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Iced Earth - The Blessed And The Damned North American Release Date Set

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As reported here in May, Century Media is releasing a 2CD best of collection from Iced Earth called The Blessed And The Damned on August 10th in North America. The collection is out now in Europe. The album features 23 remastered tracks (over two hours of material) with two different album covers. The Blessed And The Damned contains a 20-page deluxe booklet that includes lyrics and extensive biographical liner notes by Dreams Of Damnation singer/former Century Media publicist Loana dP Valencia . Detailed herein is an introduction to where Jon Shaffer and Iced Earth are today by taking a look back at where they have been: Jon’s early days beginning with Black Sabbath and Kiss records at age four, his decision to dedicate his life to music, his first guitar, his move to Tampa, Florida at age 16, the first incarnation of Iced Earth and how they overcame obstacles, failures and successes. Each album is discussed in detail including what at the time was happening to the band and includes commentary from mastermind Jon Schaffer.

Loana dP Valencia taken from The Blessed And The Damned booklet: “A musician’s autobiography is his music – everything else is only a footnote… Throughout the course of nine albums and one EP, Jon Schaffer has offered us – his fans – interpretations of the truths in his own life. In this compilation, each song leads you through his understanding of his [Jon Schaffer’s] struggles, disappointments, joys and his triumphs.”

The tracklisting (including the album the tracks come from):

Book One - ‘Burning Times’ (Something Wicked This Way Comes - 1998), ‘Wolf’ (Horror Show - 2001), ‘The Hunter’ (Alive In Athens - 1999 / Dark Saga - 1996), ‘Curse The Sky’ (Iced Earth - 1991), ‘Melancholy’ (Something Wicked This Way Comes), ‘Stormrider’ (Night Of The Stormrider - 1992), ‘Burnt Offerings’ (Burnt Offerings - 1995), ‘Travel In Stygian’ (Alive In Athens/Night Of The Stormrider), ‘Dark Saga’ (Dark Saga), ‘Written On The Walls’ (Iced Earth) and ‘Damien’ (Horror Show).

Book Two - ‘Angels Holocaust’ (Days Of Purgatory - 1997/Night Of The Stormrider), ‘Desert Rain’ (Days Of Purgatory / Night Of The Stormrider), ‘Last December’ (Burnt Offerings), ‘Watching Over Me’ (Something Wicked This Way Comes), ‘Pure Evil’ (Alive In Athens/Night Of The Stormrider), ‘The Path I Choose’ (Night Of The Stormrider), ‘I Died For You’ (Dark Saga), ‘Disciples Of The Lie’ (Something Wicked This Way Comes), ‘When The Night Falls’ (Days Of Purgatory/Iced Earth), ‘Jack’ (Horror Show), ‘Iced Earth’ (Iced Earth) and ‘Violate’ (Alive In Athens /Dark Saga).

Russian fantasy artist Leo Hao (Blind Guardian, Iced Earth) has created an original piece of art allowing either angels or demons to gloriously grace the cover.

Source: BW&BK

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