Melodic metallers ARTIZAN whom I have never heard of but I assume I will shortly especially when this comes out, have tapped former Iced Earth vocalist MATT BARLOW to record some lower register chants/vocals for a song on their upcoming album. Check out the official quote from Barlow below courtesy of BraveWords
”I’m happy to announce that I will be lending my voice to the forthcoming release of the new Artizan album ‘Ancestral Energy.’ In addition to my own musical project, Ty and the guys of Artizan have given me the opportunity to appear as a guest vocalist on what I believe will be a great conceptual endeavor. If you have followed what the band has recorded previously, you know that they are very much into ‘storytelling’ and that’s something that has always interested me in this genre. As another benefit, I will get to work with producer Jim Morris again as he puts the guys through their paces at Morrisound Recording. I’m looking forward to recording the song that I’ll be performing on, and think that we’ll have a great time with it. Keep listening.”
I suppose we could start speculating a Barlow return on some full-time scale but I don’t see it. Yeah the last time he did vocals it was for Pyramaze but that was for a full album, I don’t see it happening this time. But what was he referring to by “in addition to my own musical project”? Hopefully we can get some more metal out of Mr. Barlow soon!
Artizan will release “Ancestral Energy” in April 2013.