|Born on: 10.04.1970
Matt Barlow, (born 10 April 1970 in Biloxi, Mississippi, USA) was the vocalist of the heavy metal band Iced Earth. Barlow joined Iced Earth after the Night Of The Stormrider tour with Blind Guardian in Europe, as a replacement for John Greely. The first album, Barlow can be heard on is Burnt Offerings. He is Jon Schaffer's brother-in-law.
Barlow left the band in 2003, much to the chagrin of many fans. His reason for leaving was due to personal beliefs related to the September 11 terrorist attacks. He took a look at his life and realized that he wanted to contribute to the "real world" instead of living the illusion of a "rock star". He approached Jon Schaffer with this in late 2002, but Schaffer, known for his persuasive personality, convinced Barlow to stay with the band. When the band recorded The Glorious Burden Schaffer decided that Barlow's vocals were not what he desired them to be; he believed they lacked the passion and quality that Barlow was so famous for. He decided to let Barlow go after all and hire Tim Owens, the former lead singer of Judas Priest.
Barlow is currently employed as a police officer in the Georgetown Police Dept. in Georgetown, Delaware. He is also a vocalist for the First State Force Band, which is comprised of law enforcement members from different departments throughout the State Of Delaware. The band performs for schools, stressing such ideals as Say No To Drugs; Stay Away From Violence; Respect Your Parents, Teachers, Yourselves, Others And Life through music.
As of April 13, 2007, Matt Barlow is the new lead singer of Danish progressive power metal band Pyramaze. He is the replacement for the vocalist Lance King. The band is currently working on an album to be released sometime in 2008. Barlow accepted the offer to join Pyramaze, because it would allow him to return to the music scene, while still being able maintain his current job.
In December 2007 Matt Barlow returned to lead Iced Earth. Pyramaze confirmed, however, that he would also remain with them to record one album.
On March 3, 2011, Matt Barlow announced that he will again be leaving Iced Earth after the band finishes its European festival shows, citing his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as his reasons for retirement.
On August 6th, Barlow performed his farewell show with Iced Earth at the Wacken Open Air Festival.
On June 26, 2012, Barlow announced on his Facebook page the creation of a new band named Ashes Of Ares with former Iced Earth bassist Freddie Vidales and Nevermore drummer Van Williams, posting on YouTube two one minute teaser videos. The album is expected in late 2013.
(Source: Wikipedia, 7.5.2013)