Iced Earth Offering Re-Recorded "Dante's Inferno" Track As Free Download
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Iced Earth has re-recorded the entire 17-minute epic "Dante's Inferno" and is currently offering the track as a free download online.
“If there’s one song fans have asked us to play live more than any other it’s ‘Dante’s Inferno,’” Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer said. “The simple reason why we haven’t is because the original click track was erased, therefore requiring a keyboard player to do the parts live. That’s OK for a special event like when we recorded Alive in Athens, but to hire a keyboard player for a full tour, for one song, just isn’t financially feasible.”
This summer, during the recording of "Dystopia," Iced Earth’s soon-to-be-released 10th studio album, the band entered the studio for the express purpose of remedying that situation and re-recording the closing track on the band’s 1995 album "Burnt Offerings."
Schaffer and new vocalist Stu Block talk about the recording of “Dante’s Inferno” in the video clip available after the jump. The new version of “Dante’s Inferno” can be downloaded at this location.
“Dante’s Inferno” (which is based on Inferno, the first part of Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy) hasn’t been played live since 1999’s groundbreaking Alive in Athens album. “We wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our loyal fans who have waited so long to hear us play ‘Dante’ again,” said Schaffer. “So, we decided to give this to them, free. It’s because of our fans we’ve been able to make music all these years. This is a way to show how much we appreciate them.”
Schaffer promises “Dante’s Inferno” will be back in the band’s set lists for all upcoming shows on the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour. "Dystopia" is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th, both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have also been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.
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