Nine years after forming Ashes of Ares, Matt Barlow (vocals, ex-Iced Earth)and Freddie Vidales (guitar, ex-Iced Earth) return with their third fulllength album "Emperors and Fools".
This album sees the duo take the darkness and aggression from their previous album "Well of Souls" to a higher echelon.
The writing process began almost immediately after "Well of Souls" was released.
As usual, it was a true collaborative effort between the two, with ideas originating from one or the other, then evolving and being refined to what is presented on "Emperors and Fools.
" The album flow is designed to keep the listeners on edge while bringing them from fast,heavy, pounding anthems to somber, melancholic, emotional pieces.
The album ends with the eleven-minute long epic "Monster's Lament" which features the long-imagined joining of forces between Matt Barlow and Tim Ripper Owens (Iced Earth, KK's Priest).
Great Power Metal with modern, progressive elements and of course outstanding vocals.