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'Mon, 07 Oct 2013


Band and Crew have gathered and we have begun rehearsals for the Volbeat-Tour that kicks off this Friday in Milan. We are really excited to begin this new touring cycle even though it feels like the previous one only ended yesterday.

It will certainly be killer to see you guys out there and hang with my brother Michael and the guys in Volbeat and their team.

On another note: we have been thinking of offering something special to our fans on this tour and here it is:

• A 12” 180g Vinyl EP
• Limited, hand-numbered edition (1000 units only)
• Blood red vinyl
• Heavy duty cardboard sleeve with matte print

Featuring the world premiere of the following songs:

Plagues Of Babylon
If I Could See You

This is our own project and we are really excited about it. This will be for sale only at the Volbeat shows, first come, first serve!

Please see some impromptu pack shots and an image of the front and back cover art attached.

See you down the road!
Jon Schaffer

'Wed, 02 Oct 2013

I'm happy to announce that we are once again being joined on tour by our friends in Warbringer for our Headline European Tour starting in 2014.

We are also welcoming Elm Street from Australia as well. I was impressed with their energy and their music. I think it will be a great package and a great tour.

See you out there!

Jon Schaffer

'Wed, 25 Sep 2013


We are proud to present you with the new cover art for “Plagues of Babylon”.
This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover. I’m sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.


1. Plagues of Babylon
2. Democide
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
5. Resistance
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
8. Cthulhu
9. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit of the Times
12. Highwayman


I hope you enjoy this preview! Much more exciting news coming very soon!

In Metal,

Jon Schaffer

Artwork painted by artist Eliran Kantor

'Fri, 13 Sep 2013

Metal Heads!

We have completed recording, mixing, and mastering for the new album “Plagues of Babylon.” It’s been a long summer, but a very productive one. I am very proud of my band mates! Everyone kicked ass, and we made a really special record. 

Now, it’s time try to rest for a few “minutes” before the next chapter of world touring begins.

Best to you all! We will see our European friends on the road with our brothers in Volbeat, then the rest of you on the Worldwide Plagues Tour 2014!

Jon Schaffer

'Thu, 08 Aug 2013

Hello brothers and sisters,

I’m proud to announce that we have completed all the tracking for the new album, “Plagues of Babylon”.

There’s quite a selection of epic heaviness on your way, for release early next year.

We arrived in Sweden and are heading on to Portugal for a few festivals, and then on Monday, we start the mix!

Take care and stay tuned for more updates!

Jon Schaffer

'Wed, 07 Aug 2013
Congratulations to the Wacken Open Air organisers for a record-breaking sell-out for next year's W:O:A -- we are excited to be there and kick some serious ass!

'Sun, 21 Jul 2013

On a completely different note, Jon became involved in the Silver Circle Movie and Pasha and the good people at SILVER CIRCLE have put together a very cool video for SPIRIT OF THE TIMES from Jon's project Sons of Liberty!

Check it out here:

'Thu, 18 Jul 2013

Dear all,

we are all happy to present another great news for all ICED EARTH supporters:


On October 11 Volbeat embark on their highly awaited arena tour in support of their critically acclaimed 5th album “Outlaw Gentlemen and Shady Ladies”,

the quartet are now announcing they will be joined by a company of good friends and accomplices: Iced Earth will be main support from Oct 11 in Milan until Dec 1st at Forum, Copenhagen.

As Michael Poulsen puts it: "It’s an honor again to share the road and stage with our brothers in legendary Iced Earth. I've been a huge fan (and still am)

of Iced Earth since their self titled debut in 1990. We once shared the road with them in the US and now we're back together in Europe.

We promise you heavy and we’re looking forward to seeing you all out there!"

Jon Schaffer says: "I love VOLBEAT and touring with Michael and the boys was one of the greatest tours we have ever done.

I cannot wait to repeat this and kick ass with this amazing package all over Europe".


Here are the dates:





Live Club




La Laiterie
















'Mon, 15 Jul 2013

We are happy to report that tracking for the new ICED EARTH studio album has begun!

We will keep you posted of the developments here. Spread the word!

'Mon, 06 May 2013

ICED EARTH have announced that BRENT SMEDLEY will be stepping down from drum
duty in ICED EARTH for personal family reasons. The new drummer will be RAPHAEL
SAINI and will be performing with the group starting this summer.

“I have family members that are elderly and frail and need my help here in Jacksonville”,
Brent Smedley says. “It’s been one of the hardest decisions of my life but I simply cannot
commit to the kind of schedule the band deserves and requires so I decided to ask
permission to step down from my post.”

“Brent has been a valued member of the group for a long time. We thank him for his
contributions, friendship and energy and wish him all the best for the future. We want to
welcome Raphael with open arms and are expecting for our fans to give him the welcome
he deserves” - ICED EARTH.

ICED EARTH just released a concert from their “WORLD DYSTOPIA TOUR” in many
different formats, including BluRay, DVD and CD. Entitled “LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION” it
shows the band playing to a rabid, packed house in an ancient amphitheater in Cyprus
and storming through an encompassing setlist of both fan favorites and deep catalog

The summer will be spent recording and mixing a new studio album entitled “PLAGUES
OF BABYLON” and playing various summer festivals. A headline tour has been
announced kicking off in January 2014.