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   JOHN ARCH
A Twist Of Fate
2003
Metal Blade
http://www.metalblade.de/johnarch.html


rating: 5/5

1. Relentless
2. Cheyenne

Finally, FINALLY, the man is back!! And in a mindblowing way I might add! After being away from the music scene for about 15 years, Jim Matheos (Fates Warning) managed to lure ex-Fates Warning singer back into it. The music as well as the vocals are so amazingly beautiful and passionate and it's safe to say Arch still has it. Driven and emotional as we know him. And with Jim on guitars, Joey Vera (Armored Saint, Fates Warning, Engine, Seven Witches) on bass, and no one less then drumgod Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Transatlantic) behind the kit, there is so much talent coming together, it is a progfan's wet dream come true! It's inevitable that the music reminds you of Fates Warning and Dream Theater but with a refreshing twist. Unfortunately we only get two songs, but they are long, almost half an hour in total.

Never is it an ego thing, every brilliant idea has been put into the actual songs, that's what makes these two tracks such masterpieces. Arch's unique vocallines create remarkable atmospheres and the music takes you across several landscapes, from peaceful meadows to rocky mountains. "Relentless" is beautiful and emotional as well as heavy with some fantastic riffs (and soloing towards the end) and pounding drums. Keyboards are most of the time just there to enhance the atmosphere. "Cheyenne" is a bit darker and more haunting with a lot of beautiful acoustic parts, more keyboards and even some violin. It also has its heavy moments, but it's overall more epic. Again I realize how amazing and breathtaking the vocallines are, it's impossible to get this out of the player and not listen to it over and over again.

This is a must not only for all Fates Warning fans but all who love beautiful, passionate and progressive music. An appetizer for a full-length album I hope with all my heart!!

submitted by Marlies 09.07.2003

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