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|5.0 classic||PJIII | September 16th 11|
I haven’t been this enchanted by an album for a long time. A must have for any fan of well thought out music and lyrics. A true classic!
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|4.2 excellent||Trey STAFF | January 23rd 20|
Fates Warningâ€™s 1986 release, Awaken The Guardian, is a classic of the progressive metal genre and that is due in no small part to Jim Matheos and John Arch. So, when news first broke that they were collaborating again and that their backing band consisted entirely of current and ex-Fates Warning members, I was definitely excited. I assumed it would probably sound like a hybird of modern Fates Warning with homages to Guardian and maybe even The Spectre Within. It turned out though, that Sympathetic Resonance didnâ€™t sound like an unofficial Fates Warning release, Awaken the Guardian Part II, or even a hybrid of those two things. Instead, it was a dark, guitar-driven modern collection of powerful progressive metal, featuring an excellent rhythm section, and the triumphant return of John Archâ€™s unique vocal acrobatics. It was an album that even dabbled in the chaotic sound of modern prog while still retaining the melody and class Jim Matheosâ€™ work is known for.
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|5.0 classic||HorrorBusiness78 | September 17th 11|
This was my most anticipated album of 2011, and it certainly lived up to (if not exceeded) my expectations. John Arch once again proves he is a vocal and lyrical genius, and Jim Matheos' excellent guitar work and songwriting provide six songs without any weaknesses whatsoever. A landmark release for Progressive Metal and music in general.
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|4.5 superb||AsoTamaki | September 14th 11|
Two past collaborators have reunited 25 years after their last full-length recording to spin "progressive metal" on its head. Each musician involved gives standout performances while keeping grounded within the song and never straying into the virtuosic territory occupied by many peers. Brilliantly complex melodies weaved into Matheos' alternately crushing and beautiful guitar-driven music are the focus. Arch's imaginative yet introspective lyrics also paint a vivid reality that enhances the experience created by the sonic landscape. Sympathetic Resonance is a genre-defining album which will surely be pointed to as a landmark for years to come.
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|2.5 average||GamamJ | August 1st 20|
Just about over average modern prog, not enough to be considered good. Arch and Jarzombek in particular give performances helping this album to be quite clearly above average. Other than that, the riffing sounds incredibly generic, and the song steuctures are not very special either.
|3.5 great||tom6 | February 26th 12|
Great instrumentation, particularly the drumming - Jarzombek is nothing short of a god. But the arrangements wander without much focus, and John Arch's sprawling vocal melodies fail to provide a connecting thread. The highlight here ends up being the second shortest and most conventionally-structured song, the addictive "Midnight Serenade". And while Arch is obviously a skilled vocalist, had I been born with his voice, I would've just accepted that the gods didn't mean for me to sing.
|4.5 superb||lifter | February 9th 12|
Jarzombek's drumming kicks the shit out of Mangini on the new Dream Theater album. The songs, except the fifth one which falls into some of the more unsavory cliches of the genre, are killer. Half-point off for solos that don't seem like they organically fit into the songs. A revelatory album. Fans of progressive metal absolutely need to hear this.
|4.0 excellent||Ronin72 | September 18th 11|
Great album Matheos's writing is the best I've heard since late 80's. John Arch's voice sounds even better than it used to. Definitely my fav album by fates warning members since parallels
|4.0 excellent||Source | June 29th 20|
|4.0 excellent||solrage | December 25th 19|
|4.0 excellent||Gbhill | June 6th 19|
|4.5 superb||SuzyC | May 11th 19|
|3.5 great||Fenix | December 12th 16|
|5.0 classic||Titan | October 11th 14|
|4.0 excellent||ariich | October 3rd 14|
|4.0 excellent||VVild18 | July 31st 14|
|1.5 very poor||FWX | February 2nd 14|
|4.0 excellent||OmairSh | August 18th 13|
|4.5 superb||kual21 | April 3rd 13|
|5.0 classic||tz2002 | January 12th 13|
|3.5 great||cjo | September 3rd 12|
|4.0 excellent||jybt | July 1st 12|
|3.5 great||zyklzy | April 27th 12|
|5.0 classic||Lalka | April 5th 12|
|3.5 great||greg84 EMERITUS | February 9th 12|
|2.5 average||Siamois | January 17th 12|
|5.0 classic||leycec | January 15th 12|
|4.5 superb||Jruined | November 15th 11|
|4.0 excellent||brtmont | October 21st 11|
|4.0 excellent||blabony | October 7th 11|
|4.0 excellent||32left | October 6th 11|
|4.5 superb||pride | October 3rd 11|
|5.0 classic||CATDlCK | October 2nd 11|
|4.0 excellent||endtyme | September 30th 11|
|3.5 great||Dimor | September 27th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Hunter25 | September 22nd 11|
|4.5 superb||W477ZY | September 20th 11|
|2.5 average||alsid | September 19th 11|
|4.0 excellent||Voivod STAFF | September 19th 11|
|3.0 good||Muikuli | September 17th 11|
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