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Iced Earth Post 'Ten Thousand Strong' Sample Online

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A 30-second audio sample of the ICED EARTH song "Ten Thousand Strong" has been posted online at this location (Real Media). The track comes off the group's upcoming EP, "Overture of the Wicked", has due on June 5 via SPV (one day earlier internationally). A video for the song will be filmed a video during the coming weeks, most likely in early June right around the band's appearance at the Sweden Rock Festival.

"Overture of the Wicked" track listing:

01. Ten Thousand Strong
02. Prophecy
03. Birth of the Wicked
04. The Coming Curse

Check out the cover artwork at IcedEarth.com.

Regarding the songs that appear on the "Overture of the Wicked" EP, ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently stated, "First, the song 'Ten Thousand Strong' is the single track, and it will appear on [the upcoming full-length album] 'Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1)', albeit a bit different than the single version. Second, the 'Something Wicked' trilogy that is comprised of the songs 'Prophecy', 'Birth of the Wicked', and 'The Coming Curse' has been completely re-recorded. From the ground up this is a more vicious and more atmospheric version of the epic piece. I played all of the guitar tracks with a baritone guitar and Brent [Smedley, drums] and I are locked up like a machine gun with the double kicks following many of the detailed picking patterns. This makes for a more intense- and wicked-sounding rhythm section. All of the vocals have been redone, obviously by Tim Owens, who did a masterful job at retaining the passion and honesty of the original, and still put his stamp on it and made it his own. We also put in some teaser atmospheric things that will give you a hint of things to come on Part 1. But just a hint... we don't want to spoil any surprises."

2007 will see the arrival of ICED EARTH's eighth full-length studio release, "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1)", which expands the "Something Wicked" storyline first introduced in the trilogy of the same name appearing on the 1998 release, "Something Wicked This way Comes". "Framing Armageddon" will be followed in February/March 2008 by the band's ninth full-length studio release, tentatively titled "Revelation Abomination (Something Wicked Part 2)", continuing where "Framing Armageddon" leaves off. In addition, ICED EARTH will start its headlining tour in Europe in October and then will hit the road in the U.K. as the support act for HEAVEN AND HELL (Dio-era lineup of BLACK SABBATH) in November. 2007 will also mark the return of ICED EARTH to a select few of Europe's biggest festivals, including Sweden Rock, Rockwave in Greece and Germany's largest metal festival, Wacken Open Air. The tentative plan is for the North American leg of the world tour to kick off after the holidays in January of 2008. The year 2008 will also see ICED EARTH spreading its brand of metal to Australia, Japan, South America, and Russia as well as headlining many of Europe's biggest festivals.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Das_Testament writes:

Hell yeah. Sounds good so far, though I hope the whole ep and album are gonna be good.

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2. deathbringer writes:

Iced Earth always posts samples in Real Media, which I refuse to install, dammit! I'd love to hear it but honestly, I've lost interest in the band after hearing their last album, so more or less since Barlow left.

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3. coldiem writes:

Matt was the perfect singer for Iced Earth, and an amazing vocalist. Damn shame he left in the first place. I was happy to hear he is getting back into music, though I wish it were with Iced Earth again; Owens doesn't do it for me. Looking forward to hearing him in Pyramaze.

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4. cdp 14 writes:

Barlow was sweet,but I do like Ripper Owens.I thought the last album was kick ass.I could see where some people might not like Ripper but I'm down with it.

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5. Terminator writes:

matt barlow IS iced earth and i would love to see him return someday. but considering the replacement options, i think IE came out huge with the ripper. i loved most of their last album and have always been a huge ripper fan. i thought that it was cool how they did incorporate barlow as backing vocals, but i am also interested as to how the glorious burden sounded soley with barlow on vocals. i still havent heard this new track yet, but ive heard mixed reviews about it. cant wait for the new albums!!

now playing: iron maiden - powerslave

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6. coldiem writes:

You're right, they did come out pretty huge with Owens, but I think it was Iced Earth's time anyway. When I first started listening to Iced Earth in the late 90s their fanbase was pretty small, especially outside of Europe. They were just starting to grow in the metal world as Barlow left and was replaced by Owens, so I think their rise was inevitable. Although I'm sure Owens coming from a band like Judas Priest probably had a little something to do with their "rise to power".

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