunite with Fates Warning lead vocalist Ray Alder, along with bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Warlord), guitarist Joop Wolters, and keyboardist Vivien Lalu, is A-Z!

Featuring the singles "The Machine Gunner" and "Trial By Fire", the band's self-titled debut will see an August 12, 2022 release via Metal Blade Records.

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What's that old saying? "The more things change, the more they stay the same?"

 When it comes to Michigan-based metal outfit For The Fallen Dreams, perhaps a more fitting —but just as timeless — adage would be "change is the only constant."

For The Fallen Dreams have consistently demonstrated an incredible ability to adapt and evolve their sound and dynamic despite overwhelming adversity —all without sacrificing the core components of their sound.

Built around explosive breakdowns, gut-wrenching grooves, and lyricism that touches on everything from an introspective glimpse into the human condition to brotherhood and camaraderie, these Midwesterners know how to get it done!

Today, the band has released its first single via Arising Empire called "What If."

Watch the video below:

"We are very excited to be breaking into this new era of For The Fallen Dreams, with the extremely dedicated and hard working team at Arising Empire," the band states. "Sharing the vision for the future of the band's success is extremely refreshing and motivating. We look forward to a great rest of the year and everything that follows with our new single 'What If.' See you on the road."The track was produced by Jonathan Dolese at Konkrete Studios (Cane Hill), with vocal production by Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz (All That Remains, Bad Wolves) and visualized by Wombat Fire (Five Finger Death Punch, Asking Alexandria).

While For The Fallen Dreams were founded in 2003, their story starts with the release of Changes in 2008. The band would go on to release five more remarkable full-length records, including the atmospheric and moody Relentless to chart-topping comeback record Heavy Hearts, and then Six, which ventured into more metallic territory and accumulated over 20 million views on YouTube and tens of millions of streams across various platforms. While For The Fallen Dreams have certainly been through their fair share of changes, one thing has remained constant: their dedication to constant growth while never failing to deliver primal-yet-emotional music.


  • Chad Ruhlig — Vocals
  • Jim Hocking — Guitar/Vocals
  • Damon Tate — Guitar
  • Kalan Blehm — Bass
  • Marc Esses — Drums


Due to popular demand, several additional performances have been added to GOATWHORE’s upcoming co-headlining tour with Incantation! The Vile Ascension tour – set to commence on August 1st in Orlando, Florida and run through August 27th in the band’s home city of New Orleans, Louisiana – now includes stops in Greensboro, Chicago, Grand Junction, Sacramento, San Diego, and Mesa! Support will be provided by Bewitcher and Caveman Cult on select dates.

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