IcedEarth.com has posted the cover art [Link] for the band's forthcoming full-length studio album, "The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part II)" which continues where their 2007 release, "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)" left off. "The Crucible Of Man" features the return of frontman Matt Barlow who was Schaffer's original voice of choice to introduce the "Something Wicked" saga back in 1998 as a trio of songs which concluded their album, "Something Wicked This Way Comes".

While the 1998 album provided a general overview of the story Schaffer has been conceptualizing for well over a decade, the saga is being fully brought to life with the release of the back-to-back conceptual albums "Framing Armageddon" and "The Crucible of Man". While both albums provide answers to mysteries the previous releases would create, the timeliness of the story in today's world is guaranteed to keep people thinking and guessing. Schaffer's ability to convey the central themes and events of the story without always revealing exactly "why" characters' decisions are made and "how" events come to pass, will keep fans of the saga coming back as future mediums for the "Something Wicked" storyline are revealed.

A finalized tracklisting for "The Crucible Of Man" and audio interview with Jon Schaffer covering the new material will be featured at IcedEarth.com later this month. The band will begin rehearsals next week for a run of dates in June as direct support for Judas Priest in Europe (dates here), as well as the Hellfest, Bang Your Head, Graspop, and Gods Of Metal European festivals.

"The Crucible Of Man" is due for a late August or early September release on Steamhammer/SPV. The release will then be followed by a North American tour that kicks-off in September and features an appearance as headliner for the ProgPower USA IX festival in Atlanta, Georgia on September 27. The North American dates will be announced at IcedEarth.com when they are confirmed.

The single from the new album is titled, "I Walk Among You" and is being released worldwide this week by Steamhammer/SPV and features the new track, "I Walk Alone, " as well as three additional songs from "Framing Armageddon" with new vocal performances by Matt Barlow. All tracks can be listened to in their entirety at both the band's official website and MySpace page with exception of the track, "A Charge To Keep" which is an iTunes exclusive.


Source: icedearth.com
Band profile: Iced Earth
 
Posted: 11.06.2008 by White Winter Sun



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Darkmember - 11.06.2008 at 12:22  
I cant wait for the whole album!!!
Nickferatu367 - 11.06.2008 at 12:49  
does anyone get a piece of mind world tour sense from the new album cover?
Stalker - 11.06.2008 at 12:53  
Written by Nickferatu367 on 11.06.2008 at 12:49

does anyone get a piece of mind world tour sense from the new album cover?

Haha, maybe, but its really Iced Earth-ish style imo
Stalker - 11.06.2008 at 13:05  
Comments on the new songs - I miss Schaffer's fast riffs... Where are they??
Baz Anderson - 11.06.2008 at 15:05  
That's a really cool cover!!
necrovamp - 11.06.2008 at 19:22  
hm i really dont give a crap now to be honest, why change vocalist halfway through? and to one thats worse imo.
DoomGuard - 11.06.2008 at 21:41  
Awesome cover and awesome news from my favorite band. Can't wait to get this album around my b-day
Vykintas - 11.06.2008 at 21:57  
Written by necrovamp on 11.06.2008 at 19:22

hm i really dont give a crap now to be honest, why change vocalist halfway through? and to one thats worse imo.


Completely agree
LeChron James - 11.06.2008 at 23:43  
Written by Nickferatu367 on 11.06.2008 at 12:49

does anyone get a piece of mind world tour sense from the new album cover?

i get more of a trooper single cover from this even though its a very Iced Earth cover.
Opethian - 12.06.2008 at 02:43  
great album cover!!. Are they ever gonna put out another new Demons and Wizards album??
Nickferatu367 - 12.06.2008 at 04:33  
Written by necrovamp on 11.06.2008 at 19:22

hm i really dont give a crap now to be honest, why change vocalist halfway through? and to one thats worse imo.


are you high? barlow is a far superior vocalist than Ripper on any day. As far as bringin vocalist back halfway through. Barlow was there for the original Somethin Wicked, i'm surprised he wasn't asked (begged) to come and record the first part. plus, ya know that whole, he is to Iced Earth what Bruce Dickinson is to Iron Maiden thing.
Metal George - 12.06.2008 at 08:27  
I like Tim Ripper's highs better than Barlow's and I like Barlow's emotional singing style than Ripper's. Either way the new album should sound like Iced Earth and it better have some faster riffs.
necrovamp - 12.06.2008 at 22:20  
Written by Nickferatu367 on 12.06.2008 at 04:33

Written by necrovamp on 11.06.2008 at 19:22

hm i really dont give a crap now to be honest, why change vocalist halfway through? and to one thats worse imo.


are you high? barlow is a far superior vocalist than Ripper on any day. As far as bringin vocalist back halfway through. Barlow was there for the original Somethin Wicked, i'm surprised he wasn't asked (begged) to come and record the first part. plus, ya know that whole, he is to Iced Earth what Bruce Dickinson is to Iron Maiden thing.


lol i just prefer ripper is all, and i think its digusting they way he was just moved aside for barlow to walk back in again. and for the record, i find iron maiden boring and i like pual di annos (no idea how to spell it - such is my crap grammer) vocals better. i dont think it helps i started loistening to iced earth from thier glorius burden album so i guess it comes from that. btw, i prefer rob halford to him in judas priest.
Nickferatu367 - 13.06.2008 at 00:31  
Written by necrovamp on 12.06.2008 at 22:20

Written by Nickferatu367 on 12.06.2008 at 04:33

Written by necrovamp on 11.06.2008 at 19:22

hm i really dont give a crap now to be honest, why change vocalist halfway through? and to one thats worse imo.


are you high? barlow is a far superior vocalist than Ripper on any day. As far as bringin vocalist back halfway through. Barlow was there for the original Somethin Wicked, i'm surprised he wasn't asked (begged) to come and record the first part. plus, ya know that whole, he is to Iced Earth what Bruce Dickinson is to Iron Maiden thing.


lol i just prefer ripper is all, and i think its digusting they way he was just moved aside for barlow to walk back in again. and for the record, i find iron maiden boring and i like pual di annos (no idea how to spell it - such is my crap grammer) vocals better. i dont think it helps i started loistening to iced earth from thier glorius burden album so i guess it comes from that. btw, i prefer rob halford to him in judas priest.


well, whatever. at least ripper's still got Beyond Fear, and if he gets thrown out of that. well, that's just plain fucked up.
necrovamp - 13.06.2008 at 18:35  
Written by Nickferatu367 on 13.06.2008 at 00:31

Written by necrovamp on 12.06.2008 at 22:20

Written by Nickferatu367 on 12.06.2008 at 04:33

Written by necrovamp on 11.06.2008 at 19:22

hm i really dont give a crap now to be honest, why change vocalist halfway through? and to one thats worse imo.


are you high? barlow is a far superior vocalist than Ripper on any day. As far as bringin vocalist back halfway through. Barlow was there for the original Somethin Wicked, i'm surprised he wasn't asked (begged) to come and record the first part. plus, ya know that whole, he is to Iced Earth what Bruce Dickinson is to Iron Maiden thing.


lol i just prefer ripper is all, and i think its digusting they way he was just moved aside for barlow to walk back in again. and for the record, i find iron maiden boring and i like pual di annos (no idea how to spell it - such is my crap grammer) vocals better. i dont think it helps i started loistening to iced earth from thier glorius burden album so i guess it comes from that. btw, i prefer rob halford to him in judas priest.


well, whatever. at least ripper's still got Beyond Fear, and if he gets thrown out of that. well, that's just plain fucked up.


lol yueah, i hope it goes well, oh well ill just have to put up with the fact barlows back, should still be good at bloodstock though

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