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Jalometalli 2012 – Oulu Finland

October 27th, 2012

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The mighty Jalometalli Open Air Metal festival strikes back once again with a killer line-up to maintain its metallic lofty status on the Finnish festival map. The festival is known for relying on an old school metal approach offering traditional metal to extreme metal with classic metal to the extreme black metal. The festival also paid attention to young rising and local bands who played the small third stage. That was unique and thankfully most of the bands sounded killer. The Metal Rules team hit the grounds of Oulu to see several absolutely killer bands. The whole Jalometalli as a festival is so unique and one of kind that anyone reading this article should take a glance at the offering of the festival. Here is a brief article on the fest.

Article and pics by Arto Lehtinen

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2012

September 9th, 2012

Bloodstock Festival 2012

@ Catton Park, Derbyshire, UK

9th – 12th August

Review by Joffie Lovett

Photography by Jamie Hunter


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ICED EARTH – Brent Smedley @ Bloodstock 2012

September 7th, 2012

Iced Earth – Interview with Brent Smedley

@ Bloodstock 2012

Interview by Joffie Lovett





Bloodstock Friday, it’s nearly 7pm and I’m here with Brent Smedley drummer from Iced Earth, who just recently done their set today on the Main Stage with new singer Stu Block playing a good mixture of material old and new!  
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Former ICED EARTH, NEVERMORE Members Unveil Name Of New Project

August 28th, 2012
Ashes of Ares

Ashes of Ares

Former ICED EARTH members Matt Barlow (vocals) and Freddie Vidales (bass, guitar), along with ex-NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have set ASHES OF ARES as the name of their brand new project.

Within months of their departures from the iconic metal bands ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE, the trio came together with a renewed drive to create a sound which is a true collaboration of their personal influences, ideas and visions. Armed with the knowledge acquired through years of the writing, touring and recording cycle, and with the support of an army of loyal fans across the globe, ASHES OF ARES is poised to carve out a new legacy and stand alongside those who have helped pave the way.

A new taste of what is to come can be heard in the YouTube clip below.

Commented Barlow: “Well, though we are still in the early stages of progress, we are really excited about what we are hearing thus far. We hope that you have patience with us as we continue with this creative process and search for a record label that will help us bring our music to you all in the best way. Thanks for all your support…. More to come!”

Barlow announced his retirement from ICED EARTH in March 2011, citing his commitment to his family and the need for the group to tour more as the reasons for his exit.

Matt Barlow: Pic courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/redoppressor

Matt Barlow: Pic courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/redoppressor

Vidales left ICED EARTH earlier this year for reasons which were not disclosed. He says, “I know from the outside it seems nuts to leave a band with so much going for it, but from the inside it made a lot of sense to me.” He adds, “I did not leave because Matt left or so we could work on this [new project], I also did not leave because of the heavy touring. I was actually glad that the touring had picked up. My reasons are private. The guys in the band know, and that’s all who need to know.”

Williams and guitarist Jeff Loomis announced their departure from NEVERMORE in April 2011 due to personal differences with the band’s lead singer, Warrel Dane, and bassist, Jim Sheppard.

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Former ICED EARTH vocalist MATT BARLOW announces new project!

July 14th, 2012
Matt Barlow: Pic courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/redoppressor

Matt Barlow: Pic courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/redoppressor

Former ICED EARTH members Matt Barlow (vocals) and Freddie Vidales (bass, guitar) have joined forces with ex-NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams in a brand new project which is currently working on original material. A short taste of what is to come can be heard in the YouTube clip below.

Commented Barlow: “Well, though we are still in the early stages of progress, we are really excited about what we are hearing thus far. We hope that you have patience with us as we continue with this creative process and search for a record label that will help us bring our music to you all in the best way. Thanks for all your support…. More to come!”

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ICED EARTH To Support VOLBEAT On North American Tour; HELLYEAH Round Out Bill

April 18th, 2012
ICED EARTH

ICED EARTH

Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer has posted the following:

“Hello brothers and sisters! It is my honor to share some great news with you: Iced Earth will be supporting VOLBEAT on a North American tour starting on June 18th, 2012. The bill is rounded off by HELLYEAH!

I’m completely stoked, Volbeat is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Michael and the boys are great people. There is a lot of mutual respect and admiration, and I think we are in for a hell of a good time! This will be a package that won’t soon be forgotten, I’m sure of that.

I want to thank Volbeat for the invitation, and I look forward to many years of laying down the metal as both bands continue to grow and reach new audiences around the world.

We will see you on the road soon!”

Tour dates include:

June
18 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
19 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
21 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
23 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
26 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth
27 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
29 – Weyburn SK – Crescent Point Place
30 – Gibbons, AB – Boonstock 2012

July
8 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
10 – Anaheim, CA – The Grove
11 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
12 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
15 – Colorado Springs, CO – City Auditorium

As previously reported, Iced Earth are adding on more shows to their massive World Dystopia Tour.

The show in Bangalore, India on June 16th is a first visit to India for the band and the show on August 19th in Limassol marks a much-clamored return to Cyprus, only eight months after their last show there. The show is being filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD/CD release.

ICED EARTH Live In Cyprus

ICED EARTH Live In Cyprus

“The decision of where to do the next IE live album and DVD was not an easy one. We have experienced so many amazing audiences around the world that we really wish we could film them all. However, the electricity and atmosphere of the first show in Cyprus was so killer that we are convinced this is the best place to do our next DVD. Who knows what the future holds? There will be many more albums and touring cycles… your city may be next,” says Jon Schaffer.

In other news, bass player Freddie Vidales has announced he will leave Iced Earth after the Chinese shows this April.

Due to the band’s massive touring commitments, there was immediate need for a replacement and Luke Appleton (of FURY UK, with whom Iced Earth toured in Europe last winter) has stepped up to the plate and will be joining the tour in time for the show in India.

Iced Earth’s complete tour schedule can be viewed at this location.

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ICED EARTH To Record Live CD / DVD In Cyprus

April 9th, 2012

Stage8 Productions will record ICED EARTH’s August 19th show at the ancient Kourion Amphitheater, outside Limassol in Cyprus, for an upcoming CD / DVD release.

Tickets for the show are limited to 1,500. Further details at this location.
Go to this location for Iced Earth’s complete 2012 tour schedule.

ICED EARTH Live In Cyprus

ICED EARTH Live In Cyprus

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ICED EARTH CONFIRMED TO PLAY UK BLOODSTOCK FEST

February 3rd, 2012
ICED EARTH

ICED EARTH

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.

Visit the official Bloodstock web site: http://www.bloodstock.uk.com/ for details.

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).

For more information, please visit:

www.icedearth.com

www.facebook.com/officialicedearth

www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

www.centurymedia.com

 

 

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ICED EARTH FOUNDER TO FANS IN CHINA: “GET READY TO RAGE WITH US!”

February 1st, 2012
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ICED EARTH

To say that Dystopia, Iced Earth’s 10th studio album, has opened doors would be an understatement. Not only has the album been a runaway favorite of critics and fans (both old and new) alike, it has taken the band to new countries on the most far-reaching tour in its 25-yeaer history. Next up: China.

 

“The World Dystopia Tour has taken Iced Earth to places the band has never been before,” said Iced Earth founder and mastermind Jon Schaffer. “We are about to open yet another exciting chapter in touring by announcing our first-ever shows in China. Playing Beijing and Shanghai is something we have been looking forward to for a long time. Chinese metal heads: get ready to rage with us!!”

 

CHINA April 2012

 

11 SHANGHAI MAO LIVE HOUSE

 

13 BEIJING STAR LIVE

 

Released October 2011 via Century Media Records, Dystopia 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 is now underway. It concludes March 11 in Clifton Park, New York. At that point, Iced Earth plays five more dates without Symphony X. (All concert dates listed below.)

 

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.

 

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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).

 

Iced Earth North American Co-Headline Tour With Symphony X

 

(Support From Warbringer):

 

JANUARY

 

31 Hartford, CT Webster Theater

 

FEBRUARY

 

1 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero

 

2 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

 

4 Quebec City, QC Albert Rousseau

 

5 Montreal, QC Metropolis

 

6 Toronto, ON Phoenix

 

9 Winnipeg, MB Garrick

 

10 Saskatoon, SK Louis Pub

 

11 Edmonton, AB Starlite Ballroom

 

12 Calgary, AB Flames Central

 

14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

 

15 Seattle, WA Showbox Market

 

16 Portland, OR Hawthorne

 

17 San Francisco, CA Regency

 

18 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia

 

20 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues

 

21 Anaheim, CA Grove

 

22 San Diego, CA House Of Blues

 

24 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

 

25 Denver, CO The Summit

 

26 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater

 

27 Dallas, TX Trees

 

28 Austin, TX Emo’s East

 

29 Houston, TX House Of Blues

 

MARCH

 

2 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution

 

3 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues

 

4 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (without SX but with Warbringer)

 

5 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater

 

6 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte

 

7 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

 

9 Worcester, MA The Palladium

 

10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater

 

11 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights

 

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Iced Earth North American Tour With Warbringer:

 

MARCH

 

13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

 

14 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

 

15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

 

16 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom

 

17 Joliet, IL Mojoes

 

Tickets (including VIP-packages for Iced Earth) are available via Artist Arena:

http://tixx1.artistarena.com/icedearth/

For more information, please visit:

www.icedearth.com

www.facebook.com/officialicedearth.com

www.youtube.com/officialicedearth.com

www.centurymedia.com

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Iced Earth on Dystopia World Tour 2011-2012, Europe Under Ice at Amager Bio Copenhagen Denmark

January 31st, 2012

 Iced Earth

Dystopia World Tour 2011-2012, Europe Under Ice

Fury UK (support act)

Amager Bio

Copenhagen

Denmark

December 3, 2011

Live review and live pictures by: Anders Sandvall

 

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ICED EARTH “ANTHEM” MUSIC VIDEO PREMIERS

January 24th, 2012

ICED EARTH

ICED EARTH

The music video for “Anthem” – shot in Cologne, Germany during the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour – makes its global premiere today on Revolvermag.com.

“We had a blast making that video,” said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. “I think the fans can see it on our faces. ‘Anthem’ captures the energy of our live shows, as well as the fun we’re having together as a band.”

Produced and directed by Kosch Fabian Film, “Anthem” is the second music video released from Iced Earth’s highly acclaimed 10th studio album Dystopia.

Released October 2011 via Century Media Records, Dystopia debuted at #67 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and has since received rave reviews from fans and critics alike.

Metal-Rules.com chose Dystopia #2 in the best of 2011 and declared, “If you are a fan of Iced Earth, then yeah, you need to have this. However, any fan of metal should probably have this. His best work in years!

Dystopia is supported by the most extensive and far-reaching world tour in Iced Earth history. The North American co-headline tour with Symphony X begins January 31 in Hartford, Connecticut, and concludes March 11 in Clifton Park, New York. At that point, Iced Earth plays five more dates without Symphony X. (All concert dates listed below.)

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).

 

Iced Earth North American Co-Headline Tour With Symphony X
(Support From Warbringer):

 

JANUARY

 

31 Hartford, CT Webster Theater

 

FEBRUARY

 

1 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero

 

2 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

 

4 Quebec City, QC Albert Rousseau

 

5 Montreal, QC Metropolis

 

6 Toronto, ON Phoenix

 

9 Winnipeg, MB Garrick

 

10 Saskatoon, SK Louis Pub

 

11 Edmonton, AB Starlite Ballroom

 

12 Calgary, AB Flames Central

 

14 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

 

15 Seattle, WA Showbox Market

 

16 Portland, OR Hawthorne

 

17 San Francisco, CA Regency

 

18 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia

 

20 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues

 

21 Anaheim, CA Grove

 

22 San Diego, CA House Of Blues

 

24 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex

 

25 Denver, CO The Summit

 

26 Kansas City, MO Midland Theater

 

27 Dallas, TX Trees

 

28 Austin, TX Emo’s East

 

29 Houston, TX House Of Blues

 

MARCH

 

2 Fort Lauderdale, FL Revolution

 

3 Lake Buena Vista, FL House Of Blues

 

4 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (without SX but with Warbringer)

 

5 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theater

 

6 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte

 

7 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

 

9 Worcester, MA The Palladium

 

10 New York, NY Best Buy Theater

 

11 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights

13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

 

14 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom

 

15 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar

 

16 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom

 

17 Joliet, IL Mojoes

 

 

Tickets (including VIP-packages for Iced Earth) are available via Artist Arena: http://tixx1.artistarena.com/icedearth/

For more information, please visit:

www.icedearth.com

www.facebook.com/officialicedearth

www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

www.centurymedia.com

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ICED EARTH – Jon Schaffer

January 2nd, 2012

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JON SCHAFFER

INTERVIEW BY ARTO LEHTINEN AND MARKO SYRJALA

Iced Earth led by mastermind guitarist Jon Schaffer has gone thru several difficult periods but always survived as a winner. When the bands longtime singer Matt Barlow announced his retirment from Iced Earth again, fans were entirely stunned. Last summer the band did a farewell tour with Barlow and after that the new singer Stu Block stepped in. Block was recruited from the Canadian band Into Eternity. The new Iced Earth album DYSTOPIA literally blew fans away by Stu Block’s skills to sing such a varied register and in general DYSTOPIA presented a more aggressive and still melodic Iced Earth. Before the show Metal-Rules.com had an utter pleasant task to interview Jon Schaffer.

 

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ICED EARTH Guitarist/Founder Jon Schaffer Issues New SONS OF LIBERTY EP; Audio Samples Online

December 24th, 2011
SONS OF LIBERTY

SONS OF LIBERTY

ICED EARTH guitarist/founder Jon Schaffer released a new 5-song SONS OF LIBERTY EP via iTunes on December 22nd. He has issued the following statement:

“Hello friends,

I’m proud to present you with the SOL Spirit Of The Times 5-track-EP, which is now ready for release. It will only be available on iTunes, and many other digital channels, as we have chosen to not involve a record label for now. We wanted to do this directly from us to you.

It is my sincere hope that this EP will continue to spread brushfires of liberty in the minds of people from all corners of the globe. I wish I would have had time to write, record, and mix more songs, but with the intense and demanding schedule that Iced Earth is requiring from me, this is the best I could do.

On this recording, I was once again joined by Jim Morris (guitar solos, backing vocals) and Ruben Drake (bass guitar). Jim and I programmed the drums in order to keep recording costs down. As you know, SOL is about the message and the idea, but there are costs involved to keep it going. Though I still encourage you to make copies and pass them out to everyone you can, there will not be a free download available this time around.

Due to my recording and touring schedule with Iced Earth, I have not been as present as I would like to be in the cause for liberty. Please know that I stand with all of you freedom fighters in spirit, regardless of what race you are, what language you speak, or which God you choose, or not choose, to worship. I will be there when duty calls, count on it.

The free human spirit is rising all over the planet. I’ve been fortunate enough in my travels to speak with some amazing and very awake people in the last few years, and I can honestly and gladly state, that we are having an effect.

Continue to educate yourselves, think for yourselves, use your power of discernment, and most importantly; be there for each other.

Good people all over the world can band together and make this a world of peace and prosperity for all of its inhabitants if only we truly connect with the power and will of the free human spirit.

Thanks so much for supporting the cause!”

In Liberty,
Jon Schaffer

The tracklist is as follows:

‘Alive’
‘Full Spectrum Dominance’
‘Molon Labe’
‘Mind Control’
‘Spirit Of The Times’

Purchase the EP via iTunes here. Check out the Sons Of Liberty Facebook page at this location.

Three full length audio samples are available below:

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ICED EARTH – Dystopia European Tour Comes To A Close; Video Available

December 17th, 2011

ICED EARTH “Dystopia” European tour wrapped on December 15th in Nicosia, Cyprus.

“A special THANK YOU to all of our fans in Europe who keep the torch burning for Iced Earth…who showed up at our shows (sometimes in spite of having to travel a great distance to be there)… and were so kind to us along the way. It was a fantastic tour, with last night’s capacity crowd at the Pavilion in Cyprus the icing on the cake. What an amazing audience! It was the perfect way to end the European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour.

Much love to all of our fans in Europe. We’ll be back!”

Iced Earth uploaded Dystopia webisode #5 featuring BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch and discussion on the future of DEMONS & WIZARDS:

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ICED EARTH Announce Atlanta Date!

November 25th, 2011

As previously announced, the North American leg of Iced Earth’s globe-trotting tour in support of Dystopia (the band’s 10th studio album) is a co-headlining extravaganza with Symphony X — support provided by Warbringer — that kicks off January 31st in Hartford, CT, and storms through March 11th in Clifton Park, NY.

 

However, due to overwhelming demand, another date was just added:

 

Sun/Mar-04 – ATLANTA GA – THE MASQUERADE

 

NOTE: The Atlanta date does not include Symphony X. Support provided by Warbringer.

 

Regular and VIP tickets are on sale for this and all North American tour dates.

 

After March 11th, Symphony X leaves the tour and Iced Earth performs another five dates with Warbringer as support before wrapping up March 17th in Joliet, Illinois.

 

See http://www.icedearth.com/tour for complete details and a full list of all dates on the tour.

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