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Iced Earth

Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band that combines influences from thrash metal, power metal, NWOBHM, progressive metal as well as gothic touches.

The central figure of Iced Earth is rhythm guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer, who formed Purgatory in Indiana in 1984. After moving to Florida and changing their name to Iced Earth, the group's Enter the Realm demo became popular enough to enable the release of their eponymous debut LP in 1991. Since then, the band has gone through numerous lineup changes, thanks in part to Schaffer's authoritarian rule. After a three-ye ...read more

Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band that combines influences from thrash metal, power metal, NWOBHM, progressive metal as well as gothic touches.

The central figure of Iced Earth is rhythm guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer, who formed Purgatory in Indiana in 1984. After moving to Florida and changing their name to Iced Earth, the group's Enter the Realm demo became popular enough to enable the release of their eponymous debut LP in 1991. Since then, the band has gone through numerous lineup changes, thanks in part to Schaffer's authoritarian rule. After a three-year hiatus following the tour for Night of the Stormrider, Matthew Barlow became Iced Earth's lead singer, first appearing on 1995's Burnt Offerings. His vocals proved extremely popular, and he remained with the band for many years, recording three more albums with them. Although this period is often seen as their greatest, Barlow eventually parted ways with the group in 2003, opting to pursue a career with the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Conveniently, Tim 'Ripper' Owens soon left Judas Priest (making room for a returning Rob Halford) and joined up with Iced Earth shortly after. His first album with the band, The Glorious Burden, is an examination of many aspects of warfare and military figures who have shaped the modern world, closing with a 30-minute trilogy based on the Battle of Gettysburg. Many fans had mixed feelings about Owens, but he remained on board for Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part 1), the first of a two-album concept created by Schaffer, the origin of which goes back to 1999's Something Wicked This Way Comes.

In late 2007 however, mere months after the release of their eighth album, Schaffer announced that Matt Barlow would be rejoining the group, taking up his old position for The Crucible Of Man (Something Wicked Part 2). Although opinions on the album itself would be divided, Iced Earth's recognizable voice was eagerly welcomed back. Unfortunately, Barlow's return was not to last for more than a few years, as he again stated personal commitments took precedence over his role in the band. He left in 2011, with Into Eternity singer Stu Block announced as his replacement. Dystopia was released during the same year, and generally praised as a return-to-form. The album was followed by Iced Earth's most extensive tour to date.

Currently, the band are working on material for their eleventh record, titled Plagues of Babylon, which is set to be released in October 2013. « hide

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LPs
Plagues of Babylon
2014

3.1
103 Votes
Dystopia
2011

3.7
219 Votes
The Crucible of Man
2008

2.7
265 Votes
Framing Armageddon
2007

3
287 Votes
The Glorious Burden
2004

3.5
302 Votes
Horror Show
2001

3.9
411 Votes
Something Wicked This Way Comes
1998

4
439 Votes
The Dark Saga
1996

3.8
378 Votes
Burnt Offerings
1995

4.2
464 Votes
Night of the Stormrider
1991

4.1
328 Votes
Iced Earth
1990

3.4
207 Votes
EPs
The Plagues EP
10/11/2013

4
1 Votes
I Walk Among You
2008

3.5
16 Votes
Overture of the Wicked
2007

3
53 Votes
The Reckoning
2003

3.5
31 Votes
The Melancholy EP
1999

3.6
17 Votes
Enter the Realm
1989

3.3
32 Votes
Live Albums
Live in Ancient Kourion
04/16/2013

4.1
18 Votes
Festivals of the Wicked
2011

3.3
10 Votes
Alive in Athens
1999

4.4
167 Votes
Compilations
Box of the Wicked
2010

3.7
6 Votes
Enter the Realm of the Gods
2008

3.4
4 Votes
Slave to the Dark
2008

The Blessed and the Damned
2004

3.7
52 Votes
Tribute to the Gods
2002

3.5
82 Votes
Dark Genesis
2002

4.1
5 Votes
Days of Purgatory
1997

3.9
96 Votes

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