Former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow: “Everyone has to be a lot less critical”
In a new interview with a collaborator of Sonic Perspectives Rodrigo Altaf, old FROZEN EARTH and current ASHES OF ARE a singer Matt barlow says we must try to get along better, regardless of political, religious or socio-economic differences. “We are very divided as human beings right now,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “And that’s a little disturbing. Well, actually, it’s very disturbing – it is very disturbing that people take advantage of it. This is probably, for me, the most disturbing thing, is the idea ‘if it bleeds, it reads’ [sic], This old [expression] from the media, we see that every day, man – all day – and it’s horrible; it’s really horrible for me. “
He continued: “[We have to be] open on the other side. This is kind of the goal. We don’t all have to agree on everything. Let’s agree on that. Let’s admit that we don’t have to be okay, to be honest about it and to be true about it. Because the point is, I can’t know what your life experience is; I can’t know what background you are from or really anything about it… So we have to find common ground as humans for each other and understand that just because I feel a particular way , it is Okay that I feel that way. I don’t feel this because I despise you; I feel this because it is my experience. And in the same way that I have to understand that, hey, I don’t know what your background is, I don’t know what anybody’s special life is. I must therefore be less critical, and I must understand that I have to be. And everyone has to be that way – everyone has to be a lot less judgmental about where other people stand, man, because otherwise we’re doomed. That’s all we can say about it. “
ASHES OF ARE, which also includes the old FROZEN EARTH member Freddie Vidales, will release his third studio album, “Emperors and madmen”, January 21 via ROAR! Angels rock. The LP ends with the epic of eleven minutes “The lament of the monster” which includes the long-imagined union of forces between Barlow and another old one FROZEN EARTH a singer, Tim “Ripper” Owens.
“Emperors and madmen” was produced by ASHES OF ARE, and mixed and mastered by Byron filson at Saving the Villains in Phoenix, Arizona. The cover illustration was created by Kamil Pietruczynik.
A little over a year ago Barlow reunited with FROZEN EARTH founder, songwriter, guitarist and producer Jon schaffer to celebrate the end of year holidays with an EP titled “Winter nights”. Released under the SCHAFFER / BARLOW PROJECT banner, the effort contained the duo’s unique take on five Christmas classics and two FROZEN EARTH Songs.
Last April, Schaffer pleaded guilty for his role in the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol. As part of the plea agreement, Jon concluded a cooperation agreement with the government.
Following the first reports which Schaffer was involved in the riot, his FROZEN EARTH the members of the group have distanced themselves from his actions. A singer Block Stu and bassist Luke Appleton subsequently posted separate statements on social media announcing their resignation. BLIND GUARDIAN leader Hansi kursch also stop DEMONS & WIZARDS, his long-standing project with Schaffer. The allegations also apparently affected Schafferthe relationship of with his long-standing label Media century, who had released albums of both FROZEN EARTH and DEMONS & WIZARDS. In mid-January, the Media century the artist list page did not list any of the groups.
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