The North American leg of Iced Earth’s 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has just barely gotten underway. But the band has already been booked to play the Bloodstock Festival this August.

“We are looking forward to returning to Bloodstock in 2012, our second time after 2008. The UK shows we played on the European leg of our World Dystopia Tour last fall were some of the best on the tour and we cannot wait to bang our heads with the UK minions again!” says Jon Schaffer of ICED EARTH.

At Bloodstock, Iced Earth will share the stage with metal stalwarts Behemoth, Alice Cooper, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed, Anvil, and many others.

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Released October 2011 via Century Media Records, Dystopia – Iced Earth’s 10th studio album – debuted at #67 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. Revolver named Dystopia one of the 20 Best Albums of 2011 and declared, “Twenty years after releasing their self-titled debut, this Florida fivesome has never sounded better.”

Iced Earth’s North American co-headline tour with Symphony X concludes March 11 in Clifton Park, New York. At that point, Iced Earth plays five more dates without Symphony X. (See the Iced Earth web site for complete list of tour dates.)

Jon Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, Iced Earth has released 10 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs. Thanks to massive worldwide sales — and rabidly loyal fans – Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy metal bands.

Iced Earth is: Jon Schaffer (rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars/backing vocals), Stu Block (lead vocals), Freddie Vidales (bass guitar/backing vocals), Troy Seele (lead guitar) and Brent Smedley (drums).

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