Following the departure of guitarist Troy Seele, metallers Iced Earth have just revealed his replacement. Jake Dreyer of White Wizzard and Kobra And The Lotus fame is stepping up to the plate after an audition process. He will also record material for the band's forthcoming new record, which is progressing at a good rate.
Guitarist Troy Seele has announced his departure from Iced Earth due to family responsibilities. Troy Seele's last gig with the band will be Knotfest in Mexico City, October 16th, 2016. For those guitarists who think they've got what it takes to be in the studio and on stage with Iced Earth, send your audition video and contact info to the following link. The band is working on a new album at the moment but Seele will focus on his family.
Headbangers Ball is a name that bears heavy metal nostalgia and it will come to life again! By the end of this year, MTV's classic 80's show shall return as a series of events. MTV Headbangers Ball, hosted by Continental Concerts in cooperation with MTV, is going to tour Europe. Headlining this festival tour will be U.S. metal gods Iced Earth, currently working on a new album. Who will be joining them? Ensiferum, Kataklysm and Unearth. It should be a headbangers feast!
If you like vinyl and Iced Earth, you might want to check this out. Century Media will release on vinyl the first four studio albums of Iced Earth in July. Iced Earth and Night Of The Stormrider will be released on July 10th, while Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga will be released on July 17th. All four albums will come in gatefold sleeves featuring the original LP artwork. Layouts have been kept close to the layouts of the original vinyl versions as well.
Iced Earth is set to begin the writing process of their 12th studio album in the spring 2015. After a short hiatus, (due to founder, chief songwriter, and guitarist Jon Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery), the heavy metallers are planning their schedule for the remainder of the year. Iced Earth fans can expect the next album, tentatively entitled The Judas Goat, and the subsequent touring cycle to begin in early 2016, according to their latest update. Long time drummer Brent Smedley will be returning to the band for the recording and touring of the next album cycle.
Unfortunately, Iced Earth will have to cancel this summer's festivals and headline shows. The group's mastermind and guitarist Jon Schaffer will undergo neck surgery again, for a problem he has sustained for quite some time. He was advised to do the surgery as fast as possible. Hopefully, Schaffer can have a full recovery.
American heavy metal heavyweights Iced Earth have chosen today, Friday the 13th, to share another new song from their new album. This new tune is called "Among The Living Dead" and you can hear it through the video available below. Do you like it better than the previous song "Plagues Of Babylon" shared before? Either way, enjoy!
US metal masters Iced Earth, who have yesterday began the European tour together with Volbeat, have today announced some exciting news for the North American audience. The band has confirmed an extensive 6-week run over North America for April/May, 2014 with direct support from Swedish warriors Sabaton and Dutch metallers ReVamp. Iced Earth will be touring in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Plagues Of Babylon, to be released on January 6th, 2014 via Century Media Records.
Iced Earth are about to embark on the second leg of the Volbeat tour, which kicks off in Berlin, Germany, today and wraps up in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 1st. For the remainder of the Volbeat tour, Jon Dette (Testament, Slayer), the go-to guy for tours, will be behind the drums taking over for Raphael Saini who filled in during the summer festivals, the recording of the new album, and the club leg of the Volbeat tour.
American heavy metal band Iced Earth will be returning to Australia next March with one show in New Zealand as well as part of their Plagues Of Babylon world tour. The band's brand new album Plagues Of Babylon will be available in January next year. Joining Iced Earth on tour will be Melbourne thrash metallers Elm Street, who will play songs from their debut album Barbed Wire Metal.
Iced Earth have decided to premiere today the title track off their new album Plagues Of Babylon. Are you curious about it? Watch the lyric video created for the song below. This video also gives you a sneak peak into some of the artwork that will be featured in the final version of the upcoming The Plagues EP vinyl. This first song is seven minutes long. Don't hesitate to check it out.
Now that Iced Earth have completed the recording, mixing, and mastering for their new album Plagues Of Babylon, it is time to share the cover art that will grace the new opus. The cover was painted by Eliran Kantor and you can feast your eyes on it right now. Appetizing, isn't it? The exact release date of the album hasn't been divulged yet but early next year is the plan. The American band promises a heavy new album.
"Hello brothers and sisters, I'm proud to announce that we have completed all the tracking for the new album, Plagues Of Babylon. There's quite a selection of epic heaviness on your way, for release early next year. We arrived in Sweden and are heading on to Portugal for a few festivals, and then on Monday, we start the mix!
Iced Earth's drummer Brent Smedley has announced his departure from the band, owing to personal responsibilities. After recording three albums in his third, seven-year-long stint with Iced Earth, Smedley will be departing to devote more time to his older family members in Jacksonville, Florida.