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'Fri, 28 Oct 2011

We are proud to announce the first-week chart positions for Dystopia – our highly acclaimed new album – which includes our highest-ever debut on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart:

  • United States – 67
  • Germany - 23
  • Austria - 51
  • Switzerland - 53
  • UK (Rock Chart) - 18
  • Holland - 85
  • Belgium - 96

"I’m pleased with how well Dystopia has been received by fans and critics alike", said Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer. "We knew it was a special album while we were making it. But it’s always gratifying to know that others also appreciate the time and effort we put into it. We owe our fans a big Thank You for helping the album chart so highly around the world."

To celebrate Dystopia’s runaway success, we chose today to debut the first music video from our album "Dystopia", the title track, can be viewed here:


The release of Dystopiawill be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken.

The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour is available here.The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.

A concert in Cyprus – a first for Iced Earth – was recently announced. The date is December 15th, 2011.

'Mon, 17 Oct 2011

With the release of Dystopia, the world will experience a new Iced Earth -- a lean, mean kick-ass-and-take-names Iced Earth. So we felt it was time for a new Iced Earth web site. 

We've wanted to make it more user-friendly, anyway. But -- most importantly -- we've wanted to add new features (such as a music player and band member bios). So we did. 

This is only the first phase. We have two or three more surprises in store for the Iced Earth web site.

So visit us again in the near future.

In the meantime, take a look around.

'Sun, 04 Dec 2011

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.

'Thu, 06 Oct 2011

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.

'Sun, 04 Dec 2011

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.

'Sun, 04 Dec 2011

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).

'Sun, 04 Dec 2011

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!