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Formed: 1985
From: Tampa, FL, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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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 To Write New Album This Year

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!"

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More Bands Announced For Summer Breeze Fest

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:

Eluveitie
Within Temptation
Immortal
Behemoth
Paradise Lost
Iced Earth
Katatonia
Lacuna Coil
Architects
Crowbar
Terror
Norma jean
Vallenfyre
Tankard
Shining
Nifelheim
Heidevolk
Menhir
Born from pain
Ahab
Desaster
Helheim
Night in gales
Roterfeld
While she sleeps

The festival's lineup is now as follows: More...

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Crowbar And More Added To Bloodstock

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."

Tickets and more information on the festival can be found at the official Bloodstock website. The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Iced Earth Splitting With Bassist

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).

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Iced Earth To Record Live Album In Cyprus

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.

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Iced Earth Posts Video Road Report

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."

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Iced Earth Announces Festival Appearances

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
GERMANY
Dinkelsbühl
Summer Breeze Festival

August 17, 2012
SWEDEN
Falun
Rockstad Festival

"And the pre-sale links are here and here. An up-to-date list can be found on the Iced Earth tour page."

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Iced Earth Posts New Road Report

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!"

Iced Earth also recently posted a video clip online answering fan-submitted questions, which can be found here. The band has been touring in support of the new album "Dystopia" (reviewed here).

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Iced Earth Answers Fan Questions

Iced Earth front man Jon Schaffer has posted a video clip online answering questions submitted by Iranian fans. Check out the footage below.

Metalunderground.com was also recently on hand for an Iced Earth/Symphony X/Warbringer show in Connecticut, with a full report available at this location.

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Iced Earth And Sepultura Confirmed For Bloodstock

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced the addition of two legendary bands for this year's event, namely American power metal outfit Iced Earth and Brazilian thrash metal veterans Sepultura. The festival will take place at Catton Hall in Walton On-Trent, Derbyshire from August 10th-12th and features the following lineup, with more acts to be confirmed:

Ronnie James Dio Stage:
Alice Cooper (Headliner)
Behemoth (Headliner)
Anvil
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimmu Borgir
Grand Magus
Hatebreed
Iced Earth
Mayhem
Nile
Paradise Lost
Sanctuary
Sepultura
Watain

Sophie Lancaster Stage:
Anaal Nathrakh
Orange Goblin
Sight Of Emptiness

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Iced Earth & Symphony X Burn Hartford To Cinders

Even though I reside in the “drive through” state of Connecticut, I still find it odd that one of the most anticipated tours of the year would begin in a location that most bands/tours avoid. It has more to do with fans in the state. Real fans of metal usually head over to neighboring New York or Massachusetts for any quality metal and any other fans tend to stay at home on Tuesday rather than get out and witness a major tour that is literally within 20-40 minutes away. It is the sorry state of affairs that most real metal fans in Connecticut deal with. But here, a rare opportunity descended upon us and it was a night that the half-filled hall would not soon forget.

The bands arrived in town early, but for some reason the sound checking process started right about the time that doors should have opened. Iced Earth could easily be heard in a practice run of Dystopia while the crowd gathered and waited. The delay caused doors to open at approximately 6:45pm and by the time half the crowd had be properly frisked, entered and started to check out the merchandise table…Warbringer started its set. More...

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Iced Earth Premieres Music Video For "Anthem"

U.S. power metal band Iced Earth premiered its new music video for the song "Anthem," exclusively on Revolver Magazine's website at this location. The video was filmed in Cologne, Germany during the European leg of Iced Earth’s world tour.

Guitarist Jon Schaffer commented on the video: “We had a blast making that video. I think the fans can see it on our faces. ‘Anthem’ captures the energy of our live shows, as well as the fun we’re having together as a band.”

The video was produced and directed by Kosch Fabian Film. "Anthem" is the second music video released from Iced Earth’s latest studio album "Dystopia" (see Metal Underground's review at this location. The video for the title track can be seen here.

Iced Earth begins a co-headling tour with Symphony X and supporters Warbringer on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at The Webster Theater in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Warbringer Kicking Off North American Tour

After recently touring Europe with Arch Enemy and successfully completing their first-ever headlining U.S. run in the fall of 2011, the thrash road-warriors from Warbringer are ready for yet another North American tour - this time, with co-headliners Iced Earth and Symphony X.

In regards to this upcoming trek, the band comments: "It's a new year and we're looking forward to getting back out there and touring the US and Canada, especially getting back to some of the markets we didn't hit on the headline tour. These will be big shows and a long tour and we're excited to share the stage with ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X, and performing for some of their fans who may have not seen WARBRINGER yet."

Dates are as follows:

1/20 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk **off-date with DEATH ANGEL, BLESSED CURSE**
1/21 - Fresno, CA - Starline **off-date with DEATH ANGEL**
1/28 - Portage, IN - Camelot Hall **headlining off-date**
1/30 - Richmond, VA - Kingdom **headlining off-date**
1/31 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
2/1 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
2/2 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar **headlining off-date**
2/3 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
2/4 - Quebec City, QC - Albert Rousseau
2/5 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
2/6 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix
2/9 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
2/10 - Saskatoon, SK - Louis Pub
2/11 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
2/12 - Calgary, AB - Flames Central
2/14 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
2/15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Market
2/16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
2/17 - San Francisco, CA - Regency Theater
2/18 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
2/20 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
2/21 - Anaheim, CA - Grove
2/22 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
2/24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
2/25 - Denver, CO - Summit
2/26 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theater
2/27 - Dallas, TX - Trees
2/28 - Austin, TX - Emos East
2/29 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
3/2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
3/3 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
3/4 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
3/5 - Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
3/6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte
3/7 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
3/8 - Frederick, MD - Café 611
3/9 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
3/10 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
3/11 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
3/12 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft **headlining off-date**
3/13 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
3/14 - Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
3/15 - Pittsburgh, PA - Altar Bar
3/16 - Pontiac, MI - The Crofoot
3/17 - Joliet, IL - Mojoes More...

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Re-recording Metal - For Better or for Worse?

Back in 2005, Dimmu Borgir was a band still basking in the unholy success of its latest outing “Death Cult Armageddon.” And yet instead of launching into a new opus for fans to consume the band members decided on a new approach; they would re-release an early and often praised album (“Stormblåst”) by completely re-recording it, updating the sound with modern production and slap “MMV” on the end. There had of course been prior examples of bands making this choice, but it was perhaps here that best truly crystallized the new era of metal re-recordings. No doubt you have heard of similar re-recordings in the same vein, perhaps most recently Gorgoroth’s “Under the Sign of Hell 2011” or Burzum’s “From the Depths of Darkness”? Perhaps not, but that’s what I aim to uncover for you here. More...

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Iced Earth Posts Dystopia "Bloopers" Video

U.S. power metal band Iced Earth posted a blooper video from the band's recent European tour in support of the latest LP "Dystopia." Iced Earth is set to embark on a co-headlining tour of North America with Symphony X and support act Warbringer. The tour commences on January 31, 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut.

For additional tour dates, head over to this location. Check out the "Bloopers" video here:

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Iced Earth Streaming "Dante's Inferno" 2011

Florida power metal band Iced Earth has made the 2011 re-recording of "Dante's Inferno" with new vocalist Stu Block available for streaming and/or purchase through bandcamp. The Stu Block rendition of the classic first appeared in September 2011 as a digital single through Century Media Records.

Check out "Dante's Inferno" 2011 here:

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Iced Earth Issues Tour Recap

Iced Earth has checked in with the following recap of the band's European tour dates in support of "Dystopia" (reviewed here):

"A special THANK YOU to all of our fans in Europe who keep the torch burning for Iced Earth...who showed up at our shows (sometimes in spite of having to travel a great distance to be there)...and were so kind to us along the way.

"It was a fantastic tour, with last night's capacity crowd at the Pavilion in Cyprus the icing on the cake. What an amazing audience! It was the perfect way to end the European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour. Much love to all of our fans in Europe. We'll be back!"

You can also find Iced Earth's latest "Dystopia" tour webisode online by heading over to this location.

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Iced Earth Posts New "Dystopia" Webisode

Iced Earth has posted a new "Dystopia" webisode online, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:

"If you're a fan of Hansi Kursch and Demons and Wizards (and, really, who isn't?), you'll love Freddie's latest behind-the-scenes Webisode. Enjoy!

"(And make sure you send Freddie Vidales a huge THANK YOU for taking the time to create these amazing reports.)"

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Christmas Metal Festival Lineup Announced

Napalm Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Christmas Metal Festival in Germany:

"Metal fans who would like to rock out before the holidays, should make sure to visit Germany's biggest indoor festival. The festival takes place at the Eventhalle in Geiselwind. Besides Napalm artists like Grave Digger and Van Canto, an illustrious line-up including Blind Guardian, Iced Earth, Morbid Angel, and Arch Enemy, will guarantee raised fists and sore throats.

"Furthermore, the Napalm merchandise booth will offer a wide range of items just waiting to become part of your personal collection. Be sure to say 'hello' to our mailorder team! All details concerning the festival are available here. The official festival trailer may be watched below!"

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Iced Earth Posts New Tour Webisode

Iced Earth is currently on the "Dystopia World Tour" in support of the band's latest album of the same name (reviewed here). The band has now checked in from the road with a new tour webisode, which is available below.

You can also find Iced Earth's music video for the "Dystopia" title track by heading over to this location.

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