Iced Earth - Matt Barlow Rejoins Band

Matt Barlow has rejoined Iced Earth, according to the following statement posted on

"Hello Dear Friends!

Once 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.

I 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"

Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 12.12.2007 by Lyrinan

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16.12.2007 - 20:01
Written by Daniell on 12.12.2007 at 18:23

Best news this year! It's already December, so it'll be hard to beat...

Have to say, sign to that.
Best news this year.
16.12.2007 - 20:21
Arian Totalis
The Philosopher
Wow, this is both good and bad news for me. I love Matt, but I loved ripper too
"For the Coward there is no Life
For the hero there is No Death"
-Kakita Toshimoko

"The Philosopher, you know so much about nothing at all." _Chuck Schuldiner.
17.12.2007 - 01:17
A Dying God
All is well with the universe once again
There is no God but the one that dies with me. I have no life but the one I take with me to the grave. We come into this world alone. And we will die on our own. I live. I die. Ain Elohim.
19.12.2007 - 13:31
Yeaaaaa!!! YEAAAAAAAAA!!!! YEAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
22.02.2008 - 11:54
Account deleted
I looved ripper but I think that Mat is more suitable for Iced Earth.I'm waiting them in Greece!!!
03.03.2008 - 23:12
A. Reader
Written by Ivan on 12.12.2007 at 12:10

Written by ylside on 12.12.2007 at 01:14


This about sums up my initial thoughts. But also I feel bad for Tim Owens, who just keeps getting kicked out when the old frontman returns. Not really fair to him, he's a great singer...

My point exactly... but guess what The Ripper is now with none other than Yngwie Malmsteen, so he'll be fine
01.04.2008 - 04:18
Sorry to change the subject guys, but when I first heard that Matt was back, the first thought that came to my mind was whether or not Iced Earth would remake The Glorious Burden or Framing Armageddon with Barlow on vocals, ala Days of Purgatory. Do you guys think this is a good idea?
01.04.2008 - 04:19
I know that Framing Armageddon is too early, but they could certainly do Burden
10.04.2008 - 12:38
Hamster wheel
My life is complete again...

okay not really

but this is pretty awesome.

I know this is old news but I haven't been on here in a while and gave up on iced earth once Tim Owens came around

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