Jim & Frank

Here’s another great under-the-radar band that rarely appeared in magazine ads. Fates Warning are getting ready to release a new album, Darkness in a Different Light, as of this writing. Back in ’95 guitarists Jim Matheos and Frank Aresti and company were promoting Inside Out, as was this D’Aquisto full-pager.

Taken from Guitar for the Practicing Musician, September 1995.


Original Fates Warning guitarist Victor Arduini has returned with a new band, Freedoms Reign. According to Arduini, the music is what you might expect. Via Blabbermouth:

Freedoms Reign is right where I want to pick up from where I left off. This music feels as great to play as it did when we recorded¬†(Fates Warning’s classic The Spectre Within). It still means something to do this, and I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of anything better.

Read more and hear samples at Blabbermouth.

Right here.

Noisecreep has issued their list of the greatest guitar duos in metal. Along with essential (if predictable) pairings like Dave Murray / Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and Glenn Tipton / K.K. Downing of Judas Priest, they include some excellent outliers like Hank Shermann / Michael Denner of Mercyful Fate:

(They) unpredictably darted in an out of King Diamond’s vocal lines, answering his strange aura and giving as much “voice” to the songs as King (which is really saying something).

And Jim Matheos / Frank Aresti of Fates Warning:

Matheos applies more traditional methods to his lead playing, always coming up with the right notes and having that signature but it was Aresti that possessed a particular fire and an ability to pluck unorthodox note patterns from the ether and make them work.

Listen to and read about several other bands without “Fate” in their names at Noisecreep.

Right here.

Have you checked out Guitar Geek? The gear-centric site features discussion boards and pertinent links, but its bread and butter is diagrams of great players’ rigs. You can check out the signal paths of, among many others, Tony MacAlpine, Mastodon’s Brent Hinds, and, most recently, Jim Matheos of Fates Warning. The illustrations are the work of Adam Cooper who is summed up here:

Cooper’s award winning GuitarGeek rig illustrations have appeared in GuitarPlayer, Total Guitar UK, Guitarist, Alternative Press, History of Marshall Amplifiers, Roland/Boss User Guides, Ibanez Steve Vai Jemini & Paul Gilbert Airplane Flanger Instruction Manuals, as well as the longest running monthly column in Guitar World Magazine‘s history: Vulgar Display of Power.

Go browse GG.

Right here.

OSI, the ongoing collaboration between Fates Warning guitarist Jim Matheos and former Dream Theater keyboardist Kevin Moore, is prepared to release its fourth album, Fire Make Thunder. According to Metal Blade:

All of the recording for Fire Make Thunder, with the exception of drums, was done by Moore and Matheos at each musician’s respective home studio with drums being recorded at (Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin) Harrison’s home in London.

Read more at Metal Blade’s site.

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