Can Iced Earth fans handle nearly six hours of their favorite metal band? They'll soon find out.

An intense two-minute trailer from the long-awaited live DVD extravaganza Festivals of the Wicked has just been posted to the Iced Earth website. Go check it out!

Festivals of the Wicked boasts nearly six hours of Iced Earth - three full headliner shows (over 40 live tracks!), a photo gallery shot by famed rock photographer Ross Halfin, plus a 90-minute documentary. The DVD will be released early in 2011.




"The last part of the DVD to be completed is the documentary," said Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer. "Thousands of hours were shot and edited down to 90 minutes. It's very close to done. I have to say the footage of the band on stage is mind blowing. Those who have already seen us will love it. Those who haven't yet seen Iced Earth will be amazed by what this band can do on stage."

Drummer Brent Smedley concurs: "The three festivals featured on the DVD were all extremely remarkable and each one memorable in its own way," he said. "All three were amazing nights where the Metal and the Magic were fully flowing. I think the release of this DVD truly proves my mantra and favorite saying: METAL LIVES!"

Indeed it does.

Festivals of the Wicked shows Iced Earth in its favorite element - facing tens of thousands of screaming fans - and playing songs that demonstrate why Iced Earth fans are some of the most loyal in metal. The three soon-to-be-released festivals are:

  • Wacken Open Air (2007) with Tim Owens on lead vocals. The blistering 13-song set begins with a jaw-dropping rendition of "Burning Times" and closes with the band's signature track, "Iced Earth."

  • Rock Hard Festival (2008) with Matt Barlow on lead vocals. This festival, the first to feature Matt's return, storms through 15 songs, with "Dark Saga" leading the charge.

  • Metal Camp (2008) with Matt Barlow on lead vocals. A not-to-be-missed 16-song face melter of a concert that proves why some say Iced Earth is one of the top live bands in the world.


"I'm very proud of this DVD, and I'm grateful to fans for their patience," said Schaffer. "Getting this ready for release has been an enormous job, but a true labor of love. It will be worth the wait. I promise."

Iced Earth was recently confirmed to appear at Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, on June 24th, 2011. Additional festival dates will be announced soon! Stay tuned for updates.


Source: icedearth.com
Band profile: Iced Earth
 
Posted: 14.12.2010 by Thryce



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Angelic Storm - 14.12.2010 at 11:49  
"Can Iced Earth fans handle nearly six hours...?"

Yes, so long as it's not "The Crucible Of Man" on a loop for nearly 6 hours.

Glad this is coming out finally! It wouldnt surprise me though, if the show with Ripper is the highlight of the 3 shows. lol
GT - 14.12.2010 at 14:05  
Sounds like a pretty sweet release
Forsaker - 14.12.2010 at 15:10  
Sure , i can live after that but maybe i spend six weeks after that in hospital
Darkside Momo - 14.12.2010 at 15:35  
Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2010 at 11:49

Yes, so long as it's not "The Crucible Of Man" on a loop for nearly 6 hours.

I still don't understand the hate this album receives...
Angelic Storm - 14.12.2010 at 16:00  
Written by Darkside Momo on 14.12.2010 at 15:35
I still don't understand the hate this album receives...


Hey, Its just my opinion! lol

A lot of people hate the albums Tim Owens made with Iced Earth, I however, think they are great.
Darkside Momo - 14.12.2010 at 16:11  
Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2010 at 16:00

Written by Darkside Momo on 14.12.2010 at 15:35
I still don't understand the hate this album receives...


Hey, Its just my opinion! lol

A lot of people hate the albums Tim Owens made with Iced Earth, I however, think they are great.

You're not the only one that dislikes 'Crucible', I assure you
And now that you mention them, I find 'The Glorious Burden' to be quite lame - but not because of Ripper, but because it's less inspired than the rest. With the exception, of course, of the Gettysburg Trilogy, which is one of the most moving musical works i know (I mean, you're there, at Gettysburg, and see the Rebs charging, the Yanks holding on desperately. Awesome)
Valentin B - 14.12.2010 at 17:40  
Holy shit!! this is gonna be LEGEN, wait for it..
ponderer - 14.12.2010 at 18:16  
Metal is very much alive.
Holy Man - 14.12.2010 at 18:20  
Hell fuckin yes... so rad...
Abattoir - 14.12.2010 at 21:06  
Nice, Metal Camp is on I should get this one...Iced Earth kick ass live.
BMR Monkey - 14.12.2010 at 23:31  
Written by ponderer on 14.12.2010 at 18:16

Metal is very much alive.

Well said!!! \m/
Darkside Momo - 14.12.2010 at 23:38  
Written by Valentin B on 14.12.2010 at 17:40

Holy shit!! this is gonna be LEGEN, wait for it..

...dary!
RavenKing - 15.12.2010 at 00:44  
Written by Darkside Momo on 14.12.2010 at 15:35

Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2010 at 11:49

Yes, so long as it's not "The Crucible Of Man" on a loop for nearly 6 hours.

I still don't understand the hate this album receives...


If you ask me, the hate is well-deserved. The album is awful.
Richard - 15.12.2010 at 01:44  
This seems to be a promising release for Iced Earth fans. I'm not a big fan of them as such, but I do own several of their CD's and acknoweldge their quality.

Hopefully this DVD release will be sold at a fair price, though. It's great to have all that live footage, and the addition of a movie-length documentary seems particularly intriguing - but even die-hard fans may be put off if it means that the massive content means a massive price tag.
adeeee - 15.12.2010 at 03:58  
Cool ^^ Can't wait for this.
Lit. - 15.12.2010 at 04:06  
Awesome, must take a look at it.
DoomGuard - 15.12.2010 at 19:11  
Written by Darkside Momo on 14.12.2010 at 15:35

Written by Angelic Storm on 14.12.2010 at 11:49

Yes, so long as it's not "The Crucible Of Man" on a loop for nearly 6 hours.

I still don't understand the hate this album receives...

me too...such a good album, every single of of their albums are amazing imo. Call me a fanboy, but i'm a fanboy
Iced Earth 2012 - 16.12.2010 at 21:16  
Jon Schaffer is the hardest working man in metal this DVD is going to be awesome. I cant wait!!!
knac3 - 21.12.2010 at 05:50  
Can't wait for this DVD to come out. Yes, I can handle 6 hours of IE!!
Enemy of Reality - 09.06.2011 at 01:31  
I would prefer a new album, but this is ok too.

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