FATES WARNING released their second LP on this day in 1985.
The band has many influences. Basically we listen to everything. Old Metal like Priest and Maiden in their younger days, other stuff like Jethro Tull, and also classical. Personally I listen to classical music and other types of metal. I don't listen to too much music though, not even for pleasure. Randy Rhoads is my biggest guitar influence.
- Frank Aresti / Fates Warning interview, Ultranoize #2, 1987
The Spectre Within was the last record with founding guitarist Victor Arduini.
When we came back from recording "The Spectre Within", it became apparent that he [guitarist Vic Arduini] didn't have time to put in the band anymore due to his personal life. He had gotten married and had a kid. And he just didn't really have any time. Everyone's got to put 200 percent in this band and he didn't have the time to do that. He knew it and we knew it so we came to a mutual decision that it would be best for him to leave. So we parted company.
- Jim Matheos / Fates Warning, Metal Meltdown #1, 1987