Posts Tagged ‘Matt Barlow’

Pyramaze – keyboard player and original member Jonah W

June 7th, 2017

Keyboardplayer and original member Jonah W – Pyramaze

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.

The brand new Pyramaze album is a concept album titled CONTINGENT; it’s the band’s fifth album so far. The album was unleashed in Europe and North America at the end of April and is jammed with some intense progressive metal songs. This time around I had the pleasure of talking to keyboardist and original member Jonah Weingarten and he opened up about the process of making the album, the past and present members, as well as some more personal stuff. The band performed at Prog Power USA last year in a special show where current singer Terje Haroy teamed with previous singers Lance King and Matt Barlow; of course I had to ask what it was like to perform with the two previous singers again. In October this year the band is going to perform at Prog Power Europe in The Netherlands so we talked about the band’s expectations regarding the up-coming one time only show. If you’re interested in the band and its history, check out the previous interview I’ve done with infamous producer/guitar and bass player Jacob Hansen.

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Legendary producer & musician, Jacob Hansen of Pyramaze

January 28th, 2016

Jacob Hansen – Pyramaze

Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall

Thanks to Emil Westerdahl at Inner Wound Recordings for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Inner Wound Recordings for the promo pictures of the band.


The Danish progressive/power metal act Pyramaze released their fifth album last year. I hooked up with legendary producer, musician and member Jacob Hansen in order to know a little bit more about the band and the album. The new vocalist in the band is Terje Haroy who fills the shoes of such singers as Lance King, Matt Barlow and Urban Breed. Me and Mr. Hansen also talked about the future of the band as well as the fact that the band is performing at the Prog Power USA this year, read more about Pyramaze below.

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March 28th, 2014


U.S. metallers ASHES OF ARES – featuring vocalist Matt Barlow (ex-ICED EARTH), drummer Van Williams (ex-NEVERMORE), and guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales (ex-ICED EARTH) – will be playing three shows in the northeastern U.S. this May with local support as openers.


“We are excited to announce our first series of shows of 2014!” shares ASHES OF ARES vocalist Matt Barlow. “If you get a pre-sale ticket, you will get to hang out for a Meet and Greet along with the show.  We will see you for the Metal May-hem!!!”


Meet & Greet details will be online soon.


ASHES OF ARES tour dates are:


05/16/14   JB McGinnes – New Castle, DE
05/17/14   Empire – Springfield, VA
05/18/14   Studio @ Webster Hall – New York, NY


Click on venue name for pre-sale ticket link.



Produced at Morrisound Recording by Jim Morris (DEATH, ICED EARTH, CONTROL DENIED), Ashes Of Ares debuted at #35 on the American Billboard Heatseekers chart and and at #81 on the Billboard Hard Music chart in September 2013.


The album can be ordered in CD or vinyl formats from the Nuclear Blast USA Webshop:


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Former ICED EARTH vocalist MATT BARLOW announces new project!

July 14th, 2012
Matt Barlow: Pic courtesy of

Matt Barlow: Pic courtesy of

Former ICED EARTH members Matt Barlow (vocals) and Freddie Vidales (bass, guitar) have joined forces with ex-NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams in a brand new project which is currently working on original material. A short 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!”

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ICED EARTH – Jon Schaffer

January 2nd, 2012




Iced Earth led by mastermind guitarist Jon Schaffer has gone thru several difficult periods but always survived as a winner. When the bands longtime singer Matt Barlow announced his retirment from Iced Earth again, fans were entirely stunned. Last summer the band did a farewell tour with Barlow and after that the new singer Stu Block stepped in. Block was recruited from the Canadian band Into Eternity. The new Iced Earth album DYSTOPIA literally blew fans away by Stu Block’s skills to sing such a varied register and in general DYSTOPIA presented a more aggressive and still melodic Iced Earth. Before the show had an utter pleasant task to interview Jon Schaffer.


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ICED EARTH – Jon Schaffer

March 1st, 2009





Some eighteen years, and another eight albums, since the release of ICED EARTH’s eponymous debut album, it’s still band leader and guitarist Jon Schaffer’s unique vision and rule by iron hand that define every aspect of the band. After two albums, THE GLORIOUS BURDEN in 2004 and FRAMING ARMAGEDDON in 2007, with Tim "Ripper" Owens of JUDAS PRIEST fame, Jon has again, on the latest album, CRUCIBLE OF MAN in 2008, been rejoined by returning Matt Barlow on vocals. Matt originally appeared on some of the bands most classic albums such as BURNT OFFERINGS in 1995, THE DARG SAGA in 1996, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES in 1998 and HORROR SHOW in 2001.

In addition to his work with ICED EARTH, Jon and his good friend Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, released two albums under the name of DEMONS & WIZARDS. ICED EARTH has currently just finished a co-headlining tour of Europe with SAXON. We had to opportunity to sit down with Jon to catch up about some of the recent developments in his band and learn some interesting things concerning his plans for the future.

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Iced Earth – Jon Schaffer

November 18th, 2008



Guitarist/Mastermind Jon Schaffer

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription By Sara "Abominae"

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ICED EARTH – Returning vocalist/god MATT BARLOW

August 26th, 2008

Iced Earth – Vocalist Matt Barlow


Interview and transcription by HannTu

Live pics and interview pic by HannTu

One of the highlights of this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival in England was the opportunity to see Iced Earth with Matt Barlow. Along with many other Iced Earth fans, I consider Matt Barlow to be the definitive voice of Iced Earth; and while Ripper Owens is a fine vocalist in his own right, the Iced Earth sound is pretty much incomplete without Matt’s soulful and emotional croon. When I was offered the chance to interview the man himself, I jumped at it, although I only had ten minutes.

The Iced Earth camp turned up late (stuck in traffic), and immediately Jon and Matt jumped off the bus to fulfil their publicity obligations, as true pros – even though they were due to be onstage in about two hours’ time. Matt looked pretty tired and flustered, but was anything but cold and distant, answering my somewhat inane questions with thoughtfulness and depth. Here’s the nine-minute interview…

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