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AUGUST.28.2008

PREVIEW THE NEW ALBUM AT THE ICED EARTH MYSPACE PAGE

American Metal legends ICED EARTH have posted audio samples of their forthcoming album, "The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II) on their Official MySpace page. The worldwide release begins September 5 in Germany and Austria (Europe and the UK on September 8, USA and Canada on September 9).

A true magnum opus and tracking in at over one hour, "The Crucible of Man" is a diverse, heavy, and shadowed soundscape the showcases the band at the absolute peak of its power in an illustrious career that has spanned over two decades. After fully absorbing, “The Crucible of Man,” it would seem that the innumerable trials and tribulations mainman Jon Schaffer has undertook over the decades as an uncompromising and never-totally-satisfied songwriter/musician were part of an otherworldly grand design that gave Schaffer the beastly prowess he needed to tell a story of unprecedented originality in metal music. That story is of course the “Something Wicked Saga.” While Schaffer hinted at what was to come on 1998’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” disc, it wasn’t until 2007 that the stars aligned and the story could be revealed in detail with the release of “Framing Armageddon – Something Wicked Part I.” And although “The Crucible of Man” is the hard-charging sonic conclusion of the “Something Wicked Saga,” fans can expect the story to continue in other media such as print and possibly film in the future.

Just days after the release of their new album, ICED EARTH embark on a North American tour beginning on September 21 in Detroit and will take them to places as far away as New York, Florida, Southern California, Portland, and Toronto. For a complete listing of tour dates, visit the tour section.

The tracklisting for “The Crucible of Man” is as follows:

01 . In Sacred Flames
02 . Behold the Wicked Child
03 . Minions of the Watch
04 . The Revealing
05 . A Gift Or A Curse
06 . Crown of the Fallen
07 . The Dimension Gauntlet
08 . I Walk Alone
09 . Harbinger of Fate
10 . Crucify the King
11 . Sacrificial Kingdoms
12 . Something Wicked (Part 3)
13 . Divide Devour
14 . Come What May
15 . Epilogue

"The Crucible of Man" is being released via Steamhammer/SPV.