Arch / Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance (2011) – Review by Logan Lee
there perfectprog.com fans and users. New year and yet good music around here.
But to start this new 2012 (hoping it will not be the last one as Mayans’
prophecy J )
we are still going to be talking about a 2011 release that for some reason was
not mentioned before (maybe to let us start pretty well the new year).
The union (or reunion) of John Arch
and Jim Matheos from Fates Warning is an event that prog fans all over the
world have been looking forward anxiously for a long time and finally came into
reality with this project called Sympathetic Resonance. These two legends
called up their friends Joey
Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning), Frank Aresti (Fates Warning) e Bobby
Jarzombek (Halford, Riot, Sebastian Bach, Fates Warning) to join them and the
result is a quite amazing album filled with prog metal top class material. All
you have to do to start agreeing with me is listening to the track “Any Given
Day” and then “Stained Glass Sky” which are the two songs that may reassume
course, after hearing these tracks you may give the other four a try, but only
because they are all equally great and in each one you may find different
approaches and arrangements (and hey, that’s really all we prog fans ask in an
album, isn’t it?). John Arch still has a great voice and his ability to
“attack” the microphone and pass emotions thru it is extraordinary and the way
Jim Matheos and the others managed to create the musical atmosphere really
invite all into this album.
composition are very technical, complex and long, but yet not boring at all
(for the motives previously said). I will, as always, let the technic’s
analysis aside but it is impossible not to notice a bit of the old good guitar
virtuoso style that when well used is very welcome.
I am writing this review I am still listening this project and assure you all
that for Fates Warning fans this might sound a bit as a comeback album. It
might be defined as sort of time travel with new elements (added by the rest of
the line-up that really kept the high level).
top it off: the album is amazing and very recommended to all prog fans
specially Fates Warning fans and also for those who enjoyed Arch’s last solo
project (A twist of Fate)which this album seems to be a chapter two. It is also
a nice album to discover two of the greatest icons on prog and what Fates
Warning represented for all of us.
Voice + Great Guitar + Great musical composition = my first 10 on 2012!!! Hope
you all like it too.
01. Neurotically Wired
02. Midnight Serenade
03. Stained Glass Sky
04. On the Fence
05. Any Given Day (Strangers Like Me)
06. Incense and Myrrh
John Arch: vocals
Jim Matheos: guitars
Joey Vera: bass
Bobby Jarzombek: drums
Frank Aresti: additional lead guitar