Thrashback Thursday: “Damien” By Iced Earth
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Florida’s Iced Earth are a long running institution in the metal world who have straddled almost as many sub-genres as they have had members. Well, OK, that last part is an exaggeration… over 30 different musicians have passed through Iced Earth since the band’s inception in 1985. The only constant has been main songwriter and rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer. One former member of note is their long-time vocalist Matt Barlow who, after 9/11, decided that he wanted to make meaningful contributions to “the real world” and left Iced Earth to become a police officer.

Check out the track “Damien” from Iced Earth’s classic 2001 album
Horror Show. Barlow is the singer on this recording.

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Free Streaming: Iced Earth’s ‘Plagues Of Babylon’
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This month sees the release of Iced Earth‘s new album Plagues of Babylon, but you can listen to it right now through Spotify.

Check out the player here below to listen to all 13 tracks from Plagues of Babylon, which will be released through Century Media Records in the United States on CD, MP3, and vinyl on January 21, 2014.

The first six songs on the album form the “Plagues Of Babylon” storyline, which is part of the band’s ongoing “Something Wicked” universe. If you’re a fan of the band, you’ll enjoy this new offering. It’s classic power metal at its best, as is expected from Iced Earth. Be sure to support true metal by buying the album when it’s released and if you can, get out there and see Iced Earth play live – you won’t regret it.

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Interview: Iced Earth Guitarist Jon Schaffer

If aliens came to earth and wanted to know what true heavy metal is, you could do a lot worse than to introduce them to Iced Earth, the Tampa, Florida band of sheer brute force whose near thirty year history has given us ten studio albums. But they’re not done yet.

Overseen from the beginning and at all times by ever-present guitarist and founder Jon Schaffer, Iced Earth‘s is a story of a man with a one-track metal mind. Fronted during their history by ex-Judas Priest pipesman Tim “˜Ripper’ Owens and long-serving lead singer Matt Barlow, Iced Earth embarked on another new chapter in 2011 by hiring Canadian Stu Block and releasing album number ten, Dystopia.

If those aliens enjoyed Dystopia, which of course they would, what with it being yet another storming heavy metal charge, they may also like to get their hands/tentacles on Iced Earth’s newest live album. Live In Ancient Kourion was recorded and filmed at the beautiful, historic Kourion amphitheatre in Cyprus and boasts close to three hours of Schaffer and his band cranking out their hits to some crazy Cypriots.

Schaffer, as he says, is a man who moves forward all the time, which is why the future of Iced Earth is bright. Now is the time to hear from the leader…

Geeks of Doom: How are you?

Jon Schaffer: Good, man, just busy writing, working, doing a lot of press for the DVD. I’m in the writing process for the next Iced Earth album, so it’s always a time of a lot of pressure and a lot of work but it’s good, very happy with what’s coming out so far.

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Free Streaming: Songs From Iced Earth’s Upcoming Live Album
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On April 16, 2013, Iced Earth will release their new CD/DVD/Blu-Ray called Live In Ancient Kourion, which is available for pre-order now in Deluxe 3-Disc CD/DVD and 2-Disc CD formats.

Live In Ancient Kourion, which is being released by Century Media in North America, is the band’s first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray and is taken from a 2.5 hour show filmed in December 2011 in the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus during Iced Earth’s tour for their last studio album Dystopia.

You can watch the trailer for the Live In Ancient Kourion release, along with two songs from the DVD, as well as listen to two tracks, here below.

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$5 MP3 Deal: Iced Earth ‘Festivals Of The Wicked’

Every so often Amazon’s 100 MP3 Albums For $5 monthly deal throws up a great live album. This time Festivals Of The Wicked by heavy metal bruisers Iced Earth is the one.

Festivals Of The Wicked covers the best of three Iced Earth shows recorded in 2007 and 2008 and features the band’s two greatest lead singers. All 2008 shows have Matt Barlow‘s signature tones and you can hear Barlow belt out the likes of “Dracula,” “Vengeance Is Mine,” and “Burning Times.” The Wacken Open Air festival tracks such as “The Coming Curse” and “Birth Of The Wicked” are performed by one-time Judas Priest singer Tim “Ripper” Owens.

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