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.”
“Winter Ethereal” will be released May 10th on Metal Blade Records. A video for the song “Straight and Narrow” is available now for streaming. Watch the video and pre-order the album in various bundle packages HERE.
“Winter Ethereal” will be available in the following formats:-digipak-CD-black / white marbled swirl (US exclusive – limited to 700 copies)-clear w/ blue smoke (US exclusive – limited to 300 copies)-180g black vinyl (EU exclusive)-blue / red marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 300 copies)-ice blue marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 200 copies)-white vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 100 copies)-white / black marbled vinyl (EU exclusive – limited to 400 copies)* exclusive bundles with shirts, plus digital options are also available!