Fates Warning und Warlord Drummer Mark Zonder begann 2020 sich ein weiteres Betätigungsfeld im Hard Rock bzw. eher melodischen Metal Bereich zu suchen. Das Ergebnis führt ihn dann aber nicht allzu weit von Fates Warning fort, denn gefunden hat er eine „Wiedervereinigung“ mit Leadsänger Ray Alder, der zusammen mit Bassist Philip Bynoe (Steve Vai, Warlord), Gitarrist Joop Wolters und Keyboarder Vivien Lalu, A-Z bildet. Am 12. August erscheint dann das selbstbetitelte Debüt.
Mark Zonder erzählt:
„I had sent out a basic song to over 20 different singers, some popular named singers and some unknown, but completely struck out. Then I just decided to call Ray as I was not sure what he was up to. I figured it could not hurt to get in touch. I do remember speaking with him back in the day and him talking about how he loved this kind of music. I sent him a track or two and he just killed it.I found this a chance to do something completely different than what I am used to, being in a prog metal band for 30 years. I find the blend of the 80s, 90s and a touch of 70s style of music very cool, and it is great to work with Mark after all of these years. …. My only words to him were ‚do whatever you want.‘ I was not going to tell him what to do. Same for all of the others guys. Yes, there has to be some editing and making decisions, but when it came to the music I just wanted everyone to do what they do best.“