Matt Barlow rejoins Iced Earth


Apr 13, 2001
ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer has issued the following statement:

"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 [Barlow] 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!"
I guess it's his band and he can do what he likes; I just think he's handled it abysmally. I wonder if Tim saw the writing on the wall like he did with Judas Priest, or if Jon just said at the end of the tour, "Tim, I've been speaking to the fans during the tour, and they all prefer Matt. He's a singer again now. I've just called him and he wants his old job back. Thanks for filling in, but it just didn't feel right. Iced Earth is truly BACK!"
Great news !! Especially with a possible Aussie tour next year !

How long will it take Barlow to grow his hair back down to his ass ?? :lol:

I do feel sorry for Ripper though. He has an amazing voice but just can't find the right band for his talent. I personally didn't think he fit into Iced Earth.
I don't think Ripper fit IE either. He lacks the range and aggression that Barlow has....Yeah, he can scream pretty bloody well, but that's not everything. To me he just sounds so lifeless, bored all the time. So, I think it's fantastic news!
Fuck Ripper eats Barlow for breakfast. "The Clouding" off FA is devastating. There's no way Barlow could ever pull that off. Jesus Christ people, Ripper replaced Rob Halford! And did a damn fine job of it. All this talk about him having no range is madness.
I agree with Southy....

What's everyone's view on the original trilogy songs compared with the Ripper versions? I reckon Ripper just sounds so bored. He doesn't create the tense atmosphere that Barlow managed...

Pretty interesting that people's views on these two vocalists are so polarised..

And that Blaze Barlow comment was just not fair!!!!!!
I like the Ripper versions. Both because of his vocals, and the production sounds so much more polished and tight.

Again, that's the complete opposite to me... I actually prefer the production on the original trilogy!