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ProgPower USA XVI, Part 1: Mid-Week Mayhem

Sunday....September 20, 2015....the alarm blared at 4:45pm. I guess I forgot to change it from the normal weekday. I sit up - still reeling from the post-ProgPower USA plague, a disease that seems to permeate from the long hours and constant human communication/contact over a four day annual ritual - or rite of passage for the newbie virgins. I reach for another cough drop and open unlock my phone to reveal this morning’s round of Facebook notifications.

Oh...a tag on a video from Dragonland’s second set at ProgPower USA...yes, I said “second.” Why a tag? Well, as it turned out, yours truly was afforded the incredible honor of joining the band on stage for “The Black Mare.” As I sit and contemplate just how that weekend transpired - all the changes, the problems Glenn and Jen Harveston and all involved had to endure in keeping a solidified lineup in the face of the dreaded USCIS - there really is a magic that happens in Atlanta. No matter how it turns out...it never ceases to raise the bar each and every year. More...

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Persefone Dropped From ProgPower USA

ProgPower USA promoter Glenn Harveston announced that Andorra's Persefone is the latest band to be cancelled from the 2015 roster, in part due to visa issues. The USCIS has reared its ugly head causing the most issues since 2009 for the annual festival.

Harveston explains: "Unfortunately, this situation is not a simple as the Morgana Lefay cancellation, although the visa process is once again at the root of things. It is no secret now the USCIS center in Vermont is running 4-6 weeks behind their normal schedule assuming there is no RFE (request for evidence). We technically still have three weeks we can wait to receive these visas and then schedule the mandatory interviews. However, Persefone booked a European tour in June with the assumption they would have completed the interviews prior to kicking off their tour. They cannot complete any interviews while on tour. I requested they wait until after the tour and then complete the interviews as there was still possibly time. I was informed the day job of one of the band members prevents him from traveling to Madrid during that time frame, especially with no specific date to schedule currently. Thus, I am left with no choice but to cancel the band now.

"I know these types of explanations are frustrating to you, the fans. There is simply nothing that can be done. In the immortal words of the great American poet, Jimmy Buffett, 'Breathe in..Breathe Out..Move On.' Please know that there is no animosity between the band and myself. I truly understand and empathize with their situation. I wish the band nothing but the best and will continue to support them in the future."

Within hours of the announcement, Canada's Unleash the Archers was added to the bill. The latest roster list is as follows: More...

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Jeff Scott Soto To Replace Morgana Lefay At PPUSA

Legendary hard rock/metal vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Talisman, T.S.O., ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) has been confirmed for the sold-out ProgPower USA festival this year in Atlanta, Georgia, replacing Sweden's Morgan Lefay, who became the latest victim of the USICS Visa System. In a special performance, Jeff will celebrate his entire 30 year career at the festival performing songs from many of his bands along the way, including Talisman, Yngwie Malmsteen, Axel Pell Rudi, W.E.T., Rock Star, as well as his solo releases.

Jeff stated: "Having known about the ProgPower USA fest for years, I'm proud to be invited to present the ONLY US show this year with my 30th anniversary show! Me and the boys couldn't be more excited to rock Atlanta!"

Promoter Glenn Harveston added: "I’m honestly still in awe Jeff has graciously stepped up to the plate to help us out at the last minute. I can say I have never had such an amazing and quick conversation with an artist when it comes to booking a band. That is not only a sign of a true professional, but someone wanting to perform for our festival audience. Nothing fires up this crowd more than knowing a legendary name like Jeff Scott Soto actually wants to be in Atlanta. I'd also like to thank Sun Hill Management for the great response time."

Jeff Scott Soto recently took part in the sold out T.S.O./Savatage two stage spectacle at Wacken this past weekend. His latest solo release "Inside the Vertigo," under the monikor Soto, was released by earMusic back in January. More...

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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

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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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