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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, Rovi
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Is the cover of The Dark Saga Spawn or is that just me?
not as good as iron maiden but they are still pretty awesome especially the song transylvania
I guess Iced Earth is touring with Sabaton right now and that would be such an amazing show to go to.
Always heard of this band. Never listened to them. I been missing too much. They kill it. My new favorite band.
Jesus sancen i c u alot in these rooms
cyacos
Hey Jesus, you got it right, Iced Earth is Fantastic.
Judas Priest + Iron Maiden = Iced Earth
I would call this song Epic. It's long and a song that flows well. All the parts fit together well. Awesome metal tune.
The first time heard Iced Earth I thought they were Judas Priest
I like the use of comic book art on some of the album covers
nicko252008
Very overlooked/u n d e r r a t e d band, Awesome band hands down. Check out Diamond head, Blind guardian, T.N.T. or Mercyful fate. If you wanna listen to some other great not so popular metal bands.
HEARD ICED EARTH THE FIRST TIME A FEW YEARS AGO ON A LOCAL COLLEGE STATION. ITS GREAT TO HEAR BANDS LIKE THIS THAT HAVE SOME CREATIVITY . LOVE THE PROGRESSIVE GROUPS LIKE THIS ALONG WITH DREAM THEATER, KANSAS, AND KAMELOT
denki0101010 0
Epic!
I a metal type of guy and this is the first time i listened to this band and this band kicks a**
Dante's inferno... holy s**t.
I didn't have access to any good music when I was little. I knew it was out there. For christmas I told my uncle I wanted acdc- highway to hell, metallica- kill em all , and iced earth. he got me 'something wicked' and I blasted that sh*t !
Totally kicks a** 'nuff said.
The Gettysburg Trilogy is the best songs ever by Iced. Ripper was way better than Barlow. Barlow does have talent but Ripper was way better tho
Ha... nice
Iced earth f**kin rules. Barlo is the law! !!!!!!!
Matt Barlow's vocals fit a little better to their sound. All in all (with exception to framing Armageddon)
HAIL!
ICED EARTH ICED EARTH ICED EARTH ICED EARTH!
isaaahuerta
Matt Barlow is the best then Ripper then Stu. my opinion
Yhea f**k me daddy f**k me its mine
Iced Earth's best album is Glorious Burden with Tim "Ripper" Owens DUH!!!!!
Iced Earth's best CD is Glorious Burden with Ripper DUH!!!
iced earth's best were the first 5/6 cd's, personal lyrics,harde r sound
Who would u rather sing 4 iced earth, Tim "Ripper" Owens or Matt Barlow? I vote RIPPER cause Matt Barlow sucks donkey dick
i dont really like dystopia that much :/
Screw Matt Barlow, RIPPER's better than that worthless singer
idntno32
I found these guys in 2001. Wanted something different. The guy at the record store told me to try Horror Show by Iced Earth. So I bought it. i didn't not care for them at first, but the more I listened the more I like them. Now I own ever cd and I have seen them 3 times live. Matts voice was amazing and I'm sorry that he had to leave. Stu has stepped into the spot light and never looked back. I hope he stays for along time. Iced Earth has become One of my favorite bands.
I miss Matt Barlow :(
\m/ Metal Forever \m/
Comic Books are pretty metal...I love comic books...ever read Johnny the Homicidal Maniac? Orginal DareDevil? How about the Predator series? Damn...=> I can be a dork sometimes though. I'll kick you a** on World of Warcraft. F**K THE ALLIANCE!
And f**k the haters they just get bored and talk s**t
Brutal song
I started listening heard the guitar, I'm optimistic, then the singer came on.... Not hatin on the band just not my cup of tea
Upon hearing this song my hair grew long and I began to windmill! Best track Ive heard...
the greatest metal band you have never heard of,they are f**king incredible everyone should buy their stuff
... and how did this get on my Celtic station?
I'm gonna have to pick some stuff up by these guys. I really like 'em.
Saw them with volbeat, first time I've ever heard of them, but wow they're amazing!
nightspeed19 7 7
What's funny is how much better Iced Earth new album is better than Megadeth new album which I was dissapointed in. Shame on you Megadeth.
nturner1987
Saw these guys in SLC along with Volbeat. Didnt care too much for volbeat, but these guys were amazing! Stu does really well with their older stuff.
Caught them live in Houston along with Symphony X, great show!
h.todd14 wrote: ove these guys,need to come to nc

Too bad you missed it bro. They were in Charlotte @ The Fillmore with Iced Earth. Killer show.
I miss Barlow. Stu is good though. Can really get high! Iced Earth has some of the best riffs ever. Such a sick band!
@darknightz0 when you saw them live for there dystopia concert, there lead singer is a man named Stu Block , most commonly known from being the singer for Into Eterenity, which he still is, but is also Iced Earths new front man, on the horror show album, they had there god of Metal vox, matt barlow, who has been there most consistant and best singer, ripper was only around for gloriosue burden and framming armegadon, which imo was fine, though he is a great singer, he jsut didnt fit the epic sty
And may the Earth remain frozen.
valentineb_5 2
I think a blitzkrieg of surgical airstrikes would fix things nicely.
h.todd14
love these guys,need to come to nc
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