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ICED EARTH RE-RECORDS EPIC “DANTE’S INFERNO,” GIVES IT AWAY FREE

September 7th, 2011
Iced Earth

Iced Earth

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (USA) – Some bands release mere snippets of songs to preview their upcoming tours. Some release a single song. In typical balls-to-the-wall Iced Earth fashion, the legendary metal band has re-recorded the entire 17-minute fan-favorite epic “Dante’s Inferno” – and will give it away free on their official web site.

“If there’s one song fans have asked us to play live more than any other it’s ‘Dante’s Inferno,’” Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer said. “The simple reason why we haven’t is because the original click track was erased, therefore requiring a keyboard player to do the parts live. That’s OK for a special event like when we recorded Alive in Athens, but to hire a keyboard player for a full tour, for one song, just isn’t financially feasible.”

This summer, during the recording of Dystopia, Iced Earth’s soon-to-be-released 10th studio album, the band entered the studio for the express purpose of remedying that situation – and emerged with a powerful rendition that’s (if possible) even more monumental than the original, which was the closing track on the band’s 1995 album Burnt Offerings.

Schaffer and new vocalist Stu Block talk about the recording of “Dante’s Inferno” in this exclusive video clip just posted to the band’s Official YouTube Channel:

 

“Dante’s Inferno” can be downloaded – free – from Iced Earth’s web site here: http://www.icedearth.com/dantesinferno.

 

“Dante’s Inferno” (which is based on Inferno, the first part of Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy) hasn’t been played live since 1999’s groundbreaking Alive in Athens album.

“We wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our loyal fans who have waited so long to hear us play ‘Dante’ again,” said Schaffer. “So, we decided to give this to them, free. It’s because of our fans we’ve been able to make music all these years. This is a way to show how much we appreciate them.”

Schaffer promises “Dante’s Inferno” will be back in the band’s set lists for all upcoming shows on the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour.

The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on the band’s official web site, and all official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.

Dystopia is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th, both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have also been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.

The release of Dystopia will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken.

Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 9 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs — the most recent of which is Festivals of the Wicked. With worldwide sales in the millions, Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy-metal bands.

 

Iced Earth official web site: http://www.icedearth.com/

Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth

Iced Earth’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

Iced Earth’s official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

 

 


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ICED EARTH Mainman Releases Statement About Spotify

August 16th, 2011
ICED EARTH - DYSTOPIA

ICED EARTH - DYSTOPIA

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:

 

‘Dystopia’

‘Anthem’

‘Days Of Rage’

‘Soylent Green’

‘V’

‘Boiling Point’

‘Anguish Of Youth’

‘Iron Will’

‘Dark City’

‘End Of Innocence’

‘Equilibrium’

‘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:

 

October

30 – Bochum, Germany – Zeche

 

November

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

 

December

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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SWEDENROCK 2011

August 1st, 2011

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Let Me Hear You Scream Sweden Rockkkk.Well the annual roadtrip to Swedenrock by the Finnish Metal Rules.com team is already into it’s 11th year!  The  2011 line up presented a wide range of metal and hard rock in the line-up. Over 70 metal and rock bands offered one hell of an experience for the attendees. Sweden Rock has been successful during the past ten years as the festival has always been sold out. This year wasn’t any exception as the fest was sold out despite the lousy economic situation worldwide and the ticket price had risen a little bit. ver these 11 years of coverage, it has become quite logical for us to give an in depth article of several bands performing at Sweden Rock to all the readers out there. The  weather once again showed positive and negative aspects like in 2010. It either rained or was windy with a little sunshine. But we were there for bands, not for having some beach party crap. Unfortunately, we are not able to cover every bloody band, but hopefully you will have a pleasant reading experience… Enjoy or die!!!

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ICED EARTH MAINMAN REVEALS COVER ART, RELEASE DATES FOR DYSTOPIA

July 27th, 2011
ICED EARTH - DYSTOPIA

ICED EARTH - DYSTOPIA

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (USA) – Although Dystopia, Iced Earth’s 10th studio offering, is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs – and even an appearance by band mascot “Set Abominae.”

 

“I’ve always been fascinated by the darker side of life,” Schaffer said during a break from master tracking Iced Earth’s forthcoming album. “Movies like Metropolis, Brazil, and The Matrix resonate with me. The same for albums like 2112, The Wall, and of course Operation:Mindcrime. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me.”

 

In much the same way Horror Show (Iced Earth’s tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, Schaffer said his interest in dystopian themes in music and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well – even paying homage on the new album to the movies Dark City, V For Vendetta, and Soylent Green. The end result is Iced Earth meets the nightmarish offspring of Brave New World and Blade Runner.

 

Of special interest to long-time fans are two songs on Dystopia (the title track and “Tragedy and Triumph”) that feature the return of the “Something Wicked” storyline and “Set Abominae” – who, when last seen in The Crucible of Man [2008], had taken his position as ruler of the world.

“The opening song is a step back timeline-wise from the ‘Come What May’ track,” said Schaffer. “‘Come What May’ [the last track on Crucible] sets the scenario that it’s up to us and the decisions we make that will determine the future of the human race. These two songs [on Dystopia] take place at a time when people are in highly controlled prison-like city states, and their eventual emancipation in the closer, ‘Tragedy and Triumph’.”

In an uncanny case of art imitating life, Schaffer said Set Abominae fit perfectly with the general theme of Dystopia.

“I remember it hit me like a ton of bricks in ’97, the whole Something Wicked story did,” Schaffer said. “I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be so cool.’ Many years later, we were on tour for Crucible and we were doing an interview over in Eastern Europe. A buddy of mine said, ‘You know, Jon, this whole Something Wicked thing could be true.’ I thought about it a moment and said, ‘Well, I don’t know about that. But there are some creepy parallels in contemporary life.’”

“So as I was thinking about all of the great movies, albums, and books with dystopian themes, I remembered that conversation and it occurred to me that the Something Wicked story could continue in a few tracks here very nicely,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer admits the recording of Dystopia has been especially challenging because of the band’s summer festival gigs requiring him to criss-cross the ocean numerous times.

Despite the challenges, Schaffer says working with new vocalist Stu Block is “a pleasure.”

“You just can’t ask for a better attitude,” said Schaffer. “Stu is so excited to be here. He brings a youthful exuberance to the band, which is a lot of fun. And he’s a real dude. He’s down to earth, and willing to try anything that Jim [Morris, co-producer, engineer] or I throw at him. He’s stepping into the shoes in a very natural way.”

Schaffer continues: “We’re opening up a part of his voice and a style of singing that he didn’t even really know he had. We’re exploring this whole new range. And we’re just getting started. I believe Stu will continue to grow – and has the potential to grow – into one of the greats, one of the guys that will go down in metal history. If he stays on this course, with the attitude that he has, his willingness to learn, and his passion, he’s destined for really great things. I firmly believe that.”

 

Song Titles on Dystopia:

Dystopia

 

Anthem

 

Days of Rage

 

Soylent Green

 

V

 

Boiling Point

 

Anguish of Youth

 

Iron Will

 

Dark City

 

End of Innocence

 

Equilibrium

 

Tragedy and Triumph

 

 

Dystopia is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks are also being recording for inclusion on special editions of the album.

The release of Dystopia will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken.

The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on the band’s official web site, and all official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.

Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 9 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, three boxed sets, and several DVDs — the most recent of which is Festivals of the Wicked. With worldwide sales in the millions, Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy-metal bands.

 

Iced Earth official web site: http://www.icedearth.com/

Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth.

Iced Earth’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

 

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ICED EARTH Announce New Vocalist!

March 16th, 2011
Iced Earth's new vocalist, Stu Block from Into Eternity

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

In the wake of vocalist Matt Barlow’s retirement, dozens of demos and resumes flooded ICED EARTH’s management team. But one name kept popping up – INTO ETERNITY vocalist Stu Block, who has been named the new lead singer for Iced Earth.

According to leader Jon Schaffer, Robert Kampf, CEO of Century Media, early on suggested Block, whose band Into Eternity was previously on the CM label. That reminded Schaffer of one night in September, 2008, when Into Eternity opened for Iced Earth.

“Iced Earth was backstage waiting to go on,” said Schaffer. “We heard one of Stu’s incredible wails. I remember turning to Matt and saying, ‘Damn, that dude has serious range.’”

So while Iced Earth’s management team sifted through the growing number of prospective vocalists, Schaffer got in touch with Block.

After several phone conversations with the then-prospective Iced Earth vocalist, Schaffer asked his manager to e-mail Block several key Iced Earth songs, with the vocals stripped. Block went into his studio and recorded himself singing, then sent the files back to the team.

The result landed Block an intense two days at Schaffer’s studio where the two musicians hit it off.

“I felt a lot of chemistry between us, we knocked out a couple of great original pieces of music in no time” said Schaffer. “He’s very good at coming up with catchy melodies, and will help with lyrical duties as well. There’s no doubt Stu has an amazing vocal range and a lot of energy, but he also has the touring experience, which is a big plus for our plans of performing in all corners of the world.”

In addition, Schaffer said Block has what Iced Earth needs in a front man: “stage presence that includes high energy, passion, and focused rage.”

“Stu is charismatic and understands the depth and varying emotions in Iced Earth’s music,” said Schaffer. “So he will embody not only the emotion of our songs, but he will be able to perform them in a dynamic way. I believe fans are in for some incredible records and live shows in the coming years.”

New Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block concurs: “Iced Earth fans are wonderful, wonderful people,” he said. “The music is so passionate. So they’re passionate, and very loyal to the band. I am, too. I’m a huge fan of Iced Earth myself. So I share that same passion, and I will show it on stage. I think the fans are really going to dig it.”

Block continues: “It’s a huge honor to be doing this, to be part of this team,” he said. “It’s a dream come true, for sure.”

Schaffer is totally stoked. “This is a new beginning,” he said. “It’s game-on time. 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.”

And to prove it, Iced Earth has released the European leg of a world tour that will take the band to countries it has never previously played. All told, the 2011-2012 Iced Earth world tour will be the largest the band has undertaken since its inception.

Check out Iced Earth’s tour schedule here.

NOTE: Retired Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow will perform with the band on all summer festival dates. New vocalist Stu Block will take over fromthere, starting with the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour.
The band’s long-awaited 6-hour, three-concert live DVD Festivals of theWicked is scheduled for release this spring.
Iced Earth official web site: http://www.icedearth.com/
Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth
Iced Earth’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

 

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ICED EARTH Vocalist Matt Barlow Retires From The Band, Releases Emotional Statement

March 2nd, 2011
Matt Barlow

Matt Barlow

Long-time vocalist Matt Barlow has retired from ICED EARTH.

 

In his heartfelt statement, Barlow cites his commitment to his family and the need for Iced Earth to tour more as the reasons for his retirement; however, he has committed to perform with Iced Earth on all 2011 European festival dates, which will be his last with the band.

 

 

 

Matt Barlow’s official statement is as follows:

 

“Brothers and Sisters,

 

Let me begin by saying how much of an honor it has been to share my time in Iced Earth with Jon and the guys…and with all of you! Since my return to the band in 2007, it has truly been extraordinary. I have had the opportunity to travel the world and see old friends and meet new ones. Though we had originally thought that the Iced Earth touring schedule would be very limited, we were able to play our fair share of concerts.

 

During that time we were also able to have a live DVD produced (the forthcoming Festivals of the Wicked). However, due to the rapidly changing music industry, it has become increasingly clear to recording artists that the only way to keep a band viable and to truly reach its potential is through live performances. That means that a band must reach out to new regions of the globe and become pioneers for their own livelihood. Since 2007, Jon and I have always had the best intentions for the future of Iced Earth, and we still do. However, given the band’s projected touring schedule, Iced Earth’s future and mine must now take separate paths.

 

On my departure from Iced Earth in 2003, I made a commitment to my wife and to the idea that we would start, and raise, our family together. Two years later, my first child was born and two years after that, my second. My youngest son was born about a week before Jon asked me to return to Iced Earth. It was a very exciting and emotional time for all of us, but we were all clear on our intentions. It is apparent to us now that regardless of our belief at that time, time can change an intended outcome. In this instance, I hope that change will not be regarded as a bad thing, but rather as a necessary part of evolution.

 

 

 

Jon and the band must venture into new realms to continue to grow Iced Earth. I commend him for his ideals and wish nothing but to share in his vision. I know that this is not the last time Jon and I will work together, but it will be my last endeavor with Iced Earth. Iced Earth is a name and force of its own. It has been very good to me and has allowed me to live a dream that others would give most anything for. I have been truly blessed to share this experience with everyone. I will continue to support Jon and Iced Earth in every way. I will also continue to create and perform in my own capacity.

 

These next months will prove to be a very emotional time for me. I am extremely happy to be able to share the experience with Jon, Brent, Freddie, Troy and the Iced Earth family. I am proud to know them and honored that they consider me their friend. It is going to be phenomenal to share the love of this music during several summer festivals and I know that it will be a time we will never forget.

 

Please consider all that I have brought forth and all of Jon’s offerings before passing judgment on the future of Iced Earth. This band has always strived to give its listeners the very best and I know that Jon, as always, will continue to lead that charge.

 

“To Iced Earth and all of you…I wish you the very best!!!

 

 

Band founder and leader Jon Schaffer reacted to his friend’s decision with equal parts sadness and praise.

 

 

 

“I knew Matt wrestled with this for a long, long time,” said Schaffer. “It wasn’t an easy decision for him. But I love him dearly and I can’t fault his reasons.”

 

Schaffer continued: “Matt is one of the most sincere people I know, and one of the most talented. His departure deeply saddens me, but I hope all fans of Iced Earth will cut him some slack. I wish Matt well, respect him greatly, and I ask everyone else to do the same.”

 

With a new album in the works, and a world tour pending, Schaffer has already begun the search for a new vocalist.

 

“I have a few guys in mind,” said Schaffer. “And as you can imagine, it is a very important decision. One thing is for certain: we are not looking for a Matt Barlow ‘clone’ – we are looking for a front man that brings power and character of his own to the table. There’s only one Matt, and that era of the band’s history will always hold a special place in my heart.”

 

 

 

The band’s long-awaited six-hour, three-concert live DVD Festivals of the Wicked is scheduled for release this spring.

 

The band recently announced a new summer festival date: Dong Open Air in Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany, on July 15th.

 

With the Dong Open Air date confirmed, Iced Earth will play a total of six summer festivals, including: Wacken, Graspop, Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland on July 16th, and the Sweden Rock Festival on June 10th in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

 

More festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, MySpace, and Facebook pages.

 

Announcement of a new vocalist will be made through all social media outlets as soon as a decision is made.

 

Iced Earth official web site: http://www.icedearth.com/

Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth

Iced Earth’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

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ICED EARTH LEADER: “PEOPLE PROBABLY THINK I DON’T HAVE IT IN ME ANY MORE. THEY’RE WRONG”

February 14th, 2011
Iced Earth - photo by Ross Halfin

Iced Earth - photo by Ross Halfin

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (USA) – Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer, hard at work in his studio, promises the next Iced Earth album will be “pretty fuckin’ heavy.”

“I can tell you from the riffs and the attitude behind it,” he said, “this is going to be a bad-ass record. This is inspired, focused, and to the point.”

The album – set for release later this year – will be Iced Earth’s 10th studio outing, and the first since 2008’s The Crucible of Man. Unlike Crucible and Framing Armageddon (which was released in 2007), the new album won’t be a concept. Instead, Schaffer promises a return to the raw-and-heavy sound of Iced Earth’s classic fan-favorite albums.

“This is really heavy stuff,” Schaffer said. “It’s a kick in the nuts.”

He added: “People probably think I don’t have it in me any more. But they’re going to be proved wrong about that. I can tell you this: we’re coming back with a vengeance. We’re out for blood.”

This promises to be a grand year for Schaffer and company. Not only will Iced Earth release a new album (followed by a world tour – which management promises will take the band to countries it hasn’t previously played), but the band will also release its long-awaited 6-hour, three-concert live DVD this Spring titled Festivals of the Wicked.

In addition, the band just announced two new summer festival dates: The Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland, on July 16th, and the Sweden Rock Festival, on June 10th, in Sölvesborg, Sweden.

With those two dates, Iced Earth has been confirmed to play a total of five summer festivals, including Wacken, Graspop, and Rock am Härtsfeldsee. More festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, MySpace, and Facebook pages.

Iced Earth official web site: http://www.icedearth.com/

Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth.

Iced Earth’s official MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/icedearth

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TRAILER, COVER ART REVEALED FOR FORTHCOMING ICED EARTH LIVE DVD

December 14th, 2010
Iced Earth - Festivals of the Wicked (DVD)

Iced Earth - Festivals of the Wicked (DVD)

Can Iced Earth fans handle nearly six hours of their favorite metal band?

They’ll soon find out.

An intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked has just been posted to the Iced Earth web site (http://www.icedearth.com).

The DVD cover art – featuring Iced Earth “mascot” Set Abominae emerging from the fires of Hell, riffing on a Les Paul – has also been revealed.

Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth – three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographer Ross Halfin, plus a 90-minute documentary. It will be released early in 2011.

“The last part of the DVD to be completed is the documentary,” said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. “Thousands of hours were shot and edited down to 90 minutes. It’s very close to done. I have to say the footage of the band on stage is mind blowing. Those who have already seen us will love it. Those who haven’t yet seen Iced Earth will be amazed by what this band can do on stage.”

Drummer Brent Smedley concurs: “The three festivals featured on the DVD were all extremely remarkable and each one memorable in its own way,” he said. “All three were amazing nights where the Metal and the Magic were fully flowing. I think the release of this DVD truly proves my mantra and favorite saying: METAL LIVES!”

Indeed it does.

Festivals of the Wicked shows Iced Earth in its favorite element – facing tens of thousands of screaming fans – and playing songs that demonstrate why Iced Earth fans are some of the most loyal in metal.

The three soon-to-be-released festivals are:

Wacken Open Air (2007) with Tim Owens on lead vocals. The blistering 13-song set begins with a jaw-dropping rendition of “Burning Times” and closes with the band’s signature track, “Iced Earth.”

Rock Hard Festival (2008) with Matt Barlow on lead vocals. This festival, the first to feature Matt’s return, storms through 15 songs, with “Dark Saga” leading the charge.

Metal Camp (2008) with Matt Barlow on lead vocals. A not-to-be-missed 16-song face melter of a concert that proves why some say Iced Earth is one of the top live bands in the world.

“I’m very proud of this DVD, and I’m grateful to fans for their patience,” said Schaffer. “Getting this ready for release has been an enormous job, but a true labor of love. It will be worth the wait. I promise.”

Schaffer formed Iced Earth in Tampa, Florida, in 1984. Since then, he has released 10 studio albums, one live album, two compilations, and three boxed sets. With worldwide sales in the millions, Iced Earth has earned a seat in the pantheon of America’s most successful heavy-metal bands.

Iced Earth was recently confirmed to appear at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, on June 24th, 2011. Additional festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, Facebook, and MySpace.

Iced Earth official web site: www.icedearth.com

Iced Earth’s official Facebook page: Facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth.

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ICED EARTH confirmed for 70000TONS OF METAL!

July 21st, 2010
70000 TONS OF METAL

70000 TONS OF METAL

After extensive excursions on the North American West Coast, 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival sailed back South, crossed the Panama Canal once more and headed back to Tampa, Florida where it is hot like everywhere else these days. It seems what they need to find is an ICED EARTH! 21 out of 40 bands on board… who will be next?

The confirmed 21 out of 40 bands are:

Agent Steel
Amon Amarth
Death Angel
Epica
Exodus
Fear Factory
Finntroll
Forbidden
Iced Earth
Moonspell
Obituary
Raven
Saxon
Sodom
Sonata Arctica
Stratovarius
Swashbuckle
Testament
Trouble
Uli Jon Roth
Witchburner

70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.

Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma’s cruise. It’s also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It’s like everyone has a backstage pass!

Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!

What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!

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Jon Schaffer’s SONS OF LIBERTY’s Debut Album In Stores Now; Prepare For Select Live Shows This Fall

July 13th, 2010
Sons of Liberty "Brush-Fires of The Mind"

Sons of Liberty "Brush-Fires of The Mind"

ICED EARTH mastermind, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, SONS OF LIBERTY, with the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. The album hits stores today and features a lengthy and very detailed booklet with stellar content. The brand new website www.sons-of-liberty.net is now active, so be sure to head over now to find out what this message is all about.

Schaffer further states: “I’m proud to finally see the physical release of Brush-Fires of The Mind happen. This is all about the message, so please spread the word!”

Check out the new video at the link below where Schaffer discusses the concept behind the song “Jekyll Island”, and the book it’s based on – a core principle to the topics covered in the band’s lyrical content. Also, catch a special interview with Schaffer and G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island).
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Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for SONS OF LIBERTY, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, SONS OF LIBERTY aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people

ICED EARTH has confirmed four special North American shows this fall. Meant as an “Escape From The Studio,” these exclusive dates will also get fans the chance to experience SONS OF LIBERTY on stage for their first-ever live performances.

VIP packages via www.icedearth.com are still available on a very limited basis. Regular tickets sales via Ticketmaster and all other outlets have begun and will be subject to local service fees.

ICED EARTH w/SONS OF LIBERTY
Fri/Sep-10 – Washington DC — 9:30 Club
Tue/Sep-21 – Chicago IL — House of Blues
Thu/Sep-23 – New York NY — Nokia Theater Times Square
Sat/Sep-25 – West Hollywood CA — House of Blues

Metal-Rules.com recently interviewed Jon and here is what he had to say about the upcoming live dates:

Metal-Rules.com: I know you are doing 4 live dates in September with Iced Earth and Sons of Liberty on the same bill. I can imagine a full tour where you had to play in both bands might be a bit tiring, but do you think it might happen or maybe Sons of Liberty might go out on their own tour?

Jon: Well if Sons of Liberty grows to the point where we can sell some tickets, then yeah I can see that happening. I can see something happening with Iced Earth, it would be very tiring for me but we may do that. The problem is, here’s the situation – I would love to get Sons of Liberty out on the road to do something like on a cool tour to do an opening so the message can get out to more people. But the problem is, even though I am the founder of Iced Earth, that doesn’t mean that Sons of Liberty automatically translates into ticket sales or into album sales.  It’s a brand new thing; it’s like a baby band starting off with maybe a little bit more of a kick because I’m involved in it.  But to go out on the road as a support band, if a bigger band comes along and understood we were a baby band and offered say $500 a show…well you know it’s $1000 a day for a tour bus and you’ve got all these other costs. I can’t do that and go into a proverbial black hole of debt.  It’s got to be the right situation. Maybe that is sucking it up and doing it with Iced Earth because if some of the guys in Iced Earth play live with Sons of Liberty which is what we are going to do now at least. At least for now the costs are already there because Iced Earth is on tour and the guys in the band are into it. They like it, and they like the message. So I would love to do it. We have some financial challenges facing us with that and that will probably be the biggest obstacle.
Metal-Rules.com: I was going to ask you, for the shows in September 2010, who will be playing with you exactly?

Yeah it’s going to be Brent Smedley (drums), Freddie Vidales (bass), and Troy Seele (guitars). Then a guitarist named Matt O’Rourke from Vegas will be playing my parts because I’m just gonna do vocals, I’m not going to play guitar and sing. I don’t want to be trapped behind a mic stand and not be able to walk around in between the songs and talk to the people.

Metal-Rules.com: Do you think that will feel kind of strange to not have your little shield in front of you when performing live?

Jon: Absolutely dude! I’m a little nervous about it; I have to admit, because I’m not a singer. But I feel like I have to do it and especially September 10th is the night before the gigantic march on Washington D.C. And that’s the reason why we are doing that as the first show. So it’s a while different world for me.

Read the complete interview here: http://www.metal-rules.com/zine/content/view/1972/1/

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Sons of Liberty interview with Jon Schaffer

July 13th, 2010

Sons of Liberty interview with Jon Schaffer

Interview & Transcription by EvilG

When I read up on what Jon Schaffer’s new project, Sons of Liberty, was about, I was interested in talking to Jon about the message. Often with interviews, the focus is on the music, the upcoming tour, etc, and while that is covered here, the main things we discuss are the ideas that Jon is getting out with Sons of Liberty. Rather than editorialize, let’s step into the mind of Jon and hear firsthand the important issues that has been occupying the thoughts of the Iced Earth mastermind over the past 1-1.5 yrs.

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Jon Schaffer’s SONS OF LIBERTY Post New Video Interview Online

June 18th, 2010

ICED EARTH brainchild, Jon Schaffer, has developed a new project, SONS OF LIBERTY, for the purpose of spreading awareness about the current state of affairs worldwide. Schaffer’s goal for this project is not to sell records, t-shirts or tickets, but rather wake people up and to get them to start researching and talking with each other. Check out the new video below where Schaffer discusses the concept behind the song “Jeckyll Island”, and the book it’s based on – a core principle to the topics covered in the band’s lyrical content. Also, catch a special interview with Schaffer and G. Edward Griffin (author of The Creature From Jekyll Island).

Download the song “Jeckyll Island” here.

The entire album can be heard now at www.sons-of-liberty.net, so head over now to check it out. Schaffer setup the very informative resource website as a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. SONS OF LIBERTY: Brush-Fires of The Mind is set for a July 13th release.

Schaffer handles all vocals and instrumentation for SONS OF LIBERTY, but the effort also features guest solos by legendary producer Jim Morris, ICED EARTH guitarist Troy Seele and world-class bassist, Ruben Drake. Born from Schaffer’s desire to stimulate curiosity about a pattern of global banking corruption that is undermining the independence of people and their countries, SONS OF LIBERTY aims to spearhead a multi-faceted and peaceful resistance of the tyranny being wrought every day on regular people.

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Richard Christy

June 11th, 2009

Richard Christy

Interviewed by Alan Gilkeson

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Newly signed to Metal Blade Records with his band CHARRED WALLS OF THE DAMNED, most of you will remember Richard as the former drummer for Death, Iced Earth, Control Denied, Leash Law, or Burning Inside. Then there are those who came to learn of Richard’s other "talents" on the Howard Stern show. We catch up with Richard to see what he’s been up to recently.

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ICED EARTH – Jon Schaffer

March 1st, 2009

JON SCHAFFER OF ICED EARTH

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ AND JARNO HUOVILA

LIVE PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

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Some eighteen years, and another eight albums, since the release of ICED EARTH’s eponymous debut album, it’s still band leader and guitarist Jon Schaffer’s unique vision and rule by iron hand that define every aspect of the band. After two albums, THE GLORIOUS BURDEN in 2004 and FRAMING ARMAGEDDON in 2007, with Tim "Ripper" Owens of JUDAS PRIEST fame, Jon has again, on the latest album, CRUCIBLE OF MAN in 2008, been rejoined by returning Matt Barlow on vocals. Matt originally appeared on some of the bands most classic albums such as BURNT OFFERINGS in 1995, THE DARG SAGA in 1996, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES in 1998 and HORROR SHOW in 2001.

In addition to his work with ICED EARTH, Jon and his good friend Hansi Kürsch of BLIND GUARDIAN, released two albums under the name of DEMONS & WIZARDS. ICED EARTH has currently just finished a co-headlining tour of Europe with SAXON. We had to opportunity to sit down with Jon to catch up about some of the recent developments in his band and learn some interesting things concerning his plans for the future.

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Iced Earth – Jon Schaffer

November 18th, 2008

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Guitarist/Mastermind Jon Schaffer

Interview By Lord of The Wasteland

Transcription By Sara "Abominae"


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