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Interview: John Arch of Arch/Matheos and ex-Fates Warning

Fates Warning are a band that certainly evolved since their early days, and saw success past their initial mark as well. That said, many fans, especially the more metal oriented, have a special place in their hearts for the first three albums featuring the vocals of John Arch. Perhaps it’s the substantial difference in style between Arch and current vocalist Ray Alder, or simply the time that has passed since Awaken the Guardian was released in 1986, but the band hasn’t been keen on playing the earliest material in the past decade or two. With that in mind it’s no surprise the buzz that was caused when the band announced they’d be playing two very special festival shows playing Awaken in its entirety with the lineup from that album. ProgPower USA and Keep it True in Germany were the lucky spots for these historic performances, both of which have been captured for the upcoming release Awaken the Guardian Live.

In this 20 minute interview John and I discussed what it was like returning to the stage for these incredibly special shows, his working relationship with Jim Matheos, and the possibility of a new Arch/Matheos disc at some point in the future.

Buy Awaken the Guardian Live
Fates Warning Online
Arch/Matheos Online

Ep. #362 featuring Vangough

Let’s make no mistake about it, I’ve been pretty busy and as a result a little lax with the show as of late. That’s all going to hopefully turn around in April a little bit. As mentioned and teased in the show I recently conducted an interview with John Arch, original vocalist of Fates Warning, and that will be available to everyone later in the week. In addition we have an interview scheduled with the incredible Arjen Lucassen of Ayreon fame and that should be available next weekend.

Circling back to right now I’m happy to be featuring the fourth album from American progressive metal band Vangough, Warpaint. I still remember how I discovered the band with their debut album, Manikin Parade nearly a decade ago: I was engaging in a January tradition, looking at ProgArchives top 100 list from the previous year and trying to see what albums I may have missed that would warrant my attention. Everyone’s reviews on the album pointed to something I would enjoy, and I certainly was not disappointed that I decided to give them a shot. All these years later I think they have consistently improved and I think Warpaint is their best yet. You can check out a good chunk of the album in this podcast, buy the album here, and watch the video below.

As mentioned many times during the show Fates Warning has a live set coming out on April 28th called Awaken the Guardian Live, and you can grab that here and watch a performance from the release below.

Okay, now there is so much stuff covered in this show we’re going to go into the speed round…

Out now:
Blackfield – V (Buy)
Nova Collective – The Further Side (Buy) (Interview with Richard Henshall)
Steve Hackett – The Night Siren (Buy)

Out April 10:
L’Anima – Departures (Buy)

Out April 21:
Labyrinth – The Architecture of a God (Buy)

Out April 28:
Ayreon – The Source (Buy)
MindMaze – Resolve (Buy)
Pyramaze – The Contingent (Buy)
Lonely Robot – The Big Dream (Buy)

Out June 9:
Anathema – The Optimist (Buy)

2017-04-05
Kyros – Monster (Edit)
Vangough – Morphine
L’Anima – Path to Sirius
Fates Warning – Fata Morgana~
Labyrinth – A New Dream
Ayreon – Everybody Dies
MindMaze – Sign of Life
Vangough – The Suffering
Blackfield – Family Man
Nova Collective – Cascades
Lonely Robot – Everglow
Arch/Matheos – Neurotically Wired
Pyramaze – 20 Second Century
Big Big Train – Judas Unrepentant~
Pandora – Second Home by the Sea
The Pineapple Thief – No Man’s Land
Vangough – Till Nothing’s Left
Anathema – Springfield
The Neal Morse Band – So Far Gone
Tiles – Crossing Swords
Tiles – Facing Failure
Edensong – Chronos
Trusties – Outside of Place and Time
Vangough – Black Rabbit
Fates Warning – Apparition
Rush – Cygnus X-1

Ep. #359: The 2016 Year End Wrap-Up Spectacular

Another year in music has come to a close! As is customary we have put an end to 2016 with an extended six hour wrap-up show, hitting most of the albums discussed in our “Best of 2016” retrospective, and a ton of other material as well. As usual we used musical additions from contributors and listeners to help round out the show and paint a more complete picture of the year. Once again, congratulations to our album of the year, Theories of Flight from Fates Warning! For more, well, I said far too much in six hours, so I’m not going to bore you here, just take a listen and enjoy a share of the amazing music available to you from the past year!

2017-01-04: 2016 Year End Wrap-Up Spectacular
Big Big Train – Folklore
The Dear Hunter – Cascade
Long Distance Calling – Getaway
Messenger – Calyx
Evergrey – Passing Through
Circus Maximus – Flames
Redemption – Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Evermind’s Guest Block
-Enbound – Feel My Flame
-Temperance – Change the Rhyme
-Sunburst – Remedy of my Heart
No More Pain – Paging Mr. Spader
Edge of Reality – Moldy Banana Bread
Eric Gillette – Aftermath
Frost* – Heartstrings
Airbag – Broken
Lee Abraham – Live For Today
Pain of Salvation – Chain Sling~
Karmakanic – Steer by the Stars
Anderson/Stolt – Knowing
Dr. DTVT’s Guest Block
-Charred Walls of the Damned – As I Catch My Breath
-Hammers of Misfortune – The Precipice (Waiting for the Crash)
Thank You Scientist – Mr. Invisible
Haken – 1985
Devin Townsend Project – Stormbending
Ayreon – Mystery
Arjen Lucassen – Daydream Believer^
Avantasia – Let the Storm Descend Upon You
Serious Black – Mirror World
Fates Warning – The Light and Shade of Things
Headspace – Kill You With Kindness
Tiles – Shelter in Place
IZZ – Burn (If You Let It)
Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
Kyros – The Lamb, the Badger, and the Bee
Kansas – Refugee
Dream Theater – Our New World
Jingle.Boy’s Guest Block
-Almanac – Self-Blinded Eyes
-Cloudscape – Thunders of Extreme
-Hemina – Moonlight Bride
-InnerWish – Tame the Seven Seas
-Theocracy – Ghost Ship
Dream the Electric Sleep – Let the Light Flood In
The Fringe – You
Paul Bremner – Warm
The Neal Morse Band – The Man in the Iron Cage
Knifeworld – High/Aflame
Rikard Sjoblom – Realm of You and Me
Dynazty – The Human Paradox
Mob Rules – Somerled
Primal Fear – Angels of Mercy
Marillion – Living in F.E.A.R.
Tilt – Against the Rain
The Mute Gods – Feed the Trolls
Serenity – Follow Me
Section A – Finding the One
Fates Warning – White Flag

The Best of 2016

Another year, another retrospective. When it comes to music this year it’s easy to stew over what we lost. Iconic names like Prince, Lemmy, and David Bowie all left us over the course of the last twelve months. But, as with pretty much any year, there is much to look back fondly on, and so we reflect back on our favorites of 2016. Of all the albums heard this year only two of them made the top 10 lists of all three contributors to the program. The consensus runner up this year is Haken‘s fourth full length album, Affinity, which also spawned a wide range of individual awards. But, there can be only one album of the year, and so…

This year’s consensus choice as When Prog and Power Unite‘s album of the year is Theories of Flight from Fates Warning! This modern progressive metal masterpiece from one of the genre’s earliest applicants completely floored us, coming in at #1, #2, and #7 on our three lists. In addition the album spawned one nod to Jim Matheos for composer of the year, two nods to Ray Alder as vocalist of the year, and a nod to “The Light and Shade of Things” as epic of the year.

During the course of our the podcast you can listen as Nick explains all his picks in detail, and follow-up with an ill and congested Joe running through his top ten of the year. Additionally, if you wish to hear Mason‘s picks explained you can do so here. Be forewarned, due to some current technical limitations on his end the audio is somewhat muddy and choppy, but it’s still always good to hear his take!

A big thanks as always to everyone who tuned in during this past year, and we look forward to the new year in a big way as, on the first Wednesday of the year, January 4th,  we kick off 2017 with our year-end wrap up spectacular. This show will be extended, as always, and will run from 4pm-10pm EST. That’s 9pm-3am UTC. As always we will be playing a lot of the music discussed here, as well as so much more. If you only tune in for one show next year, that’s the one you want!

Top 10 Albums of 2016
Nick:
10. Avantasia – Ghostlights
9. Rikard Sjoblum – The Unbendable Sleep
8. Edge of Reality – Vicious Circle
7. The Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream
6. Thank You Scientist – Stranger Heads Prevail
5. Headspace – All That You Fear is Gone
4. Dream the Electric Sleep – Beneath the Dark Wide Sky
3. Big Big Train – Folklore
2. Haken – Affinity
1. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight

Mason:
10. Hammers of Misfortune – Dead Revolution
9. Karmakanic – Dot
8. Anciients – Voice In The Void
7. Evergrey – The Storm Within
6. Haken – Affinity
5. Redemption – The Art of Loss
4. Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence
3. Dream the Electric Sleep – Beneath the Dark Wide Sky
2. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
1. Avantasia – Ghostlights

Joe:
10. Headspace – All That You Fear is Gone
9. Circus Maximus – Havoc
8. Iamthemorning – Lighthouse
7. Fates Warning – Theories of Flight
6. Anderson/Stolt – Invention of Knowledge
5. Haken – Affinity
4. Alcest – Kodama
3. Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
2. Devin Townsend Project – Transcendence
1. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

Songwriter/Composer of the Year
Nick: Jim Matheos (Fates Warning)
Mason: Matt Page (Dream The Electric Sleep)
Joe: Neige (Alcest)

Vocalist of the Year
Nick: Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Redemption)
Mason: Ray Alder (Fates Warning, Redemption)
Joe: Ross Jennings (Haken)

Guitarist of the Year
Nick: Eric Gillette (Neal Morse Band, Eric Gillette)
Mason: Nick Van Dyk (Redemption)
Joe: Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project)

Bassist of the Year
Nick: Connor Green (Haken, Eric Gillette)
Mason: Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Fringe)
Joe: Anton Dang (O’Brother)

Keyboardist of the Year
Nick: Adam Wakeman (Headspace)
Mason: Sigurd Sheie (Hammers of Misfortune)
Joe: Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)

Drummer of the Year
Nick: Ray Hearne (Haken)
Mason: Josh Mathis (Cyborg Octopus)
Joe: Ray Hearne (Haken)

Song of the Year (Song Under 10 Minutes)
Nick: The Lamb, The Badger & the Bee (Kyros)
Mason: Let The Light Flood In (Dream The Electric Sleep)
Joe: Stormbending (Devin Townsend Project)

Epic of the Year (Song Over 10 Minutes)
Nick: The Light and Shade of Things (Fates Warning)
Mason: Let The Storm Descend Upon You (Avantasia)
Joe: Knowing (Anderson/Stolt)

Disappointment of the Year
Nick: The Astonishing (Dream Theater)
Mason: The Astonishing (Dream Theater)
Joe: Act V: Hymns With the Devil in Confessional (The Dear Hunter)

Comeback Album of the Year
Nick: The Prelude Implicit (Kansas)
Mason: Creatures Watching Over The Dead (Charred Walls of the Damned)
Joe: Kodama (Alcest)

Newcomer of the Year
Nick: Vicious Circle (Edge of Reality)
Mason: Learning To Breathe (Cyborg Octopus)
Joe: Stranger Heads Prevail (Thank You Scientist)

Album Cover/Artwork of the Year
Nick: The Seasons Turn (Lee Abraham)
Mason: Codex Atlanticus (Serenity)
Joe: Kodama (Alcest)

Top 3 Shows/Tours of the Year
Nick:
3. Avantasia (New York City, NY)
2. ProgPowerUSA (Atlanta, GA)
1. Haken & Thank You Scientist (Various)

Mason:
3. Epica (House of Blues Orlando, February show)
2. Weird Al Yankovic (Lakeland Center, Lakeland, FL)
1. Avantasia (PlayStation Theater, NYC)

Joe:
3. Jesu & Sun Kil Moon (Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA)
2. Explosions in the Sky (The Fillmore, Philadelphia, PA)
1. Sigur Ros (Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA)

Top Concert Video of the Year
Nick: The Theater Equation (Ayreon)
Mason: Welcome to Atlanta Live (Seventh Wonder)

Most Anticipated Releases in 2017
Nick: Ayreon, Flying Colors, MindMaze
Mason: Ayreon, Byzantine, Enchant, Iris Divine, Jolly, MindMaze, Odin’s Court, Once Human, Pain of Salvation, Seventh Wonder
Joe: Sigur Ros, Pain of Salvation, Flying Colors, Anathema

Ep. 354 featuring Fates Warning

Fates WarningOver thirty years into the game and yet Fates Warning are continuing to show why they deserve to keep the moniker of progressive metal pioneers. Their new album is Theories of Flight, and I’ve seen more than one longtime fan of the band praise it as their best yet, topping such classics as Parallels and A Pleasant Shade of Gray. From a personal perspective I can safely say it will be a very strong contender for album of the year, and Jim Matheos will put himself in competition for the guitarist and songwriter of the year. His compositions over the last decade with a variety of projects have been nothing short of stellar, making him an icon of the last century as well as this one. If you are a prog-metal fan I  guarantee this is going to be one of the album you need to hear this year. You can buy the new album here, and keep up with Fates Warning here. You can also enjoy a video of “White Flag” below.

Levin Minnemann RudessWhile Jim may have the guitar covered, our next bit of big news features three individuals who are all masters of their various domains as well. Tony Levin has taken bass and other low-end instrument duties with an almost endless list of individuals, but his best known longtime collaboration is with Peter Gabriel. Marco Minnemann is a highly sought after drummer, and one who has added his distinct touch to most of Steven Wilson‘s solo catalog. Lastly, Jordan Rudess is the man who has been playing keyboards and any other instrument he can find or invent with Dream Theater for over 15 years.

Together those individuals make up Levin Minnemann Rudess, and on July 15th the trio is set to release From the Law Offices of Levin Minnemann Rudess. This is their second album together, and this episode features a world premier of some music from the album. Listen to the podcast for your very first chance to hear “Back to the Machine”. Then you can head on over here to pre-order the album, or watch below for a little more info from the band.


Making their debut on the program tonight was Tilt, who are composed of members from Fish‘s solo band. Their new album Hinterland is available now from their bandcamp here, and you can check out the album there before you buy it!

On the news front, we have some info on a new Flying Colors record. Here is what Mike Portnoy had to say in a recent interview with One on One.

We’re pencilled in to reconvene in December and begin writing, so that’s the plan. We’ll start writing at the end of this year, we’ll possibly have something out by 2017. We’ll see how the process goes when we get under way in December.

In other Mike Portnoy news, he has announced that he’ll be performing Dream Theater‘s 12 Step Suite for the first time in its entirety on board Cruise to the Edge 2017. You can read more about that here.

2016-07-06
Fates Warning – Seven Stars
Dream Theater – These Walls
Peter Gabriel – Shock the Monkey
Steven Wilson – Happy Returns/Ascendant Here On
Levin Minnemann Rudess – Back to the Machine (World Premier)
Flying Colors – The Storm
Anderson/Stolt – Knowledge
Fates Warning – The Light and Shade of Things
Ayreon – Trauma~
Tilt – Hinterland
Wisdom of Crowds – Radio Star
Haken – Darkest Light
Coheed and Cambria – In Keep Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
Queensryche – Eye9
Fates Warning – White Flag
Porcupine Tree – Piano Lessons
Levin Minnemann Rudess – The Blizzard
Spock’s Beard – I’m the Guy
Kyros – The Lamb, The Badger and the Bee
Beardfish – The Hunter
Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys
Airbag – Broken
3rDegree – Incoherent Ramblings
Fates Warning – The Ghosts of Home