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Iced Earth

Fashion trends may come and go, but Florida's Iced Earth has remained steadfastly committed to championing the cause of heavy metal through thick and thin. After years of laboring in obscurity and undergoing countless lineup changes, they have slowly emerged as one of the greatest hopes for classic metal in America.

Originally formed as Purgatory by guitarist Jon Schaffer in 1985, the band spent five years in a constant state of flux while paying their dues on the Florida live circuit. They slowly honed their sound by combining '80s thrash influences with the classic metal approach of Iron Maiden. Their 1988 Enter the Realm demo was an underground favorite, and after changing their name to Iced Earth, the band recorded their eponymous 1990 album with a lineup consisting of guitarists Schaffer and Randall Shawver, singer Gene Adams, bassist Dave Abell, and drummer Mike McGill.

Further personnel changes saw the arrival of singer John Greely and drummer Richey Secchiari for 1991's Night of the Stormrider, an ambitious concept album which nevertheless fell on deaf ears. Disheartened, Greely decided to call it quits, but Iced Earth would re-emerge three years later with 1995's Burnt Offerings, released on Century Media Records, and featuring vocalist Matthew Barlow and drummer Rodney Beasley. Constant touring saw Barlow prove himself as the band's first reliable singer, and the band hit their stride with the following year's The Dark Saga. Despite the arrival of a new rhythm section (bassist Keith Menser and drummer Mark Prator), the album showcased the ever-improving consistency and quality of Schaffer and Shawver's songwriting, as well as excellent cover artwork from Spawn comic book creator Todd MacFarlane.

So happy was the band with their current lineup that they returned to the studio in 1997 to re-record the best of their early material with Barlow on vocals, resulting in the appropriately titled Days of Purgatory collection. Schaffer also decided to relocate Iced Earth to Indiana for "strategic reasons," prompting the departure of longtime cohort Shawver before the first sessions of 1998's Something Wicked This Way Comes. The album repeated the successful formula of its predecessors, and with new guitarist Larry Tarnowski and new bassist James MacDonough in tow, the band embarked on their most ambitious American and world tour yet. Their performances in Greece (one of the band's largest markets) yielded the double album Alive in Athens, released in 1999. Horror Show appeared in summer 2001. They issued the covers album Tribute to the Gods in 2002. After endless touring and the departure of Barlow, former Judas Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens took over the lead vocal chair. The band released their sprawling, double-disc concept recording Glorious Burden in 2004 to glowing reviews. In 2007, Iced Earth released two recordings, Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked, Pt. 1, and The Overture of the Wicked EP. Following suit in 2008, they released Crucible of Man: Something Wicked, Pt. 2, and the EP, I Walk Among You, followed by a world tour. In 2010, the SPV/Steamhammer imprint released the five disc Box of the Wicked, which contained both parts of Something Wicked, and the accompanying two EPS all on separate discs. The fifth disc contained all bonus material: a re-recorded version of "A Charge to Keep" and live versions of "Dark Saga," "Iced Earth," and "Pure Evil." ~ Eduardo Rivadavia
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In Ancient Kourion

Disc 1

1. Intro

3. Dystopia

5. Burning Times

7. Angel's Holocaust

9. Slave To The Dark

11. V

13. When The Night Falls

15. I Died For You

17. Invasion

19. Motivation Of Man

21. Setian Massacre

23. Stormrider

25. Pure Evil

26. Wolf

27. Dark City

28. Dracula

29. Ten Thousand Strong

Disc 2

1. Anthem

2. Declaration Day

3. Days Of Rage

4. Melancholy

5. Encore Intro

6. In Sacred Flames

7. Boiling Point

8. Damien

9. Watching Over Me

10. Dante's Inferno

11. Iced Earth

12. The Hunter

Disc 3
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Track List: Dystopia

1. Dystopia

2. Anthem

3. Boiling Point

4. Anguish Of Youth

5. V

6. Dark City

7. Equilibrium

8. Days Of Rage

9. End Of Innocence

12. Tragedy And Triumph

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Track List: The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part 2)

1. In Sacred Flames

2. Behold The Wicked Child

3. Minions Of The Watch

4. The Revealing

5. A Gift Or A Curse?

6. Crown Of The Fallen

7. The Dimension Gauntlet

8. I Walk Alone

9. Harbinger Of Fate

10. Crucify The King

11. Sacrificial Kingdoms

12. Something Wicked (Part 3)

13. Divide Devour

14. Come What May

15. Epilogue

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Track List: Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1)

1. Overture

2. Something Wicked Part 1

3. Invasion

4. Motivation Of Man

5. Setian Massacre

6. A Charge To Keep

7. Reflections

8. Ten Thousand Strong

9. Execution

10. Order Of The Rose

11. Cataclysm

12. The Clouding

13. Infiltrate And Assimilate

14. Retribution Through The Ages

15. Something Wicked Part 2

16. The Domino Decree

17. Framing Armageddon

18. When Stars Collide (Born Is He)

19. The Awakening

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Track List: Overture Of The Wicked

1. Ten Thousand Strong

2. Prophecy (2007)

3. Birth Of The Wicked

4. The Coming Curse

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Track List: The Blessed And The Damned

Disc 1

1. Burning Times

2. Wolf

3. The Hunter

4. Curse The Sky

5. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)

6. Stormrider

7. Burnt Offerings

8. Travel In Stygian (Live)

9. Dark Saga

10. Written On The Walls

11. Damien

Disc 2

1. Angels Holocaust

2. Desert Rain

3. Last December

4. Watching Over Me

5. Pure Evil (Live)

6. The Path I Choose

7. I Died For You

8. Disciples Of The Lie

9. When The Night Falls

10. Jack

11. Iced Earth

12. Violate (Live)

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Track List: The Glorious Burden

Disc 1

1. The Star-Spangled Banner

2. Declaration Day

3. When The Eagle Cries

4. The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)

5. Greenface

6. Attila

7. Red Baron / Blue Max

8. Hollow Man

9. Valley Forge

10. Waterloo

11. When The Eagle Cries (Unplugged)

Disc 2
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Track List: Horror Show

Disc 1

1. Wolf

2. Damien

3. Jack

4. Ghost Of Freedom

6. Jeckyl & Hyde

7. Dragon's Child

8. Frankenstein

9. Dracula

10. The Phantom Opera Ghost

Disc 2

1. Transylvania

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Track List: Something Wicked This Way Comes

1. Burning Times

2. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)

3. Disciples Of The Lie

4. Watching Over Me

5. Stand Alone

6. Consequences

7. My Own Savior

8. Reaping Stone

9. 1776

10. Blessed Are You

11. Prophecy

12. Birth Of The Wicked

13. The Coming Curse

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Track List: Days Of Purgatory

1. Enter The Realm

2. Colors

3. Angels Holocaust

4. Stormrider

5. Winter Nights

6. Nightmares

7. Solitude

8. The Funeral

9. When The Night Falls

10. Cast In Stone

11. Desert Rain

12. Life And Death

13. Reaching The End

14. Travel In Stygian

15. Iced Earth

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Track List: The Dark Saga

1. Dark Saga

2. I Died For You

3. Violate

4. The Hunter

5. The Last Laugh

6. Depths Of Hell

7. Vengeance Is Mine

8. Scarred

9. Slave To The Dark

10. A Question Of Heaven

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Track List: Burnt Offerings

1. Burnt Offerings

2. Last December

3. Diary

4. Brainwashed

5. Burning Oasis

6. Creator Failure

7. The Pierced Spirit

8. Dante's Inferno

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Track List: Iced Earth

1. Iced Earth

2. Written On The Walls

3. Colors

4. Curse The Sky

5. Life And Death

6. Solitude

7. The Funeral

8. When The Night Falls

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Dream Theater is the best, but Iced Earth is a close second.
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Such an aweome band. I cant wait to hear what Stu Block brings to the band.
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I agree with Craig Hamilton.Ice d Earth is the outstanding. I can't wait for the new music later this year
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If you think you like metal, but you don’t like Iced Earth, then it’s highly likely that you are a poser.
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If you ask me, I think Iced Earth is better than Maiden, Judas Priest, and Helloween, but that is not to say people can think differently from me.
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haohmaruofth e w i n d is autism
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Can't help but dance to this, and get my head moving!
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Got to love Iced Earth
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ICED EARTH is my everyday music.
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Matt Barlow is a metal god! Whoever doesn't agree...Fucc k you!
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Barlow is iced earth sounds like a demon love this band
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early Metallica vs. Iced Earth - Both rocked hard, and I love them equally, but I see Iced Earth as having been a great replacement act for Metallica.
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Megadeth is too thrashy? How about Testament?? Saw them live and I couldnt breathe cause the bass was vibrating the air around me..
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Iced Earth has such great chemistry.
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Transylvania reminds me of Iron Maiden. Oh wait...dugh!
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I love this band
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If you care to try listening to a track by Iced Earth...the Burning Times is one is my favorites. Sung vocals but still stompy. Makes me want to act like a monkey!!!
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Saw them in concert with Sabaton. Small venue, felt like my head was in a bucket for days. Great sound live!
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Those nights when you load all Iced Earth albums and drown into the void.
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Iced earth is awsome
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Great band...if someone said that they were interested in metal, and asked me for a recommendati o n , then I would probably suggest Iced Earth
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Better than incredible.. .
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Barlow > ripper all day. Ripper is really good, but Barlow is a legend
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mstieglitz9
Iced earth is so much better the iron maiden how can you even compare the 2


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Finally something wicked
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Pretty much only stuff from glorious burden plays
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awesome
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As with most of Iced Earth's song, the Burning Times continually blows me away.
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Also, Demons and Wizards is Amazing! Jon Schafer and the lead singer from Blind guardian came together and made Demons and Wizards as a side project. It's so good if your a fan of Iced Earth and/or Blind Guardian I'd strongly recommend checking it out.
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Gotta say my favorite album is The Glorious Burden. The Gettysburg Trilogy is so epic, and Owens I think does really well in it. Barlow is just a different style. Barlow came back the band though and owens left tho, which this bio doesn't mention. In Stygian and Damian are two really bad a** songs.
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The greatest hope for classic metal in America is a band from Florida? Birmingham already saved us!
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Is that spawn on that album cover
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Iced earth > iron maiden. end of story
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Iron Maiden cover band...
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You can visit schaffers shop and he'll sign iron maiden cds and shirts for free. Plus he had a kitana for like 10 grand on display
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How the f**k can you not like iced earth you un american f**ks! One of the greatest metao bands ever!
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Iced earth is not a band, is all about Jon Shaffer. He's an egocentric mf.
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I like iron maiden in all but iced earth is way better
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Personally iced earth kind of sounds like iron maiden but without any pizazz.
I dont like iced earth.
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F**k posers
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When did Barlow get so much hate? Oh well. His last IE album wasnt that good. Rippers albums were average but it had nothing to do with him. And Stu keeps trying to copy Barlow. I love IE but im only on the station for Burnt Offerings and NOTS.
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Why is everyone busting on Barlow? Both singers had their own sound. People get a calling to do somethng else. Sometimes they take it Sometimes they don't. Each has contributed to the band. Just enjoy the albums and hope this band keeps growing. Last I seen them Barlow and Ripper were gone.
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Read the bio evan 007 ... Florida
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Where are these guys from , like what state?
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Something Wicked This Way Comes, is also the name of an album by Nuclear Assault. Weird. Love both bands either way....
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I really like this band I need some of them though and they are really good my favorite albums are burnt offsprings and horrorshow
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Love iced earth for years and years!
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ramiror2112
Iced Earth continues to be one of my most favorite power thrash bands of all... Their style is untouchable and even if I dare may say legendary. Each song has their own unique distiguacy. Hail metal!!!
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Nothing better than a little toe tapping music
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One of my favorite bands.
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