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5.0 out of 5 stars A true sympathetic resonation, 28 Dec. 2011
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Wildest dreams and travelogues whilst certainly not specifically fitting adjectives to describe this Fates Warning album (In all but name) may certainly prove to be a very appropriate transcend into this deliciously late 1980's flavoured prog metal. Unlike closely related cannons and american cousins- Queensryche who have done their best this year in 2011 to destroy their proggy roots. The "Fates Warning" personnel line-up: Arch & Matheos have seemingly rediscovered an old candle as inspiration for this classic sounding opus. In particular, much credit must be cited towards Arch who sounds simply fabulous and almost like he never left the mic on the "Awaken the guardian" album; although in fairness this might as well as be a continuous album from that one as it is certainly amongst the best work any of these guys have ever been involved in for some significant period of time.

The title track starts with a dark prelude which inevitably turns out to be a fully fledged prog epic with some superb songwriting, riffs, colour and character. Soon after arrives a "Midnight serenade" which is a somber fairly straight forward prog affair, and then comes the longest song on the album, the fabulously titled "Stained glass sky" which gives the band ample space and time to execute a good starting riff and some nice blinding soloing, as nothing seems able to stop the riff onslaught as one after the other rolls in. Things only begin to settle down abit further into the song, where we are greeted to a pleasant and nice somber melody which is intwined on occasions with the meaty guitar sound initiated from the beginning chords. The chorus and overall songwriting is particularly inspired which leads me to confirm this as possibly the best song of the album.

"On the fence" starts with a beautiful warm start which had some great guitar backing as we go further in, otherwise a very high quality metal fest is the order of the day as we are taken for a "mighty" tour-de-france through thoughtful soundscapes during this stay. "Any given day" is the last of the three prog epics exceeding the 10 minute mark and is only further complimentary to all that came before it. A heavy start initiates this song and little time is wasted into a move towards a striking balance between metallic composition and sensibilities. To conclude, the follow up and album closer "Incense and myrrh" is a fitting and "slightly" quieter finish to an astounding prog journey-

The album of the year?... Well, it certainly might be close to the end of the year now but some great metal has surfaced here in 2011 as well as some catastrophic disasters. It is made abundantly clear from the sound of Arch/matheos - in, Sympathetic resonance that the result of this genuine prog outing is a very thoughtful and inspired one towards the listener as well as an additional compliment of a warm personality to it which should more than delight the vast majority of prog heads everywhere. Possibly with exception to the few who cannot relish in Arch's high register vocal performance throughout, this album is a firm and definite must buy for prog metal aficionados. Highly recommended!
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Initial post: 29 Jan 2012 04:01:31 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2012 04:10:59 GMT
I am pleased that you got yourself into this band/project as they were one of the highlights of 2011 for me. With John Arch's vocals, it's a case of love or loathe him, but he was a pivotal part of Fates Warning in their early days and got the band onto the prog metal map with his unique vocal style. I am of the opinion that some of the songs on 'Sympathetic Resonance' were left over from his original days in Fates Warning, like the brilliant written 'Neurotically Wired', which could have been slotted onto any of the three Arch-era albums. I am sitting on the fence at the moment as I somehow believe there will won't be another Arch/Matheos album due to this being a one off affair, but I suppose we will have to see if anything comes to fruitition. We all thought Charlie Dominci (ex-Dream Theater) vocalist was done and dusted after leaving Dream Theater in 1989 after a one album tenure, then he resurfaces two decades later from obscurity, forms his own band called Dominci, bringing out two highly-acclaimed albums (he actually brought out a trilogy - the first just his voice and an acoustic guitar - very different to the preceding two albums) that were on a par with some of the bigger players from this genre. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Arch/Matheos partnership continues!!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jan 2012 17:45:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Jan 2012 18:06:23 GMT
Agma says:
Indeed! what an album this was!! came like a bolt of out of the blue. This wasn't all that much anticipated in the UK before it's release but it turned out to be one of the very best metal albums of 2011 in my opinion. It's great to see the legacy and inspiration of old Fates Warning still with us. As a huge fan of the band Arch/Matheos was still able to greatly exceed my hopes for a brilliant album and then some. If this is the kind of music they are going to make again in the future then I for one cannot wait for the arrival of the next installment!. Dream Theater are abit of an odd fish with me, up until their latest album I had become slowly disillusioned with the band with what was mainly because of their slowly declining musical emotion and atmosphere present in their music which (certainly to me) was key with as to why their older albums were so great and groundbreaking. As for C.D I have not managed (as of yet) to re-discover Charlie's recent studio activity but I will have to take a look to see what he has been up to!.
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