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.
ICED EARTH are excited to announce the first part of their 2014/2015 World Tour, with the
tour kicking off on January 9, 2014 in Saarbrücken, Germany.
Tickets and VIP packages for these shows will be on sale soon.
One of the many highlights of the “WORLD DYSTOPIA TOUR”, a headline show at the
historic Kourion Amphitheatre in Cyprus was recently released as BluRay, DVD and in
many other formats, entitled “LIVE IN ANCIENT KOURION”.
The band is currently writing a new studio album with a slated release date for late 2013.
They will be recording and mixing in between a string of European festivals this summer.
“We are ready!”, says JON SCHAFFER. “We are ready to enter the steel pirate ship that is
our tour bus and spend another 18 months traveling the world. We look forward to
reaching even more people and bringing ICED EARTH to many new territories on this next
massive world tour. We have a very exciting and ground breaking schedule planned and
we will be bringing the METAL to the masses big time! THIS IS WHAT WE DO!"
ICED EARTH’s first officially recorded DVD / Blu-Ray “Live In Ancient Kourion” will hit the stores on April 15th (USA April 16th), 2013. The band recorded an epic two and a half hour monster of a show in a 6000 year-old ancient amphitheatre with an incredible atmosphere.
ICED EARTH teamed up with ROCK HARD Magazine (Germany) to present one full song of this DVD to you. Head over to the ROCK HARD website to watch “Dystopia” Live from Ancient Kourion:
This release is available for pre-order from now on and in various formats.
The Limited Edition Deluxe Book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!). The audio version of the full concert is available as 3-LP gatefold in different vinyl colors, or as a 2 CD set. The standard DVD is also available for pre-order.
Pre-orders of all formats are available from today on at CM Distro:
Make sure to see the full DVD trailer by following the below link:
See ICED EARTH live on the below summer festivals:
08.06.2013 Burning Sea Festival, Croatia
20.06.2013 Metalfest, Germany
21.06.2013 Dokk'em Open Air Festival, Netherlands
22.06.2013 Rock am Härtsfeldsee, Germany
12.07.2013 Rock Harz Open Air, Germany
13.07.2013 Bang Your Head Festival, Germany
08.08.2013 Getaway Rock Festival, Sweden
Since Dystopia was released in October of 2011, ICED EARTH has been on the attack in a big way, playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years...combined!
ICED EARTH main man Jon Schaffer: “I feel this is a testament to a new beginning, a new energy and a rock solid determination that will see us taking the music of ICED EARTH to every corner of the globe; spreading the awareness of our brand of metal in a way that hasn’t been done before. I’ve never been more proud of this band, our crew, and the people behind the scenes that are responsible for much of our success.”
Early on in the World Tour the band decided that they wanted to capture this newfound energy and passion on film. The biggest question was deciding where to film. There were so many great shows and audiences around the world that it was very challenging to decide which city to choose for this special event. When the offer came in to film at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus, they were immediately attracted to that idea. The history and culture there, as well as the Cypriot audience, which the band experienced in December 2011, solidified the decision to film the DVD in Cyprus. Filming and recording a 2 1⁄2 hour show in an amphitheater that is 6000 years old and is not set-up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome. But the finished product makes up for any of the challenges that the band and crew faced on that special night.
ICED EARTH’s first officially filmed headline show “Live In Ancient Kourion” will hit stores on April 15th (USA April 16th), 2013! This incredibly powerful package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS, also on Blu-Ray disk! The Limited Edition Deluxe Book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3 LP gatefold Vinyl package or as a 2 CD set. A standard DVD and Digital Audio Download will also be available.
Get the first glimpse of this historic ICED EARTH show by checking out the DVD trailer on the ICED EARTH’s official YouTube channel:
Check out the second webisode from the final leg of the Dystopia World Tour!
Check out this new webisode from the final leg of the Dystopia World Tour!
I just wanted give you a quick update:
We are locked and loaded and ready to roll out for the final leg of the Dystopia World Tour.
The "Live In Ancient Kourion"-DVD will be released in early April, so I thought I would share the artwork with you.
Nathan Perry and Felipe Machado Franco teamed up once again to bring you this kick-ass image.
There is a lot of good things coming your way next year so stay tuned for updates.
Now dust off your leather jackets and come out and RAGE with us during these upcoming shows!
Enjoy your holidays!