The self-titled debut album from ASHES OF ARES, the band featuring Matt Barlow (ex-ICED EARTH), Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE) and Freddie Vidales (ex-ICED EARTH), can be streamed in its entirety using the SoundCloud widget below (courtesy of Terrorizer magazine). Due on September 6 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded in part at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida with legendary producer Jim Morris (ICED EARTH, OBITUARY, JON OLIVA’S PAIN, JAG PANZER). It will be made available as a limited CD in a digipak, including a bonus track, as well as in two different 2LP versions.
“Ashes Of Ares” track listing:
01. The Messenger
02. Move The Chains
03. On Warrior’s Wings
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
11. The Answer (acoustic version; bonus track)
ASHES OF ARES recently filmed a video for the song “This Is My Hell” with director David Brodsky (MUNICIPAL WASTE, WHITECHAPEL, KYLESA, REVOCATION). The clip was shot in an old steel foundry in Newburgh, New York along the Hudson River.
Regarding the album title and the cover artwork, which was designed by drummer Van Williams, Van states: “We discussed a few ideas, but once we had developed the band logo, it felt right to use it as the introduction to the band along with the name as the focal point for our first album. The artwork, for me, reflects where each of us has been and how we are coming together from our pasts in this new endeavour.”
ASHES OF ARES is:
Matthew Barlow – Vocals
Freddie Vidales – Guitar/Bass
Van Williams – Drums
Gio Geraca – Guitar (session/touring member only)
Dean Sternberg – Bass (session/touring member only)
ASHES OF ARES is a band which represents the culmination of experiences, trials and tribulations of its founding members. 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. Armed with the knowledge acquired through years of the writing, touring and recording cycle, and with the support of an army of loyal fans across the globe, ASHES OF ARES is poised to carve out a new legacy and stand alongside those who have helped pave the way.
“Dead Man’s Plight” lyric video: