I’m not a huge progressive metal fan, but when I was presented the opportunity to interview John Arch, aka John Archambault, a few years ago, I said sure why not? He was the original singer of Fates Warning, and along with Jim Matheos laid the groundwork for what is now one of the most popular metal subgenres. Before interviewing bands, I like to listen to their material beforehand, especially if they’re pimping an album. The duos’ album Sympathetic Resonance blew me away, I still listen to the track “Stained Glass Sky” off of the album all the time. So I was pleased to hear they had re-signed to Metal Blade, and that a new album would be on the way. Here is some of the information sent to us by the label:
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.”