Arch/Matheos re-signs with Metal Blade Records

– August 17th, 2018 –

Begins work on new album

Photo credit: Mark Cubbedge

Metal Blade Records has proudly re-signed Arch/Matheos for a worldwide deal!

Arch/Matheos began as a reunion between founding Fates Warning members John Arch (vocals) and Jim Matheos (guitar), who hadn’t collaborated since John Arch’s solo EP, A Twist Of Fate (2003) – and hadn’t fully collaborated for a whole album since Fates Warning‘s Awaken the Guardian (1986). In 2010, the duo began working on a record together and brought along three Fates Warning members to the fold. The five members would in turn release their debut album Sympathetic Resonance in 2011, under the name Arch/Matheos.

Since then, John Arch and Jim Matheos have kept busy with their other projects – but now the time has come for them to join forces once again, for a new Arch/Matheos release, due out 2019 via Metal Blade Records.

John Arch comments: “The desire and commitment from both of us is first and foremost, but the impetus to move forward with another A/M project fell in good part on how well ‘Sympathetic Resonance‘ was received, and how the fans have continued to show their support through a variety of mediums, stating they would like a follow-up effort. The timing for Jim and I seems to be right and things are coming along nicely. We look forward to sharing the results with you soon!”

Jim Matheos adds: “It’s great to be working with my old friend John Arch again. We push each other creatively in ways that brings out the best in both of us, I think. We’ve come up with what I hope is a worthy successor to ‘Sympathetic Resonance‘, and a great lineup of musicians to help us bring it to fruition.”

Already featuring special guests Thomas Lang, Bobby Jarzombek, Baard Kolstad, Mark Zonder, Matt Lynch, Steve Di Giorgio, Joey Vera, Sean Malone, Joe DiBiase, and Frank Aresti – with more to come! – this upcoming Arch/Matheos album is currently being tracked, with Jens Bogren (Fates Warning, Opeth, Devin Townsend, etc.) handling mixing duties in November. Stay tuned for more news coming soon!

To purchase Sympathetic Resonance, please visit: indiemerch.com. To watch the video for the album track “Midnight Serenade” (directed by David Brodsky / www.davidsbrodsky.com), head over to: youtube.com/watch?v=IwcL04CYews

Arch/Matheos online:
https://www.facebook.com/archmatheos
https://twitter.com/archmatheos

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Fates Warning To Release New Album “Darkness In A Different Light”

U.S. progressive metal pioneers Fates Warning have finally returned with their first studio album release in about a decade! Entitled “Darkness In A Different Light,” the album will be released on September 30th, 2013 in Europe and October 1st, 2013 in North America via InsideOutMusic.

“Darkness In A Different Light” is Fates Warning’s first album of new material since the release of “FWX” in 2004 and also marks the first release for the band’s current line-up of Ray Alder (vocals), Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti (guitars), Joey Vera (bass), and Bobby Jarzombek (drums).

The album was produced by Matheos and mixed by long time Fates Warning engineer Phil Magnotti, while mastering was handled by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering, California. The artwork for the album was designed by Conte di San Pietro. Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder checked in with a comment as follows:

“Darkness in a Different Light is the result of almost two years of very hard work from everyone in the band. I believe that this line-up is the best that Fates has ever had, and I also think that it comes through in the music on this album. It’s been almost nine years since our last studio album and I couldn’t be more proud of what we’ve accomplished here. We are looking very much forward to playing some new songs for our fans who have stuck by us over all these years. We plan on touring as much as possible for “Darkness in a Different Light” and hopefully we’ll hit a few places we’ve never been…”

Fates Warning has headlining touring runs confirmed for October in Europe and November/December in North America, with further live activity to follow in 2014.

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Dark Day Sunday Streaming New Song "Halfway To Godz"

Dark Day Sunday, the new thrash act formed by Frank Aresti of Fates Warning and Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall, is giving fans a taste of what the band will be bringing this year by offering a free MP3 of the song “Halfway To Godz.” Head over to Dark Day Sunday’s Facebook profile to check out the track. The band also commented on its creation:

“DDS is composed of four guys with a common love for head banging fury, wailing guitar solos, melodic vocals that simply won’t quit, and a rhythm section so in tune with one another you’d swear they were born of the same insanity. Frank Aresti started his career with seminal prog-metal band, Fates Warning. As inspiration to many later bands, from Dream Theater to Slipknot, Frank’s guitar playing helped propel the band to commercial success and critical acclaim.”

“I love playing with Fates,” comments Frank, “but DDS has a special place in my heart. I grew up listening to late 70’s British punk and hardcore, then to early American thrash. I absolutely love this music.”

In the drummer’s seat is Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall. “Jason brings a great energy to this band,” comments Aresti. “He lends an aggressive approach, pushing the beat while completely locking up with the rhythm section. It’s a powerful feeling when you hear us live.”

Rounding out the rhythm section on bass is Ed Lanouette. He cites his main influences as Jaco Pastorius and Black Sabbath’s Geezer Butler. The un-seeming mix can be distinctly heard in Dark Day Sunday’s music, as Ed blends a heavy, intense approach with melodic agility. Soaring above the ferocious riffs and pounding rhythm section is vocalist Marc Lopes, who cites his main influence as Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden: “Bruce has the ability to be melodic and aggressive at the same time. I love that, and that’s what I go for in my singing.”

“I want to take this band on the road, across the world,” says Aresti. “I want to continue making and recording music as long as we can. And judging how all four of us love doing this, that’s going to be a long time.”

Dark Day Sunday expects to release a debut album later this year which will be supported by extensive international touring.

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Arch/Matheos Streaming New Song "Stained Glass Sky"

Newly formed act Arch/Matheos has released the first single off the group’s upcoming full-length debut “Sympathetic Resonance.” The new track, a 5 minute clip of the song “Stained Glass Sky” that clocks in at just less than 14 minutes, can be heard at this location.

Cover art for “Sympathetic Resonance” was fashioned using an image created by light painting photographer Dennis Calvert, who has described light painting as “The ability to see in 4 dimensions, time traveling, and creating fantasy using only what we base all reality on, light.”

The band – accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar – began tracking the drums on January 12th and continued to record through March with Jim Matheos producing. “Sympathetic Resonance” will be released September 13th, 2011 in North America.

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Arch/Matheos Announces Debut Album Title As "Sympathetic Resonance"

As was previously announced, Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) have teamed up to form the new progressive rock band, Arch/Matheos The band – accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar – began tracking the drums on January 12th and continued to record through mid February with Jim Matheos producing.

Arch/Matheos has now announced “Sympathetic Resonance” as the title of the band’s debut album, which will be released September 13th, 2011 in North America.

Jim Matheos offered his insight on the writing and recording process of Sympathetic Resonance: “I think John and I work really well together. There’s a lot of mutual respect and trust in what we do. But, we’re also both very critical of ourselves, and each other. This can make for a long and, sometimes, tedious process. But ultimately it’s one I enjoy because I think it brings out the best in both of us.”

John Arch added: “When I first heard some of the arrangements Jim had written and recorded, it took quite some time before I could wrap my mind around the odd time signatures and guitar work going on here. There are some long compositions, so putting anxiety and apprehension on the back burner it was time to dissect these numbers into digestible bits. After the lengthy process of lyrics and melodies, listening to the songs now, I can’t imagine them any other way.”

In terms of the lyrical content on Sympathetic Resonance, John Arch notes that, “the lyrics this time around are more in line with A Twist of Fate and not of the mystical nature of some past albums.”

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Arch/Matheos Announces Debut Album Title As "Sympathetic Resonance"

As was previously announced, Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) have teamed up to form the new progressive rock band, Arch/Matheos The band – accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar – began tracking the drums on January 12th and continued to record through mid February with Jim Matheos producing.

Arch/Matheos has now announced “Sympathetic Resonance” as the title of the band’s debut album, which will be released September 13th, 2011 in North America.

Jim Matheos offered his insight on the writing and recording process of Sympathetic Resonance: “I think John and I work really well together. There’s a lot of mutual respect and trust in what we do. But, we’re also both very critical of ourselves, and each other. This can make for a long and, sometimes, tedious process. But ultimately it’s one I enjoy because I think it brings out the best in both of us.”

John Arch added: “When I first heard some of the arrangements Jim had written and recorded, it took quite some time before I could wrap my mind around the odd time signatures and guitar work going on here. There are some long compositions, so putting anxiety and apprehension on the back burner it was time to dissect these numbers into digestible bits. After the lengthy process of lyrics and melodies, listening to the songs now, I can’t imagine them any other way.”

In terms of the lyrical content on Sympathetic Resonance, John Arch notes that, “the lyrics this time around are more in line with A Twist of Fate and not of the mystical nature of some past albums.”

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