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Matt Barlow Ashes of Ares (Ex Iced Earth) Interview Talks New E.P. And Upcoming Studio Album


For The Metal Voice Kenny Kessel caught up with Ashes of Ares and former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow at his home in Delaware. Barlow talked about his new E.P. Thorn Of Iniquity and gave an update on his new up coming full length album.


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When asked about the new Ashes of Ares E.P. On the Last Metal Voice interview

"It's available on limited (300 copies) vinyl only, one of the tracks will be on the next full length record, it's sort of a single E.P. As for the others songs on the E.P. I was listening to the radio at the time and I heard Chicago's 25 Or 6 To 4 and I thought this song had such an iconic bass line and I floated the idea to Freddie to include this cover and he was totally on board with it for the E.P. Now the song 'Throne of Iniquity' you will kind of get the idea of the song when you look at the artwork, you will see a character in the artwork but I don't want to give it away. Then the guys at the record label Rock Of Angels really wanted us to do 'Dust in the wind' (Kansas), which I really love. There have been other cover versions that we heard of that song so we wanted to make it our own but we also pay homage to the original, we left some of the beauty in there but we also punched it up a couple of notches. "


When asked if the songs are completed for the next Ashes of Ares record "We are somewhere in between the demo and done, we have studio time coming up at the end of December and beginning of January 2021. We should have the record completed by the end of January and will hand off to the record company and they will decided when to release. The record release is not going to matter for us one way or another we will still promote it the best we can. I'm kind of hoping in a way for us that concept of Live Streaming concerts still stays popular that maybe a window for us to do more because of our limited ability to tour we will see how it goes."

Ashes of Ares "Throne Of Iniquity" track listing:


Side A:

1. Throne of Iniquity

Side B:

1. 25 Or 6 To 4 (CHICAGO cover)

2. Dust In The Wind (KANSAS cover)


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