Arch/Matheos re-signs with Metal Blade Records

– August 17th, 2018 –

Begins work on new album

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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:
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https://twitter.com/archmatheos

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OSI Posts Sampler For "Fire Make Thunder"

OSI is the progressive collaboration between Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), Kevin Moore (Chroma Key) and Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree) returning as session drummer. The band is gearing up to drop its fourth album, “Fire Make Thunder,” on March 27th via Metal Blade Records. OSI has posted a sampler of the album which you may stream below. Below is the tracklisting of “Fire Make Thunder” and the cover art. All songs were written by Matheos and Moore, Harrison contributing lyrics to one of the songs. Check out more news on the Metal Blade site.

1. “Cold Call” 7:10
2. “Guards” 5:03
3. “Indian Curse” 4:42
4. “Enemy Prayer” 4:54
5. “Wind Won’t Howl” 5:05
6. “Big Chief II” 3:04
7. “For Nothing” 3:18
8. “Invisible Men” 9:54

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OSI Streaming New Song "Cold Call" From "Fire Make Thunder" Album

“Fire Make Thunder” marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

“Fire Make Thunder” is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. Today Decibel Magazine’s “Deciblog” is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from “Fire Make Thunder.” Get a first listen to the first track on the album “Cold Call” at this location.

An exclusive video interview featuring Chairman and CEO of Metal Blade Brian Slagel talking to the often elusive duo of Kevin Moore and Jim Matheos is available for viewing courtesy of GuitarWorld.com here. In the interview OSI and Slagel discuss the recording process of the new album, the origins of OSI and much more.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Cold Call
2. Guards
3. Indian Curse
4. Enemy Prayer
5. Wind Won’t Howl
6. Big Chief II
7. For Nothing
8. Invisible Men

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OSI Reveals "Fire Make Thunder" Album Details

“Fire Make Thunder” marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as Office of Strategic Influence (OSI). Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.

The “Fire Make Thunder” album is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. The track listing is as follows:

1) Cold Call
2) Guards
3) Indian Curse
4) Enemy Prayer
5) Wind Won’t Howl
6) Big Chief II
7) For Nothing
8) Invisible Men

Additionally, OSI has released an exclusive audio medley from “Fire Make Thunder,” which features audio samples from the upcoming release. The medley as well as pre-order opportunities can be accessed here.

Returning as the band’s session drummer is Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree, this time co-writing one of the tracks with the band. All other instruments and programming were performed by both Matheos and Moore, while vocals and lyrics were handled exclusively by Moore.

All of the recording for “Fire Make Thunder,” with the exception of drums, was done by Moore and Matheos at each musician’s respective home studio with drums being recorded at Harrison’s home in London. Final overdubs as well as some additional writing/arranging was completed in July 2011 in Jamaica, Iowa, where the band mixed alongside engineer Matt Sepanic at Sound Farm Studio and Recording Environment. Mastering was handled by renowned engineer Roger Siebel. The record was produced by both Moore and Matheos.

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Arch/Matheos Posts "Midnight Serenade" Music Video

Arch Matheos has premiered a new music video online for the song “Midnight Serenade” through Ultimate-Guitar.com. Directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye (The Devin Townsend Project, Amon Amarth, Kylesa, Helmet, etc.) “Midnight Serenade” marks the first music video off of the Arch / Matheos release “Sympathetic Resonance” (reviewed here), which was just released on September 13th via Metal Blade Records.

Check the video premiere out exclusively via Ultimate-Guitar.com at this location.

Arch / Matheos’ “Sympathetic Resonance” debuted at #13 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and at #36 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart while also hitting the international charts at #27 in Germany, #67 in Austria, and #78 in Switzerland.

Arch / Matheos is the new progressive rock band featuring the talents of Jim Matheos (current member of the progressive rock powerhouse Fates Warning and OSI) and John Arch (former vocalist of Fates Warning) along with renowned drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Halford, Fates Warning, Sebastian Bach, Riot), bassist Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Anthrax, Fates Warning, Seven Witches), and additional lead guitarist Frank Aresti (Fates Warning).

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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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