Ashes of Ares
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Ashes of Ares Interviews and Features
Below are our features and interviews with Ashes of Ares.
During their set at ProgPower USA XIV on Friday, September 6th, vocalist Matt Barlow and guitarist/vocalist Freddie Vidales of Ashes of Ares made it clear why they were chosen for the festival over a year ago. Between songs, Barlow noted that being selected for the ProgPower lineup at such an early stage was such a reassuring moment to them. In an interview before the show, he had informed me that festival organizer Glenn Harveston tapped them based on only faith and a phone call, relying on his faithful gut instinct that they would deliver, despite the fact that the band had only four songs written at the time.
As confirmed by the crowd a year later, Glenn’s gut proved to be right once again. Another true believer, official Ashes of Ares sponsor and ProgPower devotee Stephanie Rosenblatt described to me the feeling of supporting a band whose album wasn’t even out yet. She noted that “being a sponsor is such an amazing experience,” and one that had paid off with the fiercely lit-up figures of Barlow and Vidales dominating the front of the stage, with the front pit area all to herself as a privilege of the sponsorship.
Prior to the show, the two guys were sitting comfortably in a backstage area with me, trading jokes and telling me about the recording of their debut. Their extremely laid-back demeanor belied years of concert experience and musical skill. Through bouts of hysterical laughter, they dished on topics such as Wacken, surprising themselves, writing and recording their debut, and crowd dynamics. I quickly saw why Glenn wasn’t worried, why sponsors were eager to assist them, and why my internal compass guided me toward the Nuclear Blast booth to pick up their album upon entering the venue that day. More...