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Ashes Of Ares Documentary Clip Posted Online

U.S. metal act Ashes of Ares - featuring vocalist Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales, and drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) - has revealed a new documentation video, filmed during the band's first show in Paris on tour with Powerwolf and Battle Beast.

Check out the 11-minute clip below, or you can also watch the band's previously posted music video for "This Is My Hell" at this location.

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Ashes Of Ares Checks In From Tour

Ashes of Ares - the band featuring Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales - is now out on the road supporting the band's debut self-titled album (reviewed here).

The band has now checked in with a tour video update from the white cliffs of Dover, which can be viewed below. You can also watch the recent Ashes of Ares music video for "This is My Hell" at this location.

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Ashes Of Ares Posts "This Is My Hell" Music Video

Ashes Of Ares, featuring Ex-Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales and Nevermore drummer Van Williams, posted a new music video for the track "This Is My Hell." The song appears on the band's new self-titled debut release, which is out now through Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out the video here:

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ProgPower USA XIV: A Friday To Remember

Internationally respected, domestically loved, and locally interesting (“Look at all these black-shirted people walking into this Einstein Bagel Co!”), the ProgPower USA festival returned to its frequent home at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend for its fourteenth year of bringing quality metal to the stateside masses.

Through the hallowed gates (err… glass and metal doors) of the venue, almost anything was possible on the days of September 5-7. To some, it was an ocean of opportunity or a place to be reborn in metal. To others, a place to spend endless nights with the masters of the world themselves. To most of the 1,000+ attendees, it was where they went to reach within, feel alive, and leave with a sense of pride -- nobody was wondering “Why am I here?,” even if it was only the 1st chapter of their ProgPower story. (For this writer, the festival was also a chance to write 9 song/album titles from the bands that would be performing at the show into this second paragraph about the show. Because it sounded really cool.)

As previously detailed, the festival brought 5 bands to the states for the first time and 16 in total throughout the three days, with an extra 2 added to that in a separate Wednesday show. When I had arrived on Friday, the ProgPower elite who had come both days prior to it were feeling quite at ease and even had a sort of comfortable glow about them. I later learned that this was due in part to warm hangovers, but mostly due the awesomeness of the concerts on the days leading up to Friday, which were written about in part by Metal Underground admin CROMCarl. This, however, is the record of my time at this year's crazy heavy wonderland. More...

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Powerwolf Hitting The Road

After releasing new album "Preachers of the Night" (reviewed here), Powerwolf will hit the road again at the end of September with Majesty and Battle Beast. Dates are as follows:

w/Ashes of Ares*
w/Wisdom**

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, Neue Stadthalle *
02.10.2013 CH – Pratteln, Z7 *
03.10.2013 DE – Lindau, Vaudeville *
04.10.2013 DE – München, Backstage *
05.10.2013 DE – Stuttgart, LKA *
19.10.2013 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
24.10.2013 DE – Köln, Essigfabrik **
25.10.2013 DE – Hamburg, Markthalle **
26.10.2013 DE – Speyer, Halle 101 **
27.10.2013 DE – Hannover, Faust **
29.10.2013 CZ – Prag, Nova Chelmnice **
30.10.2013 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser **
31.10.2013 DE – Geiselwind, Music Hall **
01.11.2013 BE – Vosselaar, Biebob **
02.11.2013 DE – Essen, Weststadthalle ** More...

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Ashes Of Ares Streaming Full New Album

Ashes of Ares, in conjunction with Terrorizer.com, is now streaming the band's entire self-titled album online. Give the album a listen in the player below. The band also comments:

"Nuclear Blast has released the album, via streaming audio, in anticipation for the European record release and the Ashes of Ares live performance at ProgPower USA this Friday. We hope that you enjoy listening, and encourage everyone to pre-order or buy the album when it is released in your region.

"As always, we thank you for your support. Without you guys picking up our records and spreading the word, we would not be able to do this stuff. Looking forward to seeing you guys at ProgPower. Cheers!"

"Ashes of Ares" is due out September 17th in North America. The band features former Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales, along with former Nevermore member Van Williams. More...

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Ashes Of Ares Posts Behind The Scenes Footage

Ashes of Ares, the band formed by ex-Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow, posted behind the scenes footage for the upcoming music video for the new track "This Is My Hell." The song appears on the upcoming debut self-titled album, which is due for release on September 6th, which is the same day the band will perform at ProgPower USA XIV in Atlanta, Georgia.

The track list for "Ashes of Ares" is:

1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
4. Punishment
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track)

Check out the footage here: More...

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Ashes Of Ares Posts Second Track-By-Track Clip

Ashes of Ares is the new formation of Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) and Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth).

On September 6th, Nuclear Blast releases the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris.

Today Ashes of Ares proudly presents the second part of a track-by-track trailer, including a preview of five new tracks plus comments from Matt Barlow. Check it out below. The new album's track listing 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
11. The Answer (acoustic version) More...

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ProgPower USA XIV: At A Glance

In its 14th year for 2013, the ProgPower USA Festival is one of the longest-running US festivals, and the longest-running US multi-day festival to feature bands from outside the US.

This year, it has the special distinction of being the US debut show for five bands. Totaling more than a hundred and twenty band performances in its time, it has developed a reputation as a tastemakers’ festival, heightening awareness within the US of foreign bands.

It can be a daunting festival, price- and endurance-wise, but it’s one that should be considered if the genres it derives its name from at all turn your head. Here’s what you can expect from this year’s celebration of the fast and the nerdy down at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, starting on September 4th. More...

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Ashes Of Ares Posts Track-By-Track Preview, Pt. I

Ashes of Ares, featuring Ex-Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales, posted the first part in a series of track-by-track videos for the upcoming self-titled debut album, which drops on September 6th via Nuclear Blast Records. The video features Matt Barlow discussing five new tracks.

"Ashes Of Ares" will be released as a limited CD in digipak including a bonus track, as well as, two different 2 LP versions. The track list is as follows:

1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
4. Punishment
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (Acoustic Version) (Bonus Track)

Check out part one here: More...

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Ashes Of Ares Shooting Music Video

Ashes of Ares - which features Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) and Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth) - is currently filming a music video for a track off the band's upcoming self-titled album. A series of photos from the shoot can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.

The self-titled album is due out September 6th (September 17th in the US). The track listing is as follows:

1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
4. Punishment
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight (check it out right here)
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
Bonus Track
11. The Answer (acoustic version) More...

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Ashes Of Ares Posts Album Trailer

Ashes of Ares is the new formation of Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) and Freddie Vidales (ex-Iced Earth).

On September 6th (September 17th in the U.S.), Nuclear Blast releases the band's self-titled debut album, which was produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris (Death, Iced Earth, Control Deniedd).

Today Ashes of Ares proudly presents a new album trailer - check it out below. "Ashes Of Ares" will be released as a limited CD in Digipak including a bonus track as well as in two different 2LP versions. The track listing 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
11. The Answer (acoustic version) More...

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ReinXeed Cancels ProgPower USA Performance

Swedish metal act ReinXeed has cancelled its first U.S. performance, which was scheduled for Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the ProgPower USA Festival in Atlanta, GA. Festival promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Chicago progressive metal act Divinity Compromised will fill the 2-3pm opening spot for that day.

The band provided the following explanation: "We are very sorry to announce our cancellation of ProgPower USA and all other shows and festivals in 2013. Due to personal private reasons Tommy ReinXeed will not do any more live shows after the "Rock out Wild" festival and for the rest of the year.

"We are all very sorry about this but respect his decision and are looking forward to the upcoming release of the album 'A New World' and new strength and motivation to tour in the future."

The revised lineup for ProgPower USA is as follows:

Thursday, September 5, 2013 (Kickoff Show):

In The Silence - 6:00 to 6:45
Circle II Circle - 7:15 to 8:45
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody - 9:30 to 11:45 More...

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Ashes Of Ares Posts New Lyric Video

Today, newly founded heavy metal trio Ashes of Ares proudly presents the first song from a forthcoming debut self-titled album. Check out "Dead Man’s Plight" in the player below.

"Ashes Of Ares" will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on September 6th (Europe) and September 17th (North America) as a limited CD in digipak format including a bonus track as well as in two different 2LP versions. The track listing reads as follows:

1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
4. Punishment
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
Bonus Track
11. The Answer (acoustic version)

Ashes of Ares is:

Matt Barlow (ex ICED EARTH) – vocals
Freddie Vidales (ex ICED EARTH) – guitar & bass
Van Williams (ex NEVERMORE) – drums More...

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Ashes Of Ares Details Debut Album

Ashes Of Ares, featuring Ex-Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow and bassist Freddie Vidales, have unveiled the track list and album artwork for the upcoming self-titled debut, which is due out on September 6th via Nuclear Blast Records. The album drops the very day the band will perform at ProgPower USA. It will be available in the following formats: Limited digipak (with bonus track) and two different 2-LP vinyl versions.

The debut was recorded at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida with legendary producer Jim Morris. The track listing is:

1. The Messenger
2. Move the Chains
3. On Warrior's Wings
4. Punishment
5. This is my Hell
6. Dead Man's Plight
7. Chalice of Man
8. The Answer
9. What I Am
10. The One-Eyed King
11. The Answer (acoustic version; bonus track) More...

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Ashes Of Ares Posts Debut Album Teasers

Ashes Of Ares, the band fronted by former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow, posted up a series of teasers on the band's debut LP, scheduled for a late summer release via Nuclear Blast. The band will perform at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 6, 2013.

The latest video features bassist Freddie Vidales (Ex-Iced Earth) discussing the process of the album. Check out the reports (in descending order) here:

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Ashes Of Ares Signs To Nuclear Blast

Ashes of Ares, the band featuring former Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales along with Ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams, have signed with Nuclear Blast for the band's upcoming, yet untitled, debut release. The album is targeted for a late summer release through the label, just in time for the band's performance at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, Georgia on Friday, September 6, 2013.

The band commented: “We are proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast records! We're really looking forward to working with them in bringing our music to the world. It's great to be added to the ranks of the already impressive roster of bands that Nuclear Blast represents. We will be entering the studio at the beginning of April under the masterful watch of producer Jim Morris of 'Morrisound Recording.' We and Nuclear Blast are aiming for a release date late in the summer of 2013. This will be followed by a European tour with Powerwolf. It's a new beginning for Ashes of Ares, and we couldn't ask for a better label than Nuclear Blast to go into battle with. Attack!”

Nuclear Blast A&R Jaap Wagemaker added: “After we received their first demo we were totally blown away by the power of their music! We are all huge fans of classic Nevermore and classic Iced Earth and we knew that just like us their fans are waiting eagerly to hear this! Their new band is named after the Greek god of war and together we will go forward into to battle conquering the hearts of metal fans worldwide! At the moment the band is hard at work forging their debut album which will see the light in the late summer this year. If you can’t wait that long, make sure not to miss them at the legendary 'Rock Hard Festival' this year. Ashes Of Ares: welcome to the Nuclear family!” More...

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Ashes Of Ares Cancels Upcoming Show

Matt Barlow of newly formed supergroup Ashes of Ares has issued the following announcement about the band canceling an upcoming live show:

"Brothers and Sisters...it is with deep regret that I must announce Ashes of Ares will not be performing at Rock Harvest this Saturday.

"I have been dealing with illness for the past week and it has not let up. I apologize to anyone who has planned to come to the show to see us, but I don't think that it would do anybody justice to have me croaking through our set.

"I hope that you guys can forgive me for this decision, but I promise to make it up to all of you soon. Thank you for your understanding."

Ashes of Ares is also confirmed to play at the upcoming 2013 edition of the Prog Power USA festival next September.

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Supergroup Ashes Of Ares Announces New Shows

Ashes of Ares is a band which represents the culmination of experiences, trials, and tribulations of founding members Matt Barlow, Van Williams, and Freddie Vidales. Within months of their departures from the iconic metal bands Iced Earth and Nevermore, the trio came together with a renewed drive to create a sound which is a true collaboration of their personal influences, ideas and visions.

Matt Barlow has now checked in with the following updates about the band playing live shows:

"Here is your first chance to see us perform live: Saturday November 10th - Towson, Maryland. We'll be supporting a great cause. We hope to see you there!

"We are very happy to announce that Ashes of Ares is confirmed for the 2013 ProgPower USA show for next September. Make sure you clear your calender! We will be joining a fantastic line up of METAL acts, and are preparing to have a blast. Cheers!"

A teaser trailer featuring some of the band's material, created for the Prog Power 2013 festival, can also be found at this location. More...

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ProgPower USA Reveals 2013 Festival Lineup

Just following Epica's performance on the first day of ProgPower USA XIII, festival promoter Glenn Harveston revealed the lineup for ProgPower XIV, held annually at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia. For 2013, Saturday's event will be held on Friday, September 6-7, 2013 and will have one less band, but Saturday there will be a triple co-headliner. The roster was revealed as the following:

Friday, Sept. 6, 2012:

Damnation Angels
Myrath
Xandria
Wolverine
Ashes of Ares
Soilwork (co-headliner)
Shadow Gallery (co-headliner)

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2012:

ReinXeed
Heaven's Cry
Wolf
Circus Maximus (co-headliner)
Armored Saint (co-headliner)
Sabaton (co-headliner) More...

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