Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN JOIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC ON-AIR TALENT KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
News

ARCH/MATHEOS Reveal New Album Winter Ethereal

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Sunday, March 31, 2019 @ 9:05 AM


Out May 10th Via Metal Blade Records; Video For First Single “Straight And Narrow" Debuts

- advertisement -
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 on KNAC.COM HERE and pre-order the album in various bundle packages at metalblade.com/archmatheos

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!

Upon completion of Sympathetic Resonance, the duo neither declared it a one-off work nor planned on making a follow up, and rather than force anything, they waited for the right timing to present itself, opening the door for a sophomore release. Having commenced writing for the record in the spring of 2017, nothing included was at any point destined for a FATES WARNING record, and everything was penned specifically for ARCH/MATHEOS. This contributes to the record's distinctive feel, and had it not come so naturally, there would be no Winter Ethereal. "The way we work together is no pressure, no deadline, at least until we get close to recording," says Matheos. "We allow ourselves a lot of time and flexibility to see if we even have anything to say. That's first and foremost. We start by writing, and if things start shaping up and we're excited and inspired, we keep going until we're confident that we'll be able to do a whole record." Rather than reform the full line-up of the first record - made up entirely of Fates Warning members - this time around, the duo favored mixing things up with a variety of contributing musicians. "We decided that it would be a good idea to use a different lineup and hopefully avoid a lot of the confusion created around the first record. At the same time, we didn't want to give the impression that we were forming a new 'band' that would be touring/recording beyond this current record. With that in mind, I thought it might be an interesting idea to have a few different rhythm sections across the record, to give things a different feel and sound under the familiar top layer of vocals and guitars by John and I." This lineup comprises both present and former FATES WARNING drummers and bassists - Joey Vera, Bobby Jarzombek, Joe Dibiase and Mark Zonder - plus other noted musicians, such as the legendary Steve Di Giorgio (DEATH, TESTAMENT, CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED), CYNIC's Sean Malone, and renowned drummer Thomas Lang.

While not a concept album, Arch asserts that "anyone who takes the time to read the lyrics will probably connect with a recurring theme touching on the mysterious weight or flight of human emotion that leaves us with more questions than answers." In the context of the title, rather than referring to the season, Winter was chosen for having "certain connotations sometimes associated with it, such as isolation, a withering to rebirth", and with Ethereal meaning "not of this world, or otherworldly", there came a "meaningful marriage between the two words that best summed up the theme of the album". For the most part, Arch's lyrics come as a reaction to the music Matheos presents him with, letting the thoughts and feelings evoked dictate the direction. Enjoying listeners making their own interpretation of his lyrics, he typically does not go into detail about specific tracks, but as an example of the direction he was drawn, he references "Pitch Black Prism" and the many influences that went into shaping it. "The impetus for this song started with seeing images of dolls left behind at the schools and homes near the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Many weeks of research into the personal accounts and survivors' testimonies led me deeper into curiosity. I was halfway into the song when I stumbled across a documentary called The Russian Woodpecker, which inspired a larger twist on the direction of meaning. However, it wasn't until I saw a post from a Chernobyl survivor named Yuri, who was one of the musicians employed by the Russian Government sent with his bandmates and a ballet dancer into the heart of the disaster to entertain the dying, that the song became complete."

Making the most of contemporary technology, almost all collaborators tracked their parts in their respective home studios, while guitars and vocals were laid down at Matheos' studio with him handling the production. Working this way was conducive to creativity and a process that was most agreeable to both Arch and Matheos. "For me, having the freedom and drive to work in isolation is one of the things I like best about recording," says Matheos. "It allows me to experiment, and often fail, without feeling inhibited or constrained. That said, John offered a lot of encouragement, whether remotely or in person, and pushed me into directions I wouldn't normally go." Matheos was similarly supportive when it came to Arch laying down his parts. "I really enjoy the studio situation, mainly because it feels like home," the vocalist states. "It is a low-key relaxing environment, Jim is behind the console, and I'm behind the mic, and no one is pushing anyone. Whatever creative differences we have, we work out with compromise. I appreciate Jim's patience while I'm tracking vocals because it can be brutal at times. It's also cool because I get a front row seat watching Jim track his guitars, sometimes late into the night 'til we both run out of gas. We are longtime friends, and a couple shots and laughs at the end of a long day make for some good memories."

One thing is certain, with Winter Ethereal, fans of ARCH/MATHEOS will feel that the long wait endured for new music has been worth it. The natural manner in which it all came together makes it all the more special. "Sometimes after being away from something for a while and having life experiences to draw from, you feel you have something to say or offer. Music has always been the best medium for me to express what sometimes words alone cannot, and the timing for this record was just right," Arch asserts. When it comes to the words he would most readily apply to the album, he immediately goes to "unpretentious, emotionally driven, and, sometimes, the hard truth. Sympathetic Resonance had many of these elements, but I think Winter Ethereal does it with more breathing room, giving the listener time for reflection."

Winter Ethereal track-listing

  • "Vermilion Moons"
  • "Wanderlust"
  • "Solitary Man"
  • "Wrath of the Universe"
  • "Tethered"
  • "Straight and Narrow"
  • "Pitch Black Prism"
  • "Never in Your Hands"
  • "Kindred Spirits"


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent News
Represent! Get Your KNAC.COM Bumper Sticker
Happenings This Week on KNAC.COM
THE RODS Unveil New Lineup, New Album Update
KREATOR URelease "666 – World Divided" Video
WITHERFALL Announce Exclusive Tempest Red Blend Wine
RATCHET DOLLS Drop New Track "Parasite"
STEEL PANTHER Reveal 'The Butthole Burner' Guitar Pedal
SKARLETT RIOT Unleash "Human" Video
GREYHAWK Unveil Debut Album Keepers of the Flame
ANOTHER DAY DAWNS Launch "Beautiful Suicide" Video
HAVOK Stream New Track "Post-Truth Era"
RAVENSCRY Set To Release New Album 100
IN THIS MOMENT Stream "As Above So Below" Song
CYHRA Present New Video For "Dreams Gone Wrong"
AUGUST BURNS RED Share New Song "Paramount
RUSH's Permanent Waves Gets 40th Anniversary Reissue
TRIVIUM Drop New Album Title Track Video For "What The Dead Men Say"
VANDENBERG Return With Unfinished Business
TYGERS OF PAN TANG Stream "Art Of Noise" Track
CIRITH UNGOL Stream New Single, "Before Tomorrow"
SACRED REICH Launches "Salvation" Music Video
APOCALYPTICA Reschedules 2020 North American Dates
HEAVEN SHALL BURN Drop Video For "Ubermacht"
BOBBY BLITZ, MIKE PORTNOY, MARK MENGHI, PHIL DEMMEL From Supergroup BPMD
NERGAL's ME AND THAT MAN Premiere "Confession" Video
FOZZY Announces Rescheduled 'SAVE THE WORLD' Tour Dates
WOLFHEART Releases Official Video For "Hail Of Steel"
ENSLAVED Announces New Album Utgard
KILL RITUAL Unveil The Opaque And The Divine Album
BULLETS AND OCTANE Debut "Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog" Video
SEBASTIAN BACH Reschedules 2nd Leg Of 30th Anniversary Tour
FIREWIND Release "Rising Fire" Video
EPICENTER, WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE, SONIC TEMPLE Get Canceled
NORTHTALE Reveal Live Video For "Time To Rise"
PARADISE LOST Launch "Fall From Grace" Video, Single
VEGA Unveil New Album Grit Your Teeth
KATATONIA Premiere "Behind The Blood" Single, Video
MIKE LEPOND'S SILENT ASSASSINS Set For New Album Whore Of Babylon
METAL CHURCH Stream New Track "For No Reason"
ROTTING CHRIST Announce Rescheduled North American Headlining Dates
TESLA Premieres New Video For Cover "We Can Work It Out"
ART OF SHOCK Stream New Song "Peace On Earth"
SORCERER Unveil Lamenting of The Innocent Album
ABYSMAL DAWN Unleashes New Song, "Soul-Sick Nation"
Former HIM Vocalist VILLE VALO Returns With New 3-Track EP Gothica Fennica Vol. 1
LAMB OF GOD Release "Memento Mori" Track, Music Video
MONSTER MAGNET Announces Rescheduled 2021 “Celebration of Powertrip" US Tour Dates
THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Launch "Child Of Night" Video
LOUD AS HELL Festival Reveals 2020 Band Lineup
BLUE OYSTER CULT Reveal Yet Another Live Album/DVD, iHeart Radio Theater N.Y.C. 2012
LUCIFER Debut New Single, Video For "Leather Demon"
HELION PRIME Question Everything With New Album
WARBRINGER Drop "The Black Hand Reaches Out" Video
PARADISE LOST Announce New Album Obsidian
SOILWORK Release New Video For "Desperado"
AVERSIONS CROWN Announce New Album, Hell Will Come For Us All
KILLSET Release Official Video For "I'm Done"
GRAVE DIGGER Set To Release Epic Anniversary Album Fields Of Blood
PALAYE ROYALE Announce Third Album The Bastards
KING 810 Unleash The "Hellhounds" Video
MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL Unveil New Album We Are The Night
EPICENTER Announces Additional Onsite Entertainment & Food Offerings
LACUNA COIL Release Live Video For "Save Me"
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Postpone North American Tour
CARACH ANGREN Unveil Franckensteina Strataemontanus Album
HE IS LEGEND Drop "Burn All Your Rock Records" Video
TRIPTYKON Announce Requiem (Live At Roadburn 2019) Featuring The Metropole Orkfest
ANTI-FLAG Launches "20/20 Vision" Video
ABORTED Stream New Track "Gloom And The Art Of Tribulation"
SCOTT STAPP Announces 'The Survivor Tour'
OZZY OSBOURNE Debuts "Ordinary Man" Video
HOUSE OF LORDS Reveal New World - New Eyes Album
PEARL JAM Postpones US Gigaton Tour Due To Coronavirus
MY DYING BRIDE Drop "To Outlive The Gods" Video
ALL HAIL THE YETI Join LIFE OF AGONY, DOYLE Tour
HEAVEN SHALL BURN Unleash New Video "Eradicate"
BULLETS AND OCTANCE Unveil Riot Riot Rock N Roll Album Details
DREAM THEATER, BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC Announce Creation Of The Dream Theater Scholarship Fund
BEYOND THE BLACK Releases New Single, Video "Misery"
AS I LAY DYING Announce 'Burn To Emerge' US Tour
VADER Unveil New Album Details For Solitude in Madness
TESTAMENT Release Video Visualizer For Second Single, "Children Of The Next Level"
APOCALYPTICA Debuts New Video For "Live Or Die"
CLUTCH To Release 'The Obelisk' LP Box Set
LOVEBITES Stream New Track "Holy War"
INTRONAUT Releases "Speaking of Orbs" Video
AVATAR Premiere Legend Of Avatar Country: A Metal Odyssey Movie
LYCANTHRO Announce Canadian Tour Dates, Hyperspace Metal Festival
PRETTY MAIDS Set For Live Album Maid In Japan - Future World Live 30th Anniversary
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Debuts Signature Rum, Wine
HEMLOCK Announce 'European & UK Adventure Tour' 2020
ASKING ALEXANDRIA Unveil Like A House On Fire Album
8th Annual ADOPT THE ARTS Benefit Concert Revealed
DIRTY HONEY Announce First-Ever International Tour Dates
INSANE CLOWN POSSE Set To Return To The Road This Spring
ROCKLAHOMA Announces Daily Band Lineups
BAD AS Unleash "Crucified Society" Video
ALESTORM Reveal Curse Of The Crystal Coconut Details
FIFTH ANGEL Release "Dust To Dust" Live Video
POP EVIL Confirms North American Headline "The Versatile Tour"
SLEEP SIGNALS Drop New Video For "Fireproof"
HATEBREED Announce "Monsters Of Mosh" U.S. Headline Tour Dates
SWEET Confirm November/December 2020 UK Tour
THE UNITY Launch Video For "Line And Sinker"
8th Annual ROCK AGAINST MS Benefit Concert & Award Show Revealed
TYR Return To North America With "Valor & Folklore Tour"
CREMATORY "Rise And Fall" With New Music Video
HARD ROCK HELL SPRING BREAK Reveals First 50 Bands
METAL CHURCH Stream New Track "Dead On The Vine"
TOXIC HOLOCAUST Premiere "New World Beyond" Video
WARBRINGER Reveal New Album, Weapons of Tomorrow
JEFF CARLSON BAND Releases "Jukebox Hero" Cover Video
DEF LEPPARD Set To Release Def Leppard: London To Vegas
BUCKCHERRY Announce Acoustic Sessions Series
FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Unveil Cinematic "Monnalisa" Video
EXHORDER Stream New Single "The Man That Never Was"
MIKE TRAMP Ready For The Second Time Around
AMORPHIS Confirm "Tales From The Thousand Lakes" North American Tour
AUGUST BURNS RED Drop New Song "Bones"
TRIVIUM Announce New Album What The Dead Men Say
HAVOK Drop New Video For "Phantom Force"
CURRENTS Stream New Track "Second Skin"
ARMORED SAINT Guitarist JEFF DUNCAN's Solo Album Gets Physical Release
EXHUMED Announce Spring World Tour Dates
JINJER Unleash Video For "Retrospection"
BARONESS, AGAINST ME! Join For Co-Headline Tour
ART OF SHOCK Stream New Album Title Track For "Dark Angeles"
MOTIONLESS IN WHITE Reveal "The Black And Blue Tour"
SONS OF APOLLO Launch "Asphyxiation" Video
TOOL Announces Additional Spring Tour Dates
IN THIS MOMENT Share New Song "Hunting Grounds"
BIFF BYFORD Debuts "Scarborough Fair" Video
METAL CHURCH Return With From The Vault
BODY COUNT Release "Bum-Rush" Video
METALLICA Drop From SONIC TEMPLE, LOUDER THAN LIFE Festivals
AXEL RUDI PELL Drops New Single "Gunfire"
ALLEGAEON Announces U.S. 'The Terrestrial Takeover Tour'
JUDAS PRIEST Announce '50 HEAVY METAL YEARS TOUR'
THE CONTORTIONIST Release "1979" Music Video
GILBY CLARKE Shares First New Music In 17 Years With Single "Rock N Roll Is Getting Louder"
RINGWORM Announce Spring US Headline Tour Dates
DUST BOLT’s Rebirth Continues With Full Force New Single “Chaos Possession”
THE AMITY AFFLICTION Launch "Forever" Video
CIRITH UNGOL Unveil New Album Details For Forever Black
MOVEMENTS Confirm Spring 2020 Tour
Inaugural KNOTFEST AT SEA Lineup Announced
NILE Announce The "Vile Nilotic Rites Part II" Tour
FM Announce New Album, Synchronized
THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA Release "Transmisssions" Video





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2020 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News