RAY ALDER uses the Fates Warning break for his first real solo album

29. October 2019

RAY ALDER nutzt die Fates-Warning-Pause für sein erstes echtes Soloalbum

"Vamos!" calls Ray Alder. 22 degrees, a lukewarm evening in Madrid, ideal for a round with his dog Sam - telephone interview back or forth. "Sorry", apologizes Alder. "I hope that's okay!" It is. The promotion for his solo album "What The Water Wants" is done by the 52-year-old, whom the progmetal fans know as the singer of Fates Warning. Because time is something the Spaniard by choice does not have much of at his disposal at the moment. Completing the album took longer than expected.

After eight years Fates Warning co-founders JOHN ARCH and JIM MATHEOS release their second album

30. April 2019

Nach acht Jahren veröffentlichen die Fates-Warning-Mitgründer JOHN ARCH und JIM MATHEOS ihr zweites Album

The lives of Jim Matheos and John Arch have developed very differently over the past three and a half decades. While Matheos has been touring the world and releasing albums since the mid-1980s as guitarist for the prog metal band Fates Warning, the singer Arch still works full-time as a carpenter. Both are connected by their time with Fates Warning between 1982 and 1986, which they also celebrated live in 2016 on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the album "Awaken The Guardian". In addition, Arch himself has been active as a musician again since 2003. In 2011 the first album of their project Arch/Matheos was released. We talked to the singer about the successor "Winter Ethereal", his new way of singing and his life as a part-time musician.

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28. April 2017

FATES WARNING have brought "Awaken The Guardian" on stage

Last year Fates Warning celebrated the 30th birthday of their masterpiece "Awaken The Guardian". To pay tribute to this progmetal milestone, guitarist Jim Matheos reactivated the original line-up for two festival shows in Germany and the USA. The recordings of both performances are now available as "Awaken The Guardian Live". We grabbed singer John Arch to chat about the shows. "The preparations took over a year," explains the 57-year-old, who lives just under two and a half hours by car northeast of New York.

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08. July 2016

"Sometimes the circle closes," singer Ray Alder muses (in an interview that we were able to conduct in addition to the conversation with guitarist Jim Matheos printed earlier in this issue) in view of possible musical parallels between "Theories Of Flight" and the Fates albums of the early nineties. Of course this will hardly have been a conscious decision by songwriter Jim Matheos, but one can attest to the band that the positive trend of "Darkness In A Different Light" (2013) continues on "Theories Of Flight".

FATES WARNING "I'll keep the answers to myself."

22. June 2016

FATES WARNING "I'll keep the answers to myself."

Just a few days ago Jim Matheos returned home from Germany to the USA. The "Awaken The Guardian" anniversary show with ex-Fates warning singer John Arch at the "Keep It True" festival was a triumphal procession. Now it's time for the promotion tour of the new album. In conversation, the descendant of Greek immigrants proves once again that he belongs to the introverted representatives of his guild, yet this time the guitarist also reveals unusual facets of his personality.

eclipsed: Jim, first let's share your impressions of the Keep It True gig.

Jim Matheos: That was a real ox tour for us. We flew out here in the USA on Wednesday evening and arrived in Germany on Thursday afternoon, rehearsed one day, played the show on Saturday and went home again on Sunday. That was pretty exhausted, but the incredibly emotional reactions of the fans were worth it. I could enjoy the show and didn't have to think too much.

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