In this -- Webisode #4 in an exclusive series of 5 -- you get to watch as vocalist Stu Block, ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer, and studio wizard Jim Morris bring the song "Anthem" to life. Pay close attention as Jim reveals one of the secrets to ICED EARTH's powerful recorded sound -- mastering to both digital and analog, and then comparing the two to achieve the perfect finished sound. Also, Jon discusses Matt's last concert with the band, Wacken Open Air, 2011. Dystopia, ICED EARTH's 10th studio album, will be released October 17th in Europe and October 18th in North America, with several special editions available for collectors.
Dystopia – Iced Earth’s 10th studio album – won’t be released until October 18th, but Revolver readers will get a taste of the sonic onslaught to come with an exclusive airing of "Dystopia", the album’s title track, on Thursday, October 6th.
The song can be heard here: http://www.revolvermag.com/?p=24468
“I’m proud to debut ‘Dystopia’ on Revolvermag.com,” said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. “I hope Revolverreaders like it as much as we do.”
If the rave reviews piling up worldwide are any indication, they will:
Rock Hard Magazine “Album of the Month.”
Metal Hammer Germany “…the album is a classic…”
Powerplay (UK): “…"Dystopia" is a great album from a re-energised band…”
Dystopiais scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.
The release of Dystopia will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken. See the Tour page for details.
Just what does it take to create those monstrous albums by ICED EARTH? In this -- webisode #3 in an exclusive series of 5 -- studio wizard Jim Morris and ICED EARTH leader Jon Schaffer share secrets to their success -- including the biggest secret of all: "Stop being a pussy." Plus, Jim and Jon reveal what, at the end of the day, sells tickets to an ICED EARTH show. By the end of these four-and-a-half minutes, you'll know what these two long-time friends -- under tight deadline pressure -- laugh about to relieve the stress of creating Dystopia, ICED EARTH's 10th studio album.
If you've ever wanted to be a fly on the wall in the recording studio with ICED EARTH, now's your chance. In this episode, you are given a rare (and exclusive!) five minutes in the studio with the iconic American metal band. Watch as Jon Schaffer, Stu Block, and Jim Morris mix "Dark City," a track from ICED EARTH's forthcoming album Dystopia, which was just named "album of the month" by Germany's prestigious Rock Hard magazine. Just how powerful is Stu Block's voice? Watch -- and hear -- for yourself. Dystopia will be in stores on October 17th (EU) & October 18th (US).
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Dystopia. This is the first of five webisodes that will be uploaded to Century Media's Official YouTube channel. So stay tuned!
Fury UK and White Wizzard will join Iced Earth on the European leg of the legendary metal band’s 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour.
Fury UK, a three-piece British metal band that combines the rawness of NWOBM with an aggressive power-metal vibe, has released three full-length albums, with Way of Life being their most recent. Fury UK will open the show. The band’s official website is here.
American heavy-metal band White Wizzard – with riffs, attitude, and swagger to burn – will tear it up after Fury UK leaves the stage. White Wizzard has released two EPs and an album titled Over the Top. A new album (Flying Tigers) is due later this month. The band’s official website is here.
“I’m really looking forward to touring with these guys,” said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. “Both bands bring a lot of energy to the table. I know fans will enjoy seeing them as much as we will.”
Dystopia, Iced Earth’s 10th studio album, is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th, both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have also been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album. Dystopia is now available for pre-order worldwide.
The release of Dystopia will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken.
The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on Iced Earth’s Tour page, as well as on all of its official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.
A concert in Cyprus – a first for Iced Earth – was just announced. The date is December 15th, 2011.
Iced Earth has just added a show in Cyprus on December 15, 2010. See Tour page for details. A limited number of VIP tickets are available. Order yours today!
Some bands release mere snippets of songs to preview their upcoming tours. Some release a single song. In typical balls-to-the-wall Iced Earth fashion, the legendary metal band has re-recorded the entire 17-minute fan-favorite epic “Dante’s Inferno” – and will give it away free here, on the band's official web site.
“If there’s one song fans have asked us to play live more than any other it’s ‘Dante’s Inferno,’” Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer said. “The simple reason why we haven’t is because the original click track was erased, therefore requiring a keyboard player to do the parts live. That’s OK for a special event like when we recorded Alive in Athens, but to hire a keyboard player for a full tour, for one song, just isn’t financially feasible.”
This summer, during the recording of Dystopia, Iced Earth’s soon-to-be-released 10th studio album, the band entered the studio for the express purpose of remedying that situation – and emerged with a powerful rendition that’s (if possible) even more monumental than the original, which was the closing track on the band’s 1995 album Burnt Offerings.
Schaffer and new vocalist Stu Block talk about the recording of “Dante’s Inferno” in this exclusive video clip just posted to the band’s Official YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialIcedEarth.
“Dante’s Inferno” can be downloaded – free – from Iced Earth’s web site here.
“Dante’s Inferno” (which is based on Inferno, the first part of Dante’s poem The Divine Comedy) hasn’t been played live since 1999’s groundbreaking Alive in Athens album.
“We wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our loyal fans who have waited so long to hear us play ‘Dante’ again,” said Schaffer. “So, we decided to give this to them, free. It’s because of our fans we’ve been able to make music all these years. This is a way to show how much we appreciate them.”
Schaffer promises “Dante’s Inferno” will be back in the band’s set lists for all upcoming shows on the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour.
The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on the band’s official web site, and all official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.
Dystopia is scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th, both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks have also been recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.
The release of Dystopia...