Arch co-wrote the majority of the band's songs with guitarist Jim Matheos, and was the band's sole lyricist. After their third album, Awaken the Guardian, was released, Arch was asked to quit his job or leave the band. Financial obligations made it impossible for Arch to quit his job, and he argued that he had shown 100% commitment to the band throughout the years. However, the band informed him that they had to let him go and started to look for another singer. In one interview with John Arch, he said that he would have quit his job if he was asked, but the rest of the band never asked him to.
Arch kept himself out of the metal scene for seventeen years (he currently works crafting custom furniture), with the exception of an audition for upcoming progressive metal band Dream Theater and a few others. He decided to get out of music and pursue other interests. He made his return in 2003, when his EP A Twist of Fate was released. The EP includes musicians Jim Matheos, Mike Portnoy and Joey Vera, all of whom Arch worked with at some point in the past. The EP shows that Arch's vocal ability had not decreased over the years. The album contains only 2 songs, although these total nearly half an hour (one written solely by Arch, one co-written by Arch and Matheos - marking the first time the two wrote a song together since Awaken the Guardian).
His style is similar to the quasi-operatic stylings of Geoff Tate of Queensrÿche and Midnight of Crimson Glory in that all three prefer singing in a tenor range appended with a well-developed head voice, not falsetto as is often assumed to be used by these singers.
On 19 January 2011, it was announced that Arch had reunited with Jim Matheos and the rest of the members in Fates Warning (minus Ray Alder) to record a full-length for a new band, simply titled Arch/Matheos. The band's debut full-length album, Sympathetic Resonance, was released on the 9th of September.
- A Twist of Fate (2003)
With Fates Warning
With Jim Matheos (Arch/Matheos)
- Sympathetic Resonance (2011)
- "Eternal Flame - John Arch Interview". fateswarning.info. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- Biography - Metal Blade Records
- "Former And Current FATES WARNNING Members JOHN ARCH And JIM MATHEOS Join Forces In New Project". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 24 April 2012.
- "Sympathetic Resonance". metal-archives.com. Retrieved 24 April 2012.