Origin: USA  
Genres: Traditional Metal
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Last update/review: January 31, 2022

Ashes Of Ares

Throw two former Iced Earth guys and an ex-Nevermore player into a new project, and that project would be named Ashes Of Ares. And those two bands provide a decent starting point for describing the style here, that being classic, crunchy, intricate thrash-tinged power metal, with vocalist Matt Barlow putting in a predictably fine performance with his powerful vocals. If there's a downside, it's that they're playing it safe here, as the songs are fine and well-executed but lack a real sense of identity. Perhaps that will improve in time.

Current Members

Matt Barlow

vocals (ex-Iced Earth, ex-Pyramaze)

Freddie Vidales

guitars/bass (ex-Iced Earth)

Former Members/Guests

Ray Hunter (guest)


Van Williams (guest)

drums (Ghost Ship Octavius, Liege Lord, ex-Nevermore)

Kyle Taylor (guest)



Ashes Of Ares  
2013 Nuclear Blast
  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)
  • Matt Barlow
  • Freddie Vidales
  • Van Williams

Well Of Souls  
2018 Rock Of Angels
  1. Consuming The Mana
  2. The Alien
  3. Unworthy
  4. Soul Searcher
  5. Sun Dragon
  6. Trascending
  7. Let All Despair
  8. In the Darkness
  9. Spirit of Man
  10. Time Traveler
  11. The God of War
  12. You Know my name
  • Matt Barlow
  • Freddie Vidales
  • Van Williams

Throne Of Iniquity  EP
2020 Rock Of Angels
  1. Throne of Iniquity
  2. 25 or 6 to 4 (Chicago cover)
  3. Dust in the Wind (Kansas cover)
  • Matt Barlow
  • Freddie Vidales
  • Ray Hunter
  • Kyle Taylor

Emperors And Fools  
2022 Rock Of Angels
  1. A City In Decay
  2. I Am The Night
  3. Our Last Sunrise
  4. Primed
  5. Where God Fears To Go
  6. Emperors And Fools
  7. By My Blade
  8. What Tomorrow Will Bring
  9. The Iron Throne
  10. Gone
  11. Throne Of Iniquity
  12. Monster's Lament
  • Matt Barlow
  • Freddie Vidales
  • Van Williams

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