CD Review: Arch/Matheos “Sympathetic Resonance”

“Sympathetic Resonance”
Metal Blade
Producer: Neil Kernon
Tracks: 6

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“Sympathetic Resonance” is the first combined effort of current Fates Warning member Jim Matheos and former member John Arch. The two along with Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek- drums and additional vocalist Frank Aresti make up what is known as Arch/Matheos. The band is a full on classic progressive metal band and “Sympathetic Resonance” does everything in its power to prove that.

Right off the bat I will say that progressive rock/metal is not really my first choice when it come to listening to music however “Sympathetic Resonance” has done a good job at opening my eyes. The song “Stained Glass Sky” has guitar tone for days while songs like “Midnight Serenade” feature a more melodic landscape leading into the full on face melting power of “Any Given Day (Strangers Like Me)” which does a great job showing the bands tightness as a whole. This track was probably my favorite off the album as well

Even though “Sympathetic Resonance” only features 6 songs. Arch/Matheos left nothing on the table and packed ever song on this album with pure metal progression. Definitely give this album a listen as it has a little something for everyone.

Track Listing:
1.)    Neurotically Wired
2.)    Midnight Serenade
3.)    Stained Glass
4.)    On the Fence
5.)    Any Given Day (Strangers Like Me)
6.)    Incense and Myrrh