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  • ARTIST: Arch/Matheos
  • LABEL: Metal Blade Records
  • UPC: 4029759188629
  • GENRE: Progressive Metal
  • RELEASE DATE: 05/10/2019

    In progressive metal circles, the names of guitarist Jim Matheos and vocalist John Arch are spoken with due reverence. With the former having been a driving force in Fates Warning for thirty-five years, and the latter the original front-man of that band, they also have a single seminal work under the Arch / Matheos banner, 2011's 'Sympathetic Resonance'. In 2019, they have reunited to follow that record up with 'Winter Ethereal', a more stylistically varied and perhaps deeper collection that explores a lot of sonic territory over the course of nine immersive tracks. "This stems from both of us trying to step out of our comfort zones a bit, sometimes voluntarily, sometimes being pushed," states Matheos. "Having worked together so many times, it would be easy to fall into the same way of doing things, and I think we were both interested in exploring some new areas." Arch concurs and adds: "Each song is notably different from the next, and nothing sounds repetitive. It is not a concept album, but somehow after a full listen from start to finish, there does seem to be continuity between the songs that I can't describe. At over an hour long, I think the fans will agree that it is a full listening experience."

Arch/Matheos - Winter Ethereal (2 LP) (2019) (Smoke Vinyl)

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