Iced Earth have set Dystopia as the title of their forthcoming new studio album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Century Media Records.

Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer checked in with the following message: "Just a quick update for you from the road. We had a great weekend playing at Sweden Rock Friday and the Rock Hard festival in Germany on Saturday. The band's having a lot of fun, and today we begin rehearsing the new songs for the forthcoming CD, titled Dystopia. We begin master tracking in Florida in 2 weeks and will be traveling between Europe and the US this summer to play festivals and finish the new album. I can honestly say that I haven't had this many songs give me goose bumps since we recorded Something Wicked This Way Comes, way back in 1998, so this is also very exciting.

As you can imagine, it's a very busy time for us. I think we're all having emotional ups and downs as we're coming to the end of an era with Matt's retirement, and we're also very excited about the future with Stu coming onboard, so it's a little bit of a roller coaster ride for us. However, we are having a killer time, and Matt is performing at his absolute best and going out with pure class and style, which is always the way he rolls."

Matt Barlow will retire from the band after the summer festival shows. Afterwards Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block will become the new lead singer for Iced Earth. Dystopia will mark the studio debut of Block together with the band.

Band profile: Iced Earth
Posted: 14.06.2011 by Thryce


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Angel_Lament - 14.06.2011 at 15:17  
Coool name, looking forward to this...
DoomGuard - 14.06.2011 at 21:04  
Please don't let it be stu block's vocals just plastered on same ol' Iced nervous about this album
Angelic Storm - 14.06.2011 at 21:17  
Him mentioning Something Wicked is the only thing that gives me a little confidence... if Dystopia manages to sound anything like that album, then maybe some of my faith will be restored in Iced Earth, Im remaining sceptical till I hear it though!
Lonniehaskel - 14.06.2011 at 22:06  
What Angelic Storm said. I've been a dedicated Iced Earth fan for 14 years, so I'm hoping this one owns.
bluegreengod - 14.06.2011 at 23:34  
Awesome! Stu is a great singer and a reall good performer as well. I think the're gonna tear shit up on this next album.
Valentin B - 15.06.2011 at 00:16  
I think the title of the album itself means that Jon is feeling fresh and creatively energized by this (welcome) change in the band's direction. Most of the concepts behind the albums so far have been focused on fantasy and history, while dystopia is a concept about the future. That says something imo.
Cryzpin - 15.06.2011 at 02:08  
May it be dark, heavy and fast.
Cathval - 15.06.2011 at 03:42  
I don't find Into Eternity's vocals that suiting for Iced Earth's style. It requires power and emotion behind the voice, not endless Rob Halford wails. This is what made The Glorious Burden and Framing Armageddon such mediocre albums, a lack of substance and emotion.

Sorry, but the last Iced Earth album was Horror Show and then the band forever broke up in my opinion...then Matt did some vocal covers for Pyramaze and The Jon Schaffer Experience.
Mattybu - 15.06.2011 at 03:46  
I'm excited about this one. I like the name too.
NyarlathoTim - 15.06.2011 at 15:37  
I'm underwhelmed by the title, frankly.
Black Conundrum - 16.06.2011 at 07:09  
Nice title. That word is pretty cool.
BMR Monkey - 05.07.2011 at 04:18  
Im having doubts about the name, hope this album be greater than the last too

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