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Formed: 1985
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Iced Earth News

Below is our complete Iced Earth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Iced Earth Issues Album Update

Iced Earth's new album "Incorruptible" is coming later this year, with the track listing just unveiled earlier in the week. Today band mastermind Jon Schaffer issued this update:

"Brothers and Sisters,

"Thank you so much for the warm birthday greetings. I am humbled and honored by your loyalty.
We delivered the master recordings to Century Media and now things are in motion.

"I am eager for you all to hear the new record. For me, it's something very special. I am extremely proud of the entire band and our team for the great work and passion that is going in to every step of the process.

"We're coming back with a vengeance my friends! Take care, Jon Schaffer." More...

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Iced Earth Unveils New Album

Iced Earth just wrapped up the mixing and mastering for a new full-length album, which will be titled "Incorruptible."

Following previous 2014 full-length studio album "Plagues of Babylon," this new release is being slated for a June drop date, with full details to arrive in the coming weeks.

Photos from the studio were posted throughout the recording process, which can be seen at the band's Facebook profile here.

Today, Iced Earth has unveiled the official "Incorruptible" track listing:

1. Great Heathen Army
2. Black Flag
3. Raven Wing
4. The Veil
5. Seven Headed Whore
6. The Relic (Part 1)
7. Ghost Dance (Awaken the Ancestors)
8. Brothers
9. Defiance
10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)

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Iced Earth Posts Year End Message

After returning form the Headbangers Ball Tour, Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer checked in with this year-end message for fans:

"I want to thank our fans for their support and the success of the MTV Headbangers Ball Tour.
We had a great time and made lots of new friends. Myself and the whole band wish you all an amazing holiday season.

"We are looking for to an incredible year with the release of our 12th studio album 'Incorruptible' and the subsequent touring that will follow. Metal will flow, be sure. I wish you all the very best." More...

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Iced Earth Parts With Guitarist

Iced Earth guitarist Troy Seele today announces his departure from the band due to family responsibilities. Troy Seele's last gig with the band will be Knotfest in Mexico City on October 16th, 2016. He comments:

"After close to ten years as a guitarist in Iced Earth, the time has come for me to step away. Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with autism. In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music. That is no longer the case and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. I've always believed that family comes first, and now it is time for me to focus on that.

"The demanding life style of being in a professional heavy metal band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, and given my circumstances, this is the best time for me to step down.

"Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It's taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of.

"I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years. Thank you to the fans for understanding and for your support." More...

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Headbangers Ball Posts Tour Trailer

The Canadian hyperblasters from Kataklysm will return to Europe in December of 2016 as part of the "MTV Headbangers Ball" tour.

The varied line-up will be completed by U.S. heavy metallers Iced Earth, Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum, and US metalcore stalwarts Unearth. A teaser trailer also just came online and can be seen below.

"Headbangers Ball" - a name that evokes pure heavy metal nostalgia - will breathe new life again and, by the end of this year, MTV's classic 80's show shall return as a series of events. Dates for the winter tour are available after the jump.

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Kataklysm Joining Headbangers Ball Tour

After the band's most extensive and successful tour to date earlier this year, Canadian group Kataklysm will return to Europe in December 2016 as part of the MTV Headbangers Ball tour.

The varied line-up will be completed by U.S. heavy metallers Iced Earth, Finnish folk metal superstars Ensiferum and U.S. metalcore act Unearth. Dates are available below.

Headbangers Ball - a name that evokes pure heavy metal nostalgia - will breathe new life and, by the end of this year, MTV's classic 80's show shall return as a series of events. MTV Headbangers Ball, hosted by Continental Concerts, is going to tour Europe and will embody the cutting edge and timeless essence of pure fucking metal.

Wondering what a Kataklysm show in the U.K. is like? Check out our report from a London gig right here. More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal, Day One: "Casting Off"

When winter strikes the northern hemisphere, we know it’s time for our annual sojourn to the biggest and best floating festival on earth – 70,000 Tons of Metal. Back on its third different boat in three years, Ultimate Metal Cruises returns to destroy the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean with the most diverse and powerful lineup in its sixth voyage. This year, the boat returned to Jamaica, but a different port – Falmouth. Last year, a disastrous blizzard it the Northeast U.S. leaving many stranded on the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale upon return to Port Everglades, something I surely hope wouldn’t happen (he says with tongue firmly planted in cheek). More...

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Iced Earth Two New Live Videos Posted

YouTubers "Carol Bouchard et Sylvie Guay" and "Raven Lunatic" are streaming video footage of Iced Earth performing "Plagues of Babylon" and "Boiling Point" live aboard the "70000 Tons Of Metal" cruise. The 2016 edition of "70000 Tons Of Metal" set sail from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL on February 4 and returned on Monday, February 8.

Check out the clips now below.

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Diamond Head Tops Off 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2016

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail tomorrow. Promoters UMC have declared the event a sell out and announced that the final act added to the bill is legendary UK act Diamond Head.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will sails from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

If you missed out on this year, be sure to check out information on the event over at 70000tons.com.

Diamond Head joins the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
Arkona
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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Novembers Doom, Nervosa Named For 70,000 Tons

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail this Thursday, and promoters UMC have announced all but one act to complete the lineup with the latest additions: Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation.

The clue to the 60th band to be announced is "jewel" and begins with a "D."

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

In addition, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Arkona, Nervosa, Novembers Doom, Starkill, Fallujah, Ghoul, No Raza and Incantation join the following previously named acts (with one still to be revealed):

Abinchova
Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Dead Cross
Delain
Dia De Los Muertos
Distillator More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup Closer To Complete

The 2016 installment of 70,000 Tons of Metal is about to set sail next Thursday, and promoters UMC are inching closer to completing the lineup - the latest addition is Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer)'s new act Dead Cross.

Other additions include: Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail from February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth. You can still book your tickets using the link a few paragraphs down.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. Also, the ship will broadcast the upcoming Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers v. Denver Broncos live on Sunday, February 7, 2016.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Metal Underground.com will be on board for the cruise and will provide coverage in the form of daily show reports, photo galleries and a four part video series featuring performance clips and other antics from each day.

Dead Cross, Abinchova, Painful, Twilight Force, Skálmöld, Raven, Koyi K Utho, Dia De Los Muertos, Distillator and Susperia join the following previously named acts (with 9 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Eluveitie Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 41 bands of the 60 revealed. Three more acts (Hint: from Switzerland, Germany and Sweden) will be added this week.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Eluveitie joins the following previously named acts (with 19 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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70,000 Tons Of Metal Adds Six More Acts For 2016

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 40 bands of the 60 revealed.

The latest additions are: Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader!

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Jag Panzer, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, Squealer, Stratovarius and Vader join the following previously named acts (with 20 still to be revealed):

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Bloodbath
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Bloodbath, Krisiun, 2 Others Added To 70,000 Tons

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 4 more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 34 bands of the 60 to be announced.

The latest additions are: Bloodbath, Krisiun, Vallenfyre and Subway to Sally.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Bloodbath, Krisiun, Vallenfyre and Subway to Sally join the following previously named acts:

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Aura Noir
Belphegor
Carach Angren
Children of Bodom
Cradle Of Filth
Delain More...

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Updated Lineup For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Over the past few months, UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - has added 17 acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise, bringing the total of 30 acts of the 60 announced.

The latest additions are: Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel, the second in as many years: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Aura Noir, Belphegor, Carach Angren, Credle of Filth, Epica, Gamma Ray, HammerFall, Holy Moses, Insomnium, Manilla Road, Rhapsody of Fire, Rotting Christ, Samael, Sodom, Tsjuder, Tyr and Visions of Atlantis join the previously named acts:

Ancient Rites
At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Delain
DragonForce
Firewind
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
Moonspell
My Dying Bride
Thyrfring
Turisas More...

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Iced Earth Re-Issuing Early Albums On Vinyl

Century Media will release the first four studio albums from Iced Earth in July on vinyl format in a variety of color configurations.

"Iced Earth" and "Night Of The Stormrider" will be released on June 10th, "Burnt Offerings" and "The Dark Saga" will be released on June 17th.

All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well. Each LP includes a 60x60 artwork poster and 180 g vinyl. The LP sound has been kept in its original form, with a special vinyl mastering of Patrick Engel, known from his careful mastering works for bands as Jag Panzer, Exodus, Trouble, Tokyo Blade and Candlemass.

While "The Dark Saga" has already seen one vinyl re-issue in 2010 (which is a rare edition by now), the first three Iced Earth albums have never seen an LP re-issue since their initial releases. As prices have reached ridiculous heights lately, it's time to offer you these outstanding and influential albums for a regular price. Pre-order info is available at this location.

The albums "Days Of Purgatory", "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "Horror Show" will follow in the first quarter of 2016. More...

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My Dying Bride, Ancient Rites Added To 70K 2016

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - added three more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise: Ancient Rites, My Dying Bride and Thyrfing will now set sail. Seven more acts are expected to be announced over the course of the day today.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival will board a new vessel: The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!.

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices start at USD 666 plus USD 348 Taxes and Fees per person and include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Public Sales begin on Thursday July 9, 2015 at 3PM PDT. For more information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Ancient Rites, My Dying Bride and Thyrfing join the previously named acts:

At the Gates
Children of Bodom
Delain
DragonForce
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Firewind
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil
Moonspell
Turisas More...

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70,000 Tons Adds 3 More Bands, 10 More Next Week

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - added three more acts to the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise. Children of Bodom, Moonspell and Turisas join the fray. Ten more acts are expected to be announced next week.

In addition, the destination was announced yesterday. In 2016, 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and return to Jamaica with a stop at Falmouth.

The festival also boards a new vessel, The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!.

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices start at USD 666 plus USD 348 Taxes and Fees per person and include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service.

Public Sales begin on Thursday July 9, 2015 at 3PM PDT. For more information, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Children of Bodom, Moonspell and Turisas join the previously named acts:

At the Gates
Delain
DragonForce
Fleshgod Apocalypse
Firewind
Iced Earth
Lacuna Coil More...

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Opening Salvo Of Announcements Made For 70K 2016

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - broke its five month silence, announcing a slew of acts for the upcoming 2016 edition of the cruise. Bands announced thus far: Iced Earth, Lacuna Coil, Fleshgod Apocalypse, DragonForce, Delain, At the Gates and Firewind. Three more acts are expected to be announced today (completing the first 10 in 24 hours).

In 2016, 70,000 Tons of Metal will set sail on February 4th-8th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. No destination has yet been announced. The festival boards a new vessel, The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

All the information on the festival can be found at 70000tons.com.

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Iced Earth Writing New Album

Iced Earth is set to begin the writing process for the band's 12th studio album. After a short hiatus, (primarily due to founder, chief songwriter, and guitarist Jon Schaffer’s 2nd cervical fusion surgery), the band is planning out its schedule for the remainder of the year.

Iced Earth fans can expect the next album, tentatively entitled "The Judas Goat," and the subsequent touring cycle to begin in early 2016. Schaffer comments on his recovery and the direction of the new album:

"The recovery after this surgery has been more difficult than the first time around in 2000. Although there have been a few setbacks, I am confident that I’m ready to resume my duties in Iced Earth, directing my full attention to the creative process, production, and touring future of the band.

"We are looking forward to songwriting and getting back in the studio. The creative direction of the new album is rife with intense and heavy emotions, as one would expect from an Iced Earth record, as well as a wide variety of lyrical inspirations and themes.

"I am 100% confident that the bond our band has forged in these last several years will shine through in the music. It’s a brotherhood in every way, and the fans will feel that. I couldn’t be more proud of these guys and everything we’ve achieved together.”

Long time drummer Brent Smedley will be returning to the band for the recording and touring of the next album cycle. Smedley had to step down due to personal family reasons in 2013 shortly before the recording of "Plagues of Babylon."

“We are very pleased to have Brent joining us once again; he’s always been a brother and an important part of the Iced Earth legacy,” says Schaffer.

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