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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

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* 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.

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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

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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 “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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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 “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!

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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.

ICED EARTH – “Tribute to the Gods” is a fine Metal tribute indeed.

Posted in Alice cooper, Century Media, Gene Simmons, Guitar, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Heavy Metal Reviews, Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Metal, Metal Reviews, Music, Paul Stanley, Rock, Vocals with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2009 by Metal Odyssey

Iced Earth released the Metal cover song album – Tribute to the Gods in 2002. This album packs quite the Metal tribute, to some of the most revered bands in the history of Metal. A sampling of some of the songs covered, with their respective legendary Metal band: KissCreatures of the Night & God of Thunder, Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, Judas Priest – Screaming for Vengeance, AC/DC – Highway To Hell, Iron Maiden – Hallowed Be Thy Name & Number Of The Beast. There are 11 Metal cover songs in all, with Alice Cooper and Blue Oyster Cult rounding out the tribute list of Metal bands.

Jon Schaffer, founding member, plays rhythm, lead and acoustic guitar. Jon Schaffer is someone I hold in extremely high regard as a musician and song writer. Every song is covered with exceptional Metal brilliance on Tribute to the Gods, the musicianship that is heard here takes nothing away from the original songs. To put it plain and simple, this album is as fine a tribute as you will ever hear for these classic Metal tunes, giving nod of appreciation and a thunderous Metal thanks to all the legendary Metal bands listed earlier. Matthew Barlow on lead vocals is tremendous, I always look to him as the lead singer for Iced Earth. Matthew Barlow has his signature vocals that stand out, he never over reaches on any of these vintage Metal tracks. If you are new to Iced Earth, this is a great starting point for catching up on one of the Metal world’s most underrated bands to ever exist.

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