Archive for Matt Barlow

Iced Earth post Among The Dead online

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 16th December 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

American metal band Iced Earth have posted a new song, titled Among The Dead, taken from their upcoming album Plagues Of Babylon, online. The album is due for release in early 2014 via Century Media and will feature guest appearances from Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen, Symphony X frontman Russell Allen and Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch. The song, Among The Dead, can heard below.

Iced Earth will also be touring Europe in 2014 inluding two UK dates and one Irish date, followed by North America as part of their Worldwide Plagues tour. Tour dates are as follow:

09 Jan: GER Saarbrücken Garage
10 Jan: NED Hengelo Metropol
11 Jan: BEL Antwerp Trix
12 Jan: GBR Birmingham O2 Academy
13 Jan: IRE Dublin Button Factory
14 Jan: GBR London O2 Academy Islington
15 Jan: FRA Paris Le Trabendo
17 Jan: ESP Madrid Sala Caracol
19 Jan: ESP Valencia Rock City
20 Jan: ESP Barcelona Razzmatazz 2
22 Jan: SWI Pratteln Z7
23 Jan: ITA Romagnano Rock ‘n’ Roll Arena
24 Jan: SLO Ljubljana Kino Siska
25 Jan: CRO Zagreb Pogon Jedinstvo
26 Jan: BIH Sarajevo Club Sloga
28 Jan: ROM Bucarest Juke Box
29 Jan: TUR Istanbul Kucukciftlik Park
31 Jan: GRE Athens Gagarin 205
01 Feb: GRE Thessaloniki Principal Club
02 Feb: BUL Sofia Mixtape 5
04 Feb: SER Belgrade Dom Omladine
05 Feb: HUN Budapest Club 202
07 Feb: GER Nürnberg Rockfabrik
08 Feb: TCH Zlin Masters Of Rock
09 Feb: GER München Backstage Werk
11 Feb: GER Berlin Astra
12 Feb: GER Köln Essigfabrik
13 Feb: GER Bochum Zeche
14 Feb: GER Osnabrück Rosenhof
15 Feb: GER Hamburg Markthalle
16 Feb: DEN Copenhagen Vega
18 Feb: SWE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers
19 Feb: SWE Stockholm Debaser Medis
22 Feb: ISR Tel Aviv Reading 3

04 April: Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
05 April: Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
06 April: Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
07 April: Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
09 April: Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
10 April: Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
11 April: Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
12 April: Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
14 April: Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Concert Theatre
15 April: Quebec City, QC – Imperial Theater
16 April: Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
17 April: Philadelphia, PA – The Trocadero
18 April: New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
19 April: Worcester, MA – The Palladium
21 April: West Springfield, VA – Empire
23 April: Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
24 April: Orlando, FL – House Of Blues Orlando
25 April: Fort Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
26 April: Saint Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
28 April: Houston, TX – Scout Bar
29 April: Dallas, TX – Trees
01 May: Tempe, AZ – Club Red
02 May: West Hollywood, CA – House Of Blues Sunset
03 May: San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
05 May: Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
06 May: Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07 May: Vancouver, BC – The Venue
09 May: Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
10 May: Calgary, AB – Republik
11 May: Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
12 May: Winnipeg, MB – Park Theatre
14 May: Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall
15 May: Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
16 May: Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom

Iced Earth online:

http://icedearth.com
http://facebook.om/OfficialIcedEarth

Ashes Of Ares-Matt Barlow talks cops, band on tour with Powerwolf

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on 4th September 2013 by Pieni

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After departing Iced Earth and Nevermore, Matt Barlow, Van Williams and Freddie Vidales joined forces – meaning experiences, personal influences, ideas and visions – and founded Ashes Of Ares. Through Nuclear Blast, they’ll release their debut self-titled album on September 9th and it will be available as a limited CD in digipak (with a bonus track) as well as in two different 2 LP versions. You can get the physical editions here and/or the digital one (booklet included) here.

The tracklist is as follows:
01. The Messenger
02. Move the Chains
03. On Warrior’s Wings
04. Punishment
05. This is my Hell
06. Dead Man’s Plight
07. Chalice of Man
08. The Answer
09. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
Bonus track on Ltd Ed version:
11. The Answer (acoustic version)

As the release date comes near, the label talked with frontman Barlow about his day job as a cop and his top-3 cop movies. Such talk can be viewed on Nuclear Blast‘s official YouTube channel:

Other videos of Ashes Of Ares:
Trailer part 1: http://youtu.be/MOFcbfBg_30
Trailer part 2: http://youtu.be/9N_A1Y7VDxk
Trailer part 3: http://youtu.be/X6Iecq5Tw1g
Trailer part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xh8AegQZauQ&feature=youtu.be
Track-By-Track, Pt. 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x30pcynae2Y

Lyric video for ‘Dead Man’s Plight’http://bit.ly/156LdEp

The band will be promoting their album in Europe while touring with Powerwolf, Majesty and Battle Beast on the following dates/locations:

26.09.2013 FR Paris Divan Du Monde
27.09.2013 UK London Underworld
28.09.2013 DE Osnabrück Rosenhof
29.09.2013 NL Nijmegen Doornrosje
01.10.2013 DE Langen NeueStadthalle
02.10.2013 CH Pratteln Z7
03.10.2013 DE Lindau Vaudeville
04.10.2013 DE München Backstage
05.10.2013 DE Stuttgart LKA

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facebook.com/AshesOfAres 
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Ashes Of Ares unveil track by track of upcoming album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on 16th August 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

The newly formed American trio Ashes Of Ares, which features former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow and former Nevermore drummer Van Williams, plus Freddie Vidales, also formerly of Iced Earth, have released via YouTube the track by track for their upcoming album. You can hear snippets of each track down below, as well as listen to Matt explain how the album came about.

The self-titled album is due out 9th September via Nuclear Blast.

Ashes Of Ares online:

http://ASHESOFARES.com
http://facebook.com/ASHESOFARES
http://twitter.com/ASHESOFARES

 

Ashes Of Ares release lyric video for Dead Man’s Plight

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on 9th July 2013 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Today, Ashes Of Ares, the newly founded metal trio composed of former Iced Earth and former Nevermore members, released the lyric video for Dead Man’s Plight which is taken from their upcoming debut self-titled album. The video can be viewed below.

Ashes Of Ares will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on September 6 as a limited CD in Digipak inc a bonus track as well as in two different 2LP versions. The tracklist reads as follows:

01. The Messenger
02. Move the Chains
03. On Warrior’s Wings
04. Punishment
05. This is my Hell
06. Dead Man’s Plight
07. Chalice of Man
08. The Answer
09. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King

Bonus track
11. The Answer (acoustic version)

Ashes Of Ares online:

http://www.facebook.com/AshesOfAres
http://twitter.com/AshesOfAres
http://www.youtube.com/user/ashesofaresofficial

Iced Earth – Dystopia [2011]

Posted in CD, Metal with tags , , , , , , , on 15th October 2011 by Nico Solheim-Davidson

Band: Iced Earth
Album: Dystopia
Release year: 2011
Genre: Power Metal

Iced Earth are perhaps one of the most well known and well regarded American power metal acts, having toured both the US and Europe. Dystopia is the first album to feature new vocalist Stu Block [Into Eternity], following the departure of Matt Barlow.

The first track of the album is none other than the title track “Dystopia”, beginning with a mighty guitar riff combined with drums. The joining of a second guitar adds more power to the music of the song. The first wail of the song that is heard sounds likes a poor attempt at imitating Gaahl. The tempo increases, adding a thrash element to the music. The vocals aren’t what they’re expected to be – Stu is clearly trying to imitate his predecessors. Though he sounds similar to Barlow in some parts, his attempt to perform similar high pitch vocals to The Ripper do spoil the track for the listener. Already, the album is at an okay start.

“Anthem” has a mesmerising soft introduction that only gets better with the slow, thundering sound of the bass mixed with the tapping of cymbals. The soon turns heavy with a partially melodic twist. The bass stays powerful and thunderous throughout the song working well with the drums – Which is no surprise for an Iced Earth track. The guitar solo adds some new life to the album as well, helping the listener forget about the vocals for a short while. The gang vocals towards the end, with all due respect to the new vocalist, are much better. “Boiling Point” storms its way next like a furious thrash metal anthem. The riffs are violent and angry whilst carrying a certain touch of classic metal. The use of church bells at the beginning adds a very dramatic tension to the music. The use of constant double bass pedals gets tiring after a while as they can be heard from beginning to end. The vocals don’t really add anything special to the song either.

The acoustic beginning of “Anguish Of Youth” takes the listener by surprising and the vocals sound so much different and more distinct. Even when the song takes that heavy twist the vocals don’t change their sound – Its good to hear Block using his own vocal style. The contrasting acoustic and heavy sections are truly brilliant, as is the solo. Following straight after is “V”. The introduction is monstrous – in the good sense – and has a very traditional metal feel to it. The vocals are a let down as they are back to sounding like Barlow. The melodic sections and solo are typically Iced Earth sounding, which will no doubt be a bonus for the more hardcore fans of the band.

“Dark City” is another song to have a soft introduction. The high pitched vocals sound almost like The Ripper – To as whether this is a good thing or bad thing will be left for the fans to decide. The riffs pack a truly powerful punch. The guitar solo has a very old school sort of sound to it, like a Black Sabbath meets Judas Priest meets Saxon kinda sound. The melodic-like riff towards the end teases the listener’s ears with excitement – It’s a shame it comes to a sudden end. The start of “Equilibrium” seems a tad like a slowed down Judas Priest track til the tempo increases. For the most part, the song is as bland as a cucumber sandwich. The solo is the one of two exciting parts of the song – The second exciting part of the song being the vocals after the solo.

The beasty intro of “Days Of Rage” tears its way next as the album draws closer to the end. The vocals are rage-fuelled and raw while the guitars just scream with angst and energy. The one and only flaw to “Days Of Rage” is its short lived length. “End Of Innocence” is the second track on the album to start with an acoustic section. The vocals are lacking the Barlow-Ripper-esque sound though they do become more rough sounding when the heavier sections of the song kick in. The album finishes with “Tragedy and Triumph” which sounds similar to the title track at the beginning. The song feels heavier when the tempo gets turned up by a few notches. Everything during in this song seems to gel well together drums. This one would definitely be the perfect song for driving down the motorway at 70MPH.

For most of the album, the vocals are off-putting due to their similar sound to Barlow and The Ripper though towards the end of the album they work well with the music. Block’s use of his own vocal sound helps improve the album and most of the songs are well composed and have the typical Iced Earth sound. However, there probably will be some division between the fans over this album – Something that generally happens with a new vocalist.

3.5/5

Nico Davidson