Former ICED EARTH members Matt Barlow (vocals) and Freddie Vidales (bass, guitar), along with ex-NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have set ASHES OF ARES as the name of their brand new project, which is currently working on original material. A new taste of what is to come can be heard in the YouTube clip below.
Commented Barlow: “Well, though we are still in the early stages of progress, we are really excited about what we are hearing thus far. We hope that you have patience with us as we continue with this creative process and search for a record label that will help us bring our music to you all in the best way. Thanks for all your support…. More to come!”
Barlow announced his retirement from ICED EARTH in March 2011, citing his commitment to his family and the need for the group to tour more as the reasons for his exit.
Vidales left ICED EARTH earlier this year for reasons which were not disclosed. He says, “I know from the outside it seems nuts to leave a band with so much going for it, but from the inside it made a lot of sense to me.” He adds, “I did not leave because Matt left or so we could work on this [new project], I also did not leave because of the heavy touring. I was actually glad that the touring had picked up. My reasons are private. The guys in the band know, and that’s all who need to know.”
Williams and guitarist Jeff Loomis announced their departure from NEVERMORE in April 2011 due to personal differences with the band’s lead singer, Warrel Dane, and bassist, Jim Sheppard.