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Matthew Barlow - Vocals | Freddie Vidales - Guitar/Bass
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. 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.
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"Ashes Of Ares" Album 2013
ASHES OF ARES returns with the long-awaited follow-up to their self-titled debut album. "Well of Souls" presents an increased intensity and more wide-ranging sound
which builds upon the foundation laid down by the first album and further solidifies Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales’ partnership in writing. Former Ashes Of Ares member
and close friend, Van Williams, contributes the hammering drum beats, while Jonah Weingarten sets the mood, from the beginning, with a stirring instrumental intro to the album.
The Second full length album from Heavy Metal legendary duo ASHES OF ARES.
Ashes Of Ares "Well Of Souls" Album 2018
Digipack CD:2LP Black Vinyl / LTD. 2LP Turquois/Black Splatter Vinyl:
"Well Of Souls" CD Tracklist
Artist: Ashes Of Ares
Label: Roar! Rock of Angels
Original Release Date: November 9TH, 2018
“Well Of Souls” is released by ROAR! Rock Of Angels Records (Monument, Enemy Inside, Outloud, Steel Prophet, Mean Streak, Panorama, Volster, Felskinn, Eternal Flame etc.)
available on Digipack CD, 2LP Black Vinyl, 2LP Turquoise/Black Splatter Vinyl (Limited to 500 Copies Worldwide), digital streaming & download.
Guest Appearances by: Van Williams (Ghost Ship Octavius, ex-Nevermore): Drums, Jonah Weingarten (WeAreSentinels, Pyramaze, Teramaze): Keyboard intro composition.
All songs recorded June/July 2018 and Mixed/ Mastered August 2018 at The Terrarium, Minneapolis, MN
All music and lyrics by Ashes of Ares except “You Know My Name” by Chris Cornell and David Arnold, Copyright 2006 Interscope Records.
Recorded and Mixed by Rob Oesterlin, Mastered by Jacques Wait, Produced by Ashes of Ares and Rob Oesterlin
Artwork by Kamil Pietruczynik
“Consuming The Mana” hits you right in the face with a tale of ancient Hawaiian warrior culture. “The Alien” follows, with a technical mix of harmonies and riffs, telling the story
of the emergence of humanity's most powerful champion. “Unworthy” darkens the mood and sets the perfect background, as someone battles his inner demons from being unleashed on the world. “Soul Searcher” with its haunting acoustic sound, conveys the loss of the betrayed storyteller. “Sun Dragon” picks up the pace, while it narrates the path of an Earth-destroying phenomenon. “Transcending” builds to a powerful, hammering attack, exemplifying the unrelenting fight so many are forced to endure. “Let All Despair”, “In The Darkness”, and “Spirit Of Man” are a trilogy in which the “Well of Souls” holds the power to keep Earth from dying. The three songs start from a slow build to a driving, pumping anthem and then to a melancholic ending where the survival of Earth is still in question. “Time Traveler” is a straight-forward, power metal, sci-fi journey through future generations. “The God of War” is the heavy closer that lives up to its name. The bonus track “You Know My Name” is a salute to the late Chris Cornell. As huge fans of the James Bond movie franchise and Mr. Cornell, both Matt and Freddie agreed that their favorite theme song from “Casino Royale" played perfectly into this tribute.
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