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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.
The promoters of the New England Metal and Hardcore festival are proud to announce the addition of longtime U.S. metalcore dynamos Darkest Hour to the lineup for this year's festivities.
This Saturday, March 22nd will also mark the finals for this year's ongoing Break Thru Music Presents: Battle for Metal Fest competition, the action going down at two locations simultaneously. At the Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut at 6pm, sets from finalists Physics of Demise, Vengeful Wake, Hollow, To Die a Legend and Dream of Scipio, We Are Nothing, Lightsbane, Rise And Resist, Imperium Mortis, Acius, Behold The Beginning and Victim Of Innocence.
Back at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts where the fest takes place, the battle will include performances from Chaos Machine, Hitlist, Onward, Begat The Nephilim, Rumors of Betrayal, Seeds Of Negligence, Along Came the Flood, Assault On The Living, Carnivora, Written In Stone, Death Rattle. The winners will of course take part in the assault on the Palladium at this year's event.
From Thursday, April 17th through Saturday the 19th over 75 bands will once again infiltrate Worcester's iconic Palladium Theatre for the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
1349, All Out War, All That Remains, Barrier, Battlecross, Behemoth, Bent Life, Black Crown Initiate, Bleeding Through, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifex, Colin Of Arabia, Cop Problem, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Darkest Hour, Discourse, Emmure, Enabler, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Gift Giver, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquistion, Julius Seizure, Kadavar, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Obey The Brave, Oceano, Ramallah, Reflections, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers of Nihil, Sabaton, Sam Black Church, Scars of Tomorrow, Silence The Messenger, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sylar, Texas In July, The Acacia Strain, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, The Mongoloids, Those Who Fear, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Unearth, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins, Years Since The Storm
Last week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, we brought you two young and very special Canadian bands, The Kindred and Hollow. And sure enough on this week's episode, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) continues indulging in his love for progressive (and, coincidentally, Canadian) bands.
Toronto, Ontario's Intervals, formed in 2011 and until late last year a strictly instrumental band, have just debuted with the full-length "A Voice Within," within which you'll indeed find a voice: frontman Mike Semesky. Kevin considers some of the musical developments this shift in focus has spurred.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) makes a painful, heavy-hearted effort to dissect his conflicted feelings about the latest Iced Earth release "Plagues Of Babylon" (reviewed here). It is the veteran metal band's tenth studio album, and so far to Mike's ears, falls tragically short of the dazzling comeback that was 2011's "Dystopia."
Finally ensues a discussion of singer Howard Jones, the positives and negatives of his contributions to the mighty Killswitch Engage, and his brand new group dubbed Devil You Know.
Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
As the mammoth lineup of audio obliteration continues to expand, the organizers of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to bring Massachusetts metalcore merchants/NEM&HF alumni, Unearth, as well as German psychedelic space rock perpetrators, Kadavar, to the stages!
Additionally, the sorcerers behind the NEM&HF are eager to officially welcome the first annual Best In Brutality Tour to its maniacal three-day ambush. The punishing five-band tour package will level Worcester on Thursday, April 17th and features the co-headlining assault of esteemed deathcore brutalizers, Oceano, and legendary death metal titans, Broken Hope, alongside the combined sonic destruction of Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan.
Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, the iconic New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will commence on April 17th and run through April 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
The latest round of additions to the continually-expanding lineup for 2014's installment of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival has been disclosed, including Massachusetts' own '90s hardcore punk act, Sam Black Church.
Confirmed as one of the main headliners of the event's third night, Saturday, April 19th, Sam Black Church's set at NEMHF 2014 will mark only the third performance since the group initially disbanded at the turn of the century, and first in Central Massachusetts since the late '90s.
Stated the band upon being asked to take part in the massive event this Spring: "It is amazing what the man we used to know as Ogre has done with the New England Metalfest! We are fucking excited to be a part of it once again!"
The organizers of the fest comment: "Formed in Boston, in June of 1988 by Jesse "Jet" Crandall (vocals), Ben Crandall (guitar), Richard G. Lewis (bass), and J.R. Roach (drums), Sam Black Church was known for their energetic live performances, playing a frenetic blend of hardcore, metal, and thrash. Over the years sharing bills with bands as diverse as Bad Brains, Clutch, Motörhead, Cro-Mags, Fear, and Helmet, they were one of the most popular hardcore bands in the Northeast United States during the 1990s. After releasing three full-lengths on Taang! Records, they left to join Wonderdrug where they remained until they retired in 2000 after releasing a total of seven albums. Since disbanding, Sam Black Church reunited for a sold-out show on September 22, 2007, at The Roxy in Boston, and played a another sold-out performance at Hometown Throwdown #16 with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at House of Blues in Boston on December 29th, 2013. A documentary of their career by Duncan Wilder Johnson entitled Leave Behind a Groove in the Earth is scheduled for release in 2014."
Also now confirmed to invade this year's festival are Oceano, Scars of Tomorrow, The Last Ten Seconds of Life, InDirections, and Julius Seizure on Thursday, April 17th, and Reflections on Friday, April 18th. The setup for Saturday, April 19th has also been lengthened with Texas In July, Obey The Brave and the aforementioned Sam Black Church performance. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
The New England Metal & Hardcore Festival is pleased to officially welcome The Metal Alliance Tour to its already punishing three-day assault.
The illustrious tour package will make a stop in Worcester on Saturday April 18th and features headliners Behemoth, alongside Metal Blade labelmates Goatwhore, with additional support from 1349, Inquisition, and Black Crown Initiate.
Celebrating its sixteenth anniversary, this year's edition of the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival will take place on April 17th, 18th, and 19th. The currently announced lineup is as follows (not the final running order): More...
Iced Earth is joining forces with local record stores to release 500 limited-edition, hand-numbered vinyl "bootleg" copies of "Plagues of Babylon."
This extremely limited "bootleg" pressing of the band's new album goes on sale tomorrow, January 14th. Available only in record stores in North America, click here to find your nearest local participating retailer.
"Plagues of Babylon" is set for a January 21st, 2014 release in North America on Century Media Records, and is streaming now in its entirety on Spotify (the album is out now in the rest of the world). More...
The lineup of this year's New England Metal & Hardcore Festival continues to expand with the newest additions of: 1349, Battlecross, Black Crown Initiate, Carnifex, Erra, Fallujah, Goatwhore, I Declare War, Inquisition, Rivers of Nihil, Sworn In, Broken Hope and The Acacia Strain.
Slated to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth edition of the iconic two-staged event takes place at the Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the festival are on sale now and available for purchase at this location. The currently confirmed lineup is as follows:
1349, The Acacia Strain, All Out War, All That Remains, Alpha & Omega, Barrier, Battlecross, Bent Life, Bleeding Through "Final East Coast Appearance," Black Crown Initiate, Born Low, Broken Hope, Carnifax, Colin of Arabia, Counterparts, Cruel Hand, Discourse, Emmure, Erra, Fallujah, Fire and Ice, Fit For An Autopsy, Gideon, Goatwhore, Harm's Way, I Declare War, Iced Earth, InDirections, Inquisition, King Nine, Kublai Khan, Lionheart, Loyal To The Grave, Malfunction, Nails, Naysayer, Nile, Ramallah, Reign Supreme, Revamp, Rivers Of Nihil, Sabaton, Scale The Summit, Scars of Tomorrow, Slapshot, Suburban Scum, Sworn In, Sylar, The Mongoloids, Thy Art Is Murder, Twitching Tongues, Warhound, Whitechapel, Will To Die, Within The Ruins.
Iced Earth, which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column, will release new album "Plagues of Babylon" on January 6th (EU/World) and January 21st (North America) via Century Media Records.
Now the band has issued the following update about streaming "Plagues of Babylon" online:
"Hello friends, our new album 'Plagues of Babylon' is streaming on Spotify in 55 markets around the world!
"Follow us on Spotify, check out the album (and it's many amazing physical and digital configurations which you can already pre-order) and come see us on the road!" More...
Power metal is a genre which almost certainly is most popular in mainland Europe. The continent has given birth to many of the genre's greatest acts such as Blind Guardian, Hammerfall and Gamma Ray and continues to book such acts for their biggest festivals. However, that is not to say that the United States has had no input into the development or popularity of power metal. Indeed, one of the field's most beloved groups hail from Tampa, Florida. A band by the name of Iced Earth.
The seeds of the group were sewn in 1985 when guitarist, Jon Schaffer formed a band named Purgatory. As would be a common theme in the life of Iced Earth, member changes were frequent, with Schaffer remaining the only constant. In 1988, they decided to change their name from Purgatory to the moniker we all know today, which was suggested by a friend of Schaffer's who passed away after a motorcycle accident. They soon caught the attention of record labels with their second demo, "Enter the Realm," which earned them a deal with Century Media. Schaffer, along with drummer Mike McGill, vocalist Gene Adam, bass player Dave Abell and guitarist Randall Shawver, entered the famous Morrisound Recording studio, renowned for producing many of the greatest death metal albums, to record their self titled debut. The album was met with a somewhat mixed response, though it allowed them to perform in Europe for the first time as a support act to Blind Guardian.
They wasted little time in getting to work on a sophomore record, though not without making a few changes first. Mike McGill was replaced with Richey Secchiari and perhaps most notably, Gene Adam was fired from the band after he refused to take singing lessons, his place being taken by John Greely. This new incarnation of the band went back to Morrisound to record, "Night of the Stormrider," which faired a little better with the critics, though remains a very popular entry in the Iced Earth catalogue with their fans. The album also took a little longer to be released in the United States than it did Europe, as the American branch of their label was worried that the album would compete against their debut. More...
The gatekeepers of the annual New England Metal & Hardcore Festival are pleased to welcome more bands to the rapidly expanding lineup with Emmure, Gideon, Whitechapel, Loyal To The Grave, InDirections, Bent Life, Scars of Tomorrow and Thy Art is Murder.
The recent additions will join the likes of All That Remains, Iced Earth, Nile, Slapshot, the final East Coast appearance of Bleeding Through, Nails, All Out War, Twitching Tongues, and the 2014 Metal Alliance Tour package still to be announced and more than half of the lineup still to be disclosed.
Scheduled to take place April 17th, 18th, and 19th, the sixteenth installment of the massive two-staged festival continues to drive dozens of bands and thousands of fans to the historic Worcester Palladium. Tickets for the event are on sale now and available for purchase at this location.
In related news, Break Thru Music is proud to announce the yearly Battle for Metal Fest competition. Throughout early 2014, local bands will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to perform live at this year's massacre. Performances will take place January - March at the Worcester Palladium and Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut. Spots are booking up fast so if your band is interested in the chance to earn a spot on the Main Stage, email firstname.lastname@example.org now. More...
Iced Earth premiered the new track "Among the Living Dead" over at BraveWords at this location (also heard in the player below). The song appears on the new album "Plagues of Babylon" which drops January 6th (EU/World) and January 21st (North America) via Century Media Records.
"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says Jon Schaffer of "Plagues of Babylon." "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic Iced Earth catalog. We feel that the package with Sabaton and ReVamp is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!" Information on the tour can be found at this location.
The track list for the album is:
1. Plagues of Babylon (see lyric video here)
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
11. Spirit of the Times
Check out "Among the Living Dead": More...
With the release of new studio album "Plagues of Babylon" approaching, metal titans Iced Earth have launched a video teaser to preview the album and the upcoming Worldwide Plagues headlining tour. Check it out below.
"Plagues of Babylon" is set for a January 21st, 2014 release in North America (January 6th worldwide) on Century Media Records. The band will bring Sabaton and Revamp for a tour starting April 4th, with full details available here.
"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says Jon Schaffer. "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic Iced Earth catalog. We feel that the package with Sabaton and Revamp is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!" More...
U.S. metal act Iced Earth today announced the North American dates for the "Worldwide Plagues" Tour in April/May 2014. The band will tour in support of the forthcoming LP "Plagues of Babylon," which is set for release on January 6th in Europe and January 7th in North America via Century Media Records.
In support of the tour comes from Sabaton and ReVamp. The announcement reads:
"We are bringing our new album to the North America homeland when the Worldwide Plagues Tour hits North American shores April 4 for a six-week run with Sabaton and Revamp in support. We feel that the package with Sabaton and Revamp is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"
Exclusive pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the entire Iced Earth North American tour will be available later today at www.enterthevault.com. Pre-sale tickets will remain on sale until December 4, when remaining tickets are made available to the general public through the traditional retail outlets (check your local venue for details). VIP packages will remain on sale exclusively at www.enterthevault.com while supplies last.
The VIP-packages include:
• Early entry into the venue
• Meet & Greet / Signing Session with the band
• Photo-op with the band
• 7” picture disk vinyl single with one exclusive, unreleased demo from “Plagues of Babylon” on the B-side
• Iced Earth messenger bag
• Exclusive VIP-T-Shirt
• Exclusive VIP-laminate
• Exclusive VIP sticker set
For dates and venues, check out the poster here: More...
Iced Earth posted a new lyric video for the title track of the forthcoming album "Plagues of Babylon." The album drops on January 6th in Europe and January 7th in North America via Century Media Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Plagues of Babylon
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
11. Spirit of the Times
Check out "Plagues of Babylon" here: More...
Iced Earth announced the first wave of tour dates in support of the upcoming "Plagues of Babylon" album. The album is due out on Century Media, though no release date has been revealed. The "Worldwide Plagues" tour begins in Europe on January 9th in Saarbrucken, Germany.
Support comes from label mates Warbringer, who will be releasing the new album "IV: Empires Collapse" on October 29th, and Australia's Elm Street.
Confirmed dates for the tour can be found on the poster here: More...
Iced Earth today reveals the cover artwork for new album “Plagues of Babylon,” which can be viewed below.
"Plagues of Babylon" follows previous album "Dystopia" (reviewed here), and the track listing is as follows:
1. Plagues of Babylon
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
11. Spirit of the Times
A specific release date for the album has not yet been announced, but further details are expected shortly. More...
Iced Earth has now finished work on a new album, which follows the previous full-length "Dystopia" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"Metal Heads! We have completed recording, mixing, and mastering for the new album 'Plagues of Babylon.' It’s been a long summer, but a very productive one. I am very proud of my band mates! Everyone kicked ass, and we made a really special record.
"Now, it’s time try to rest for a few 'minutes' before the next chapter of world touring begins.
"Best to you all! We will see our European friends on the road with our brothers in Volbeat, then the rest of you on the Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014!"
Couldn't make it to Belgium this weekend for the Graspop Metal Meeting? Good news is that the festival will be streaming live over at this location. The live stream has two channels streaming from the various stages.
Scheduled to appear at the annual festival are:
Friday, June 28th:
Heaven Shall Burn
All That Remains
Veil of Maya
Love and Death
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...
Iced Earth announced that drummer Brent Smedley has split with the band due to personal family reasons. His replacement will be Raphael Saini (Chaoswave/Ex-Emergency Gate), who will start with the band on its tour dates this summer.
Smedley explained: "I have family members that are elderly and frail and need my help here in Jacksonville. It’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I simply cannot commit to the kind of schedule the band deserves and requires so I decided to ask permission to step down from my post."
The band commented: "Brent has been a valued member of the group for a long time. We thank him for his contributions, friendship and energy and wish him all the best for the future. We want to welcome Raphael with open arms and are expecting for our fans to give him the welcome he deserves."
In addition to live dates, the band's summer will also be spent recording and mixing the new studio album entitled “Plagues of Babylon." A headline tour for the new album will kick off in January 2014.
Iced Earth mastermind Jon Schaffer revealed that the next Iced Earth album is set to be released in October of this year and will be entitled "Plagues of Babylon." The album is still in the writing/demo process, but Schaffer said "we are very excited about how killer things are sounding..."
In a post on the band's Facebook Page, Schaffer made the revelation:
"I just wanted to write to you on behalf of myself, and the band, to say thank you for the amazing growth that has been taking place on the Official Iced Earth Facebook Page. We have reached 300,000 likes in a very short time and there appears to be no end in sight.
Since we have this special occasion, I thought I might share some exclusive news with you guys, right here, straight from the source:
"The new ICED EARTH studio album is expected to have an October 2013 release date. It will be titled “PLAGUES OF BABYLON” and we are very excited about how killer things are sounding this early in the writing/demo process. Below are some of the song titles that will appear on the album.
1.) Plagues of Babylon
3.) Among The Living Dead
4.) The Resistance
5.) If I Could See You
"I expect this album will be something very special! Stay tuned to this page for breaking news about ICED EARTH’s mega-packed schedule and coming tour dates. You will hear it here first! Thanks again for your continued support of the band! We love you guys!" More...