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Arch/Matheos re-signs with Metal Blade Records
« on: August 23, 2018, 03:52:55 AM »
https://www.metalblade.com/us/news/archmatheos-re-signs-with-metal-blade-records/

This is going to be great! Super excited for this release!!!!
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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2018, 08:53:53 AM »
I've actually never heard Arch/Matheos before, but I like a lot of Fates Warning's stuff. Any particularly good tunes someone can recommend?
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2018, 01:44:53 PM »
Midnight Serenade; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwcL04CYews
Any Given Day; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EBO2hzlB4Po

Sympathetic Resonance I think is the only album they released under that name, pretty awesome album though. Came out in 2011, it also features Frank Aresti, Joey Vera and Bobby Jarzombek. So lots of Fates Warning ingredients  :D 

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 01:32:16 AM »
Check out John Arch's EP Twist of Fate. Just two longer compositions, released in 2003. These songs feature Jim Matheos (guitar, keyboard), Joey Vera (bass) and Mike Portnoy on drums.

John Arch: Relentless https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VS8FHsHdyTk
John Arch: Cheyenne https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVL36KtLbf8

Arch/Matheos Live Damnation/The Apparition 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDKb_-DWp7Q
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2019, 04:07:35 AM »
Arch / Matheos "Straight and Narrow" (OFFICIAL VIDEO) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBnUR9wmmjQ

From https://www.metalblade.com/archmatheos/

Upon completion of Sympathetic Resonance, the duo neither declared it a one-off work nor planned on making a follow up, and rather than force anything, they waited for the right timing to present itself, opening the door for a sophomore release. Having commenced writing for the record in the spring of 2017, nothing included was at any point destined for a Fates Warning record, and everything was penned specifically for Arch / Matheos. This contributes to the record's distinctive feel, and had it not come so naturally, there would be no Winter Ethereal. "The way we work together is no pressure, no deadline, at least until we get close to recording," says Matheos. "We allow ourselves a lot of time and flexibility to see if we even have anything to say. That's first and foremost. We start by writing, and if things start shaping up and we're excited and inspired, we keep going until we're confident that we'll be able to do a whole record." Rather than reform the full line-up of the first record - made up entirely of Fates Warning members - this time around, the duo favored mixing things up with a variety of contributing musicians. "We decided that it would be a good idea to use a different lineup and hopefully avoid a lot of the confusion created around the first record. At the same time, we didn't want to give the impression that we were forming a new 'band' that would be touring/recording beyond this current record. With that in mind, I thought it might be an interesting idea to have a few different rhythm sections across the record, to give things a different feel and sound under the familiar top layer of vocals and guitars by John and I." This lineup comprises both present and former Fates Warning drummers and bassists - Joey Vera, Bobby Jarzombek, Joe Dibiase and Mark Zonder - plus other noted musicians, such as the legendary Steve Di Giorgio (Death, Testament, Charred Walls Of The Damned), Cynic's Sean Malone, and renowned drummer Thomas Lang.

While not a concept album, Arch asserts that "anyone who takes the time to read the lyrics will probably connect with a recurring theme touching on the mysterious weight or flight of human emotion that leaves us with more questions than answers." In the context of the title, rather than referring to the season, Winter was chosen for having "certain connotations sometimes associated with it, such as isolation, a withering to rebirth", and with Ethereal meaning "not of this world, or otherworldly", there came a "meaningful marriage between the two words that best summed up the theme of the album". For the most part, Arch's lyrics come as a reaction to the music Matheos presents him with, letting the thoughts and feelings evoked dictate the direction. Enjoying listeners making their own interpretation of his lyrics, he typically does not go into detail about specific tracks, but as an example of the direction he was drawn, he references "Pitch Black Prism" and the many influences that went into shaping it. "The impetus for this song started with seeing images of dolls left behind at the schools and homes near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Many weeks of research into the personal accounts and survivors' testimonies led me deeper into curiosity. I was halfway into the song when I stumbled across a documentary called 'The Russian Woodpecker', which inspired a larger twist on the direction of meaning. However, it wasn't until I saw a post from a Chernobyl survivor named Yuri, who was one of the musicians employed by the Russian Government sent with his bandmates and a ballet dancer into the heart of the disaster to entertain the dying, that the song became complete."

Making the most of contemporary technology, almost all collaborators tracked their parts in their respective home studios, while guitars and vocals were laid down at Matheos' studio with him handling the production. Working this way was conducive to creativity and a process that was most agreeable to both Arch and Matheos. "For me, having the freedom and drive to work in isolation is one of the things I like best about recording," says Matheos. "It allows me to experiment, and often fail, without feeling inhibited or constrained. That said, John offered a lot of encouragement, whether remotely or in person, and pushed me into directions I wouldn't normally go." Matheos was similarly supportive when it came to Arch laying down his parts. "I really enjoy the studio situation, mainly because it feels like home," the vocalist states. "It is a low-key relaxing environment, Jim is behind the console, and I'm behind the mic, and no one is pushing anyone. Whatever creative differences we have, we work out with compromise. I appreciate Jim's patience while I'm tracking vocals because it can be brutal at times. It's also cool because I get a front row seat watching Jim track his guitars, sometimes late into the night 'til we both run out of gas. We are longtime friends, and a couple shots and laughs at the end of a long day make for some good memories."

One thing is certain, with Winter Ethereal, fans of Arch / Matheos will feel that the long wait endured for new music has been worth it. The natural manner in which it all came together makes it all the more special. "Sometimes after being away from something for a while and having life experiences to draw from, you feel you have something to say or offer. Music has always been the best medium for me to express what sometimes words alone cannot, and the timing for this record was just right," Arch asserts. When it comes to the words he would most readily apply to the album, he immediately goes to "unpretentious, emotionally driven, and, sometimes, the hard truth. 'Sympathetic Resonance' had many of these elements, but I think 'Winter Ethereal' does it with more breathing room, giving the listener time for reflection."
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2019, 12:31:21 PM »
Arch / Matheos "Wanderlust" (OFFICIAL) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WD3ip2__tZc

Heavy New York-Arch/Matheos Interview (phoner) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO81f2oFyQo

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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2019, 01:13:28 PM »
Arch/Matheos- Winter Ethereal Review https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDgIAsj-2cE

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« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2019, 10:40:08 AM »
I'm kinda torn on Arch's vocals. I really like the melodies he's written, but not sure I can get quite behind how his voice sounds. It's like I'd love to hear the same lines but just with a different singer. Maybe it'll grow on me. The rest of the music is really good.

Also the line "If you come to me, I will love you forever" in Straight and Narrow made me stop what I was doing and listen to that part at least three more times. Just gorgeous.
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« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2019, 06:25:23 PM »
Sounds really good to me, I like it. Tethered is very cool.

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« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2019, 06:34:02 PM »
https://loudwire.com/john-arch-arch-matheos-interview/

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In the liner notes, you thanked Todd la Torre from Queensryche. What's your relationship with him like?

I've seen him live many, many times. He treats me really well and we have mutual respect for each other. We've had many conversations on the phone, just talking for hours about personal stuff. Todd's a good friend and he's a hard worker.

I stood onstage and played with the original Queensryche many, many times, alongside Geoff Tate and the guys. I have absolutely no bias toward anybody. I appreciate what Geoff Tate had offered and the music that came from that era. I also love what Queensryche are doing. Their the new album, The Verdict, is killer.

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« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2019, 08:31:15 PM »
I've listened through the album. It's very different from Sympathetic resonance (more mellow and diverse). Vermilion Moons and Wrath of the Universe are my favourite songs so far. I had to google Vermilion https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vermilion lol
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« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2019, 01:14:01 AM »
Very solid record my favorites are:

Solitary Man-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fDqKde4lZw
Wrath of the universe- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OynmJIad6ZA
Vermilion moons- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVW12YuNmYE
Tethered (already posted)

I think Arch sounds great on this record. Very later years Dickinson sounding in a lot of spots to my ears. Really good album.

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« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2019, 10:25:32 AM »
Arch / Matheos "Winter Ethereal" LP Stream https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBM4e6g-eiw

Interview with Steve Di Giorgio (April 2019) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLJTERzRgGM
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2019, 03:18:27 PM »
I've listened to the album twice now. I really like it, and I think the best way I can describe John Arch's vocals here is that this is a really good record in spite of (and yet because of) John Arch's vocals. Such a dichotomy.
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