What a great Christmas album!. The best of all times, Good job Jon and Matt!

Iced Earth founder, songwriter, guitarist and producer Jon Schaffer reunites with former Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow to celebrate the holiday season as only they can! The duo returns as the Schaffer/Barlow Project and this time are putting their unique spin on five Christmas classics and two Iced Earth songs.

Winter Nights was born out of a long-standing desire between Schaffer and Barlow to work together again. The idea to work on Christmas songs was interesting to both guys.

The EP features holiday classics like “Silent Night” and “Little Drummer Boy” as well as new interpretations of the Iced Earth classics “Watching Over Me” and “I Died For You.”

Winter Nights is available in numerous configurations on Kickstarter and every CD purchase comes with a 2nd bonus 5.1 surround sound mix of the EP. The artwork was created by Sun Khamunaki.

“It has been an absolute blast to be a part of this project and putting together this list of tracks for folks to enjoy,” explains Matt Barlow. “Our hope is that this venture will be a lasting one and will become a new tradition for our friends and fans. Thank you, in advance, for all of your support in making the SBP a success! Cheers!!”

Jon Schaffer adds, “Matt and I have spoken about such a project through the years, and the time was right to make it a reality. I hope people dig it because we had a hell of a lot of fun doing it, and the listeners can always feel that in the final product.

I’m not sure how silent your winter nights will be once you get your copy, but I’m certain you’ll be feeling that holiday spirit in a very unique way this coming season.

We thank you for your support and sincerely hope you enjoy our unique take on these holiday, and Iced Earth classics.”

Jon Schaffer started a kickstarter campaign to release this album.

Jon Schaffer and Matthew Barlow reunite as the Schaffer/Barlow Project to celebrate the Winter Solstice as only they can!

They're back together for the first recording since 2008.

Jon and Matt tackle Christmas classics on the new record "Winter Nights".

Recorded At – Independence Hall
Recorded At – Morrisound Studios



1 We Three Kings
2 Silent Night
3 Do You Hear What I Hear
4 Little Drummer Boy
5 I Died For You (Winter 2020)
6 Watching Over Me (Winter 2020)
7 Silent Night (Traditional)


Bass Guitar – Ruben Drake
Cover – Sun Khamunaki
Drums – Casey Grillo
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Jon Schaffer
Guitar, Backing Vocals, Keyboards – Jim Morris
Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals – Matthew Barlow
Piano – Howard Helm


Country: USA

Released date: 13 Nov 2020

Genre: Power Metal

Length: 33:43


Producer: Schaffer / Barlow Project

Barcode ID: N/A

Production: Schaffer / Barlow Project

Label: Schaffer / Barlow Project

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