Sep 03

Ashes Of Ares – Ashes Of Ares (2013)


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Forged from the fires of their previous musical adventures, and their passion for music and heavy metal. Matt Barlow (ex- Iced Earth), Freddy Vidales (ex-Iced Earth), and Val Williams (ex-Nevermore) decided to join forces and form Ashes Of Ares.

Their self titled début album is a rendition of pure heavy metal greatness, not technical stuff, not experimentation, not room for “let’s try this or that” this album is fast, heavy, and powerful. Songs like The Messenger, Move The Chains, and Punishment are a clear example of that. The voice of Matt Barlow on this songs will give you the chills, as he sings with passion and an uncontrollable vocal power. This Is My Hell, On Warrior’s Wings, and The Answer are songs that showcase the talent of Freddy Vidales not only on electric, but on acoustic guitar as well. These songs give the album a balance that goes from melodic to heavy on the blink of an eye.

Ashes Of Ares is not a continuation of the work that their members did in their past endeavors. Ashes Of Ares is an honest approach to metal done from the heart and based on the most classic precepts of this genre. you can notice the thrash metal influence mixed with progressive metal on songs like Chalice Of Man and What I am, or the Judas Priest influence on Dead Man’s Plight. They combined their talents and individual styles and developed a powerful metal force.

As Matt Barlow said last time we spoke with him: ‘This record really did came from the heart, and it was done out of love of the music‘. So if you are looking for a powerful record that has those elements of classic metal done by talented and well-known musicians, then pick a copy of Ashes Of Ares when it comes out this September 9th on Nuclear Blast records. Because is it for sure this album will made our top 20 albums of the year, and if you are lucky enough catch Ashes Of Ares live at:

2013-09-06     Atlanta, GA (PROGPOWER USA XlV)       USA

2013-09-20     Georgetown, DE (16 Mile Brewery)        USA

2013-09-26     Paris (Divan du Monde)                        FR

2013-09-27     London (Underworld)                           GB

2013-09-28     Osnabrück (Rosenhof)                          DE

2013-09-29     Nijmegen (Doornrosje)                         NL

2013-10-01     Langen (Neue Stadthalle)                     DE

2013-10-02     Pratteln (Z7)                                      CH

2013-10-03     Lindau (Vaudeville)                             DE

2013-10-04     München (Backstage)                          DE

2013-10-05     Stuttgart (LKA)                                   DE

2013-11-17     Maryland (ROCK HARVEST ll)                USA



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

Genre: Heavy Metal

Record Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Playing Time: 46 Minutes

Line Up:

Matthew Barlow-Vocals
Freddie Vidales-Guitar
Van Williams-Drums


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