The new Arch/Matheos album, "Winter Ethereal" sounds fantastic.
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    The new Arch/Matheos album, "Winter Ethereal" sounds fantastic.



    I cannot say I'm the biggest Arch/Matheos fan. Because I'm not the craziest about John Arch's vocals unless I just need to get "used to it" more.
    However, I am loving it on this album. Really enjoying it.

    Christian Muezner (Obscura, Necrophagist) recommended listening and said it was very emotionally compelling.

    So I throw it on because I didn't even know they made a new record and I must say it is quite a pleasure listening to.
    The mix is spot on and the guitar is thrashy/mystical sounding. I love it.

    I knew some of you were friends, so I figured I'd throw it up here for you all.

    There are some phenomenal guests too:

    John Arch − vocals
    Jim Matheos − lead and rhythm guitars
    Joey Vera − bass guitar on Wanderlust, Never In Your Hands
    Bobby Jarzombek − drums on Wrath of the Universe, Straight and Narrow
    Frank Aresti - guitar solos in Never In Your Hands, Kindred Spirits
    Joe DiBiase − bass guitar on Solitary Man
    Mark Zonder − drums on Wanderlust, Tethered
    Steve Di Giorgio − bass guitar on Vermilion Moons, Wrath of the Universe, Straight and Narrow
    Sean Malone − bass guitar on Pitch Black Prism, Kindred Spirits
    George Hideous − bass guitar on Tethered
    Matt Lynch − drums on Kindred Spirits
    Thomas Lang - drums on Vermilion Moons, Solitary Man, Pitch Black Prism
    Baard Kolstad - drums on Never In Your Hands
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    Been meaning to pick it up but haven’t been able to just yet. It was sold out the last time I visited a music store. I’m a huge Matheos fan and have heard good things about this effort.

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    I like it. It's not quite as good as "Sympathetic Resonance" was, but that's a hard bar to cross.

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    I'll check it out, but I too have never been an Arch fan.
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    Yeah, its great. I agree with Mike, not as good, but real close.

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    I am a huge John Arch fan - I've seen three of the four live performances he's done since coming out of "retirement", including travelling to Germany twice. I was primed to love this album. I don't. It's really, really good, but not as good as the debut. After how good the last Fates was, I had really high hopes for Jim's writing for this one, but it just didn't live up to expectations for me.

    My opinion may change as I spend more time with it. I got the pre-order, so I've had it for a few weeks, but haven't spent a ton of time with it.

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    Man, I really dig Arch's voice on these more then back in FW. And I really want to get into these and the last handful of FW albums but man, I just can't get past Matheos' tone. Seems like after PSoG, he's just been plugging a metal zone direct into the board.

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    You know, I'm still not an Arch fan, but three tracks in, I'm enjoying this.

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