Interview: Matt Barlow (ASHES OF ARES)
1. First of all I cannot say how great it is to do this interview with you and your brand-new band!!! Please introduce your new band Ashes of Ares to my readers.
Matt: THE BAND AT THIS POINT CONSISTS OF FREDDIE VIDALES, VAN WILLIAMS, AND ME. WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE OTHER GUYS SOON.
2. And second it would be great if you could please give a little track of the musicians playing in your new band. As I know some of my readers are new in the metal scene... and I am sure some of the older ones 50+ are curios to learn more about you too.
Matt: VAN IS THE FORMER DRUMMER OF NEVERMORE AND FREDDIE IS FORMERLY OF ICED EARTH, AS AM I.
3. Who got the idea to name the band Ashes Of Ares? And what does Ashes Of Ares stand for?
Matt: I KIND OF HAD THE NAME IN MIND AND SOLD THE IDEA TO THE GUYS. TO ME IT HAS A DUEL MEANING, BUT I DON`T WANT TO SPOIL SOMEONE ELSE’S INTERPRETATION. LET’S JUST KEEP THE MYSTERY FOR A WHILE.
4. Could you please describe the musical feeling inside of your band? What kind of musical delicacy could we expect?
Matt: WELL, MOST FOLKS KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT FROM ME, FROM MY WORK WITH I.E. AND PYRAMAZE. SO YOU TAKE SOME OF THAT AND MIX IT WITH VAN’S BRAND OF CADENCE AND FREDDIE’S RIFFAGE….BLAM-O….IT’S ASHES OF ARES!!! IT’S JUST STRAIGHT UP HEAVY METAL!
5. What is the progress on Ashes of Ares for example when can we expect your first album. Which secrets on the album can you already share with us?
Matt: WE ARE WORKING ON SHOPPING OURSELVES AT THIS POINT. HOPEFULLY, WE WILL HAVE A SCHEDULE FOR RELEASE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
6. I really understand that family goes first. Matt, so what made you tick to team up with another band and entering the music business again? Is there a special reason? Or do you plan to Ashes Of Ares as a non-touring band for example to make more time with the family. Your thoughts on this? I just noticed the announcement Freddie made on your Facebookpage by the way... but please leave a statement for my readers.
Matt: THE REASON WE ARE ALL DOING THIS IS FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC. WE ARE METAL GUYS AND THIS IS WHAT WE DO. ASHES OF ARES LIVE SHOWS WILL BE LIMITED, BUT THERE WILL BE LIVE SHOWS FOR FANS, FRIENDS, AND FAMILY TO COME TO AND ENJOY WITH US. WE REALLY JUST WANT TO CREATE MUSIC THAT WE ENJOY AND HAVE THAT TRANSLATE TO OUR LISTENERS.
7. Who is the main songwriter in the band? And where did you get positive vibes to write your songs? Which places inspire your writing for example?
Matt: THE THREE OF US ARE CO-CREATORS. WHEN WE CONCEIVED THIS IDEA, THAT’S HOW WE WANTED IT TO PLAY OUT. ALL FOR ONE, AND ONE FOR ALL…THAT KIND OF THING.
8. By the way do you miss your times with Iced Earth or did you already file this chapter of your career away?
Matt: THEY WERE GREAT TIMES, BUT IT WAS TIME FOR EVERYONE TO MOVE ON. THERE ARE NO ISSUES AND CERTAINLY NO REGRETS.
9. What are the next steps your fans can expect from the new all-star band? I am sure that there is a huge interest from magazines, TV, webzines etc. also record companies in working with you and signing you?
Matt: WE WILL CERTAINLY SEE. TIME WILL TELL A GREAT MANY THINGS, BUT I REALLY HOPE THAT WE MAKE MUSIC THAT OUR PEOPLE WILL BE PROUD OF.
10. And now on to a non band related question. Which kind of music do you listen to at the moment. Is there a special album you have on rotation at your CD player as we are talking? Me, I have the new Adrenaline Mob in rotation ;)
Matt: I HAVE REALLY BEEN DIVING HEAD FIRST INTO ASHES OF ARES AT THE MOMENT. OTHER MUSIC HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. I JUST DON’T LIKE TO BE INFLUENCED (CONSCIOUSLY OR SUBCONSCIOUSLY) BY OTHER PEOPLE’S STUFF. THERE’S ALREADY TOO MUCH GOING ON IN MY SKULL AS IT IS.
11. Last but not least the floor is yours. Leave a message for all your German fans and for my readers from all around the world.
Matt: MY HEAVY METAL BROTHERS AND SISTERS! IT HAS BEEN MY ABSOLUTE HONOR SHARING THIS LOVE OF MUSIC WITH YOU FOR ALL THESE YEARS. I HOPE THAT OUR COMMON FRIENDSHIP WILL CONTINUE FOR MANY MORE. ALL THE BEST, TO ALL OF YOU! CHEERS!!!
Thank you so much for taking your time for this interview. Great to learn anything about your new project. All good luck and hope to see you back in Germany sometime soon. I admire you for what you do - keep up the amazing work. Best wishes, Susi
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