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Formed: 1985
From: Tampa, FL, United States
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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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Tim "Ripper" Owens Speaks On Malmsteen Job

As reported yesterday, Tim "Ripper" Owens" (ex-ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) has officially joined Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen as his new lead vocalist. D.X. Ferris from Cleveland's Scene spoke exclusively to Owens where he had this to say:

"Yes, it is official, I will be singing on the next Yngwie Malmsteen CD, and I couldn't be more excited about working with him. We have known each other for a while and we have never had the opportunity to work together (aside from the 'Mr. Crowley' song) until now. Back when I was in PRIEST, we had tried to get together to do something but we couldn’t get our schedules to align."

In addition, Ripper told the Cleveland Scene that he'll just be singing for the project, and won’t be writing material, but expects to tour behind the record. He says he's learning old and new material including "You Don’t Remember".

As far as his other band, BEYOND FEAR, is concerned, Owens added: "I'm still doing BEYOND FEAR [a group of locals that records for international indie Metal label SPV Records], but not sure of the timing of everything. To all the fans who are writing in expressing their congrats and concerns, please know that BEYOND FEAR will always be a main focus of mine, but I now have a great opportunity to work with one of the greatest guitarists ever... I AM A VIKING... LOL!"

A message previously posted on Malmsteen's website stated: "Yngwie's long-awaited CD is now in its final stages of creation, with a tentative release date of July 2008. The new lineup that will take Yngwie's new album on the road will be Yngwie on guitars (of course!), Tim 'Ripper' Owens on vocals, Bjorn Englen on bass, Michael Troy on keys, and Patrik Johansson on drums."

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Tim "Ripper" Owens Seeks Musicians For New Band

Sadie Rene's nightclub in North Canton, Ohio and Canton/Akron's Rock 106.9 are forming Northeast Ohio's "ultimate band." According to a press release, "Tim 'Ripper' Owens [ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH] will be the lead singer and we want three instrumentalists to join him — a bass player, a guitar player and a drummer.

"The contest takes place at Sadie Rene's on Whipple Ave. each Sunday night.

"Doors open at eight on Sundays and the competition starts at 9 'till midnight.

"Everything kick[ed] off on February 24 when the Ripper [had] a concert at Sadie Rene's. Then March 2 the contest begins with the first auditions. There will be three judges each week. The judges will be all professional musicians."

Below is the list of songs that will be randomly chosen each night for auditions:

JUDAS PRIEST - "Green Manalishi"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Grinder"
JUDAS PRIEST - "Breaking the Law'
KISS - "Cold Gin"
PANTERA - "Walk"
ALICE IN CHAINS - "Man in the Box"
MEGADETH - "Peace Sells… But Who's Buying?!"
BLACK SABBATH - "Paranoid"
GODSMACK - "Awake"
GODSMACK - "Forever"
DROWNING POOL - "Bodies"
STONE TEMPLE PILOTS - "Plush"

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Tim "Ripper" Owens To Front Yngwie Malmsteen Band

Guitar World Magazine reports:

Rumors have been circulating for some time, but Guitar World has confirmed that TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS is indeed the new lead singer for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN.

Yngwie announced the news to the Guitar World staff today when he came to the magazine’s New York headquarters for an exclusive interview and photo shoot.

Malmsteen and Owens, who formerly fronted JUDAS PRIEST, are hard at work on a new CD, which is currently scheduled for a July release.

Visit yngwie.org for more information.

As reported earlier today, according to The RAINBOW Fanclan Legacy, vocalist Doogie White and Malmsteen decided to part company after six and a half years together. Doogie joined the band in September 2001 and recorded two albums: Attack and Unleash the Fury.

"I had a long chat with Yngwie today and it is clear that he wants to move musically in a new direction. It's great news that he will be expanding on his undoubted talents both as a writer and guitarist. I just want to thank, publicly, Yngwie and the many band members past and present that I have worked with. It seems appropriate that we started our working relationship in South America in September 2001 and finished in South America in December 2007. Now anyone need a singer??"

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Iced Earth To Support Nightwish In Quebec

It has been revealed that U.S. power metallers ICED EARTH have been confirmed as the "special guests" for NIGHTWISH's May 9, 2008 concert at the Centre De Foires in Quebec City, Canada.

Tickets are available through EnterTheVault.com and all ticketing outlets

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Iced Earth Reveal More Box Set Details

As previously reported, Century Media Records in Germany have put together an all-encompassing ICED EARTH box due out this month.

Slave To The Dark – The Century Media Years is the title of the luxurious box set containing everything the legendary power metal act released via its former label home.

Garnered with marvellous artwork by Leo Hao (BLIND GUARDIAN, NOCTURNAL RITES, etc.) and ennobled with glossy print and embossing, the set consists of 14 CDs plus one DVD and offers you a total of 145 tracks including all original album tracks as well as rarities and previously unreleased material.

Titles in the set include: Iced Earth (1990), Night Of The Stormrider (+ 1 live bonus track) (1991), Burnt Offerings (plus entire album as alternative mix) (1995), The Dark Saga (+ 2 previously unreleased bonus tracks) (1996), Days Of Purgatory (1997), Something Wicked This Way Comes (+ 3 bonus tracks) (1998), Enter The Realm Of The Gods ((Enter The Realm Demo + Tribute To The Gods album), Alive In Athens (+ 1 bonus track) (1999), Horror Show (+ 1 bonus track) (2001), Alive In Athens DVD (2006).

All CDs have been redesigned as lavish gatefold-vinyl replicas with enhanced artwork and thus Slave To The Dark – The Century Media Years is the best chance to get all the classic Iced Earth albums in one comprehensive box.

To allow you to purchase only certain albums from this collection, Century Media will also separately release all of the aforementioned albums including the particular bonuses.

The Slave To The Dark – The Century Media Years box set and all reissues will be released on the following dates:

- Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Benelux/Italy: Friday, February 22nd
- UK/France/Denmark/Norway/Rest of Europe: Monday, February 25th
- Spain/Portugal: Tuesday, February 26th
- Sweden/Finland/Hungary: Wednesday, February 27th

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Iced Earth To Play Chicago Powerfest

American power metallers ICED EARTH have been confirmed for Chicago Powerfest 2008, set to take place on May 1-3 at The Pearl Room in Mokena, Illinois. This will be Iced Earth's very first performance since the return of vocalist Matt Barlow.

Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer had the following comments about their upcoming performance at the Powerfest: "A big hello goes out to all of our friends in Chi-town! I'm very happy to announce that Iced Earth will be playing our first gig of '08 and our first gig with Matt Barlow back behind the mic at the Chicago Powerfest. It's an honor and a privilege that our first show re-united with Matt is in Chicago. This was the first city to really embrace Iced Earth back in 1997 when we started our U.S. "campaign." It was also the passion of our Chicago fan base that was a big reason for the band moving out of Florida and into the Midwest. We LOVE Chicago, we have a lot of friends there and many great memories. It's only fitting that we kick off the next chapter in the city that's always been so important to Iced Earth and our history. This very special night will be a celebration of our past as well as a celebration of a bold and bright future for Iced Earth and our fans. We look forward to seeing you all there! It's going to be something special, guaranteed!"

Festival organizers, CRJ Productions, also commented: "After months of going after Iced Earth, we're so ecstatic to finally make this announcement. With Iced Earth & Testament both headlining the Powerfest this year, we whole-heartedly believe that this will one of the most anticipated American festivals of 2008 & we're looking forward to seeing the hoard of frenzied metal fans enjoying the fest right along side us."

Also scheduled to appear with Iced Earth and TESTAMENT, are Sweden's DARKANE, Germany's SUIDAKRA, Finland's ENSIFERUM and TURISAS, Denmark's TYR, Switzerland's ELUVEITIE, Florida's THE AUTUMN OFFERING, Chicago's TWELFTH GATE and Italy's CHAOSWAVE.

Tickets for the Iced Earth headlining show (May 2) will go on sale this Saturday, February 2nd at all Ticketmaster locations and The Pearl Room box office. Single day tickets for the Powerfest kick-off with Paganfest show (May 1) and the Testament headlining show (May 3) are available now.

More updates, including additional bands for the Friday (May 2) lineup, coming soon. For all current information regarding Powerfest, visit www.ChicagoPowerfest.com and www.myspace.com/chicagopowerfest.

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Iced Earth Seek Touring Bassist

ICED EARTH has issued the following update:

"America’s premier heavy metal band, Iced Earth, is seeking a deeply passionate and motivated bass guitarist to complete the band’s touring lineup for the 2008 tour season. If you have the chops to join Jon Schaffer and Brent Smedley in metal’s most bulletproof rhythm section, read on.

Applicants MUST possess the following:

1. A demonstrated ability to play with impeccable timing and accuracy.

2. A commanding stage presence that bleeds intensity, aggression, and emotion.

3. Confidence in themselves but also a willingness to be a team player.

4. Proficiency in finger-style playing with some picking experience.

5. Residency in the United States (Midwest residence is a bonus, but not required).

6. A familiarity with the Iced Earth catalog.

7. A flexible work schedule, as this is not an offer for a full-time band position. However, should you land the gig and exceed our expectations in 2008, an opportunity for further collaboration on tour and in the studio will certainly be considered.

Applicants should submit the following:

1. A demo video on DVD is preferred, but an audio CD or cassette tape of your performance is also acceptable.

2. A photo of yourself if you do not submit a demo in video format.

3. A brief biography outlining your experience and gear setup.

4. Contact address, e-mail address, and phone number should we wish to interview you further.

Before we outline the format of your demo submission, know that, we ARE NOT INTERESTED in listening to a fully produced recording. DO NOT send us ONLY a finished CD release from any band that you have played with. We cannot judge your level of timing and accuracy if you send us a recording that’s been mixed and produced.

A simple LIVE home video or audio recording on a CD/cassette tape that documents your playing is all we need to know if you possess the finely-tuned skills we require. This, in addition to any recording of a live performance will be a plus in telling us what we need to know.

The following is what is required for further consideration:

1. A recording of you sitting down by yourself and playing LIVE along to a click-track.

2. Playing a minimum of 4 songs of varying tempos from Iced Earth or a combination of songs from Iced Earth and legendary bands such as IRON MAIDEN, BLACK SABBATH or RUSH. Pick well-known songs with challenging bass lines.

Please send your bio and demo materials in video or audio format to:

Spirit of 76 Collectibles
1728 17th Street
Columbus, Indiana 47201

*Please note that demos will not be returned.

If you have further questions, you may e-mail us at: webmaster@icedearth.com."

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Jon Schaffer Audio Interview for Download

Icedearth.com recently conducted a 36 minute interview with Jon Schaffer on January 15, 2008. The entire audio of the interview can be download as an MP3 here (41.2 MB). Topics covered in the interview include tour and release plans for 2008, longtime frontman Matt Barlow's return to the band, the band's first gig at ProgPower USA on September 27, 2008, and the impact of family and other peronal committments on Iced Earth's stategy for the future.

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Annihilator Guitarist Speaks On "Ripper" Owens

Chad Bowar from About Heavy Metal recently conducted an interview with ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters. Here are some extracts from the conversation:

Chad Bowar: "Metal" has been out for nearly a year in Europe. What was the delay in getting a North American release?

Jeff Waters: "I've been away from the states since 1993. My home country Canada hasn't seen us tour there since '93, nor has the U.S. So we haven't really had a proper release there. This is more of a proper release, although it's not going to get us out front and get us in all the magazines there. But SPV will try to get us a little momentum. We've had a good following in Europe and Asia since the first record in 1989. The first three records did pretty well in North America, then in 1993 Metal went out and we decided stay overseas where we were doing well, and that's where we've been all this time. I've tried to get Canadian and U.S. deals for many albums over many years. This is the 12th studio album, and after the third one it was almost impossible because in the '90s traditional Metal went out. It was only in the underground. No promoters and clubs would book anything with 'Metal' in it. And now it's really tough for us, because we an 'older' band, and labels would rather sign the newer stuff. We don't have that guaranteed big sales thing, where overseas we keep getting resigned and getting good deals and doing good tours because we do have the sales over there."

Chad Bowar: You sang lead vocals on a track on "Metal" and you were actually the full-time vocalist for ANNIHILATOR for a while in the '90s. Do you miss being the vocalist?

Jeff Waters: "No. I did it on 'King Of The Kill' (1994), 'Refresh The Demon' (1996) and 'Remains' (1997). I just did it because I couldn't find anyone around where I was living. Friends of mine conned me into giving it a try. 'King Of The Kill' was a big album everywhere except North America, and we did three videos for the album. I was laughing because I was very insecure as a singer. I'm not really a singer. I just picked it up at the age of 26. But it worked well. Eventually it became too physically demanding. I wanted to concentrate on guitar and we brought back an old singer, Randy Rampage. Once in a while I'll sing on a record. It's fun to do, but I'm not great at it and it's very physically demanding. When we're doing touring, I do three or four songs if we're the opening act, and six out of 18 in a headline set."

Chad Bowar: What do you think about ICED EARTH bringing back Matt Barlow and replacing Ripper Owens?

Jeff Waters: "It's good and bad. It's good for Jon (Schaffer). I know where Jon's coming from, because sometimes you have to make decisions where half the people think it's a great thing and half the people don't. But there is a lot of stuff behind the scenes that you don't know go on, and Jon has to make decisions. I was very close to those guys on the ICED EARTH tour. We were all friends and hanging out for over a month. Everybody got along. Jon and Ripper were best of buddies. There was no negativity at all. It was actually one of the best tours I've ever done for getting along with the other band. It was a really close, cool tour and they are all nice guys. It's sad to see a great singer like Tim leave that gig. But at the same time Jon feels it's going to put some extra life in the band, a kickstart. It's cool to see Matt come back, too. I hope Ripper does some really good things, because he has one of the best voices in Metal."

Read the full article at About.com.

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Former Iced Earth Guitarist Sentenced To 33 Years

Esteban Parra of The News Journal reports that former ICED EARTH guitarist Ernie Carletti declined to show remorse this morning before being sentenced to 33 years in prison for kidnapping, raping and torturing a University of Delaware student in 2003.

"I feel, your honor, that anything I say is not going to be able to contribute," 32-year-old Carletti told Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden after she gave him a final opportunity to speak. Carletti mumbled some other words, which could not be understood.

The victim, a former University of Delaware student, testified in November that a stranger forced her into his car at gunpoint as she waited for a ride at the Burger King parking lot on South Chapel Street in Newark on May 22, 2003. He handcuffed, shackled and blindfolded her as he drove to his home in Elkton, Md., she said, then took her into his house and raped her.

The victim testified Carletti ordered her to call him "master," and she heard him playing with chains. He then put a gag in her mouth, wrapped a chain around her neck and shackled limbs and began lifting her off the table, she said.

After she nearly passed out, the woman said, the stranger returned her to the car and drove her back to Newark. On the way, she said, the stranger replaced the handcuffs with duct tape, apologized to her and told her not to tell anyone.

He then slowed the car and pushed her out, leaving her hogtied and blindfolded on West Main Street.

Carletti admitted at trial to abducting and shackling the woman, as well as taking her to his home, where he hogtied her.

But he insisted that he did not rape her, and continues to maintain his innocence on that charge.

"It was disappointing that he was not remorseful and did not, at least, apologize to the victim," prosecutor Donald R. Roberts said after the sentencing hearing.

When first interviewed by police, Carletti said he did not kidnap the woman. He later admitted to doing so when investigators found his fingerprints on duct tape recovered from the abduction.

Carletti, a guitarist who played with the bands NAUGHTY NAUGHTY and ICED EARTH, was charged last year in another sexual assault that occurred when he was in high school. That case will not be prosecuted.

Even though Roberts asked the judge for a life-in-prison term, he said the state and family were pleased with the sentence.

"The defendant will be, at a minimum, 64 years old when he gets out of jail," he said.

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Iced Earth To Headline ProgPower USA

The following announcement has been released on the 2008 edition of ProgPower USA:

At 4 PM today (January 14th) festival organizer Glenn Harveston announced ICED EARTH as the headliner of this year's event, to be held September 26th - 27th, at Center Stage, in Atlanta, GA. It will be a rare opportunity to see the band, now that they are restricted in the amount of touring they can undergo, due to the return of vocalist Matt Barlow. In other news, ASTRAL DOORS has been replaced by ROB ROCK.

Iced Earth founder, Jon Schaffer had the following to say regarding the festival: "Well, it's been a long time coming, but things have finally lined up right for usto be able to do Glenn's festival. It's truly an honor for Iced Earth to play theProgPower USA festival. I flew down several years ago to check it out and it isdefinitely a top notch operation. It's really a model for the way festivals shouldbe run, good people with integrity make all the difference in any organization, and Glenn and his crew are all that and more. This is something that we've wanted to do for a long time and it's finally going to work out perfectly for our plans in 2008. Part 2 of the Something Wicked epic will be out right around this time and it willbe a killer celebration! This will be very cool, and a good time will be had by all! We look forward to seeing you there!"

“I am beyond excited to have America’s premiere metal band on stage at America’s premiere metal festival”, said promoter Glenn Harveston. I may be the promoter, but I’m just as big a fanboy as everyone else in wanting to see them here in Atlanta. I want to personally thank Jon Schaffer for believing in me and the festival.

ProgPower USA IX marks the first confirmed show with returning vocalist Matt Barlow to the group.

Joining Iced Earth at the festival are Florida’s Jon Oliva’s Pain, Poland’s Riverside, Germany’s Iron Savior, Denmark’s Volbeat, Sweden’s Andromeda, Italy’s Elvenking, France’s Spheric Universe Experience, Austria’s Serenity, and Italy’s Pathosray.

The second festival headliner is scheduled to be announced within the next few weeks.

Harveston also has announced a roster change, “I’m afraid that Astral Doors will not be able to make their scheduled appearance. This is 100% my fault as I knew there was a risk involved with booking them so early. I appreciate the professionalism the band has shown and can now announce that they are the first band confirmed for ProgPower USA X. Florida’s Rob Rock has graciously stepped into their former slot.”

Tickets for ProgPower USA IX go on sale March 1st and limited to 900 tickets. Advance gold badges are sold-out for the seventh consecutive year. For further information including advertisement and sponsorship details, visit www.progpowerusa.com.

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"Ripper" Owens Speaks On New Beyond Fear Songs

Vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (BEYOND FEAR, ex-ICED EARTH, JUDAS PRIEST) has issued the following update:

"Things are good on this end. The new BEYOND FEAR songs are really sounding great. I really can't wait to get in the studio! Also, I have a really cool project that I will be working on real soon, the news will be released in due time, it should be a lot of fun. But this will not change the timing of BEYOND FEAR.

"A big thanks to the thousands of emails that have come in with nothing but support and kind words! I thank you all for that."

Owens was dismissed from ICED EARTH in December — three months after the release of the group's latest album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I".

ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer issued a press release last month announcing that the band was parting ways with Owens and was once again working with Tim's predecessor, Matt Barlow, who originally left ICED EARTH in 2003.

According to the Cleveland Scene, Owens is still being managed by Wendy Dio, wife of metal legend Ronnie James Dio. BEYOND FEAR remains signed to SPV Records, which also handles ICED EARTH's recorded output. The singer may move forward with a new WINTERS BANE album and tour, if the project generates label interest; BANE bassist Dennis Hayes was dismissed from ICED EARTH along with Owens.

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Pyramaze Comments On Matt Barlow's Departure

The following statement from Matt Barlow was recently posted on Pyramaze's website regarding his future status with the band:

"Brothers and Sisters,

"In light of recent events, it is rather apparent that I need to address what's going on in my life as it pertains to Pyramaze and Iced Earth. As I'm sure you're aware, last week, my wife gave birth to our second son. We are all doing well, but it has taken a little time to get my thoughts together following that and the announcement of my return to Iced Earth. After Michael's statement, it became very clear to me that I must come to terms with the fact that I can not be in all places at all times. Obviously, there are some of you who had the same concerns. It just took me a little longer to figure that out. Well, the point is, I contacted Michael and let him know that I very much wanted to perform on the record, but that I would not be able to continue on with the band in a full time position as planned. I pointed out to Michael that I was extremely grateful to him and the rest of the guys for bringing me on board and I felt obligated to be up front with him on this. I did not want to do the record and then back out, leaving things on bad terms. Understandably, Michael was disappointed but ultimately understanding of the situation. Pyramaze is an extremely talented group of musicians, who's work is well known in the progressive metal community and will be in high demand in a short time. I am happy to say that I will be working with them, if only in a limited term. The music that Michael has written is going to make for a kick ass heavy metal record (KAHMR) and I give you my word that I will give everything that I've got to insure that. Thanks for your time...you'll hear from us soon!"

Guitarist Michael Kammeyer has also posted his, and the band's, statement on the website:

"Hello friends,

"As you can all read in Matt's statement, the term of our cooperation has changed due to the fact that he's back in Iced Earth. When Matt approached me with his thoughts and decisions, we had the choice of A. Letting Matt go and finding another singer right away, or B. record this album as planned and with the singer for whom the music was written. Matt let us know that he was still very hooked on recording this album with us, but that he would understand and respect our final decision, should we wish to terminate our cooperation right away. After discussing this with my band brothers we came to the conclusion that we've started the journey of recording our new album together with Matt, and we will finish this album together with him. After we have completed this new album Matt is going to be concentrating solely on Iced Earth again. So this will be a onetime cooperation between Pyramaze and Matt, and this album will be one for the books. We all understand and respect Matt's decision, and there's no bad blood here at all. Matt is a genuinely nice guy with a honest heart, and we are proud to be working with him. I will also encourage you to read Matt's other statement at www.icedearth.com to give you some more insight in the situation. I guess now is a good time to reveal the cover for our new album which is called Immortal. Let me also take this opportunity to wish you all a merry Christmas and a rocking new year. We thank you all for your support."

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Tim Owens Issues Last Words About Iced Earth

Singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH) issues the following statement:

"My last words on my departure from Iced Earth. Well, first off I would like to wish good luck to Jon (Schaffer) and the band. The news did come at a bad time (being two weeks before Christmas) and I really think it could have been handled in a much better way but I do completely agree that it needed to happen for IE and for myself. 'The Winds of change' really are upon me and that is exactly what I needed. With BEYOND FEAR being one of the best reviewed CD’s I have ever done, I'm really looking forward to getting the new CD recorded and released. The new one is sounding nice and heavy and it really is a step up from the last one, it's just straight forward metal. Myself, along with my manager Wendy Dio and all at Niji management are excited about the future. Once again, good luck to all the guy's that I've played with in IE over the last few years but let’s all just leave it alone now and end this chapter and close that book!"

"Thank you and keep it heavy,
Ripper"

"PS. I do think this attached poster says it all. Also, for all the WINTERS BANE fans, you can download the Heart Of A Killer CD on my MySpace page and also get the last Beyond Fear cd and a few other things as well!"

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Matt Barlow Issues Statement To Fans

Returning ICED EARTH singer Matt Barlow has issued the following statement:

"Brothers and sisters,"

"I'm sure that you are all well aware of things that are happening within ICED EARTH, and a statement from me is well overdue. To that, I can only say that I am sorry for the delay, but there is good reason. Last week, following Jon's [Schaffer, guitar] announcement, my wife gave birth to our second son. Everything is well, but of course, those of you who are parents know how taxing the first week can be. During that time, after all things had begun to settle, I realized that there are a lot of things on my plate. At this point, I needed to address them. As you know, family always comes first. Of course, Jon knows that and understands my decision to leave ICED EARTH four years ago. My wife and I wanting a family was a huge factor. Family is also the reason for my return. There is a kinship that goes beyond the obvious. I will speak of that later." More...

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Tim Owens Discusses Being Kicked Out of Iced Earth

Singer Tim "Ripper" Owens spoke exclusively to D.X. Ferris of the Cleveland Scene about his surprising departure from ICED EARTH three months after the release of the group's latest album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I."

ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer issued a statement last week announcing that the group was parting ways with Owens and was once again working with Tim's predecessor, Matt Barlow, who originally left ICED EARTH in 2003.

Speaking to the Cleveland Scene, Owens stated about his split with ICED EARTH, "I was told 30 seconds before the news hit Blabbermouth that I was let go — two weeks before Christmas. I don't think it was handled right. It's a shame it ended like that. With JUDAS PRIEST, at least the way it was handled, I'm still good friends with the band. The good thing is, I don't have to discuss ICED EARTH anymore. I can move on. I wish them luck. We're ready to go to the future." More...

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Matt Barlow Still In Pyramaze

Guitarist Michael Kammeyer of the Danish metallers PYRAMAZE has issued the following statement regarding the recent announcement that the group's lead vocalist Matt Barlow was returning to front his previous band ICED EARTH as the replacement for Tim "Ripper" Owens:

"As most of you know by now, Matt has joined forces with his old band ICED EARTH again. Like any other metal music lover, we in PYRAMAZE are excited about the prospect of Jon [Schaffer, ICED EARTH guitarist] and Matt working together again. But this reunion has created some speculations in the metal community towards Matt's future in PYRAMAZE, and I can put all the PYRA-fans at ease, and tell you that Matt is still a full member of PYRAMAZE, and the only change is that now you'll get Matt in a double dose.

"I'm happy to tell you that last week Matt's wife [who is also Jon's half-sister — Ed.] gave birth to a healthy little boy. Because of this happy event sleep has become an 'elusive guest' for Matt and his wife, but as soon as the Barlow family regains some 'normality' and sleep is back on the menu, Matt will prepare a statement for you.

"The recording of our new album has not been delayed, and dates for our vocal recording and final mix/master session are still the same.

"That's it for now, and the next time we've got news, it will be Matt's statement."

PYRAMAZE entered the studio on October 1 in Haderslev, Denmark to begin recording the follow-up to to "Legend of the Bone Carver".

Barlow joined PYRAMAZE as the replacement for Lance King who left the band in November 2006.

The group's third album is tentatively due next spring.

PYRAMAZE's latest CD, "Legend of the Bone Carver", was released last year via Massacre Records (Europe) and Nightmare Records (USA and Canada).

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Iced Earth Mainman Explains Matt Barlow's Return

In a statement issued through SPV, ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer shines a little more light on the return of singer Matt Barlow:

"It will be sometime before I’m going to be doing press due to the holidays and the fact that I’m still deep in the final writing process of Part 2. I’m aware that the news of Matt coming back into to the band has taken many people by surprise so I’ll try to explain the situation a little better."

"I do love Tim’s ("Ripper" Owens - ex-JUDAS PRIEST) voice and it is the kind of voice I hear when I write, and he’s a really cool person. And I do not want an unnecessary war of words started because certain journalists like to create controversy to sell their magazines. I love Tim as a person, a friend and a musician, and I do not have negative feelings towards him at all. We would all appreciate it if the trash pedlars would respect the situation and keep their venomous speculations to themselves. An unlikely request I’m sure, but it would be nice." More...

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Matt Barlow Rejoins Iced Earth

ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer has issued the following statement:

"Hello, dear friends!"

"Once again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result."

"While out on the European tour I had several in depth discussions with many loyal ICED EARTH fans. A common theme of these discussions was how much Matt is missed. I agreed with the fans that things were not the same and that it was a very special period in ICED EARTH's history." More...

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Winters Bane Reform With Tim "Ripper" Owens?

Rumor has it that the creative forces behind the classic WINTERS BANE Heart Of A Killer album (1993) - vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) and guitarist Lou St. Paul (FIRES OF BABYLON) - have reunited and writing has commenced on a new Winters Bane record, with Wendy Dio of Niji Management currently soliciting offers from interested labels. Word also has it that Winters Bane would plan to tour extensively in support of this album. More news as it develops!

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