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Some Metal and Rock ‘N Roll Thoughts – Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Posted in classic rock, Hard Rock, Music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

RAMONES - Promo album pic!

Above: Front cover for debut album RAMONES, released in 1976 via Sire Records. L to R: Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone and Dee Dee Ramone.

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It’s an overcast and humid Sunday morning, here in Southwestern Ohio. There are thunderstorms forecasted for later today, due to the cold front coming in from the Northwest. Reports are that some of these storms may be severe. Whoa. Temperatures are to drop to the lower 70′s for this (early) coming week too. That’s early October in July!

On a somber note, everyone at Metal Odyssey expresses condolences to the family, friends and fans of the legendary Tommy Ramone. At only 65 years of age,  Tommy Ramone passed away on July 11th. He was the original drummer for the Ramones and also contributed as a producer and songwriter for the band. Tommy Ramone was the drummer on the first three Ramones studio albums. If there’s a Rock And Roll Heaven, I’m certain the Ramones are now touring up there and making some noise. God bless them all.

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On this day in Rock History, the debut and self-titled album from Queen was released back in 1973. What more can be said? The rest truly is iconic Rock History. By the way, I was only seven years old then. Whoa!

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Jon Schaffer, (legendary guitarist & founder of ICED EARTH), has recently undergone neck surgery. Below is Jon Schaffer’s latest update and good news on his situation, as posted on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:

Hello friends,

I’m writing to let you know that I made it through the surgery and am steadily on the road to recovery. The surgeon informed us that everything went smooth during the operation and that I should be back in action within a few months.

Thank you all very much for your support, you truly are the best fans any band could ask for.

Take care and best to you all,

Jon Schaffer

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MetalOdyssey

LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL.

GET WELL, JON SCHAFFER.

REST IN PEACE, TOMMY RAMONE.

REST IN PEACE, FREDDIE MERCURY.

Stone.

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ICED EARTH – Forced To Cancel This Summer’s Festivals And Headline Shows

Posted in Heavy Metal, metal music, music news, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on June 7, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported by the legendary Jon Schaffer, on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:

It is with sincere apologies that I write to inform you all that ICED EARTH is forced to cancel this summer’s festivals and headline shows.

As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my neck in the year 2000, due to an onstage injury that occurred in 1996. Since that time, I have battled with this problem, and it has begun to accelerate in the past several months, causing additional issues that can no longer be ignored.

In February, while on tour in Europe, I underwent highly specialized treatment in Germany from a doctor who has helped, among many others, Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. This treatment helped sustain my ability to perform so that we could complete our Worldwide Plagues Tour.

However, I am now forced to take further, more invasive action sooner than I intended in order to maintain my overall health.

Surgery was originally planned to take place in September during our break, but I have now been advised to have the procedure completed sooner rather than later.

As much as it pains me and everyone else in our camp to have to cancel these dates, this is something that cannot be put aside any longer.

Once the surgery and recovery are completed, we will be back to work – healthy, strong, and ready to bring the metal to you, our fans.

Best wishes to you all,

Jon Schaffer

Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon - promo cover pic - available now flyer - 2014

* For more info on ICED EARTH:

Facebook: Iced Earth

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

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GET WELL & STAY STRONG, JON SCHAFFER.

LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Worldwide Plagues Tour North America 2014 – Info You Need!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

Iced Earth - North America - Worldwide Plagues Tour - 2014 - promo flyer

For complete ICED EARTH Plagues Of Babylon tour schedule: 

http://www.icedearth.com/tour

Tickets and VIP packages still on sale at: www.enterthevault.com

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* For more info on ICED EARTH:

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

Facebook: Iced Earth

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH “Among The Living Dead” – Song From “Plagues Of Babylon” Is: Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, news, rock music, rock music news, world news with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2014 by Metal Odyssey

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ICED EARTHPlagues Of Babylon is the 11th studio album from America’s ICED EARTH and it’s a steamroller of True Metal to the nth degree! There’s no excuse for any fan of Metal to pass over this new ICED EARTH release! Plagues Of Babylon is mightily stocked with Metal songs that will shake the earth around you and Among The Living Dead is one of them!

Take a listen below to the powerful vocals of Stu Block and the riveting guitar talents of Jon Schaffer and Troy Seele. Turn the bass to high and allow Luke Appleton to send seismic waves through your skull. This is a damn great and eerie Metal song. This is American Heavy Metal. This is ICED EARTH. Metal be thy name. – Stone

ICED EARTH – Among The Living Dead Is Stone’s METAL Pick Of The Day!

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* For more info on ICED EARTH:

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

Facebook: http://www.icedearth.com

Century Media Records - logo - B&W

Website: http://www.centurymedia.com

Shop: http://www.cmdistro.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – New Track “Among The Living Dead” Is Streaming Online; “Plagues Of Babylon” Pre-Orders Available Now!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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ICED EARTH – [SONG PREMIERE] Iced Earth have just launched another brand-new track from their upcoming album “Plagues Of Babylon”!

Get ready for a serious dose of METAL by following the links below!

Check out “Among The Living Dead” over at Metal Hammer (http://bit.ly/ITPJjY) or at Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles (http://bit.ly/1bBnGNk) and bang that head that doesn’t bang!!!

Pre-order “Plagues Of Babylon” at:

CM Distro & CM Distro Europehttp://smarturl.it/icedearthcmd

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(Sources: Century Media & ICED EARTH Facebooks)

* For more info on ICED EARTH:

Website: http://www.icedearth.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL – First Wave Of Bands For 2014 Installment Posted

Posted in concerts, Heavy Metal, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on December 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

New England Metal & Hardcore Festival 14 - promo banner

Worcester, Massachusetts-based concert promotions company, MassConcerts, is proud to, once again, host the annual NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL in April 2014.

Slated for April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the 2014 installment of the massive NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL gathering will mark its sixteenth year. Since 1999, the multiple-day festival has been attracting dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium, that houses two stages full of music for three full days.. While the final lineup for this year’s fest is still being organized, today the first wave of bands confirmed to be taking part in the three-day massacre has come in hard.

Highlights of the three dozen NEMHF 2014 confirmations as of this week include: All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced, with more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed. Tickets for NEMHF 2014 will go on sale this Black Friday, November 29th, with VIP packages to follow soon after. Final lineups will be determined very soon.

NEW ENGLAND METAL & HARDCORE FESTIVAL 2014 Confirmations:

All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Bleeding Through “Final East Coast Appearance”, Sabaton, Revamp, Nails, Within The Ruins, Slapshot, All Out War, Cruel Hand, Ramallah, Twitching Tongues, Lionheart, Counterparts, Harms Way, Suburban Scum, Fire and Ice, Naysayer, Colin of Arabia, Reign Supreme, Fit For An Autopsy, Born Low, The Mongoloids, Warhound, Malfunction, Alpha & Omega, King Nine, Discourse, Will To Die, Barrier, Kublai Khan, Scale The Summit and Sylar.

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(Source: Earsplit PR)

* For more info:

https://www.facebook.com/metalandhardcorefest

http://metalandhardcorefestival.com

https://twitter.com/moshfest

http://www.massconcerts.com

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LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – “PLAGUES OF BABYLON” LYRIC VIDEO STREAMING ONLINE NOW!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon - promo cover pic

ICED EARTH – Watch the new ICED EARTH lyric video off their upcoming album Plagues of Babylon:

Stone Says: Man, is this title song for the upcoming ICED EARTH album heavy-duty solid or what?! I’ve been pumped to get this new ICED EARTH album all along and now I’m quadruple mega-pumped!! Simply put, this song kicks incredible Metal ass!! There’s really no other way to put it!! WHOA!

Stu Block (once again) sounds fabulous and the guitars are on fire, in this song! Raphael Saini just pummels the Metal crap out of his kit!! I absolutely cannot wait to buy Plagues Of Babylon, this coming January of 2014!! Metal be thy name!!

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Jon Schaffer – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Vocals

Stu Block – Lead Vocals

Troy Seele – Lead Guitar

Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar

Raphael Saini – Drums

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(Source: Century Media Records)

* For More Info On ICED EARTH:

Facebook: Iced Earth

http://www.icedearth.com

Century Media Records - logo - B&W

http://www.centurymedia.com

http://www.cmdistro.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE HEAVY METAL.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

ICED EARTH “The Plagues EP” Limited Edition Blood Red Vinyl – Available On European Tour With VOLBEAT

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 8, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:

Band and Crew have gathered and we have begun rehearsals for the Volbeat Tour that kicks off this Friday in Milan. We are really excited to begin this new touring cycle even though it feels like the previous one only ended yesterday.

It will certainly be killer to see you guys out there and hang with my brother Michael and the guys in Volbeat and their team.

On another note: we have been thinking of offering something special to our fans on this tour and here it is:

• A 12” 180g Vinyl EP
• Limited, hand-numbered edition (1000 units only)
• Blood red vinyl
• Heavy duty cardboard sleeve with matte print

Featuring the world premiere of the following songs:

Plagues Of Babylon
If I Could See You
Peacemaker

This is our own project and we are really excited about it. This will be for sale only at the Volbeat shows, first come, first serve!

Please see some impromptu pack shots and an image of the front and back cover art attached.

See you down the road!
Jon Schaffer

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* For More Info On ICED EARTH:

Facebook: Iced Earth

http://www.icedearth.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE VOLBEAT.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Reveals Album Art & Track List For “Plagues Of Babylon”

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, Metal, metal bands, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 26, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Iced Earth - Plagues Of Babylon - promo cover pic

ICED EARTH have revealed the artwork for their upcoming new album “Plagues of Babylon” which will be out in early 2014!

As reported on the ICED EARTH Facebook page:

Friends,

We are proud to present you with the new cover art for “Plagues of Babylon”. This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover. I’m sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.

I hope you enjoy this preview! Much more exciting news coming very soon!

In Metal,

Jon Schaffer

Tracklist:

1. Plagues of Babylon
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit of the Times
12. Highwayman

Artwork painted by Eliran Kantor.

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* For More Info On ICED EARTH:

http://www.icedearth.com

Facebook: Iced Earth

Century Media Records - logo - B&W

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS:

http://www.centurymedia.com

http://www.cmdistro.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE ELIRAN KANTOR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – A Studio Update From The Legendary Jon Schaffer

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal bands, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on September 5, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the Facebook of ICED EARTH:

“Metal Heads!

We have completed recording, mixing, and mastering for the new album “Plagues of Babylon.” It’s been a long summer, but a very productive one. I am very proud of my band mates! Everyone kicked ass, and we made a really special record.

Now, it’s time to try to rest for a few “minutes” before the next chapter of world touring begins.

Best to you all! We will see our European friends on the road with our brothers in Volbeat, then the rest of you on the Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014!”

Jon Schaffer

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Jon Schaffer – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Vocals

Stu Block – Lead Vocals

Troy Seele – Lead Guitar

Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar

Raphael Saini – Drums

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* For related ICED EARTH articles:

ICED EARTH – EUROPEAN TOUR 2014 – DATES, CITIES & VENUES ANNOUNCED!

ICED EARTH – New Studio Album “Plagues Of Babylon” Releasing October 2013

The above links are for posts featured on Metal Odyssey, on April 29, 2013.

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ICED EARTH – LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION IS OUT NOW! IT’S A LIVE METAL GEM!

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* For More Info On ICED EARTH:

Facebook: Iced Earth

http://www.icedearth.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

METAL BE THY NAME.

Stone.

DOKK’EM OPEN AIR – TESTAMENT And ICED EARTH HEADLINING! June 21-22

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on June 2, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Dokk' Em - Open Air - promo flyer - 2013 - Iced Earth

Fullmetal Madness! For two days the best and hardest Metal in the Frisian countryside! Dokk’em Open Air: Friday 21 and Saturday, June 22, 2013, Dokkum.

On Dokk’em Open Air more than 20 of the best international Metal bands perform, spread over two days. Check out the lineup of Metal bands on the above festival flyer!

The event takes place on the festival grounds at the Hiausterdyk, just outside Dokkum, the N356 direction Bornwird / Holwerd (postcode 9101).
There is always plenty of parking.

Of course you can stay on Dokk’em Open Air, the festival campsite is next to the festival site. There are also to be found plenty of nice small hotels in the area. All information can be found at: www.dokkemopenair.eu.

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HEADLINERS ARE:

Testament - band pic - band logo - 2012

TESTAMENT! WHOA!

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ICED EARTH! WHOA AGAIN!

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For more info on TESTAMENT, click below!

facebook: Testament

http://www.testamentlegions.com

For more info on ICED EARTH, click below!

facebook: Iced Earth

http://www.icedearth.com

For more info on Dokk’em Open Air, click below!

http://www.dokkemopenair.eu

facebook: Dokk’em Open Air

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(Source: Dokk’em Open Air)

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LONG LIVE DOKK’EM OPEN AIR.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – EUROPEAN TOUR 2014 – DATES, CITIES & VENUES ANNOUNCED!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

Iced Earth - World Tour 2014 - promo flyer

ICED EARTH – The European Tour dates, cities and venues have been announced by the legendary ICED EARTH! Check out the schedule below to see if ICED EARTH will be invading your territory with their powerful American-made True Metal! This is a massive Metal tour of Europe by ICED EARTH, my Metal brethren! Metal be thy name!

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ICED EARTH – European Tour 2014:

09 Jan: GER Saarbrücken Garage

10 Jan: NED Hengelo Metropol

11 Jan: BEL Antwerp Trix

12 Jan: GBR Birmingham O2 Academy

13 Jan: IRE Dublin Button Factory

14 Jan: GBR London O2 Academy Islington

15 Jan: FRA Paris Le Trabendo

17 Jan: ESP Madrid Sala Caracol

19 Jan: ESP Valencia Rock City

20 Jan: ESP Barcelona Razzmatazz 2

22 Jan: SWI Pratteln Z7

23 Jan: ITA Romagnano Rock ‘n’ Roll Arena

24 Jan: SLO Ljubljana Kino Siska

25 Jan: CRO Zagreb Pogon Jedinstvo

26 Jan: BIH Sarajevo Club Sloga

28 Jan: ROM Bucarest Juke Box

29 Jan: TUR Istanbul Kucukciftlik Park

31 Jan: GRE Athens Gagarin 205

01 Feb: GRE Thessaloniki Principal Club

02 Feb: BUL Sofia Mixtape 5

04 Feb: SER Belgrade Dom Omladine

05 Feb: HUN Budapest Club 202

07 Feb: GER Nürnberg Rockfabrik

08 Feb: TCH Zlin Masters Of Rock

09 Feb: GER München Backstage Werk

11 Feb: GER Berlin Astra

12 Feb: GER Köln Essigfabrik

13 Feb: GER Bochum Zeche

14 Feb: GER Osnabrück Rosenhof

15 Feb: GER Hamburg Markthalle

16 Feb: DEN Copenhagen Vega

18 Feb: SWE Gothenburg Sticky Fingers

19 Feb: SWE Stockholm Debaser Medis

22 Feb: ISR Tel Aviv Reading 3

Iced Earth - Live In Ancient Kourion - promo cover

ICED EARTH – LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION IS OUT NOW! 

DELUXE 2-CD + DVD EDITION (Century Media)

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ICED EARTH:

Jon Schaffer – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Vocals

Stu Block – Lead Vocals

Troy Seele – Lead Guitar

Brent Smedley – Drums

Luke Appleton – Bass Guitar

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For more info on ICED EARTH, click on the links below!

facebook: Iced Earth

http://www.icedearth.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – New Studio Album “Plagues Of Babylon” Releasing October 2013

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, Metal, metal music, Music, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , on April 29, 2013 by Metal Odyssey

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As reported on the facebook page of ICED EARTH:

Horns Up brothers and sisters!

I just wanted to write to you on behalf of myself, and the band, to say thank you for the amazing growth that has been taking place on the Official Iced Earth Facebook Page. We have reached 300,000 likes in a very short time and there appears to be no end in sight.

Since we have this special occasion, I thought I might share some exclusive news with you guys, right here, straight from the source:

The new ICED EARTH studio album is expected to have an October 2013 release date. It will be titled “PLAGUES OF BABYLON” and we are very excited about how killer things are sounding this early in the writing/demo process. Below are some of the song titles that will appear on the album.

1.) Plagues of Babylon
2.) Democide
3.) Among The Living Dead
4.) The Resistance
5.) If I Could See You
6.) Peacemaker
7.) Cthulhu
8.) Parasite

I expect this album will be something very special!
Stay tuned to this page (facebook: Iced Earth) for breaking news about ICED EARTH’s mega-packed schedule and coming tour dates. You will hear it here first!

Thanks again for your continued support of the band! We love you guys!

Take care,

Jon Schaffer

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For more info on ICED EARTH, click on the links below!

facebook: Iced Earth

http://www.icedearth.com

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LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

BURNING SEA FESTIVAL – Zadar, Croatia, June 5th – 8th, 2013 > All The Cool Info YOU Need

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal festivals, Metal, metal festivals, metal music, Music, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

Burning Sea Festival - 2013 - poster promo pic!

The BURNING SEA FESTIVAL will take place in Zadar, Croatia from June 5th thru June 8th, 2013. With the legendary ICED EARTH and KING DIAMOND headlining, dozens of our Metal warriors will be there: OVERKILL, ANGEL WITCH, ENSLAVED, DESTRUCTION, AMORPHIS, CANDLEMASS  and TURISAS to name a many potent few!

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ABOUT BURNING SEA FESTIVAL:

BURNING SEA is combining the best two things in life. as the only Metal open air festival located directly on the sea beach. If you are tired of mud and rain, try something new: Metal holidays on the green peninsula, surrounded by beautiful beaches of azure Adriatic Sea. Experience the unique crimson sunset in the Mediterranean area and you’ll know why the festival is called Burning Sea. Located in an elite touristic part of over 3000 years old stony city of Zadar, Croatia, this festival will not leave any visitor cold. Enjoy the Mediterranean spirit, hot nights under a starry and moonlit sky together with the best company ever: METALHEADS like you and we are.

With Burning Sea, you decide to join a Metal festival and watch great bands on stage. Better yet, we have the mission to see you enjoying yourself while actually taking a great vacation AND hailing the gods of Heavy Metal at the same time. That’s why we chose the beautiful ancient Zadar, the everlasting heart of the Mediterranean. Visit us on www.burning-sea.com and www.metalholiday.com. Watch out for our other great events in the Balkan region that fuse holiday and musical entertainment!

For a map view of concert venue, click here: Obala kneza Domagoja 18, 23000 Zādār

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(SourceBurning Sea Festival Facebook)

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LONG LIVE BURNING SEA FESTIVAL.

LONG LIVE METAL.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Confirmed To Play At the Kalaset Festival, Lulea, Sweden

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, Music, Power Metal, power metal bands, rock festivals, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2012 by Metal Odyssey

As reported on The Official Iced Earth Website:

Mark your calendars. Fans in Sweden…get ready! Iced Earth has just been confirmed to play the Kalaset Festival!

More information will be announced on our Tour page when it becomes available.

Date: August 4, 2012

Place: Sweden

City: Lulea

Festival: Kalaset Festival

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For more info on ICED EARTH, click on the links below:

www.IcedEarth.com

http://www.youtube.com/officialicedearth

For more info on the Kalaset Festival, click on link below:

 http://www.kalaset.se/

LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Announce First Ever Tour Dates In Australia!

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on December 1, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

2012 Australia Tour Dates:

Wednesday, April 4th at Billboards The Venue, Melbourne

Thursday April 5th at The HiFi Sydney, Sydney

Regular and VIP tickets are available via the Iced Earth web site Tour page.

* Support acts will be announced at a later date.

LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

ICED EARTH – Dystopia Releases On October 18th, 2011: Track Listing, Black Sabbath Cover Song & Details

Posted in Heavy Metal, heavy metal albums, heavy metal news, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news with tags , , , , , , , on October 6, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

ICED EARTH – Guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer is an American Heavy Metal icon and his band ICED EARTH is legendary. Jon Schaffer has nurtured ICED EARTH to international Metal prominence, with an undying dedication to keeping the Metal of his band real and epic on each studio release. On October 18th, 2011, the tenth studio album shall be added to the revered discography of ICED EARTH, which is titled: Dystopia.

Stu Block (Into Eternity) succeeds the retired Matt Barlow on lead vocals. His vocal prowess lends a powerful and easily embraced identity to Dystopia and ICED EARTH, as another incredible chapter of Heavy Metal begins for this band. A cover song of note on Dystopia, available on iTunes on October 18th, is The Mob Rules, from the 1981 Black Sabbath classic of classicsMob Rules. (You can pre-order Dystopia on iTunes now).

Dystopia will be released on Century Media Records.

ICED EARTH:

Jon Schaffer – Rhythm & Lead Guitar, Vocals

Troy Seele – Lead Guitar

Brent Smedley – Drums

Freddie Vidales – Bass Guitar, Vocals

Stu Block – Lead Vocals

Dystopia – Track Listing (iTunes):

Dystopia

Anthem

Boiling Point

Anguish of Youth

V

Dark City

Equilibrium

Days of Rage

End of Innocence

Tragedy and Triumph

Mob Rules (Black Sabbath Cover)

The limited import digipak CD comes with a slipsleeve, a bonus track not found on the U.S. versions and a printed patch. Track listing is below:

Dystopia

Anthem

Boiling Point

Anguish of Youth

V

Dark City

Equilibrium

Days of Rage

End of Innocence

Soylent Green

Iron Will

Tragedy and Triumph

Anthem (String Mix)

The limited box set version (above) includes the digipak CD with 3 bonus tracks, a belt buckle, lighter, wristband, printed patch, beer coaster and 3 button set.

* For more info on ICED EARTH, click on the link below:

ICED EARTH – Official Website

Century Media Records/CM Distro


LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

Stone.

Some Rockin’ Albums To Get You Through An Ice Storm Warning!

Posted in classic rock, classic rock albums, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, rock music, rock music news, weather news with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Metal Odyssey

Well, it’s coming… back for round II. On Tuesday, February 1st, round I came through Pennsylvania and it was enough to cause plenty of headaches and anxiety attacks. As it is, round I was just a teaser compared to the impending “round II”, which is supposed to be bigger, badder and more potent than ever. What is “it”? I can almost see the concerned look on your face, as you begin to mutter: what was round I and what could round II possibly be? What is Stone unravelling about now? An ice storm. Another F’n ice storm. Metal be thy name, ice storms are not fun. Ice storms for all intents and purposes are dangerous to life, liberty and the pursuit of Metal happiness.

I have my snow shovel, yet what can that actually do when it comes to ice? My nearly 4 foot long ice chopper will come in handy though. Rock salt… yup, I have about 15 pounds of it, only it’s not gonna be enough probably. Will we lose our power due to the ice storm’s brutality to tree limbs and power lines? Maybe. Losing power when the temperature outside is below freezing is not something I welcome with open Metal arms.

What can any one of us do when it comes to a raging ice storm? The damn ice storm warning put out by the National Weather Service says it all! With big jack-o-lantern grins on their faces, my late/great uncles (Uncle George and Willard) always used to say to me when I was a young lad: you can’t control or predict Mother Nature. They were not mistaken. All that the Mid-Atlantic and Southern New England States can do now is wait. Wait. Wait for this ice storm to cometh… and…

LISTEN TO SOME ROCK ‘N’ ROLL & F’N METAL!

Below is a list of five albums that are somehow linked to that very cold three letter word… ICE. Be it the band name, song or album title, the reference to ice is there. WARNING: This list just might serve you right. Each album is recommended by Stone for your listening Rockin’ pleasure during - Ice Storm Round II of 2011.

Foreigner – debut/self titled (1977)

Their Classic Rock gem – Cold As Ice is as fitting as any song to listen to during Ice Storm Round II. If these lyrics to Cold As Ice speak to me correctly, this song has some pissed off attitude happening. That’s perfect! For I am pissed off at this ice storm. By the way, this Foreigner debut album is a Classic Rock masterpiece.

Yngwie Malmsteen – Fire & Ice (1992)

Göran Edman is the lead vocalist on Yngwie Malmsteen’s sixth studio album. I’ve always liked this Fire & Ice album and consider it to be one of those best kept secrets from the early 90′s. Can you keep a secret? I still have… Fire & Ice… in mint condition… on cassette. No, it’s not for sale.

AC/DC – BLACK ICE (2008)

If any band in this great land has the ability to cheer me up, especially during Ice Storm Round II of 2011, it’s gonna be AC/DC. This album’s title and it’s title track have those two words no driver wants to hear during these winter months – Black Ice.

Frozen Ghost – The Essentials (2005)

If you dig Night Ranger, Nelson and Survivor, then you just might dig Frozen Ghost. Their melodic and well crafted songs were tailor made for Rock accessibility. This Canadian AOR band released three studio albums from 1987 to 1992. Here’s a Rockin’ fun fact: Frozen Ghost spelled their band name as Frōzen Ghōst on their first and third album covers, (their second album from 1988, Nice Place To Visit, had the spelling Frozen Ghost). Frozen Ghost broke up in 1993 and their mainstream Rock still resonates relevancy to my ears.

ICED EARTH – ALIVE IN ATHENS (1999)

Since their 1990 debut and self-titled album, Iced Earth has been an American Heavy Metal Band that has never buckled down to music trends or watered down their music for any mainstream acceptance… thanks to the legendary Jon Schaffer (founding member/guitarist/songwriter). Matthew Barlow is the lead vocalist on this live gem from Iced Earth.

Alive In Athens bestows some solid production, capturing Iced Earth’s Heavy Metal energy as they play their classics to a fired up mass of fans in Athens, Greece. I can’t ever find myself keeping this CD out of arms reach. Plus, what other band has a name so fitting for an ice storm? On Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011, when I wake up from my Metal slumber… a visible Iced Earth will be awaiting me outside, courtesy of Mother Nature. My great uncles are smiling down on me now.

By now, many of you are asking: hey Stone, what about that album cover at the top of this post? Is that a cool album to listen to during Ice Storm Round II of 2011? My answer is very simple. Yes, The Crucible Of Man: Something Wicked Part 2 is a Metal recommendation for any ice storm. It receives Stone’s Metal stamp of approval the whole year long too.

METAL BE THY NAME.

ICE STORMS SUCK.

ICE STORM WARNINGS ARE SPOOKY.

Stone.

ICED EARTH “Festivals Of The Wicked” DVD – Coming Soon In 2011!

Posted in concert videos, Heavy Metal, metal music, metal odyssey, Music, Power Metal, rock music, rock music news, videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 22, 2010 by Metal Odyssey

ICED EARTH – Century Media will be releasing in 2011, a brand new concert & documentary DVD saluting a tried and true, legendary Heavy Metal band, America’s very own… ICED EARTH. This new DVD is titled: Festivals Of The Wicked and contains nearly six hours of content!

Three full headliner concerts are showcased on Festivals Of The Wicked, they are: Wacken Open Air 2007, Rock Hard Festival 2008 and Metal Camp 2008. A 90 minute documentary of ICED EARTH is also featured! Plus, a photo gallery shot by famed Rock photographers Ross Halfin and Rudy De Doncker is included! Festivals Of The Wicked is certainly a DVD to seek out in 2011!

* As of December 22, 2010, no official release date has been released, other than “2011″.

* The cover artwork for Festivals Of The Wicked is Metal intense! This is an instant visual classic of ICED EARTH’S mascot – Set Abominae.

Watch the Century Media trailer below for the Festivals Of The Wicked DVD!

ICED EARTH:

Jon Schaffer – rhythm and lead guitars, backing vocals

Matt Barlow – lead and backing vocals

Brent Smedley – drums

Troy Seele – lead guitar

Freddie Vidales – bass guitar

ICED EARTH – 2011 FESTIVAL NEWS:

ICED EARTH will be performing at the 22nd Annual, 2011 Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany! The Wacken Open Air Festival will be held August 4th through August 6th, 2011. Performing at the 2011 Wacken Open Air Festival as well are: Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Motörhead and Blind Guardian! F’n Whoa! That is an ultra-legendary Metal lineup! (Source: ICED EARTH Official Website)

* For more info on ICED EARTH, click here: ICED EARTH – Official Website

* For more info on the 2011 Wacken Open Air Festival, click the link below!

Wacken Open Air Festival

LONG LIVE ICED EARTH.

LONG LIVE THE POWER OF HEAVY METAL.

Stone.

Paranormal reality television and scary Metal music mirror one another

Posted in Alice cooper, Black Metal, Danzig, Death Metal, Extreme Metal, Gene Simmons, ghost hunters, gothic metal, Hair Metal, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, heavy metal vocalists, horror metal, Iced Earth, king diamond, Metal, Misfits, Motorhead, Music, paranormal television shows, Power Metal, Punk rock, rob zombie, Rock, rock music, Slipknot, speed metal, Thrash Metal, Vocals, W.A.S.P. with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 17, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

3283538It is an obvious Metal music marriage, the paranormal being put to lyrics in Metal songs. Any King Diamond album supports this statement, that is for certain. Horror and the paranormal rules the Metal world’s lyrics with it’s mystery, shock, and imagery. This to me, is one of the great attributes to Metal music, the paranormal and horror has given personality and life to throngs of Metal bands as: Alice Cooper, Misfits, Kiss (with makeup), Lordi, Rob ZombieSlipknot, Danzig, W.A.S.P., Cannibal Corpse and of course, King Diamond again. The list could go on and on, regarding which Metal bands represent the horror and paranormal subjects best.

I highly recommend taking a listen to Iced Earth – “The Horror Show”, this is an album dedicated to just the legendary horror movie monsters: Dracula, The Wolfman, Frankenstein and The Phantom of the Opera are covered just fine by Matt Barlow’s vocals and the writing and musical genius of Jon Schaffer. I also highly recommend the horror concept album, that for me is now a true Metal classic – “Abigail” from King Diamond, released in 1987. In my opinion, “Abigail” was/is a triumphant representation of Black Metal, even though the music includes heavy duty Speed Metal throughout. This King Diamond lineup on “Abigail” also bestows the talented Mikkey Dee on drums, who has been a mainstay with Motorhead, since 1992.

When I listen to my favorite Metal bands playing tunes about the macabre, horror and the paranormal, I cannot help reflecting on my favorite paranormal television shows. The material that King Diamond covers, for example, mirrors what many of the paranormal shows offer. My favorite scary & spooky television shows are: “Ghost Hunters”, “Penn State Paranormal”, “Most Haunted”, “UFO Hunters” and “Monster Quest”, all delving into the mysteriously unknown, paranormal, the dark side and real life monsters. Any Metal band can get hordes of information and subject matter for their music, just by watching this scary paranormal reality television.

Now, do I believe in all of this paranormal subject matter that these shows discuss/cover? Do I believe in real life monsters like Bigfoot, Moth Man and UFO aliens? Let’s just say, I get entertained and spooked out like anyone else, I really like the unknown aspect of these topics. I am also never going to be one of those, who back when Christopher Columbus sailed the seven seas, thought our planet Earth was square. It is an absolute fact, that new species of any of our known living organisms, (plants, fish, animals, insects), are being discovered on a daily basis. There are many, many, mysteries and dark questions out there that still have to be answered, for me it is great fun delving into these scary topics through Metal music and paranormal reality television. My feeling is that, paranormal reality television and Metal music just seem to go together, both never cease to thrill and entertain me.

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