American Metal Powerhouse ICED EARTH has announced the continuation of their current "North American Crucible" with 11 more shows in the US and Canada in November. "People kept on reaching out to us and questioned why we weren't coming to their cities - well, here's your answer! I cannot wait to see more Minions out at these shows!" says Jon Schaffer. Support on these dates will come from Divine Heresy (main support) and Early Man (opening act). After the overwhelming success of the "CHILD OF THE WICKED"-VIP packages, ICED EARTH have decided to give their fans the chance to get close to the band again and are offering VIP-PACKAGES for all below shows starting tomorrow, October 7, 2008 at this location. Public onsale for these dates is October 9, 2008. NOVEMBER 2008 (w/ Divine Heresy, Early Man): 7 - Marquee Theater. Tempe, Arizona. 8 - Sunshine Theater. Albuquerque, New Mexico 9 - Bluebird Theater. Denver, Colorado. 11 - Ridglea Theater. Fort Worth, Texas. 12 - Beaumont Music Hall. Kansas City, Missouri 13 - Station 4. St. Paul, Minnesota 14 - Metro. Chicago, Illinois 16 - Odeon. Saskatoon. Saskatchewan, Canada 17 - MacEwan Ballroom. Calgary, Alberta, Canada 19 - Commodore Ballroom. Vancouver, British Columbia 20 - Studio Seven. Seattle, Washington
It's an exciting time in the world of Iced Earth. First, beloved vocalist Matt Barlow rejoined the band late last year. Now, the power metallers are on the cusp of releasing Part 2 of their epic "Something Wicked" saga. Part 2, which will be called "The Crucible of Man," and will be released on September 9, details the attempted destruction of the human race by a summoned creature called Set Abominae (the band's longtime mascot of sorts.) More than just music, Iced Earth founder and songwriter Jon Schaffer has huge plans for the saga including comics, graphic novels, action figures, and maybe even a major motion picture. He gave me a full rundown of all the goings on.
Iced Earth's video for the song 'Delaration Day' has been posted at this location The song comes off the group's latest effort 'The Glorious Burden'.
ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer has issued the following statement: "Hello, dear friends! "Once again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result. "While out on the European tour I had several in depth discussions with many loyal ICED EARTH fans. A common theme of these discussions was how much Matt is missed. I agreed with the fans that things were not the same and that it was a very special period in ICED EARTH's history. "When I heard several months ago that Matt [Barlow] was going to be doing a project in music again, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing what his intentions were. I didn't act on this because I was so focused on the writing of the new epic, and frankly, it just didn't seem realistic. "Well, after getting out on the road and speaking with many of you directly, I decided to call Matt and see how he was doing and if he was interested in working together again. I am proud to say that he is coming back to ICED EARTH and we will be getting back to work in the studio very soon. "Matt will be singing on Part 2 of the 'Something Wicked' concept CD and we will be looking forward to getting out on tour and delivering a series of ICED EARTH shows that will rival any in the history of the band. And there will be a proper DVD filmed from this period, something we've all been waiting for. "I want you all to know that it was you who made this a reality. I have missed Matt's presence onstage and in my personal life in a big way over the past few years, so I appreciate your honesty in our discussions. It did help me realize the decision to move forward with pursuing this. The fans have spoken and we have delivered! "You true fans know that I'm a straight shooter, I say what I mean and mean what I say. And though I value your opinions greatly, you must believe that this is a decision that comes completely from the heart and is not motivated by anything other than what feels the best for ICED EARTH. This is the way that things have always been dealt with, for better or for worse, but always honestly and from the heart. "Tim Owens is a great and talented singer and I wish the best for him and his future on a personal and professional level. "There will be more news soon as to further developments and plans. This will push back the release of Part 2 a bit. Not because we couldn't be ready to record in time, but because of a new addition to Matt's family in early 2008! "I am very happy to announce that ICED EARTH is truly BACK!"
ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley has posted another update: "We had an off day in Stockholm, Sweden, with a gig the next day at a place called Tyrol. "I am happy to report that my sickness is all but gone, unfortunately some of the other guys seem to have taken ill. It is kind of hard not to pass things around when we all travel on the same bus. "The next day we played the gig in Stockholm. "Tyrol is located in a very scenic part of town, which is right on the water and also right beside a carnival area. Some of the locals said that it is very active in the summer time. "I was able to get some nice pictures of some magnificent statues and architecture. "There were fans at the gig from the moment we arrived, which was very early in the day, until the moment we left, which was, of course, very late. One group in particular appeared to be a mother and her sons and another a pair of brothers, with this show being the younger brother's very first concert...you've got to love that. The venue was rather peculiar as well, with scenes of the countryside painted on all the walls, including behind the stage. We were told that they just started having metal shows here and it is easy to believe. "The following day we played in Copenhagen, Denmark. We played a place called Pumphuset. It has very small stage with even smaller dressing rooms. There was another one-handed shower here (oh, the glamour of it all). The crowd here was amazing. It was a packed house and the heat onstage was intense…you could feel the flow of molten metal (I think I lost five pounds this night). It was an awesome show, with the crowd still screaming for more even after a three-song encore. "With this show we are officially half way through the tour. We have five more headlining shows in Europe and then we head to the UK for 11 shows in support of HEAVEN AND HELL."