“Sympathetic Resonance”, the debut album from ARCH/MATHEOS — the new progressive rock band featuring FATES WARNING/OSI guitarist Jim Matheos and former FATES WARNING singer John Arch — sold around 1,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at No. 13 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
“Sympathetic Resonance” entered the official chart in Germany at No. 27, in Austria at No. 67, and in Switzerland at No. 78.
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 four dimensions, time traveling, and creating fantasy using only what we base all reality on, light.”
Released on September 13 via Metal Blade Records, “Sympathetic Resonance” features the following track listing:
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
ARCH/MATHEOS features an all-star lineup, including the talents of Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX, FATES WARNING, SEVEN WITCHES) on bass, Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, RIOT) on drums, and Frank Aresti (FATES WARNING) on additional lead guitar.
Comments Matheos: “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.”
Adds Arch: “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 [Arch‘s 2003 solo EP] ‘A Twist Of Fate’ and not of the mystical nature of some past albums.”
ARCH/MATHEOS recording lineup:
* John Arch (FATES WARNING) – Vocals
* Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING, OSI) – Guitar
* Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, ANTHRAX, FATES WARNING, SEVEN WITCHES) – Bass
* Bobby Jarzombek (HALFORD, FATES WARNING, SEBASTIAN BACH, RIOT) – Drums
* Frank Aresti (FATES WARNING) – Additional Lead Guitar