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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.
Iced Earth has launched a second video webisode online chronicling the band's time on tour with Volbeat and Hellyeah, which can be viewed below. For even more Iced Earth, you can also watch a recently posted video interview with Jon Schaffer over at this location.
Last week The Age Of Metal had the chance to speak with Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer about the band's tour with Volbeat & Hellyeah, Stu Block as Iced Earth's new singer, politics, and more. Check out the video interview below, which also touches on Schaffer's other projects Sons of Liberty and Demons and Wizards.
Previous Iced Earth members Matt Barlow and Freddie Vidales have teamed up with former Nevermore drummer Van Williams to form a new project. Very little info has been revealed, but you can check out the teaser trailer for the new band below. Barlow also commented:
"Greetings all! Just wanted to give you guys a little insight into what's been going on lately. Well, though we are still in the early stages of progress, we are really excited about what we are hearing thus far. We hope that you have patience with us as we continue with this creative process and search for a record label that will help us bring our music to you all in the best way. Thanks for all your support....more to come!" More...
This year's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available at the festival's website here. The organizers of Summer Breeze have now issued the following announcement about confirming new bands:
"Since the release of their amazing breakthrough album 'Inwards', Dew-Scented have been at the forefront of European thrash metal. Since then, the cool bunch led by frontman Leif Jensen have been producing fantastic albums full of unstoppable riff power and overwhelming intensity at nicely regular intervals, cementing the band's excellent reputation time and again. In 2012, Dew-Scented aim at kick-starting their career with an entirely new line-up – with the exception of band boss Leif – and the fantastic new album 'Icarus', and are gearing up to shatter the Summer Breeze Open Air into small pieces. We are stoked to welcome the indestructible machine called Dew-Scented at our festival once more. Get thrashed!
"When Agrypnie played the Summer Breeze festival in 2008 for the first and only time so far, they were booked as consolation for all those who were mourning the recent disbanding of Nocte Obducta. Four years, one studio album and one EP later, the Hessians have made a career for themselves, having now reached the same level as the aforementioned group. Their new studio album is still being recorded as we speak, but their last EP 'Asche' was already an announcement for big things to come in the realm of post black metal. Expressive, multi-faceted, melancholic, dynamic – all these attributes fit Agrypnie like a glove and are underlined by the fact that their songs don't ever become predictable or interchangable. One of the most exciting bands our scene has to offer nowadays."
The Summer Breeze 2012 bill now looks like: More...
The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming more bands to appear at this year's festival:
"After last week’s headliner announcement - where we revealed the mighty Machine Head will be letting fans pick the songs at their first ever UK festival headline slot - Bloodstock and Machine Head are now ready to take requests.
"If you head to Facebook you can now submit your suggestions via a poll. Each fan can pick five songs from Machine Head’s incredible debut 'Burn My Eyes,' and the five most popular tracks will be performed at Catton Hall this summer.
"Bloodstock can also reveal a further three acts for the Sophie Stage and one for the Ronnie James Dio Stage. Headlining the Sophie Stage on Thursday night, raucous rockers Viking Skull bring their loud and proud metal to Bloodstock, alongside Belfast metalheads Sweet Savage. Hotly tipped newcomers Death Valley Knights show why in just a few short months their powerful metal has earned them a much coverted spot at Britain’s most metal festival, and finally Canada’s Kobra & The Lotus make their Bloodstock debut opening the Ronnie James Dio Stage on Sunday." More...
Heavy metal legends Iced Earth will be touring North America starting next week, hitting the road with Volbeat, Hellyeah and The Sixxis for an extensive 5-week trek. The group will be touring in support of their 10th studio album "Dystopia."
In regards to this upcoming tour, Jon Schaffer (rhythm, lead and acoustic guitars/backing vocals) comments: "I'm completely stoked, Volbeat is one of my all-time favorite bands, and Michael and the boys are great people. There is a lot of mutual respect and admiration, and I think we are in for a hell of a good time! This will be a package that won't soon be forgotten, I'm sure of that." More...
Midwest heavy metal outfit Dirge Within has announced a hometown show on June 25th with Hellyeah and Iced Earth at the House of Blues in Chicago, as the group gears up to hit the road on the Shockwave Festival 2012 next month.
Comment guitarist, Shaun Glass, “We have been asked by our brother Vinnie Paul to do a one off show here in our hometown of Chicago to support Hellyeah and Iced Earth on June 25th. This will be a blast and a perfect way to warm up before Shockwave!”
Dirge Within will embark on Shockwave 2012 in support of sophomore release, "There Will Be Blood" (Rocket Science/THC: Music), which hit stores in April. Established to give metal fans a lower cost festival option this season, the trek on Shockwave 2012 will commence on July 6th in Seattle, Wash., and features an assorted lineup of artists, including Fear Factory, Voivod, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Revocation, Havok and more.
Added Glass, “Shockwave 2012! Holy S! We are so excited to be on this sick, new tour July-August, featuring beyond diverse acts and killer bands like Havok, Revocation, cult legends, Voivod, and the innovative future metal sounds of Fear Factory, who we have toured with in the past. We can't wait to meet all of you at the merch table etc., so come early and destroy with us!”
Upcoming Shockwave fests tour dates are as follows: More...
The 2012 edition of the Bloodstock Open Air festival will take place this coming August 9th - 12th, and the organizers of the festival have now issued the following statement about confirming Machine Head:
"It is with tremendous excitement that we can now reveal our final headliner to be Oakland metal titans Machine Head, who will make their first ever UK festival headlining appearance on Saturday, August 11th on the RONNIE JAMES DIO main stage.
"Machine Head first graced UK shores in the wake of their landmark debut album 'Burn My Eyes' in 1994 as main support to Slayer. Fan reaction to Machine Head’s signature brand of crushing metal was so intense that the band would return immediately afterward to headline their own sold-out shows at many of the same venues, launching a massive swell of passionate fan support that continues to this day.
"Seven albums, a Grammy nomination and countless tours later, UK fans continue to champion and support Machine Head as feverishly as they did at those first shows, and this year, at Bloodstock Open Air 2012, they will be given the unprecedented opportunity to influence Machine Head’s set list!
"Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Machine Head’s first-ever live performance at their roadie Mike Scum's getting-evicted-from-his-house party - for which they performed five songs – Bloodstocker ticket holders will be given the opportunity to vote for the five 'Burn My Eyes' songs they most want to hear Machine Head play during their headline set Saturday night, with the five that receive the most votes included in the set list (details to follow)!
"Anyone that’s ever witnessed Machine Head live will attest to the fact that the raw, unbridled energy of their performance is unlike anything else you’ll ever see. With countless legendary UK performances already on record, and a first-ever fan-influenced setlist, it goes without saying that Machine Head’s headline set at Bloodstock Open Air 2012 is going to go down in metal history as one of those festival performances that you’ll forever be glad you got to see. Keep an eye on the official Bloodstock Facebook page for your chance to vote on the songs YOU want to hear."
The current Bloodstock lineup is as follows: More...
The organizers of the upcoming Summer Breeze 2012 festival have issued the following update about confirming new acts:
"Italy is not exactly a hotbed for dark doom metal. Fortunately enough, there are always exceptions to confirm the rule. With the three albums they have released so far, The Foreshadowing have provided a master class in gloom and doom. Hailing from Rome, the band prove that it is indeed possible to write great atmospheric songs without falling into excessive pathos and kitsch. Especially singer Marco Benevento's clear, ear-piercing vocals take the group's material to a level which is only populated by bands such as Katatonia, My Dying Bride, early Anathema and even Opeth. Don't miss this black pearl of darkness! You will hardly experience anything bigger, darker and more epic at Summer Breeze 2012!
"Breakdowns aren't exactly the most innovative element in metal nowadays... However, if you use them with such conviction and vehemence as Bleed From Within, even the most athletically challenged of metalheads should soon mutate into pit fighter number one. The UK band have two albums out which should appeal to fans of As I Lay Dying, Bring Me The Horizon and Parkway Drive, while at times Bleed From Within are even more melodic than the aforementioned bands, only to dive into a brutal breakdown the very next second. All fans of metalcore and deathcore should highlight this band in their personal running order, as this is the perfect stuff for all of them!"
U.S. power metal band Iced Earth announced that it was forced to cancel the band's performance at the Bangalore Open Air Festival in India on June 16, 2012 due to visa issues. The band is continuing to tour in support of the latest release "Dystopia" (see Metal Underground's review here).
The announcement reads:
"Dear fans, friends and fellow metalheads in India.
"It is with a heavy heart and deep regret to announce that we will not be performing at the Bangalore Open Air festival on the 16th of June 2012.
"Unfortunately, we have been a victim of terminal visa issues for our American band and crew members, despite having followed every step given to us and retaining one of the top immigration firms in the world to do the job. It turns out some of the regulations have changed without this being made known to us and we are now no longer in a position to get the necessary paperwork in place. This has come as a huge disappointment since we were looking forward to performing for and meeting all of you for the very first time in your wonderful country.
"We would like to thank the team of BOA for all their help and support along the way. Unfortunately things are now beyond the control of the band and the organizers but we sincerely hope all the metalheads in India will continue to support Bangalore Open Air and all the fantastic bands scheduled to play there.
"Finally, a huge thank you to all the Indian metalheads for your kind words and wonderful support. We promise to make every effort to make it to India as soon as humanly possible and bang heads with each and every one of you.
Iced Earth Management Team"
The Bloodstock 2012 organizers have announced a further three acts for the Sophie stage at this year's festival.
Returning to Catton Hall, Witchsorrow threatens the British summer time with downtuned doom and gloom that echoes metal greats such as St Vitus, Candlemass and Trouble. Says mainman Necro Skull: "We are truly honoured to be returning to cast a shadow over Bloodstock once more. We promise you total doom annihilation, a celebration for the damned as the end of the world looms at the end of this wretched annum. To be in the company of such excellent bands as Watain, Alice Cooper, Orange Goblin, Grand Magus and Winterfylleth is a grand thing indeed. God curse us, every one!"
Returning for the second year in a row, London loud-louts Dripback take a break from the studio to come back to the Sophie stage with their seething mix of hardcore and death metal. The band commented, “For us it’s all about being intense in tents, so this really is the perfect festival slot for Dripback. We’re all so buzzing about playing with Crowbar, Hatebreed, Testament and all the other awesome bands, this really is the best festival."
Finally, Swiss thrashers Battalion make their UK debut at Bloodstock. The Thrash Maniacs check in to say: “It's the first time for us to play in England! What a fucking start! We're looking forward to kick some ass there!!! See ya Bloodstock! Cheers from Zurich, the Battalion-Bastards.”
Finnish pagan metal outfit Moonsorrow and German power metal group Freedom Call have been confrmed as the latest two bands to take part in this years edition of the British metal festival, Bloodstock Open Air, which will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th.
Speaking on the confirmation, Moonsorrow stated: "We are truly excited to take part in Bloodstock Festival 2012. It's been way too long since we played on the British soil in 2008 and we know that lately there has been a huge demand for Moonsorrow to play in the UK. So, all our loyal fans in the UK, we want to see a massive crowd of insane berserks during our set. Don't let us down because we promise we don't let you down, cheers!"
Freedom Call added: "The Bloodstock Festival is the pulsating heart of Heavy Metal...a great audience, which knows exactly to revel."
The lineup for the festival is now as follows: More...
Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about the band beginning the writing process for a new album later this year:
"Hello gang! Just wanted to write a thank you to all the fans on the last leg of the tour. You guys were amazing every single night, no matter where in the world we were. It was a truly special run, and one that will remain high in my memories for years to come.
"We will start song writing in the Fall this year and will continue that, and the subsequent production for the new album, in between and around upcoming tour plans for the remainder of 2012-2013. Busy, focused, and energizing times lie ahead, but we are stoked and ready! Count on it!
"I'm currently in South America, hanging with friends, and taking care of some personal business here. Home sweet home is just around the corner, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed! AHHHHH!!!!
"I'd also like to say good luck to Freddie Vidales, we had a lot of fun through the years and I wish him all the best for his future. We totally understand his decision and support it 100%.
Best to you brother!
"Until next time, thank you once again... take care, and I wish you all the very best life has to offer!"
The 2012 edition of the Summer Breeze festival will be taking place from August 16th - 18th, with full details available here. The organizers of the festival have now announced the following bands being added to the bill:
Born from pain
Night in gales
While she sleeps
The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...
With a plethora of metal talent already on offer - including Alice Cooper, Behemoth, Dimmu Borgir, Testament, Hatebreed and loads more - Bloodstock Open Air has another addition to it’s main stage, in the form of New Orleans sludge-monsters Crowbar. The organizers of the festival commented:
"The epitome of heavy, Kirk Windstein and co have been showing the world that speed isn’t everything since their debut 'Obedience Thru Suffering' stunned the metal world in 1991 with its downtuned, slow-paced yet punishingly heavy sound. With nine studio albums under their very large belts, Crowbar have mastered the art of the riff, continually delivering irresistible sludgey metal via a sound uniquely their own. With mammoth sludgey slabs such as 'I Despise,' 'All I Had (I Gave),' 'Time He’s Nothing,' 'Like Broken Glass,' 'Nothing' and many more, the Ronnie James Dio Stage will be put to the test at Crowbar’s only UK festival of 2012.
"Over on the Sophie stage, additions come in the form of homegrown extreme symphonic metallers and Metal 2 The Masses winners Saturnian, fellow countrymen and Melo-death thrashers Bloodshot Dawn, as well as Finnish melodic death metallers Re-Armed."
U.S. metal act Iced Earth, currently in China for the first time with shows in Shanghai and Beijing this week, is adding on more shows to the "World Dystopia" tour. The band has also announced the departure of bassist Freddie Vidales leaves the band. The following message was posted on the band's Facebook profile:
"The show in Bangalore, India on June 16th is a first visit to India for the band and the show on August 19th in Limassol marks a much-clamored return to Cyprus, only 8 months after their last show there. The show is being filmed and recorded for an upcoming DVD/CD release.
"The decision of where to do the next IE live album and DVD was not an easy one. We have experienced so many amazing audiences around the world that we really wish we could film them all. However, the electricity and atmosphere of the first show in Cyprus was so killer that we are convinced this is the best place to do our next DVD. Who knows what the future holds? There will be many more albums and touring cycles...your city may be next!
"Full show details as follows:
June 16, 2012 IND-Bangalore // Bangalore Open Air
August 19, 2012 CYP-Limassol // Kourion
"In other news, bass player Freddie Vidales has announced he will leave the band after the Chinese shows this April. Due to the band's massive touring commitments there was immediate need for a replacement and Luke Appleton (of Fury UK, with whom Iced Earth toured in Europe last winter) has stepped up to the plate and will be joining the tour in time for the show in India."
This new live DVD will be the band's first live release with vocalist Stu Block, who joined the band last year, replacing Matt Barlow. Iced Earth is touring in support of the band's new album "Dystopia" (reviewed here).
American power metal veterans Iced Earth have announced that they will be recording their concert at the ancient Kourion Amphitheater, outside Limassol in Cyprus, for an upcoming CD/DVD release.
This will be the band's first live release with vocalist Stu Block, who joined the band last year, replacing fan favourite Matt Barlow. More details regarding the live release will be revealed once they become available.
You can also check Metalunderground.com's review of the latest Iced Earth studio album "Dystopia" here.
Iced Earth has posted a second video road report online from the band's time touring North America, which can be found below. Iced Earth also commented:
"Ready for Freddie's exclusive North American road report part 2? Ready or not, here it comes! And this one is a sight to behold.
"In this installment, you get to watch Iced Earth hang out with Symphony X, Into Eternity, and of course each other everywhere from a bowling alley (?) to partying in Vegas to a Russian attack sub (!) built in 1972. It doesn't get any better than this. THANK YOU, Freddie! Well done."
Iced Earth has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances:
"New festivals announced! Did we hear fans ask for a date in Sweden? Oh, yeah! And what was that about Germany? Huh? You guys want us there, too? You got it! Here we come:
August 16, 2012
Summer Breeze Festival
August 17, 2012
Iced Earth has posted the first in a series of North American video road reports from Freddie Vidales. You can check out the video clip at this location. The band also commented:
"Go behind the scenes with Freddie Vidales in the first installment of his now-famous Road Report series. Webisode #1 covers the first few dates on the North American leg of Iced Earth's World Dystopia Tour. Enjoy!"