ICED EARTH Mainman Releases Statement About Spotify


Jon Schaffer, founder and creative force behind US metal icons ICED EARTH, today released this statement about the internet music-listening service Spotify:


“A lot of fans have contacted us regarding Century Media’s decision to pull all of its bands from Spotify,” Schaffer said regarding the 9 August statement from the metal label (see here). “I want our fans to know that we had nothing to do with that decision. We understand Century Media’s position. The music industry has been deeply and irrevocably affected by illegal downloading on the Internet. I understand that all too well. In fact, all professional musicians today understand that.


But Spotify is one of the most important developments in music I’ve seen in quite awhile. It allows fans to search for music from bands all over the world – sometimes rare, impossible to find, or out-of-print music. They hear it, decide they like it, and seek it out to buy it from a variety of sources – legal sources like iTunes, Amazon, or Amazon Marketplace.


That’s a good thing. Stealing music is not. But sampling it on Spotify – which is legal and highly regarded worldwide – is not stealing it.


If it were up to me, I’d put Iced Earth’s music back on Spotify. But I also have to respect the wishes of Century Media, our record label. They’re only trying to protect the best interests of their bands. So, I ask fans of Iced Earth to be respectful as well. Maybe additional dialogue with Century Media will change their minds. In the meantime, let’s all just agree to disagree on this one and wait to see what the future holds.”


For Iced Earth, the future holds the release of Dystopia, the band’s tenth studio album, scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the US on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks are also being recording for inclusion on special editions of the album.



Song titles on Dystopia:




‘Days Of Rage’

‘Soylent Green’


‘Boiling Point’

‘Anguish Of Youth’

‘Iron Will’

‘Dark City’

‘End Of Innocence’


‘Tragedy And Triumph’


The release of Dystopia will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken. The band recently announced their upcoming European tour for the end of 2011.


“This is a new beginning,” says Schaffer. “Iced Earth is going to record and tour like it never has before. The band is really amped-up and ready to hit the ground running in November.”


Tour dates are as follows:



30 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche



1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg

2 – Uden, Netherlands – De Pul

3 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix

4 – London, England – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

5 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy

6 – Bristol, England – O2 Academy

8 – Paris, France – Alhambra

9 – Lyon, France – Transbordeur

10 – Barcelona, Spain – Salamandra 1

11 – Madrid, Spain – Sala Heineken

12 – Bilbao, Spain – Rock Star Live

14 – Milano, Italy – Alcatraz

15 – Rome, Italy – Alpheus

18 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205

19 – Athens, Greece – Gagarin 205

20 – Thessaloniki, Greece – Principal Club

21 – Sofia, Bulgaria – Yubileina Hall

22 – Bucarest, Romania – The Silver Church

23 – Belgrade, Serbia – SKC

24 – Budapest, Hungary – Club 202

25 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Majestic Music Club

26 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola

27 – Vilnius, Lithuania – Forum Palace

29 – Moscow, Russia – Tochka Club



1 – Helsinki, Finalnd – Nosturi

3 – Copenhagen, Denmark – The Rock

4 – Hamburg, Germany – Markthalle

6 – Herford, Germany – X

7 – Köln, Germany – Essigfabrik

8 – München, Germany – Backstage Werk

9 – Geiselwind, Germany – Christmas Metal Festival

10 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7

11 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik

13 – Istanbul, Turkey – Refresh The Venu


Back in March, 2011, in the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow’s retirement, Iced Earth enlisted INTO ETERNITY vocalist Stu Block (pictured below).

Iced Earth's new vocalist, Stu Block from Into Eternity
Iced Earth's new vocalist, Stu Block from Into Eternity




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