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Iced Earth Drummer Issues Road Reports

Iced Earth drummer Brent Smedley has issued a couple of road reports from the band's European tour on Iced Earth's website. Here's an excerpt from the latest:

"Well we made it to the gig in Zaragoza, Spain, better late than never...broken down bus and all. Kudos to an awesome crew. It was a festival gig in Zaragoza, biggest crowd yet. The show was awesome even due to a rushed set-up and an extremely late start time. I think we played from 1-2:45 in the morning."

"After the show the festival grounds turned into the biggest after party I have ever seen. The Spanish sure know how to throw a party. The next day we played Barcelonia, Spain at the Razzmatazz. This was the first
gig we where able to use our full backdrop (it is immense). The shows in Spain are always awesome...it seems the peole are hot blooded and have such a passion for their Metal. It is great to be back on tour taking it to the

You can read more from this tour diary, the previous entry and future entries right here.

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Axl Rose and Others On Queen Tribute

According to GNRDaily.com, Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES), Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (ICED EARTH, ex-JUDAS PRIEST) are among the artists who will appear on a new QUEEN tribute album, entitled "Rock n' Royalty: A Very Special Tribute To Queen". Due on November 11, the CD will feature the following track listing:

01. "Keep Yourself Alive" - ELLIS ISLAND
02. "White Queen (As It Began)" - CHERIE CURRIE
03. "Tie Your Mother Down" - ANDREW STOCKDALE and CHRIS ROSS
04. "Tenement Funster" - ROBBIE WILLIAMS
05. "Let Me Entertain You" - FEE WAYBILL
06. "Body Language" - DEREK ST. HOLMES
07. "Seven Seas Of Rhye" - JIMMY EAT WORLD
08. "Good Ol' Fashion Lover Boy" - CLAY AIKEN
09. "Calling All Girls" - VINCE NEIL
10. "You Don't Fool Me" - FLAMING LIPS
11. "Party" - performed by SWING CATS ft. W. AXL ROSE
12. "Breakthru" - THE FAMILY
13. "Rock It (Prime Jive)" - KORY CLARKE
14. "Sweet Lady" - ECHOCELL
15. "Spread Your Wings" - TIM "RIPPER" OWENS
16. "We Will Rock You" - THE MIGHTY DIAMONDS
17. "We Are The Champions" - JUDY MOWATT
18. "Is This The World We Created....?" - HEAVEN 17 ft. MIKE LOVE
19. "God Save The Queen" - SIMON KIRKE and BRIAN MAY

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33 Minute Interview With Jon Schaffer Available

A 33 minute interview, conducted by Icedearth.com with Jon Schaffer on September 24, 2007, can be downloaded and/or heard at this location. To download the interview, use your mouse to right-click on the link above, and then select, "Download Linked File." The download is 30.6 MB.

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Topics covered in the interview include the relevance of chart positions in the internet age, the impact of illegal music downloads on the band's touring schedule, Something Wicked Part II recording update, the upcoming November UK tour with HEAVEN AND HELL, 2008 tours, and future plans for the Set Abominae/Something Wicked storyline.

ICED EARTH kicks off their European tour with supporting act, ANNIHILATOR, on October 8 in Koln, Germany.

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Iced Earth Make Small Tour Updates

There have been 3 recent changes to the Iced Earth European Fall 2007 tour itinerary. New dates and/or venues for Spain on October 12 and October 13. Also, a date in Paris, France has been added for October 31.

The band also recently confirmed that their very special supporting guests on the European tour will be none other than Annihilator. After that leg of the tour concludes, then it's onto the UK where Iced Earth will support the legendary Heaven and Hell.

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Lamb Of God Drummer Comments On UK Support Tour

LAMB OF GOD are teaming up with HEAVEN AND HELL for dates across the UK this November.

Commented drummer Chris Adler: “After our performance at Download Festival this past summer we knew it was important for us to get back to the UK as soon as possible. There is no better way than to join up with the true kings in Heaven And Hell. We are humbled by the opportunity and look forward to putting on an incredible show, every night.“

The final routing for the run is as follows:

4 - Newcastle, England at Metro Arena
6 - Glasgow, Scotland at SECC Hall 4
7 - Sheffield, England at Hallam FM Arena
9 - Manchester, England at Evening News Arena
10 - London, England at Wembley Arena
11 - Brighton, England at Brighton Centre
13 - Birmingham, England at NEC
14 - Cardiff, England at International Arena
15 - Nottingham, England at Nottingham Arena
17 - Plymouth, England at Pavilions
18 - Bournemouth, England at BIC

Lamb Of God will provide main support for each concert. The tour is also joined by ICED EARTH.

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Turisas Added To European Iced Earth Tour

Finnish folk metal warriors TURISAS have been added to ICED EARTH's forthcoming European tour. Also scheduled to appear are Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR. The dates are as follows:

Oct. 08 - Köln, Germany - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - München, Germany - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - Madrid, Spain - La Riviera
Oct. 15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Konzertfabrik Z7
Oct. 16 - Graz, Austria - Orpheum
Oct. 17 - Wien, Austria - Planet Music
Oct. 18 - Brno, Czech Republic - Fleda
Oct. 19 - Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
Oct. 21 - Malmö, Sweden - Kulturbolaget
Oct. 22 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
Oct. 23 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
Oct. 25 - Stockholm, Sweden - Tirol
Oct. 26 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Pumpenhuset
Oct. 28 - Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
Oct. 30 - Stuttgart, Germany - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 01 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Club 013
Nov. 02 - Antwerpen, Belgiium - Hof Ter Lo

TURISAS recently unleashed its video for "Rasputin", a cover version of the old BONEY M disco classic every fan should already recognize from the band's live shows.

Band mastermind Warlord comments: "This video is pretty far from what you'd expect from a TURISAS video — or any metal video for that matter! The idea to the video is just as wild as the cover song itself: a battle metal band covering a '70s disco hit. Just as the song, it is a crossover of the '70s kitsch attached to the BONEY M track, but performed by us as we do it. Director Vesa-Matti Vainio and the whole crew did a great job on this one, and to me this is a good pick for our first video ever. I assure you, there are plenty of ideas on epic spectacles to be looked into later."

TURISAS' version of "Rasputin" will be released as a single on the following dates:

Germany: Friday, September 21, 2007.
UK / France: Monday, September 24, 2007.
Spain: Tuesday, September 25, 2007.
Finland: Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The CD single will also include the band's classic tune "Battle Metal". The strictly limited picture 7" vinyl version will feature "The Court of Jarisleif" as the B-side.

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Iced Earth Mainman Inks Endorsement Deal

ICED EARTH mainman on Schaffer has issued the following update:

"Well, recently a dream of mine came true. I’m now officially a Gibson Guitars endorsed artist.

This is the only guitar that I’ve used on every Iced Earth studio album and I’ve been an absolute Gibson addict for years. As many of you know, I’ve played 99% of every guitar part ever played on an Iced Earth recording. With the exception of a few guitar solos, I’ve recorded every rhythm, lead, clean and acoustic guitar part that you’ve ever heard from the band. All of those parts, with a very few exceptions, have been with a varying axe from the arsenal of my prized Gibson Guitars. It's because for my style there isn't a guitar out there that comes close in terms of tone, tightness and shear power. If you're a serious player, I highly recommend that you experience the power and focus of a Gibson Les Paul, Explorer, SG, etc. They all rule and they all can handle the speed and precision of brutal metal riffing, where most others fail to handle it. I've been saying it for years, even when I wasn't endorsed, there is no better, not even close.

So, for me to be an artist with the company that endorses JIMMY PAGE, ACE FREHLEY, ZAKK WYLDE, BB KING, JOHNNY A, PETE TOWNSEND, WARREN HAINES, etc., is truly a highlight of my career.

I have one of my very best friends to thank for this. A lot of you are familiar with my friendship with Blind Guardian for nearly 20 years now. I received an email from Marcus Siepen, guitarist for Blind Guardian, a few weeks before we did the Wacken Open Air festival. In that mail he stated that the guys at Gibson wanted to get in touch with me to talk about a deal. Marcus is a Gibson addict as well and we’ve often dreamt of being with them through the years. He told me that he had recently hooked up with them and that they were interested in me as well and wanted to meet at the festival. I was completely blown away and really excited about meeting them.

I met with Alex Becker from Gibson and we hit it off instantly, as he shares the same passion I do for these amazing instruments. From that point on I’ve entered into a deal that I expect will last a lifetime. I’ve been playing their guitars for over 20 years and Gibson is the only company that I would ever consider being exclusive with, I love their guitars that much.

We have some pretty exciting things planned for the future and we will keep you posted at www.icedearth.com for info on upcoming news. I want to thank Alex and Ulf from Gibson and I look forward to years of working together. This is truly a dream come true for me.

Take care all, and remember, Armageddon is coming......... real soon!"

Framing Armageddon is due for release in Germany on September 7th, all of Europe on September 10th, and on September 11th in North America via SPV.

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Iced Earth Drummer Talks About Illegal Downloading

Adam Ortiz of Loucifer Speaks recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley. A couple of excerpts from the chatfollow:

Loucifer Speaks: How did you get into ICED EARTH?

Smedley: "How I got into ICED EARTH is a rather interesting story. It goes something like this...I had heard of ICED EARTH and seen an ad for Century Media Records (the band's record label at the time) in a magazine. I sent for a free catalog for Century Media. A few days after the catalog arrived I received a Century Media sampler CD which had one song from most of their top bands on it. I believe it was the second Century Media sampler they made. Anyhow the CD had the song 'Last December' on it. I liked the song so much that I put the intro from it on my answering machine. I was referred to the band by a mutual friend by the name of Steve Woodham from Alabama. So when Jon Schaffer called me to ask me about auditioning he heard his song on my answering machine...I"ll never forget that message. It seemed it was fate for me to play in ICED EARTH. I was the next to the last person to audition, they had me play 'Last December' and 'Dante's Inferno'. The rest, as they say, is history."

Loucifer Speaks: The promo version of "Framing Armageddon" was leaked some time ago. How do you feel about people downloading albums before they are officially released?

Smedley: "As to how I feel about downloading of music. I think it is a crime and a shame that so much theft of music goes on today. If you were a master painter would you give your paintings away? Or a builder, would you build your homes or offices for free? Downloading has reduced the music industry by 20%. I think it is one of the biggest problems facing the music business in modern times."

Loucifer Speaks: Do you have formal training, as in did you study at institutions and clinics?

Smedley: "I took four and a half years of private drum lessons, a year and a half of marimba lessons (a mallet percussion instrument), I played in school band my last 4 years of high school including marching band, symphonic band, percussion ensemble, and jazz band. I also studied music at the University Of North Florida, taking drumset and percussion lessons, and percussion ensemble.

Loucifer Speaks: Do you have any goals that you want to accomplish with the band now?

Smedley: "Goals I wish to accomplish with the band would consist of making the best records we can possibly make, giving the best live shows we can and staying true to ourselves, the music we love to play, and to stay true to the fans."

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Iced Earth Vocalist Talks New Album & Beyond Fear

Rich Catino of Metal Asylum recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH/ex-JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:

Metal Asylum: So before we start talking about the forthcoming ICED EARTH album "Framing Armageddon", I wanted to ask how your other band BEYOND FEAR was received by both fans and critics?

Owens: It went good, man. Probably that was one of the best reviewed albums I had been part of. I know I really liked that debut album. To go over how well it did with the fans and critics was great. We didn't get to tour as much as we would have liked, guess since it was our first album, but it was a good surprise. The next one is gonna be even better. We're gonna do what we did with the last one, take the best parts, and continue on.

Metal Asylum: Do you think you may try something different on the next album?

Owens: It will always be classic metal, but I think a lot of the later songs that we recorded for the debut, like "Scream Machine", became favorites for fans. And lyrics to a song like that were not so serious and more cliché metal lyrics, you know about a metal machine. (Laughs) so I think some of the new songs may go in that direction. We are still gonna have songs like "Save Me", but I think it will probably have some more aggression. We have been writing now, John Comprix [guitar] and I, for a while. I have a lot of ideas and melodies in my head that I really can't use anywhere else (laughs). It's nice I get to use 'em for BEYOND FEAR. I mean, I have been a writer for many years but I don't get to do it as much as I would like, and ICED EARTH just keeps me so busy, but it's nice that every once and a while I get to do my thing with BEYOND FEAR. And we get to take our time with this band and practice together. I mean, that's what I want to hear with all my influences on one album that's what I like to do with FEAR.

Metal Asylum: Do you find that "Framing Armageddon" is closer to what the fans, and critics, expectations may be for ICED EARTH than what came our of "The Glorious Burden"?

Owens: I don't know, really. (Laughs) To me it's the same type of thing that happened when I was in JUDAS PRIEST. And it's the fact the I'm in a band that has never really been the same with every record. I mean, with ICED EARTH musically you could tell, but musically things changed — choruses were different, moods were different. But I think this one as a whole is more back to the roots of ICED EARTH and taking everything they have done up till now and mixing it in one record. You know, people say ICED EARTH is really a heavy band but they do have a couple balls out heavy songs per album, and then you have a couple slow ones, and then there are the mid-tempo ones. I think "Framing Armageddon" is a great CD and I can't see an ICED EARTH fan not liking it.

Metal Asylum: Since "Glorious Burden" was the first ICED EARTH album you sang on, what is different the second time around now for you as a singer.

Owens: It's similar vocal-wise because Jon [Schaffer, guitar] has always said he always writes the same. He said he always wrote for a singer like me. He said in a lot of interviews that Matt [Barlow, former singer] use to write lyrics but Jon writes all the melodies and vocal parts. And he doesn't write 'em for the singer in the band at the time, he writes them the way he thinks they should be sung. I know I naturally have a higher voice but I do wish I could sing more of the lower parts. I know with this album I was there when it was written, I went in there and did the demos and sang the parts. Jon said, "Here's the lyrics and melody and I want you to deliver it. Here's what I would like you to deliver it like, but you do what you feel." So that's what was cool about this album. "The Glorious Burden" was probably an easier album for me to sing than this one, even though it was already written when I came into the band. But when I go back and try to sing some of the stuff on "Framing Armageddon", I'm just like, "Holy shit, what did I do?"

Metal Asylum: Speaking of what you are singing on "Framing Armageddon", I was going to ask was there anything challenging to do on this record?

Owens: Definitely. I think there is a difference between a songwriter and a singer and Jon is a songwriter and I think he forgets sometimes that I have to breathe. (Laughs) And I do to I have to remember also in the heat of the moment while I am in the studio recording, so it's my fault, but then again when I have to go back and sing some of this stuff again, you know… It's like, "Ten Thousand Strong", that's just balls-out and when we were doing it in rehearsal I was like, "Man, this is tough." It's a natural high voice with no room to breathe; it's fun and challenging. There was stuff we did for BEYOND FEAR that was the same way but the difference is we rehearsed those songs first before we recorded those. I mean, with the new ICED EARTH album there are some registers that Jon has me reaching that I don't use that often, that I used in the past but not so much of recent. Two singers that were always like that were Bruce Dickinson [IRON MAIDEN] and Ronnie Dio, those are two guys that were always tough to do.

Metal Asylum: Do you think the ICED EARTH fans at this point have become more comfortable with you as the new singer?

Owens: I don't know. I mean, the real ICED EARTH fans know that Jon Schaffer was always the driving force of the band. And Matt Barlow [former ICED EARTH vocalist] was a great singer, but decided to make a career change. If they don't accept me, then listen to someone else, I guess; it doesn't really hurt my feelings. I know Jon is doing exactly what he wants to do and it's still classic ICED EARTH. I mean, people have to realize that I followed Halford in PRIEST and coming into ICED EARTH now doesn't hold that much pressure.

Metal Asylum: Contributing vocals to any other projects?

Owens: Not right now. ICED EARTH keeps me pretty busy, but I would like to. I would love to do a project with maybe Scott Ian from ANTHRAX, Vinnie Paul [PANTERA, HELLYEAH] on drums. I mean, there are so many people I would love to work with. You know, someone else I would love to work with down the road is Jon Oliva [SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA]. I mean, his style and my vocals would be a phenomenal mix, I think. I mean, imagine Jon Oliva, myself singing, Scott Ian doing rhythms and bring in Chris Caffery [SAVATAGE] on leads. That would be awesome!

Metal Asylum: Now that you mention Jon Oliva, I think you would sound great singing the old SAVATAGE stuff. And have you ever considered doing some vocals on a TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA album?

Owens: Man, I love that old SAVATAGE stuff. If they ever get it back together again, I would love to jam with them. Concerning TSO, I did speak with Paul O'Neill [TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA mastermind] but he just didn't pursue the idea. It was really surprising. I mean, I think it would work pretty well and I would sing what fits TSO's music. That band has some great singers that travel with them as it is. I mean, I would love to be part of that.

Read the entire interview at www.metalasylum.net.

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Iced Earth Post New Song Online

You can check out a new song from ICED EARTH entitled “The Setian Massacre” online over at the band’s official myspace page. The track comes off the group’s upcoming new album, Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I, which will be released on September 11th through SPV.

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Iced Earth's 'Ten Thousand Strong' Video Available

ICED EARTH's video for the song "Ten Thousand Strong" has been released. You can watch the clip on YouTube or below. The track comes off the group's new album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I", which is scheduled for release via SPV on the following dates:

Germany: September 7
Rest of Europe: September 10
North America: September 11

"Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part 1" (cover art) expands the "Something Wicked" storyline first introduced in the trilogy of the same name appearing on the 1998 release, "Something Wicked This way Comes". "Framing Armageddon" will be followed in February/March 2008 by the band's ninth full-length studio release, tentatively titled "Revelation Abomination - Something Wicked Part 2" , continuing where "Framing Armageddon" leaves off.

Video footage of ICED EARTH performing the song "A Charge to Keep" at this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which took place August 2-4 in Wacken, Germany, has been posted on you tube

ICED EARTH will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Support on all shows will come from DARK TRANQUILLITY. A list of dates can be found this location. A poster for the tour can be viewed here.

ICED EARTH will support HEAVEN AND HELL on a U.K. tour beginning on November 4 in Newcastle. More...

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Iced Earth To Tour Europe With Dark Tranquillity

ICED EARTH will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Support on all shows will come from DARK TRANQUILLITY. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Oct. 08 - D - Köln - Live Music Hall
Oct. 09 - D - München - Backstage Werk
Oct. 10 - I - Milan - Alcatraz
Oct. 12 - E - Barcelona - Sala Razzmatazz 1
Oct. 13 - E - Madrid - La Riviera
Oct. 15 - CH - Pratteln - Konzertfabrik Z7
Oct. 16 - A - Graz - Orpheum
Oct. 17 - A - Wien - Planet Music
Oct. 18 - CZ - Brno - Fleda
Oct. 19 - D - Berlin - Columbia Club
Oct. 21 - S - Malmö - Kulturbolaget
Oct. 22 - N - Oslo - Rockefeller
Oct. 23 - S - Gothenburg - Tradgarn
Oct. 25 - S - Stockholm - Tirol
Oct. 26 - DK - Kopenhagen - Pumpenhuset
Oct. 28 - D - Hamburg - Markthalle
Oct. 30 - D - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
Nov. 01 - NL - Tilburg - Club 013
Nov. 02 - B - Antwerpen - Hof Ter Lo

A poster for the tour can be found at this location. More...

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Breaking News

Watch Wacken Open Air Live Online 8/3-8/4

For those of you missing Wacken Open Air, several band performances, interviews, and other footage is being streamed online during festival hours. Keep in mind that Germany is 6 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time, so make appropriate adjustments when arranging to watch your favorite band.

Intended Stream Schedule (subject to change)

Extended Schedules, including the Headbangers Ballroom, can be found at the following locations:

Friday, Aug 3
Black Stage
23:00-00:15 DIMMU BORGIR
02:00-03:00 APO.REITER

True Metal Stage
21:15-22:45 BLIND GUARDIAN
00:30-01:45 ICED EARTH

Party Stage
(4am EST)11:00-11:45 BLACK DAHLIA MURDER
23:00-00:15 SCHANDMAUL
02:00-03:00 SAMAEL

Saturday Aug 4
Black Stage
(5am EST)12:00-12:45 SONIC SYNDICATE
13:55-14:40 MOONSPELL
16:00-17:00 DIR EN GREY
18:45-20:00 DESTRUCTION + guests
21:45-23:00 IMMORTAL

True Metal Stage
12:50-13:50 SACRED REICH
14:45-15:45 STRATOVARIUS
17:15-18:30 RAGE
20:15-21:30 TYPE O NEGATIVE
23:15-00:30 IN FLAMES
02:00-03:00 SUBWAY TO SALLY

Party Stage
12:00-12:45 DISILLUSION
16:00-17:00 DIMENSION ZERO
18:45-19:45 NORTHER
21:45-23:00 STORMWARRIOR feat.Kai Hansen
00:45-01:45 HAGGARD

Headbanger's Ballroom Notable mentions:
18:10-18:40 SWALLOW THE SUN
21:25-22:10 MOONSORROW

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Iced Earth Announce European Shows

ICED EARTH is scheduled to perform at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on October 15. More European headlining shows are expected to be announced soon.

ICED EARTH will support HEAVEN AND HELL on a U.K. tour beginning on November 4 in Newcastle.

SPV has set the following release dates for ICED EARTH's new studio album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I":

Germany: September 7
Rest of Europe: September 10
North America: September 11

"Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part 1" expands the "Something Wicked" storyline first introduced in the trilogy of the same name appearing on the 1998 release, "Something Wicked This way Comes". "Framing Armageddon" will be followed in February/March 2008 by the band's ninth full-length studio release, tentatively titled "Revelation Abomination - Something Wicked Part 2" , continuing where "Framing Armageddon" leaves off.

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New Iced Earth Release Dates Announced

SPV has announced the release dates for ICED EARTH's forthcoming new album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" [view cover]:

Germany: September 7
Rest of Europe: September 10
North America: September 11

"Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part 1" continues on with the storyline that was first introduced on the band's 1998 release, "Something Wicked This Way Comes". Here is the tentative track listing:

01. Overture
02. Something Wicked (Part 1)
03. Invasion
04. Man's Motivation
05. The Setian Massacre
06. A Charge To Keep
07. Reflections
08. Ten Thousand Strong
09. Execution
10. Order Of The Rose
11. The Clouding
12. Infiltrate And Assimilate
13. Retribution Through The Ages
14. Something Wicked (Part 2)
15. The Domino Decree
16. Framing Armageddon
17. When Stars Collide (Born Is He)
18. The Awakening

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Iced Earth Vocalist Talks About Re-Recorded Songs

Marko Syrjälä and Arto Lehtinen from Metal-Rules.com recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH/BEYOND FEAR vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens.. Here are some extracts from the conversation:

Metal-Rules.com: You just released your new EP "Overture Of The Wicked"; it came out last week or something, with the exception of brand new track, what was the reason you decided to re-record a couple of old songs for it?

Tim Owens: "Because it's what the story is about, the next two records are about. So Jon (Schaffer) wanted to just re-release that, put that out there so that people kind of start getting familiar with it again. I mean, he wouldn't have done anything else, it just fit what we were doing and since the album was coming out, he thought while we're here let's do the 'Something Wicked' trilogy, re-record it. Start the story off again; familiarize people before a couple of times."

Metal-Rules.com: When will the actual tour start?

Tim Owens: "We're probably looking at starting in October or something I would probably think? Because we do have the HEAVEN AND HELL tour we're doing in the UK with HEAVEN AND HELL, so we'll probably go out before that and do a headlining tour. Once you get close to the album coming out, we'll probably start then and work it hard. We're going to try, I mean, hopefully his back will be good. Obviously this time we're going to start in Europe and not start in America."

Metal-Rules.com: Well, after finishing your European tour, you're probably going back to the States, do some tours there. What kind of following do you have in the States, because as far as I know that classic albums/classic Metal is not that big thing there at the moment?

Tim Owens: "Well, we did rather well. We sold out places, House Of Blues and theaters that we would play here as well here. We did well, and we had a good package on it, we had CHILDREN OF BODOM and EVERGREY, so it was a nice package. So really, it's obviously not the same over there. One thing they don't have is the festivals, which are the thing. I mean I guess they do have big festivals that tour; they have Ozzfest that tour and it will probably have 10 to 15 thousand people every night."

Metal-Rules.com: Some old school fans of ICED EARTH still keep on asking why Matt (Barlow) isn't in the band, is Tim as good as him and 'blah blah blaa'?

Tim Owens: "Well you'll always get it. I mean there are still fans that liked the singer before Matt. I actually still hear that. That's how it is, Matt was a good singer, and a good guy and people should do that. I think people should always want Matt, but they have to still look to the future, and open their ears up and listen, come to the concert and listen. But you're always going to get it..."

Metal-Rules.com: Did you manage to put your own input to the songwriting process of the new songs, because the last time, you basically came in and did the vocals for the previous album?!

Tim Owens: "It was hard with this one as well, because this is Jon's story, it's in his head, so it's hard to come in, you know and... the advantage to this record is that there wasn't somebody singing on it before me, so it was wider open for Jon's ideas, to write material that he knew could even branch out something a little bit different. But it's a story, that's the great thing about it; I said that the whole time. It's a pretty complicated story, so it's hard to write melodies for something you don't write by yourself... It's complicated for Jon to talk about, so you can imagine."

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Ex-Iced Earth Drummer Turns Video Game Guru

Acclaimed heavy metal drummer Richard Christy (ex-Iced Earth, Death, Leash Law, Control Denied), who currently works for "The Howard Stern Show", has teamed up with Metalkill to create a number of PC shooter and Medieval games. There first release will be a game called Skullfuck from one of the characters in Christy's directorial film debut, "Evil Ned 3 -The Return of Evil Ned 2 - Electric Boogaloo".

TJ Killers, CEO of Metalkill, commented: "Working with Richard has been a lot of fun so far getting his first movie ready. Skullfuck should be released sometime this summer. We are both very excited of what is yet to come."

Metalkill has two game releases online called The Underworld and Evil Fate. These Beta releases feature music from Cattle Decapitation, Threat Signal, Fear Factory, and Suffocation.

Read the full article at Metalkill.

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Iced Earth Announces New Guitarist

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following update at the official Iced Earth website:

"Our new guitar player's name is Troy Seele. Troy did a few solos on the new record and will be touring with us. He's been a friend of mine for about ten years and is from the Indianapolis (Indy) area. He's by far the best guitar player in Indy and will be bringing some cool vibes to the table."

As previously reported, Iced Earth's new EP, Overture Of The Wicked, is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com This title will be released on June 5th, 2007.

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Iced Earth Post 'Ten Thousand Strong' Sample

A 30-second audio sample of the ICED EARTH song "Ten Thousand Strong" has been posted online at this location (Real Media). The track comes off the group's upcoming EP, "Overture of the Wicked", has due on June 5 via SPV (one day earlier internationally). A video for the song will be filmed a video during the coming weeks, most likely in early June right around the band's appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival.

"Overture of the Wicked" track listing:

01. Ten Thousand Strong
02. Prophecy
03. Birth of the Wicked
04. The Coming Curse

Check out the cover artwork at IcedEarth.com. More...

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Jasta To Host Dimebag Darrell Black Tooth Bash

Hatebreed front man, Jamey Jasta, will be hosting this year’s Dimebag Darrell Black Tooth Bash on May 17, 2007 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. Featuring a slough of guest performances, Dimebag’s Black Tooth Bash will be an all-star event, with all proceeds going to the Little Kids Rock foundation, Dimebag Darrell’s charity of choice. The Black Tooth Bash will include mash up performances by the Black Tooth Band, featuring Vinnie Paul Abbott, Scott Ian, John 5, Matt Byrne (Hatebreed), Ripper Owens, David Draiman (Disturbed), Bob Zilla (Damageplan) Dave Navarro, Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and many more. The Black Tooth Band will cover material from Dimebag’s many projects – including Pantera classics. Jamey will close the night by performing as part of the Black Tooth Band and will be hosting the entire tribute event.

Jasta will also be introducing a special performance by the L.A. division of The Little Kids Rock Foundation, showing the fruits of the foundation’s labors. The Black Tooth Bash is an apropos tribute to Dimebag’s impact on metal and his ardent dedication to bringing the arts to children. In support of the Black Tooth Bash, Coffin Case, Seymour Duncan, Dean Guitars, Schecter Guitars, EMG Pickups and GHS Strings have jumped on as the evening’s sponsors.

Preceding the Black Tooth Bash is the Six String Masterpieces: The Dimebag Darrell Art Tribute auction, where over 60 hand-painted Dean guitars (painted by celebrities and famous tattoo artists) will be auctioned off. Proceeds from the auction will benefit The Little Kids Rock Foundation, helping bring music programs to public schools throughout the US. Fittingly, Dimebag will also be inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk at noon the same day, establishing his timeless impact on the rock and metal world.

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