Matt Barlow in 2010.
March 10, 1970 |
|Genres||Heavy metal, power metal, thrash metal, progressive metal, speed metal|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, songwriter, police officer|
|Years active||1988–2003, 2007–2011, 2012–present|
|Associated acts||Iced Earth, Pyramaze, The First State Force Band, Cauldron, Ashes Of Ares|
Matthew Barlow (born March 10, 1970 in Biloxi, Mississippi, US) is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He is the lead singer for Ashes of Ares and former of Iced Earth and Pyramaze. He is Jon Schaffer's brother-in-law.
Barlow joined Iced Earth after the Night of the Stormrider tour with Blind Guardian in Europe, as a replacement for John Greely. The first album Barlow can be heard on is Burnt Offerings (1995). Barlow left the band in 2003, much to the chagrin of many fans. His reason for leaving was due to personal beliefs related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. He took a look at his life and realized that he wanted to contribute to the "real world" instead of living the illusion of a "rock star." He approached Jon Schaffer with this in late 2002, but Schaffer, known for his persuasive personality, convinced Barlow to stay with the band. When the band recorded The Glorious Burden, Schaffer decided that Barlow's vocals were not what he desired them to be; he believed they lacked the passion and quality that Barlow was known for. He decided to let Barlow go after all and hired Tim Owens, former lead singer of Judas Priest.
Barlow became a police officer in the police department in Georgetown, Delaware. He was also a vocalist for the First State Force Band, which is made up of law enforcement members from different departments throughout Delaware. The band performs for schools, aiming to promote positive values through music.
On April 13, 2007, Barlow returned to music more fully as the new lead singer of Danish progressive power metal band Pyramaze. Barlow accepted the offer to join Pyramaze because it would allow him to return to the music scene, while still being able maintain his current job.
However, on December 11, 2007, it was announced that Barlow had officially re-joined Iced Earth and would be singing on The Crucible of Man and following albums. Pyramaze confirmed that he would remain with them to record their album Immortal, but that their professional relationship would end there.
On March 3, 2011, Matt Barlow announced that he will again be leaving Iced Earth after the band finishes its European festival shows, citing his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as his reasons for retirement. On August 6, Barlow performed his farewell show with Iced Earth at the Wacken Open Air festival.
On June 26, 2012, Barlow announced on his Facebook page the creation of a new band named Ashes of Ares with former Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales and Nevermore drummer Van Williams, posting on YouTube two one-minute teaser videos. The band signed with Nuclear Blast Records, and the self-titled album released on September 6, 2013.
- Burnt Offerings (1995)
- The Dark Saga (1996)
- Days of Purgatory (1997)
- Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998)
- The Melancholy E.P. (1999)
- Horror Show (2001)
- Tribute to the Gods (2002)
- The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2 (2008)
- Immortal (2008)
Ashes of Ares
- Ashes of Ares (2013)
- Vocalist MATT BARLOW Rejoins ICED EARTH
- MATT BARLOW's Involvement With PYRAMAZE Will Be 'One-Time Cooperation'
- "ICED EARTH Perform Final Show With Matt Barlow at Wacken Open Air; Video of Entire Show Online". BW&BK. Retrieved August 8, 2011.
- "ASHES OF ARES' Matt Barlow – New Audio Interview Streaming". BW&BK. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
- "ARTIZAN in the Studio With Ex-ICED EARTH Singer Matt Barlow; Video". BW&BK. Retrieved May 12, 2013.