'Mon, 02 Jun 2014

It is with sincere apologies that I write to inform you all that ICED EARTH is forced to cancel this summer’s festivals and headline shows.

As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my neck in the year 2000, due to an onstage injury that occurred in 1996. Since that time, I have battled with this problem, and it has begun to accelerate in the past several months, causing additional issues that can no longer be ignored.

In February, while on tour in Europe, I underwent highly specialized treatment in Germany from a doctor who has helped, among many others, Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. This treatment helped sustain my ability to perform so that we could complete our Worldwide Plagues Tour.

However, I am now forced to take further, more invasive action sooner than I intended in order to maintain my overall health.

Surgery was originally planned to take place in September during our break, but I have now been advised to have the procedure completed sooner rather than later.

As much as it pains me and everyone else in our camp to have to cancel these dates, this is something that cannot be put aside any longer.

Once the surgery and recovery are completed, we will be back to work – healthy, strong, and ready to bring the metal to you, our fans.

Best wishes to you all,

Jon Schaffer

'Mon, 06 Jan 2014
For those of you who just cannot get enough ICED EARTH in one sitting, we put together a Spotify playlist that has the entire catalogue back to back.

Check it out here and share!

Spotify
'Tue, 17 Dec 2013

We are premiering another track from the upcoming "PLAGUES OF BABYLON" album.

"AMONG THE LIVING DEAD"

Get ready for a serious dose of METAL by following the links below!

European fans and rest of the world: Check out the new track here –

http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/premiere-iced-earth-unveil-new-track-a...

North American fans can check out the new track here –

http://www.bravewords.com/news/215195

'Tue, 12 Nov 2013

North America - the wait is over!!

We are bringing our new album to the North America homeland when the WORLDWIDE PLAGUES TOUR hits North American shores April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.

"We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!”, says Jon Schaffer.

Exclusive pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the entire ICED EARTH North American tour will be available later today at www.enterthevault.com. Pre-sale tickets will remain on sale until December 4, when remaining tickets are made available to the general public through the traditional retail outlets (check your local venue for details). VIP packages will remain on sale exclusively at www.enterthevault.com while supplies last.

The VIP-packages include:

• Early entry into the venue
• Meet & Greet / Signing Session with the band
• Photo-op with the band
• 7” picture disk vinyl single with one exclusive, unreleased demo from “Plagues of Babylon” on the B-side
• Iced Earth messenger bag
• Exclusive VIP-T-Shirt
• Exclusive VIP-laminate
• Exclusive VIP sticker set

'Fri, 01 Nov 2013
Our VIP-Ticket page for the "Plagues of Babylon"-Tour is now live.

http://iev.wlec.ag/

The packages include:

• Early entry into the venue
• Meet & Greet / Signing Session with the band
• Photo-op with the band
• 7” picture disk vinyl single with one exclusive, unreleased demo from “Plagues of Babylon” on the B-side
• Iced Earth messenger bag
• Exclusive VIP-T-Shirt
• Exclusive VIP-laminate
• Exclusive VIP sticker set

*These packages DO NOT include the actual concert ticket. You need to purchase a concert ticket separately!*


And before these questions arise: we are doing it in every city this is logistically possible. The ones we are not doing it in would not have allowed for the above VIP-Experience.

Thank you for your patience!
'Fri, 11 Oct 2013

Metal heads!

tonight is our first show in support of Volbeat in Milan, Italy and we start selling the limited edition, blood-red vinyl 12” at the show.

We thought it would be cool for more people to be able to hear the title track of the new album, so without further ado: here’s a lyric video for “PLAGUES OF BABYLON.” This video also gives you a sneak peak into some of the killer art that will be featured in the final version once it hits the shelves.

Enjoy!
Jon Schaffer

 

'Mon, 07 Oct 2013

Friends,

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
Peacemaker

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

Friends,

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.

Tracklist:

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