AMN Reviews: Arch / Matheos – Sympathetic Resonance

Jim Matheos from Fates Warning at The Underwor...
Jim Matheos from Fates Warning at The Underworld in Camden, 2007-11-21. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the early-to-mid 1980’s “progressive metal” was born. Combining the riffing of metal luminaries such as Black Sabbath and Judas Priest with the song structure of progressive rock bands such as Yes, Genesis, and Rush, prog metal emerged as an alternative to the popular glam and mainstream bands of the time. In some ways, the genre has never lived up to its potential, though, as bands that were actually making music that sounded new (e.g., Cynic, Mr. Bungle) were overshadowed by many more than were just inching forward. Over the last 30 years, it has been hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Fates Warning was one of the pioneering metal bands of the 1980s. While never veering far from the metal genre, they explored tricky time signatures, long-form songs, and metaphysical lyrics. As the thinking-person’s metal band, they produced three albums with leaders John Arch (vocals) and Jim Matheos (guitars) before Arch left. While Fates continued, recording off and on throughout the 90’s and 00’s, many fans still view the Arch / Matheos years as producing the group’s classic albums.

Skip to 2011. Arch and Matheos team up again and record a new album under their own names. Featuring three former Fates members backing them up, perhaps they should have considered using the Fates Warning moniker for their new effort. Simply put, Sympathetic Resonance is the best Fates Warning album by any lineup of the band, band names aside.

The album opens with “Neurotically Wired,” an 11-minute tour of the updated, yet classic, Fates Warning sound. Arch chants as much as he sings over acoustic interludes and guitar-based themes that are both staggered and nimble. Other highlights include “Midnight Serenade,” featuring Arch’s clear vocals, and “Stained Glass Sky,” which begins with a three-minute, rapid-fire, prog-metal instrumental section. The album ends with “Incense and Myrrh,” a song about loss that could be called a power-ballad, for lack of a better term. Arch’s lyrics reach toward the mystical and religious, though they are easy to ignore if that’s not your cup of tea.

While Sympathetic Resonance does not necessarily break new ground, it takes what Fates Warning did best, and improves upon it. A very satisfying release.

Accidental Music Festival in Orlando Nov. 8-11

From the Accidental Music Festival:

Thursday, November 8th
Hippocrene Saxophone Quartet @ Urban Rethink. Performing music for saxophones by Stella Sung, David Asher Brown, Morton Subotnick, Lansing McLoskey. Featuring Pandit Nandkishor Muley on tabla. Reserve seats!

Friday, November 9th

Deerhoof @ Plaza Theatre w/ Levek and Telethon. Doors open at 7pm. Buy tickets!

Symphonic Orchestra of Guanajuato @ Saint Andrew’s Chapel. 5525 Wayside Drive. Sanford, Fl 32771. Program listed below. Reserve seats!

Saturday, November 10th

Symphonic Orchestra of Guanajuato @ Edgewater High School.
Performing Sinfonieta by Pablo Moncayo, Triple Concerto No. 2 by Juan Trigos and featuring German trio Luxa21 , Homenaje a Cervantes by Blas Galindo, Sensemayá by Silvestre Revueltas , and Symphony No.2 by Carlos Chavez. Concert begins at 3pm. Reserve seats!

Central Florida Composers Forum presents new works for electronics by Orlando composers. Concert begins at 5:30 @ Timucua. Reserve seats!

Michelle Schumann @ Timucua. An all John Cage piano recital celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cage’s birth. Concert begins at 7:30pm. Reserve seats!

Sunday, November 11th

Eladio Scharrón and Carrie Wiesinger perform Latin American works for flute and guitar including Cronicas Del Discubrimiento by Roberta Sierra, Fantasia by Inocente Carreño, and Histoire du Tango by Astor Piazzola. Concert begins at 3pm @ Timucua. Reserve seats!

Performances in Tampa:

LUXA 21 @ University of Tampa. Performing Imaginary Islands by Ivan Fedele, Jabberwock by Hebert Vazquez, Vier Stücke op. 5 by Alban Berg, Sonata by Edison Denisov, Melodie 1.0 by Moritz Eggert, The Riot by Jonathan Harvey. Free and open to the public. 3PM.

Symphonic Orchestra of Guanajuato @ First Baptist Church. Program above. Free and open to the public. 7:30PM.

Uncertainty Music Series Upcoming Concerts

From New Haven’s Uncertainty Music Series:

Come out to the Uncertainty Music Series this Saturday to hear 3 sets of music for solo electronics. Kalle will open with a short piece for nanoloop on iphone. Istvan Peter B’Racz will perform a set for the EML 200 modular synthesizer and effects. AVMUS will perform a set using a custom modular synthesizer, samples, and loops. This is a rare oppurtunity to hear these musicians perform on these instruments live. There is a $5-10 Suggested Donation to support the musicians.

The Uncertainty Music Series
Saturday 10 November 2012 8pm

AVMUS is John C. Miller :: modular synth, samples, loops
Istvan Peter B’Racz :: EML 200 synth, KAOSS pad and effects
Kalle is Carl Testa :: nanoloop

Never Ending Books
810 State Street
New Haven, CT

Coming to Seattle

English: Photo of composer Ofer Ben-Amots
English: Photo of composer Ofer Ben-Amots (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


FRI. 11/9, 7 PM – Seattle Modern Orchestra and Seattle Percussion Collective play music of John Cage, with guest pianist Stephen Drury

SAT. 11/10, 8 PM – Nonsequitur presents Seattle composer/violist Evyind Kang presents recent spatial works and improvisations + music from his new Tzadik CD Grass, with Mary Riles (cello), Moriah Neils (bass), Taina Karr (oboe, English horn), Stuart Dempster (trombone), Paul “Che Oke Ten” Wagner (native flute), Ahmad Yousefbeigi/Greg Campbell/Dave Abramson (percussion).

TUE. 11/13 – Avram Fefer (sax) with Evan Flory-Barnes (bass) and Greg Campbell (percussion)

WED. 11/14, 8 PM – Seattle Phonographers Union reunites with the much-missed Christopher DeLaurenti!

THU. 11/15 – THIS COULD BE YOU! (see above)

FRI. 11/16 – Karen Bentley-Pollick plays new music for violin/viola and electronics by Jan Jirásek, Ofer Ben-Amots, Charles Norman Mason, Preston Stahly, Jeffrey Harrington, David A. Jaffe, and Nat Evans with video by Sheri Wills and Erin Elyse Burns

SAT. 11/17 – Any Ensemble performs flexible compositions by Eric Barber, Greg Campbell, Jacob Zimmerman, John Teske, Natalie Mai Hall, Neil Welch, Paul Kikuchi, Beth Fleenor and Tom Baker

THU. 11/29, 8 PM – Composers at the University of Washington present pieces for acoustic and electronic media by Anthony Vine, Jeff Bowen, Kim Rivera, Yigit Kolat.

This Week in Buenos Aires: Modern Classical, Free Jazz, and Experimental

From Buenos Aires,su Nueva Musica:

Pierrot Lunaire, by Arnold Schönberg

Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón
8 & 9 November: 20:00 y 21.30
with Marcelo Katz y Mudos por el Celuloide, Luis Nacht, Gerardo Gandini, Pablo Mainetti, Rodrigo Dominguez, Juan Pablo Arredondo y Jerónimo Carmona.

Rodrigo Dominguez, saxophones
Mariano Agustoni, piano
Pablo Diaz, drums
At Un Lugar en Ortuzar: Alvarez Thomas 1612 21.30 hs

adrian fanello / javier canepa / posse ( CONTRABASS )
At Primer Piso Espacio de arte , 22.30 hs

Sunday 11 th November at Domus Artis , Av. Triunvirato 4311

19 hs Instalatio video
Sonor Design: Fabiana Galante & Jorge Mancini
P.A.: Santiago Pereson
Camera : Claudia Toro
Video Edition: Carlos Murat

Concert 20 hs
Andrea Fasani: objects / Jorge Mancini . guitar and objects

Musique Machine Reviews

Godspeed You Black Emperor! performing live on...
Godspeed You Black Emperor! performing live on London, England. November 2000 Photo by Justin Lynham. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Musique Machine:

Dead Body Collection – Blackstar
Gluttoness – Natural DisasSter
Black Orgasm – Orgasmo Nero
Small Hours – Katharine
BlackOut Order – The Obscenities On All Fours
Shaved Women – Self Titled
Aprox. – Bad Music EP
Rage Nucléaire – Unrelenting Fucking Hatred
Alex Durlax – Seconds
David Vélez – El Pájaro que Escucha
Various Artists – Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good T
Circle – Soundcheck
Kreuzweg Ost – Gott mit Uns
ROM – Foot Signal
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend Ascend
Swans – The Seer
Hashe – …De Viejos Robles Y Alerces