Band Photo: Iced Earth (?)
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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.
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:
02. Something Wicked (Part 1)
04. Man's Motivation
05. The Setian Massacre
06. A Charge To Keep
08. Ten Thousand Strong
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
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."
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.
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.
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
03. Birth of the Wicked
04. The Coming Curse
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.
Danish metallers PYRAMAZE and former ICED EARTH singer Matt Barlow have issued separate statements confirming that Barlow has joined the group as its new frontman following the departure of Lance King.
Commented PYRAMAZE guitarist/songwriter Michael Kammeyer: "I'm very happy to finally announce our new singer. Matthew Barlow (former vocalist of the American metal band ICED EARTH) will be taking over the job as PYRAMAZE vocalist.
"I've been in dialogue with Matt about his comeback for a few months now, and after we've been getting to know each other better and doing a few test demos where Matt has re-recorded a couple of our old songs, we've come to the conclusion that we are a perfect match. I've always regarded Matt as one of the very best voices in metal, and I was (as any other fan of his incredible voice) saddened by his departure from the metal scene a few years ago. Therefore I'm proud to say that Matt is back, stronger than ever, and from now on officially a part of the PYRAMAZE Fellowship. We are currently in a song-writing mode, and we expect to enter the studio early 2008 with Matt behind the mic. I hope and believe that old as well as new fans will welcome Matt into the PYRAMAZE line-up. I now leave you with these great news, and with Matt's statement below." More...
Acclaimed heavy metal drummer Richard Christy (ex-ICED EARTH, DEATH, LEASH LAW, CONTROL DENIED), who currently works for "The Howard Stern Show", was recently cast in the upcoming comedy "Harold & Kumar 2" (IMDb). "I filmed my parts in February and had a blast!" says Richard. "The movie is going to be hilarious so please check it out when it comes to a theater near you!"
According to the film's official plot outline, "Harold & Kumar 2" "follows the cross-country adventures of the pot-smoking duo as they try to outrun authorities who suspect them of being terrorists when they try to sneak a bong on board their flight to Amsterdam."
Christy has played in many bands, including ICED EARTH, BURNING INSIDE, DEATH and CONTROL DENIED. Christy joined DEATH after meeting their leader Chuck Schuldiner in a bookstore while the band was looking for a new drummer after the departure of Gene Hoglan. Christy recorded three albums with DEATH (the critically-acclaimed "The Sound of Perseverance", released in 1998; "Live in L.A. (Death & Raw)", 2001; and "Live in Eindhoven", also 2001) and one album with CONTROL DENIED, "The Fragile Art of Existence", which came out in 1999.
ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has issued the following update:
"I regret to inform you that Tim Mills [guitar] will not be able to continue working with the band. As you may know, Tim is the founder of Bare Knuckle Pickups and that is his main business. He's had recent employee problems and has now found that his main worker, his right-hand man as it were, is terminally ill with cancer. So, he will not be able to do the record and tours that we had planned on. I knew it was risky bringing someone in that had an established business, I know exactly how hard it can be to be involved in multiple businesses, but we both felt that we'd be able to pull it off. Of course him living in the U.K. and the band living in the States makes things more challenging as well, but these events were completely unforeseen. I really feel for him and his employee and wish them the best through this difficult time.
"I know this lineup situation has become a familiar issue with ICED EARTH but please realize that it will have little or no effect at all on our plans, recording, touring and otherwise. The core is solid, focused and ready to kick some serious ass.
As has been the case since the first ICED EARTH CD I have played every rhythm and lead, every clean and acoustic guitar track that you've heard, with exception of the solos, and I even did a few of those in the old days. This will not cause any delay of the recording or any shows to be canceled so don't worry about a thing, we're right on track as planned. More...
The following dates have been released for HEAVEN AND HELL’s U.K. tour with LAMB OF GOD and ICED EARTH later this year:
November 4 - Newcastle, UK @ Metro Radio Arena
November 6 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.
November 7 - Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena
November 9 - Manchester, UK @ Manchester Evening News Arena
November 10 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena
November 11 - Brighton, UK @ Centre
November 13 - Birmingham, UK @ NEC
November 14 - Cardiff, UK @ Cardiff International Arena
November 15 - Nottingham, UK @ Arena
November 17 - Plymouth, UK @ Pavilions
November 18 - Bournemouth, UK @ BIC
Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer has posted an update on the Iced Earth message boards about the new single they recorded and plans for the upcoming two-part album.
"We just finished mixing and mastering the single which will be titled "Overture of the Wicked" and should be released in late May or early June. The 4 songs that will be featured on this are as follows:
1. Ten Thousand Strong
3. Birth of the Wicked
4. The Coming Curse
"Ten Thousand Strong will be the song that we will be filming a video for in the following months, most likely in June right around the Sweden Rock festival.
"I'm very happy with the results of our efforts, we've been really working hard on delivering something special to you guys and this single is just a hint of things to come, and it's freakin' awesome.
"We will be finishing the rest of production for Part 1 over the course of the next few weeks, with plans to mix in the early part of May. The title of the full release is "Framing Armageddon" (Something Wicked Part 1) and should be out in the late August/September time frame.
"The "Framing Armageddon" tracklist will appear as follows: More...
ICED EARTH is the latest act confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2007, scheduled for August 2nd - 4th in Wacken, Germany.
Acts on the bill now include: More...
ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer has posted this message on the band's official website:
Again I have to apologize for the delay in updates. I've been extremely busy with writing and pre-production for the new IE CDs.
I also lost the one person that was my true mentor and inspiration throughout my life, which was very difficult. My Father, Tom Schaffer, died unexpectedly of a massive stroke in October. He was 67, and died two weeks before his 68th birthday. It's hard to imagine what my life would have been like without my Dad's influence. I would not be who I am today, that's for sure. Fortunately, he was able to travel with the band a few times, and he really enjoyed meeting and talking with the fans. He was there for the 'Alive In Athens' recording and was dubbed Papa Earth by some of the fans in Greece. I will miss him very much. More...
According to Amazon.com and Century Media Records' official release schedule, a new ICED EARTH DVD, entitled "Alive in Athens", is slated for release on October 31. The set is believed to contain video footage recorded during the band's 1999 two-night appearance at at the Rodon Club in Athens, Greece which previously resulted in a two-disc live CD of the same name. More information will be made available soon.
ICED EARTH recently officially launched the search for a new bassist. All interested parties are encouraged to send their bio packs to ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer's store at the following address:
Spirit of 76 Collectibles, Inc.
1728 17th St
Columbus, IN 47448 More...
On October 24, 2006, Restless Records will release "Butchering The Beatles" — featuring the biggest, the baddest, the heaviest all-star line-up ever assembled to honor what is arguably the greatest band ever — THE BEATLES. All-in-all, over 50 internationally known recording artists bring their unique bone-crushing slant to these remarkable songs. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer/guitarist Bob Kulick and ace engineer Brett Chassen, "Butchering The Beatles" features 12 new, ass-kicking versions of THE BEATLES' chart-topping hits, including "Hey Jude", "I Feel Fine" and "Day Tripper", plus the more esoteric "Hey Bulldog", barked out by the legendary Alice Cooper and "Tomorrow Never Knows", uniquely interpreted by the iconic Billy Idol, alongside classic concept songs like "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" and "Magical Mystery Tour".
When asked by Guitar Player magazine what possessed him to go all metal on THE BEATLES, Bob Kulick stated that, "BEATLES songs are the Holy Grail. They're the best rock songs ever written. These new recordings are totally faithful, yet completely different. Billy Gibbons singing 'Revolution' or (MOTÖRHEAD frontman) Lemmy singing 'Back In The USSR' are not exactly Paul McCartney or John Lennon. And of course, the guitar solo sections were lengthened to accommodate all the artists' solo styles."
"Butchering The Beatles" track listing: More...
Iced Earth want a new bassist. If you're interested in auditioning for the American power metalheads, send a demo, biography, photo to: Jon Schaffer, Spirit of 76 Collectibles, Inc., 1728 17th St, Columbus, IN 47448, USA.
ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has now confirmed the addition of guitarist Ernie Carletti, (formerly of SLIK HELVETIKA) to the group's ranks. Schaffer's statement on the matter reads as follows:
"I just wanted to make a quick but significant announcement. After auditioning some very good guitar players I've made a decision. The man who will be handling the majority of the guitar solos on the next record as well as touring with us on 'The Wicked World Tour' is an awesome player named Ernie Carletti.
"As has been the case in the past we may have a few guests do a solo or two on the epic that this way comes, but the majority will be handled by Ernie. He is a world-class player and truly one of the best guitarists I've had the pleasure of meeting and hanging with. We're going to make a good team, I'm sure. We were introduced through Bernie at Bernie Rico, Jr. Guitars who is the son of the BC Rich founder/legend Bernie Rico. If you want to see some amazing top quality hand built guitars go to www.ricojrguitars.com and see what this master builder has been up to the last few years. I'll be auditioning bass players as well very soon so there will be announcements made in the not-too-distant future for that position. More...
Deicide's latest album "The Stench Of Redemption" will not be ready for the unholy date of 6.6.06, so the band have decided to release a 2-track downloadable EP on that date to preview the material. The two brand new studio tracks will be available exclusively online via the iTunes Music Store on Tuesday 6 June 2006. The Stench Of Redemption (666) EP is priced at $1.99. The tracks included are:
1) Homage For Satan (666 mix)
2) Crucified For The Innocence (666 mix)
These digital download-only songs were forged by the band with co-producer Jim Morris, in Morrisound Studios, Tampa, FL, and mark the devastating Deicide debuts of new axemen Jack Owen (formerly of Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (ex-Death/Iced Earth). The EP also offers a glimpse of the disturbing album imagery which will accompany the retail release.
The new full-length album "The Stench Of Redemption" is due for release on CD through Earache Records instores across the world on August 21/22.
Due to "conflicting schedules," former MEGADETH/ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough will **NOT** be joining SPEED\KILL/HATE on their upcoming Metal Crusaders North American tour with VADER, KATAKLYSM, DESTRUCTION, GRAVEWORM and THE ABSENCE after all. "We are currently seeking a bass player available to fill in for [regular SPEED\KILL/HATE bassist] Derek [Tailer] on our upcoming tour beginning in May," SPEED\KILL/HATE write on their web site. "Back-up vocals are a must. Interested parties send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact info (phone, address, etc.)."
SPEED\KILL/HATE is the "old-school thrash" project featuring OVERKILL (past and present) members Tailer, Dave Linsk (guitar), and Tim Mallare (drums). The band's debut album, "Acts of Insanity", was released in February 2005 via Listenable Records. A video for the song "Face the Pain" was filmed on April 6, 2005 with director Anthony M. Bongiovi of TBJ Entertainment, Inc., who has previously worked with SLAYER ("War at the Warfield" DVD), MARILYN MANSON ("Guns, God & Government" DVD), AC/DC and GODSMACK, among others.
MacDonough parted ways with MEGADETH in February due to "personal differences." His replacement in MEGADETH is James Lomenzo, who has previously played with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and WHITE LION, among other bands.
MacDonough will be filling in for NEVERMORE bassist and founding member Jim Sheppard while Sheppard takes a few weeks away from the band to undergo a medical procedure for Crohn's disease, which he has been battling for 15 years. MacDonough will step in for at least 10 shows, starting May 5 in Buffalo, New York. NEVERMORE's tour with IN FLAMES, THROWDOWN and EVERGREY runs through May 28 in Tallahassee, Florida.
Nevermore bass player and one of the founding members Jim Sheppard will soon be undergoing a minor procedure for Chron’s Disease, a condition he’s managed for over 15 years. Precluding him from performing with the band during the first part of their upcoming tour with In Flames, Sheppard is expected to rejoin the band in Spokane, WA May 18. Filling in for Sheppard will be long-time friend James McDonough (ex-Megadeth).
Nevermore, who just wrapped up a series of dates with Arch Enemy, will be performing at several European summer festivals including Rock Hard, Sweden Rock and Wacken Open Air before supporting Disturbed across Europe this fall. After their touring activity the band will be taking time off to write the follow-up to last year’s critically acclaimed album This Godless Endeavor.
Nevermore tour dates with In Flames, Throwdown, Everygrey: More...