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Iced Earth - frosting your Metaldays!

It’s an extreme pleasure for us to present you the next, big headlining act for your metal-vacations in 2013: Jon Schaffer’s ICED EARTH is not only one of the most successful and legendary US-Metal-bands of all time, this combo is also a kind of titan within the whole scene, who still produces hits with impact. Since the early 90ties ICED EARTH know to impress the worldwide Heavy-Metal-community with tremendous hymns consisting of massive guitars and influential melodies. So the bell has rung for a Heavy-Metal-kick with essential history-background at your metallic wellness-days! Learn & Enjoy!

The magical nexus of art and life – the knife’s edge where raw artistic passion meets focused creative expression – is the space all serious musicians seek…but few find.

On Dystopia, the new album from American metal icons ICED EARTH, Jon Schaffer found that space. And made it his own.

In much the same way Horror Show (ICED EARTH’s tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, Schaffer’s interest in dystopian themes in literature and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well – even paying homage on the new album to the movies Dark City, V For Vendetta, and Soylent Green.

Add a pinch of Orwell (“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever”), a soupcon of Blade Runner, and a smattering of headlines from around the world and – voila! – you get Dystopia… perhaps ICED EARTH’s heaviest and most menacing album to date.

A blistering 12-song tour-de-force that explores the nightmarish Orwellian world of the future (or is it the present?), Dystopia runs the gamut of poignant ballads, bone-crushing riffs, stratospheric vocals, and chilling lyrics. It is a soul-searing album not for the faint of heart.

Of special interest to long-time fans of the band are two songs on Dystopia (the title track and “Tragedy and Triumph”) that feature the return of the “Something Wicked” storyline and “Set Abominae” – who, when last seen in The Crucible of Man [2008], had taken his position as ruler of the world.

Now armed with the dynamic vocal range of vocalist Stu Block (fresh from his success with prog-metal favorites Into Eternity), and a renewed passion he hasn’t felt for many years, Schaffer forged an album that cannot be ignored.

It is an album whose time has come.

General Biography:
Formed in 1985 by Jon Schaffer – a street-tough kid with the drive to create a band to make his heroes Judas Priest, KISS, and Iron Maiden proud – ICED EARTH released its riff-heavy self-titled debut album in 1990 – and never looked back. Nine studio albums – considered masterpieces of metal – cemented the band’s reputation for crafting exceptionally well-made music, the centerpiece of which being Schaffer’s trademark rhythm guitar style and powerful, in-your-face lyrics that often combine themes of self reliance, a healthy distrust of authority, history, and science fiction. Over the years, Schaffer has surrounded himself with some of the finest musicians in the world – including famed vocalists Matt Barlow, Tim Owens, and now Stu Block – to help bring his musical visions to life.

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Members

Jon Schaffer - guitar, keyboards, vocals
Brent Smedley - drums
Troy Seele - guitar
Stu Block - vocals    
Luke Appleton - bass
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