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Formed: 1985
From: Tampa, FL, United States
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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.

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Iced Earth Reveals New Album Artwork

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
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit of the Times
12. Highwayman

A specific release date for the album has not yet been announced, but further details are expected shortly. More...

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Iced Earth Finishes New Album

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!"

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Graspop Metal Meeting Live Stream Available

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:

Twisted Sister
Korn
Soulfly
Papa Roach
Helloween
Grave Digger
Heathen
Crucified Barbara
Kreator
Mayhem
Dark Funeral
Korpiklaani
Unleashed
Varg
Coal Chamber
Heaven Shall Burn
Prong
All That Remains
Asking Alexandria
Veil of Maya
Katatonia
Rotting Christ
Entombed
Love and Death
Bliksem
The Monolith Deathcult
Generation Kill More...

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Iced Earth Drummer Brent Smedley Steps Down

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.

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Iced Earth Reveals New Album Name & Tracks

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
2.) Democide
3.) Among The Living Dead
4.) The Resistance
5.) If I Could See You
6.) Peacemaker
7.) Cthulhu
8.) Parasite

"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...

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Iced Earth Posts "Anthem" Live Clip

Iced Earth's first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, "Live In Ancient Kourion," will hit stores tomorrow, April 16th, in North America.

For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus.

In celebration of tomorrow's release, Iced Earth has uploaded the live video for the song "Anthem," which offers fans yet another preview. Check it out below, or watch the previous live video for "Stormrider" at this location.

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Iced Earth Posts Live Video From New DVD

Iced Earth's first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, "Live In Ancient Kourion," will hit stores April 16 in North America (and April 15 in Europe).

To give fans a preview, Iced Earth has now teamed up with Revolver Magazine to premiere the live video for "Stormrider." Check it out right here or in the player below. More...

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Iced Earth Posts Live Song From Upcoming DVD

Iced Earth's first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, "Live In Ancient Kourion," will hit stores April 16th in North America (and April 15th in Europe).

To give fans a preview of this must-have DVD, Iced Earth has now teamed up with Metal Hammer Germany to premiere the live track "I Died For You." Give it a listen at this location.

For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheater with a unique atmosphere. "Live In Ancient Kourion" is available for pre-order now in various formats right here. Catch Iced Earth live:

08.06.2013 - Burning Sea Festival - Croatia
20.06.2013 - Metalfest - Germany
21.06.2013 - Dokk'em Open Air Festival - Netherlands
22.06.2013 - Rock am Härtsfeldsee - Germany
12.07.2013 - Rock Harz Open Air - Germany
13.07.2013 - Bang Your Head Festival - Germany
08.08.2013 - Getaway Rock Festival - Sweden More...

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Iced Earth Posts Live Song

Iced Earth's first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, "Live In Ancient Kourion," will hit stores April 16th in North America (and April 15th in Europe).

For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheater with a unique atmosphere.

To give fans a preview of this DVD, Iced Earth has now teamed up with Brave Words.com to premiere the live track "Damien." Check out the song right here.

You can also catch Iced Earth live:

08.06.2013 - Burning Sea Festival - Croatia
20.06.2013 - Metalfest - Germany
21.06.2013 - Dokk'em Open Air Festival - Netherlands
22.06.2013 - Rock am Härtsfeldsee - Germany
12.07.2013 - Rock Harz Open Air - Germany
13.07.2013 - Bang Your Head Festival - Germany
08.08.2013 - Getaway Rock Festival - Sweden More...

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Iced Earth Posts "Dystopia" Live Clip From New DVD

Iced Earth posted a live video clip for the track "Dystopia." The song (the title track of the band's latest album) was taken from the upcoming new live DVD/CD "Live In Ancient Kourion," which is set for release on April 15, 2013 via Century Media Records.

Check out "Dystopia" here:

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Iced Earth Posts "Live In Ancient Kourion" Trailer

Just after details of the new live DVD/CD "Live In Ancient Kourion" were revealed, Iced Earth posted a new trailer clip. The release comes on April 15, 2013 via Century Media Records in the following formats: Limited Edition Deluxe Book, which features the main show and a plethora of bonus content, standard DVD, Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!), as well as a 3 LP gatefold Vinyl package or as a standard 2CD set.

Check out the trailer clip here:

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Iced Earth Reveals "Live In Ancient Kourion" Info

Since "Dystopia" (reviewed here) was released in October of 2011, Iced Earth has been on the attack in a big way, playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years...combined! Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer comments:

"I feel this is a testament to a new beginning, a new energy and a rock solid determination that will see us taking the music of Iced Earth to every corner of the globe; spreading the awareness of our brand of metal in a way that hasn't been done before. I've never been more proud of this band, our crew, and the people behind the scenes that are responsible for much of our success."

Century Media has also issued the following statement about the band filming a live show for a new DVD release:

"Early on in the World Tour, the band decided to capture this new found energy and passion on film. The biggest question was deciding where to film. When the offer came in to film at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, they were immediately attracted to that idea. The history and culture there, as well as the Cypriot audience, which the band experienced in December 2011, solidified the decision to film the DVD in Cyprus. Filming and recording a 2 1/2 hour show in an amphitheater that is 6000 years old and is not set-up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome. But the finished product makes up for any of the challenges that the band and crew faced on that special night.

"Iced Earth's first officially filmed headline show, Live In Ancient Kourion, will hit stores on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America! This incredibly powerful package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for Century Media Records, also on Blu-Ray disk! The Limited Edition Deluxe Book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3 LP gatefold Vinyl package or as a 2 CD set. A standard DVD and digital audio download will also be available." More...

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Iced Earth Posts New Webisode

Iced Earth has posted a new webisode online covering rehearsals as the band was getting ready for the last leg of the Dystopia World Tour. Check out the clip below. Iced Earth has been touring in support of latest full-length album "Dystopia" (reviewed here).

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Century Media Offering Compilation Download

Century Media Records is currently offering a free download of the "Carnival of Sounds II" compilation, which can be found at this location. The digital sampler includes tracks from:

In Flames
Devin Townsend
Stealing Axion
7 Horns 7 Eyes
Nachtmystium
Napalm Death
Paradise Lost
Fozzy
Jeff Loomis
Destiny Potato
Monuments
Vildhjarta
Borknagar
3 Inches of Blood
Iced Earth
Geoff Tate More...

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Iced Earth Comments On Century Media Lawsuit

Reports have been going around the Web since Monday that Century Media Records is suing several thousand individuals who illegally downloaded the "Dark Adrenaline" album (reviewed here) by Lacuna Coil and the "Dystopia" album (reviewed here) by Iced Earth.

Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer comments on Century Media’s file sharing lawsuit:

“It has come to my attention that Century Media is suing fans over illegal downloads of (among others) our latest album ‘Dystopia’. I felt it was important to clarify that we had no knowledge of this motion and were, sadly, not asked permission.

"We all know the music industry is changing. We have been adapting to this model by embracing legal streaming services such as Spotify and by bringing our music to places we have never played before by touring our proverbial asses off.

"As much as we respect that the labels are having a harder time selling music, we feel this is a misguided effort and want to make sure our fans know we would have not given our consent would we have been asked.”

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Iced Earth To Release New Live Album/DVD

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer posted a statement on Iced Earth's Facebook Page about the band's upcoming DVD/Live Album "Live In Ancient Kourion." The video was filmed in Cyprus at the tail end of the last three month leg of the "Dystopia World Tour." The band is also targeting the fall of 2013 for a new studio release.

The full statement reads as follows:

"Hello Iced Earthlings!

"I just wanted to write and say thanks for all the support on the last 3 month stretch of the Dystopia World Tour! Finishing that leg of the tour in Cyprus was the perfect ending to a very successful run.

"Now we are enjoying some much earned down time with friends and families. In a few weeks we will begin editing/mixing/mastering ICED EARTH “Live in Ancient Kourion.” Yes, it will be on Blue Ray, DVD, CD, and maybe even a special vinyl release of the audio version… we will see what kind of special packaging emerges, but it will be killer, you can count on that!

"I’m super proud of the guys in the band and our crew for giving their best efforts and making this very challenging gig a reality and a huge success.

"2013 will see another round of important touring, the first official headline show DVD release, and a new studio album later in the fall.

"Exciting times are upon us, the band is on fire, and on the attack!

"Europe, see you in December!

"Take care, Jon Schaffer"

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Iced Earth Posts Tour Footage

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.

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Iced Earth Video Interview Available

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.

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Matt Barlow Announces New Project

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...

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Dew-Scented Confirmed For Summer Breeze

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...

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