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Iced Earth To Do Two-Part Concept Album

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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."

On Track Magazine: Yeah definitely, definitely sounds fantastic.

Jon: "It has to be our Operation Mindcrime or our The Wall, this is it; this has got to destroy everything we’ve ever done. I’m feelin’ the pressure, but it’s a good thing, it’s got me, like, energized and just ready to attack. I spent last week with Tim… I actually just got back from Sweden last night ‘cause we did the video for “Terror Train” over there for the Demons album. But I spent last week with Tim because he just had a daughter too; she was born a month after mine was, and both families got together and spent the week together over there and just had a great time. Y’know, he’s workin’ on his side-project thing now, but he’s really gettin’ excited and ready to come back into this world and get on with it, so it should be very cool. Y’know, we’re not gonna tour at all unless some big opportunity comes, and I mean big. It’s gotta be like Metallica big, Iron Maiden, that kind of a tour, and then we would go back out, it would be worth it. But otherwise, anything else is just gonna take away time from us gettin’ the next record done."

Read the entire interview at OnTrackMagazine.com

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1. Matt writes:

f*** YES!!!!
Iced Earth = friggin amazing

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2. bodom after brunch writes:

this sounds really good

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3. zMETALlica writes:

if only he put this out when barlow was still in the band :(

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4. marcus writes:

yea, tim is great, i loved glorious burden, but doing one of their older concepts might not be the same without barlow

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5. crimsonthunder writes:

yea it should be awesome yet awkward without barlow...

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6. theodora writes:

it sounds awesome yet without barlow it will be different

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