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John Arch


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4.31 | 71 ratings

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4 stars The former lead singer in Fates Warning John Arch return to music with this EP. Helped out by Jim Matheos ( Fates Warning, OSI) on Guitar and Keyboards, Mike Portnoy ( Dream Theater, Transatlantic..etc) on drums and Joey Vera ( Fates Warning, Engine and Armored Saint) on bass. All very prominent gentlemen and very skilled musicians.

John Arch was the frontman of Fates Warning on their first 3 albums. Fates Warning wasnīt a progressive metal band at that time, at least not to my modern ears. The three first albums were more traditional metal mixed with power metal. John Arch high pitched vocals were always very defining for early Fates Warning as Ray Alderīs voice it it for the second era of Fates Warning.

This EP is a great deal more progressive than the Fates Warning albums John Arch sang on. But the two epic songs this EP consists of are still very much driven by John Arch fabulous voice. That man has got a really impressive voice. The music is really good prog metal too, and it is easy to hear that such brilliant musicians have contributed. Does it sound like Fates Warning ? Not really, surprisingly enough, allthough with three members ( former and present) itīs hard to run away from your roots. And really why should you ?

This is highly recommendable to prog metal fans. Try this one out instead of the thousand mindless Dream Theater clones. If this is the last we will ever hear from John Arch, it will be a nice testimony. If this is not the last we will hear from him, please donīt let 16 years pass before we hear something new ( itīs already been almost 5).

UMUR | 4/5 |


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