Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM
LISTEN NOW!WATCH NOW! LOGIN
KNAC Magazine KNAC KNAC Downloads KNAC Contests KNAC Store
Reviews

ASHES OF ARES Well Of Souls

By Alex Yarborough, Orlando Contributor
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 @ 7:23 AM


- advertisement -
ASHES OF ARES
Well Of Souls

2018 Rock of Angels Records




ASHES OF ARES has returned with their sophomore effort Well Of Souls, the follow up to the self-titled debut, that has been five years in the making. ASHES OF ARES is essentially a duo, featuring former ICED EARTH members (vocalist Matt Barlow and guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales), who have once again written all the original songs together. They have again teamed with drummer Van Williams (NEVERMORE, GHOST SHIP OCTAVIUS) to bring Well of Souls to life.

“Consuming The Mana” begins with a minute and a half symphonic intro by composer/keyboardist Jonah Weingarten (TERAMAZE). This track creates the right atmosphere from the outset and lets the world know this album is bigger in scope than the debut. The rest of the song is an aggressive, heavy tale based on Hawaiian warrior culture. “The Alien” is a little faster, and features heavy riffs from Vidales, as well as Barlow’s trademark layered vocals styles – one lower register, the other high. Sometimes there are three or more! The song tells the story of Superman and his arrival on Earth. This is one of my favorite tracks on the album. You can view the video for the song on KNAC.COM HERE.

“Unworthy” is the longest song on the album (at 6:41) and feels like an emotional exorcising of demons, and getting that monkey off of your back. The lyric: “Is anybody out there who knows what I’m going through?” hits the mark. “Soul Searcher” is a ballad, with a haunting melody. Things get heavy again on the next track, the apocalyptic “Sun Dragon”, featuring plenty of chugging riffs and Barlow’s trademark howls. “Transcending” features a monster riff from Vidales, and driving double bass attack from Williams.

“Let All Despair”, “In The Darkness” and “Spirit of Man” comprise a trilogy about Mother Earth. You can view the video for “Let All Despair” on KNAC.COM HERE. Matt Barlow has described “Spirit of Man” as “the introduction into a world that is on the brink of destruction. This is a time in the life cycle of Mother Earth known as the Purging Time. At this point in Earth's history, the human race is infantile compared to other of Her surface dwelling life forms.” “Time Traveler” is a solid power metal track that is possibly the most accessible song on the album, while “The God of War” is about the band’s namesake, and makes for a satisfying closing song. There is an interesting choice of bonus track: a cover of Chris Cornell’s “You Know My Name”, which was the theme song for the 2006 James Bond movie Casino Royale. This is a nice tribute to Chris, and is a very well done performance by Barlow in particular. There are 12 songs on Well Of Souls, at a total time of around 58 minutes.

ASHES OF ARES straddle that line between power metal, prog metal and thrash. Appropriately, ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE are worthwhile comparisons as far as sound and production.

This album impressed me out of the gate, but took a few spins for it to really click with me and comprehend everything going on here. Well Of Souls will grow on you. I still hear new things each time I listen to it. ICED EARTH fans that wish Barlow was still the singer of the band will find what they need here, as Matt pulls off all the screams you are hoping for. The cover art, by Kamil Pietruczynik, is unique and works well for the band. Well Of Souls is available now as digital download, digipak CD, 2LP and limited edition turquoise/black splatter LP.

4.0 Out Of 5.0


Please log in to view RANTS

If you don't have a username, click here to create an account!

Username: 
Password: 

Message: 
 
 

 





 Recent Reviews
BEAST IN BLACK Dark Connection
MASSACRE Resurgence
DREAM THEATER A View From The Top Of The World
JAY JAY FRENCH Twisted Business: Lessons from My Life in Rock ‘N’ Roll
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, PRONG And OBITUARY In Portland, OR With Photos!
GEMINI SYNDROME 3rd Degree - The Raising
DORO/WARLOCK Triumph And Agony Live
BETWEEN WORLDS Between Worlds
ALCATRAZZ V
BEHEMOTH Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic) Reissue
ALICE COOPER, ACE FREHLEY In Nashville, TN With Photos!
CARNIFEX Graveside Confessions
BLOOD RED THRONE Imperial Congregation
GUS G. Quantum Leap
BILLY IDOL The Roadside EP
AVATAR, MAGIC SWORD In Houston, TX With Photos!
APRIL WINE, MONKEYJUNK At The Ottawa Bluesfest
MINISTRY Moral Hygiene
CRYPTA Echoes Of The Soul
SKILLET In Houston, TX With Photos!
Immortal Axes: Guitars That Rock Book
IRON MAIDEN Senjutsu
GRINDER BLUES El Dos
GEORGE LYNCH Seamless Review #2
IN THIS MOMENT, BLACK VEIL BRIDES In Houston, TX With Photos!
WARLANDO Festival 2021 Photo Gallery
KISS In Ridgefield, WA With Photos!
LAURENNE/LOUHIMO The Reckoning
TREMONTI Marching In Time
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 3 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 2 Photo Gallery
ROCKLAHOMA 2021 Day 1 Photo Gallery
CARCASS Torn Arteries
SETH La Morsure de Christ





HOME | MAGAZINE | ON-AIR | DOWNLOADS | CONTESTS | STORE | HELP

©2021 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News