Band Photo: Iced Earth (?)
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.
On Track Magazine recently conducted an interview with Iced Earth/Demons & Wizards guitarist Jon Schaffer. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Jon: "...I'm very excited about what's comin' up and it's gonna be a while because we're finally gonna do the 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' story on the most awesome concept record that we've ever done. So I'm gonna start writing that very soon and Tim's [Owens, vocals] excited about it and we're just gonna come back with a vengeance, man."
On Track Magazine: Very cool, awesome.
Jon: "Yeah we’re for sure gonna do that, and it wasn’t that it was given to me, but it’s been somethin’ that I’ve been pitchin’ to SPV that I had to have certain commitments from them in order to carry on with it. Believe it or not, after all these years, especially around the writing process for The Glorious Burden, I was thinkin’, ‘Man, you know, I’ve gotta finish the Something Wicked thing one of these days.’ And I wonder if, after all these years, if I’m still gonna be inspired enough to want to do it; to really get into it and to tell the story the way it needs to be told. And I think, because my daughter being born, I’m finally able to…. I don’t know man, I feel psyched, I’m totally pumped and ready to attack this thing. And SPV’s goin’ along with my plan - the decision was made Friday that we’re gonna do it. It’s gonna be two albums: it’s gonna be a Part I and then Part II will probably be released six months later. Part I will come out as we’re finishing up Part II and then we’ll probably kick off the world tour with the release of Part II. So it’s gonna probably be three and a half hours of music and I mean, I’m tellin’ a story that is sci-fi kind of horror, conspiracy theory, but it’s based over twelve thousand years of human history; there’s a lot to tackle in this thing. The trilogy was just a teaser to the whole story and what we’re gonna be gettin’ in to is so much bigger. And that’s actually the big news, I know there have been a lot of people that have been wantin’ that to happen for a long time."
Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH/BEYOND FEAR frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has posted the following message in the "Forum" section of his official web site:
"PRIEST has informed me that they don't think it is a good idea to have BEYOND FEAR on any tours with them and that it would be best for me to drop the tribute/PRIEST factor. I know a lot of fans wanted this and I myself still like to please the fans. But it looks as though you will never see PRIEST and myself on the same tour. Sorry."
Owens is in the process of signing a record deal for his BEYOND FEAR project, which also features guitarists John Comprix (SPAWN, 13 FACES) and Dwane Bihary (MISSING SKIN), bassist Dennis Hayes (WINTERS BANE, SEVEN WITCHES) and drummer Eric Elkins (CRYPTKICKER, ALL YOU FEAR). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "I Don't Need This", "And You Will Die", "It Is Me", "Telling Lies" and "The Faith".
"The contract is signed on my end, and I'm now waiting to get it back and the OK to start recording," Owens writes. "I have informed [producer] Jim Morris [ICED EARTH, DEATH, DEMONS & WIZARDS] and everybody involved that we will soon get this thing going."
Machine Graphic Design has posted the new Iced Earth video for the track "Declaration Day." Download the MOV file directly from this link.
JAG PANZER and PAINMUSEUM have been confirmed for the Louder Harder Faster festival, set to take place June 3-5 at the Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown, PA. This will be a unique event for PAINMUSEUM: When drummer Bobby Jarzombek (ICED EARTH, HALFORD) was unable to cancel prior engagements for this particular performance, Paul Bostaph (TESTAMENT, ex-SLAYER, SYSTEMATIC, FORBIDDEN) was called upon to fill in for this one night only. Also performing with PAINMUSEUM will be Mike LePond (SYMPHONY X).
The highlight of the festival will be an extremely rare performance by the classic TESTAMENT lineup of Chuck Billy (vocals), Eric Peterson (guitar), Alex Skolnick (guitar), Greg Christian (bass) and Louie Clemente (drums). The weekend of metal mayhem will also include performances by the full original lineup of New York thrash titans NUCLEAR ASSAULT and SPEED\KILL/HATE, featuring members of OVERKILL.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
A one-minute, 45-second sample of a new DEMONS & WIZARDS track, entitled "The Gunslinger", is available for download at this location. "The Gunslinger" comes off the group's upcoming sophomore album, "Touched by the Crimson King", due on June 27 via SPV Records. The follow-up to the group's 2001 self-titled CD, "Touched by the Crimson King" (view cover here) will feature the following track listing: More...
Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is currently shopping a five-song CD from his solo project, tentatively dubbed BEYOND FEAR. Songs featured on the CD are as follows:
01. I Don't Need This
02. And You Will Die
03. It Is Me
04. Telling Lies
05. The Faith
BLABBERMOUTH.NET, who had an opportunity to hear the recording,says it boasts a thick, heavy riffing style and extremely powerful vocals from Owens. Traces of JUDAS PRIEST, PANTERA and BLACK SABBATH are all present along with a healthy dose of double-bass drumming, which adds a modern edge to what is essentially a traditional metal approach.
As previously reported, Owens will be joined on his upcoming solo album by guitarist John Comprix (13 FACES, SPAWN) and an as-yet-undetermined drummer (original choice ICED EARTH's Bobby Jarzombek recently decided against becoming involved with the project). A tentative late 2005/early 2006 release is expected.
Former Judas Priest singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens is to call his upcoming side project Beyond Fear. Among those involved with this are Iced Earth drummer Bobby Jarzombek; Owens himself remains a member of Iced Earth.
Iced Earth have posted this message on their official website:
The new year will begin for Iced Earth with the delivery of the long-awaited Gettysburg DVD. This unique release will feature the epic work "Gettysburg (1863)" from 2004's "The Glorious Burden" stepping out of its stereo confines and expanding into a powerful 5.1-channel surround-sound mix. In fact, there will be two different surround-sound mixes (one "metal" and one "theatrical"), set to moving images. Additionally, the DVD will feature a historical commentary from the Gettysburg battlefield, and an in-depth interview with Jon Schaffer. More details will follow.
A brief trailer for the DVD can be seen here (Mpeg - 4.3MB).
Former JUDAS PRIEST and current ICED EARTH vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens has launched his own website at www.TimRipperOwens.com. On it, Owens has posted the following message:
"What's up everybody? As you can see, we are trying to get this thing up and running, and hopefully it will be complete real soon! As for Iced Earth, Jon's back is getting better, but it still isn't 100%! I myself can't wait to get Iced Earth back on the road, I think touring and seeing the fans is one of the most important things a band can do, we did tour America but had to postpone Europe (Europe, I love you and hope to see you real soon!) We will get it rolling as soon as we can!! As for my side project, finishing up some demo stuff... also thought maybe the fans can come up with a good idea to name it!! One already said maybe call it RIP, which is cool, what do you guys have?? I will talk at you soon!!"
An article has been posted on FMQB.com listing the heavy metal moments of 2004, from the formation of new bands to the new releases of older bands. An excerpt from the article:
2004 will definitely be thought of as a year when Metal made an official "come back" in the commercial world. This is not to say that Metal ever went away, but like any genre, it ebbs and flows, and this year brought a tidal wave of good music. The beginning of the year was dominated by strong releases from Iced Earth, Damageplan, the re-united Fear Factory and Dave Grohl's Probot project, which featured Grohl backing up singers like Lemmy from Motorhead and King Diamond.
Read the full article at FMQB.com.
November 16, 2004 has been confirmed as the official U.S. release date for the long-awaited "Metal For Life" album from guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak's (Testament, ex-Halford) Painmuseum. "Metal For Life" features Chlasciak, Bobby Jarzombek (Iced Earth, ex-Halford, Riot) on drums, Steve DiGiorgio (Testament, Sadus, Death, Vintersorg) on bass and newcomer Tim Clayborne (Hatred) on vocals. The album was mixed by Roy Z. (Judas Priest, Bruce Dickenson, Halford, Helloween) and mastered by James Murphy (Testament, Death, Disincarnate). Additional guest vocals were provided by Joe Comeau (Overkill, Annihilator).
This will be the first U.S. release under Metal Mike's own label imprint C.M.M. Entertainment, LLC. C.M.M.'s exclusive retail chain agreement with Transworld Entertainment Group places this and future C.M.M. releases in major U.S. retail chain locations, namely FYE, Coconuts, Wherehouse, Strawberries, The Wall, Camelot and more. Metal Music World Marketing, LLC will provide marketing, sales and promotion. "Metal For Life" will also be available through several Internet providers including CDBaby.com, GuitarMusic9.com, Metal Mike Armory Store at www.painmuseum.com, CenturyMedia.com, TowerRecords.com, and metal speciality store locations.
The Metal God himself, Rob Halford, also gave "Metal For Life" thumbs up and invited the release to be placed for sale at RobHalford.com.
Distribution to metal speciality retail in the U.S., Central and South America will be handled by Century Media/CM Distro direct sales. Album downloads will be found at iTunes, SonyConnect, Napster, Rhapsody, AOL's MusicNet, and more.
Territories outside of the U.S./Central and South America are already spoken for and full label details will be disclosed soon. It has also been confirmed that Metal Mike Chlasciak has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music.
"'Metal For Life' is an album that I feel is one of the best I have ever been a part of," stated Mike in a press release. "It is 100% of what it should and what this band wanted it to be, and proudly 0% of what the martini drinking bullshit talkers wanted it to be. This CD is about what the words heavy metal mean to us, the band. The creative and recording process was closed to the business world, and only opened to the individuals that made this album. To us metal is a sign of freedom and individuality. The music speaks the truth."
You can preview album cover and tracks "I Am Your Keeper", "Speak The Name", "Hosanna Hosanna", "Words Kill Everything", "American Metalhead", "Dogs In A Cage" and "Live And Die" at this location.
For more information, visit www.painmuseum.com.
Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer's back problems persist and Iced Earth is not expected to tour until the Eurpoean fest circuit next summer. He's posted a Lengthy message to Iced Earth's message boards:
It's time for an update once again. Things have been pretty crazy between the awesome news of being a future father for the first time, the back problems and the numerous doctor visits; MRI's, EMG's and a load of other tests, a new business that has taken off and grown much quicker than expected (Spirit of 76 Collectibles), the Gettysburg DVD, Iced Earth's day to day, Demons & Wizards, a 4 figure miniature series called "The Great Americans" and another line-up change.
Unfortunately for me, the guys in the band, the crew, the label, and more importantly the fans, we will not be touring Europe or anywhere else until summer 2005 due to my serious lower back problems and the fact that I'll be a father in early March. We plan on playing many of the big European festivals next summer and they are being booked at present.
This is the main reason that Jimmy is no longer with Iced Earth. He called me after it was obvious that I.E. would not be touring for a while and asked if I would mind if he auditioned for Megadeth. I wished him luck and told him that if he can go out and earn money by playing bass he should do it. This is a tough business and it's not easy for musicians to make a living when they're in an underground band that is not touring. That's why so many musicians that are in bands and have records out also have day jobs. Tim, Bobby and I wish Jimbo all the best!More...
Posted on www.sebastianbach.com:
I am pleased to announce the addition of drummer Mark Prator to the band ! We have been shredding all month in preparation for our Mexican tour this week! Mark Prator is the drummer on the Iced Earth album "Dark Saga" & is also the man behind the kit on the "Demons & Wizards" album with Jon Shaffer. The music is steady, solid, & heavy. We are really gearing up now for the new album & we cannot wait to play Mexico this week with Mark Prator on the drums so look out Mexico, we are gonna kick your ass!
With their new CD "The System has Failed" hitting stores this week (Sanctuary Records) and its first single and video “Die Dead Enough” impacting airwaves, Meagdeth has announced dates for a U.S. tour. The 22-date trek by the iconic hard rock group kicks off October 23 in Reno, NV and wraps November 20 in Minneapolis, MN. Joining group founder and frontman Dave Mustaine will be Glen Drover (King Diamond/Eidolon) on guitar, James MacDonough (of Iced Earth) on bass and Nick Menza returns to the group on drums. The video for “Die Dead Enough” made its debut on MTV’s “Headbangers Ball” this past weekend and the song is spinning on Active Rock and Rock radio stations nationwide.
Of his touring partners for the “Blackmail The Universe Tour,” Mustaine says, “James is a guy with long hair and a lot of tattoos and is an animal on bass. We like that kind of danger on that side of the stage.” As for Drover, Mustaine calls him the “perfect fit,” and welcomes back Menza, who was in the group from 1990 through 1997.
After re-releasing eight Megadeth albums earlier this past summer, Mustaine returns with "The System has Failed," which Revolver described in a four-star review (October ’04) as “Megadeth’s most vengeful, poignant and musically complex offering since 1992’s Countdown To Extinction…Throw in political themes, apocalyptic lyrics…it’s clear that Megadeth are not just back, they’re paranoid, pissed, and motivated to destroy.”
Tour dates are as follows. More...
Iced Earth bassist James MacDonough has officially left the band to join Megadeth as their touring bassist. MacDonough's statement on the matter (as posted at Iced-Realm.de) is as follows:
"A while back I had heard that Megadeth might need a bassist, so I contacted them via email and much later got a response, to my suprise. Before I knew it, I was on a conference call with Dave [Mustaine]. I sent in some video of me playing a couple Megadeth songs and I got a call a couple of days later. Everything with Iced Earth has been up in the air as far as touring, so I told [Iced Earth mainman] Jon [Schaffer] about this when I got the first email back, and being my older bro, he told me to go for it. Unfortunately, I won't be able to play with Iced Earth in the future because this will be a very lengthy tour, but we'll see what happens down the road. I am keeping in touch with Jon and maybe something in the future will happen.
"Megadeth has always been one of my favorite bands and I have a lot of respect for Dave and what he's done for music. I feel honored to have been picked for this endeavor."
Megadeth's lineup for the upcoming tour will be as follows:
Dave Mustaine – Guitar/Vocals
Glen Drover (EIDOLON) – Guitar
Nick Menza – Drums
James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH) - Bass
As reported here in May, Century Media is releasing a 2CD best of collection from Iced Earth called The Blessed And The Damned on August 10th in North America. The collection is out now in Europe. The album features 23 remastered tracks (over two hours of material) with two different album covers. The Blessed And The Damned contains a 20-page deluxe booklet that includes lyrics and extensive biographical liner notes by Dreams Of Damnation singer/former Century Media publicist Loana dP Valencia . Detailed herein is an introduction to where Jon Shaffer and Iced Earth are today by taking a look back at where they have been: Jon’s early days beginning with Black Sabbath and Kiss records at age four, his decision to dedicate his life to music, his first guitar, his move to Tampa, Florida at age 16, the first incarnation of Iced Earth and how they overcame obstacles, failures and successes. Each album is discussed in detail including what at the time was happening to the band and includes commentary from mastermind Jon Schaffer.
Loana dP Valencia taken from The Blessed And The Damned booklet: “A musician’s autobiography is his music – everything else is only a footnote… Throughout the course of nine albums and one EP, Jon Schaffer has offered us – his fans – interpretations of the truths in his own life. In this compilation, each song leads you through his understanding of his [Jon Schaffer’s] struggles, disappointments, joys and his triumphs.”
The tracklisting (including the album the tracks come from): More...
Guitarist Ralph Santolla has officially left ICED EARTH and joined SEBASTIAN BACH's solo band. "There are several reasons for this decision, and for the moment I will keep them to myself," Santolla writes in a statement. "The other guys [in ICED EARTH] know my reasons, and hopefully this won't turn into a public pissing match. On the other hand, if it does, at least execution by musketry has gone out of style. I made some great friends, played some great, albeit difficult (!) metal tunes, and learned a lot from the experience. Whatever anyone else says about [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon [Schaffer], he IS a phenomenal rhythm guitarist.
"On a different note, I am the new lead guitarist for Sebastian Bach. We start playing July 22nd, and I can't wait. We'll do a new album later this year, so look for that, and I hope to see some of the cool people I met on tour with [ICED EARTH] at some of these gigs. I am also in talks with Steve DiGiorgio [TESTAMENT, SADUS, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED], Gene Hoglan [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARK ANGEL, ex-DEATH], and Tom Englund from EVERGREY about making an epic, orchestral metal album called 'ex Cathedra'. More on this later."
Richard Christy was announced the winner of the contest to replace Stuttering John on the Howard Stern show and will soon begin a three-month tenure as a staff member on the show. Christy left Iced Earth amidst touring a couple months ago so that he could audition for the part on the Stern show.
UPDATE: Richard Christy has issued an open letter about winning Stuttering John's job. Apparently he received 31 percent of the votes on the "Get John's Job!" voting web site, and Christy spent all of last week on the show and was considered a favorite to land the gig from the very beginning. Christy's letter reads as follows:
"Richard (Hey KC) Christy here, it definitely still hasn't sunk in that I actually won John's job! Winning today was a very surreal feeling, but then getting hammered by the other contestants quickly brought me back down to earth! Today was truly a dream come true for me and I was honored to stand next to all of the talented people who were finalists in the 'Get John's Job' contest. I would like to thank Howard and the gang for the opportunity to compete in this audition. I would like to thank my family, friends, all the Howard Stern fans, and all of my fellow 'metal heads' for voting for me! I would also like to thank my friends Tom and Omar for letting me stay with them while I've been in New York the past two weeks. I can't even begin to describe how excited I am about the opportunity to contribute to the show! I have notebooks and hard drives full of ideas that I can't wait to present to Howard! It was also hilarious seeing Chaunce in a dress, but it was disturbing when he showed everyone his 'man worm' in the greenroom. It was also great when Sal rubbed Chaunce's hat in the crack of his ass, and then Yucko dipped his hairy walnuts into it! I also loved when Jeff the Drunk called in and was pissed at me! I wasn't feeling the drunken love from him this morning and I really hope that he doesn't speak for all drunks! Well, I'm not sure what more I can say about how excited I am! I love New York and I love 'The Howard Stern Show' and I am honored that I won the greatest job that I could ever dream of having! Thank You!"
You can help out Richard Christy (DEATH, LEASH LAW, ex-ICED EARTH, CONTROL DENIED), who quit his ICED EARTH gig for a chance to get Stuttering John's job on The Howard Stern Show, by voting for him here.
It would be a very positive thing for metal if he were to win such a high-profile position on a nationally syndicated radio show.
IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Fridén has slammed ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer over comments Schaffer made during ICED EARTH's 2002 North American tour, which featured IN FLAMES in the support slot.
"I have fucking little love for a certain guy in that band," Anders Fridén told Sweden's premiere rock/metal magazine Close-Up for its March issue, referring to Shaffer. "I'm not the kind of person who talks shit about people — but this isn't bullshit, for that matter — [or the kind of person to] expose someone [in the press]. We supported ICED EARTH in the U.S. and did amazing well. We got a really great response and [Jon] — the rest of the band were cool — was upset, I guess. It ended with him calling us 'spoiled European pussies,' saying that I was a fucking rock star and a lot of other things. I'm fucking far from being a rock star, so I didn't feel guilty, but it was weird how he could make us out to be 'spoiled European pussies.' There were lot of complaints [from Jon], and our part of the stage was getting smaller and smaller, even though we'd sold out some of the venues before on our own. I could barely stand by the mic stand, that's how tight it was between the drum set and me. Then [I had issues with some of] his statements, which are [very] pro-America, to say the least. He talked shit about Swedes and Europeans in front of us and the other support act JAG PANZER, whose drummer [Rikard Stjernquist] is of Swedish descent. The drummer said 'What are you saying? I'm half Swedish,' to which [Jon] responded, 'Yeah, but you've lived in America for a long time, so we're not talking about you.' I've gotten along with everyone we've toured with, and I didn't think it was [that bad], even though we had differences of opinion, but [Jon] is the only person on this planet that I can't stand."