Matthew Barlow Back In Iced Earth!!!
Dec 13, 2007 at 2:27 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 6


Headphoneus Supremus
Mar 6, 2004


Hello Dear Friends!

Matt BarlowOnce again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result.

While out on the European tour I had several in depth discussions with many loyal Iced Earth fans. A common theme of these discussions was how much Matt is missed. I agreed with the fans that things were not the same and that it was a very special period in Iced Earth’s history.

When I heard several months ago that Matt was going to be doing a project in music again, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing what his intentions were. I didn’t act on this because I was so focused on the writing of the new epic, and frankly, it just didn’t seem realistic.

Well, after getting out on the road and speaking with many of you directly, I decided to call Matt and see how he was doing and if he was interested in working together again. I am proud to say that he is coming back to Iced Earth and we will be getting back to work in the studio very soon.

Matt will be singing on Part 2 of the Something Wicked concept CD and we will be looking forward to getting out on tour and delivering a series of Iced Earth shows that will rival any in the history of the band. And there will be a proper DVD filmed from this period, something we’ve all been waiting for.

Soemthing WickedI want you all to know that it was you who made this a reality. I have missed Matt’s presence onstage and in my personal life in a big way over the past few years, so I appreciate your honesty in our discussions. It did help me realize the decision to move forward with pursuing this. The fans have spoken and we have delivered!

You true fans know that I’m a straight shooter, I say what I mean and mean what I say. And though I value your opinions greatly, you must believe that this is a decision that comes completely from the heart and is not motivated by anything other than what feels the best for Iced Earth. This is the way that things have always been dealt with, for better or for worse, but always honestly and from the heart.

Tim Owens is a great and talented singer and I wish the best for him and his future on a personal and professional level.

There will be more news soon as to further developments and plans. This will push back the release of Part 2 a bit. Not because we couldn’t be ready to record in time, but because of a new addition to Matt’s family in early 2008!

I am very happy to announce that Iced Earth is truly BACK!

Have a great holiday season. We’ll be in touch very soon with more details.
Jon Schaffer

Pretty good news. I personally LOVE Matt's voice, so I hope this will work out. If his voice is as good as before, and they can tame the cheese, it should make for great metal.
Dec 13, 2007 at 2:55 AM Post #2 of 6
Mar 28, 2003
Los Angeles
Hmmm, that's an interesting development. He certainly sounded better in general with IE than Owens has. But I hope he can stop John from making this next album a rehashed POS like the last one was, as I don't think his vocals alone would have saved it from boredomville. After that album, any change is a good change, so we'll just have to see what happens.
Dec 13, 2007 at 1:12 PM Post #3 of 6


DarkAngel's a man, baby!
Aug 22, 2001
Last IE album for me was Horror Show..........have not kept up with them since. They had several good albums during that period leading up to Horror Show like:

Dark Saga
Something Wicked
Day of Purgatory
Dec 14, 2007 at 12:55 AM Post #5 of 6


500+ Head-Fier
May 23, 2006
Oh, thats really good news. I stopped collecting IE after he left. The then new singer didn't cut my mustard.
Dec 14, 2007 at 1:11 AM Post #6 of 6


500+ Head-Fier
Feb 23, 2007
Ahh that explains it I bought their last album and was terribly disappointed and thought that the singer was different or got new vocal chords.

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