MATT IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!


Hello Dear Friends!

Matt BarlowOnce again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result.

While out on the European tour I had several in depth discussions with many loyal Iced Earth fans. A common theme of these discussions was how much Matt is missed. I agreed with the fans that things were not the same and that it was a very special period in Iced Earth’s history.

When I heard several months ago that Matt was going to be doing a project in music again, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing what his intentions were. I didn’t act on this because I was so focused on the writing of the new epic, and frankly, it just didn’t seem realistic.

Well, after getting out on the road and speaking with many of you directly, I decided to call Matt and see how he was doing and if he was interested in working together again. I am proud to say that he is coming back to Iced Earth and we will be getting back to work in the studio very soon.

Matt will be singing on Part 2 of the Something Wicked concept CD and we will be looking forward to getting out on tour and delivering a series of Iced Earth shows that will rival any in the history of the band. And there will be a proper DVD filmed from this period, something we’ve all been waiting for.

Soemthing WickedI want you all to know that it was you who made this a reality. I have missed Matt’s presence onstage and in my personal life in a big way over the past few years, so I appreciate your honesty in our discussions. It did help me realize the decision to move forward with pursuing this. The fans have spoken and we have delivered!

You true fans know that I’m a straight shooter, I say what I mean and mean what I say. And though I value your opinions greatly, you must believe that this is a decision that comes completely from the heart and is not motivated by anything other than what feels the best for Iced Earth. This is the way that things have always been dealt with, for better or for worse, but always honestly and from the heart.

Tim Owens is a great and talented singer and I wish the best for him and his future on a personal and professional level.

There will be more news soon as to further developments and plans. This will push back the release of Part 2 a bit. Not because we couldn’t be ready to record in time, but because of a new addition to Matt’s family in early 2008!

I am very happy to announce that Iced Earth is truly BACK!

Have a great holiday season. We’ll be in touch very soon with more details.
Jon Schaffer

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i'm new to this community so i just wanted to say "hi." i'm a big fan of Ice Earth even though i just got into them recently. i only have one cd, Something Wicked This Way Comes, and it's pretty good. i should also get The Dark Saga. can anyone recommend a cd for me?
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The cover artwork for the upcoming ICED EARTH DVD, "Gettysburg (1863)", has been posted online at

Due June 6 via SPV/Steamhammer, the two-disc set includes a 132-minute DVD featuring Gettysburg Battlefield Tour, Spirit Of '76, Photo Gallery, Trailer, Scene selection and Lyrics. The second disc has a running time of 63 minutes and includes the following features: "When the Eagle Cries" (video), "The Reckoning" (video) and and interview with the group's mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer.

According to SPV, "ICED EARTH's 2003 album, 'The Glorious Burden', was a milestone in terms of music and subject matter. Particularly the concert version of 'Gettysburg (1863)' is a successful opener to a historic chapter that is directly linked to the contemporary U.S. The brand-new double DVD of the same name is about to round off Schaffer's ambitious project.

"In three parts ('The Devil To Pay', 'Hold At All Costs', 'High Water Mark'), ICED EARTH narrate the historic events that took place in that legendary location in Pennsylvania in July 1863, when the Confederate troops met the Union in the most blood-soaked battle ever on American soil. ICED EARTH and their 'Gettysburg' DVD chronicle this dramatic historic subject in language, images and sound more comprehensively than any other rock band before them."

Commented Schaffer: "I've visited the original battle sites several times and read a lot of books about the subject. But I'd never claim to be a Gettysburg expert. I can still find out much more about it because I've realized: the more you study this battle, the more different points of view you'll discover."
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I am your new moderator here. iloveslayer has handed over the baton to me. I have a few things to say.

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From BW&BK:

"DEMONS & WIZARDS - Touched By The Crimson King Tracklisting Revealed [Hot Flashes - 05.04.05 10:07:27]

SPV Records have confirmed that DEMONS & WIZARDS’ new album, Touched By The Crimson King, will be released through the label on June 27th.

The album will feature the following tracklisting: ‘Crimson King’, ‘Beneath These Waves’, ‘Terror Train’, ‘Seize The Day’, ‘The Gunslinger’, ‘Love’s Tragedy Asunder’, ‘Wicked Witch’, ‘Dorian’, ‘Down Where I Am’ and ‘Immigrant Song’ (LED ZEPPELIN cover).

Demons & Wizards features ICED EARTH’s Jon Schaffer (guitar) and BLIND GUARDIAN’s Hansi Kursch (vocals/bass), alongside guitarist Ritchie Wilkinson, bassist Oliver Holzwarth and drummer Richard Christy."

All right. Some of the titles are looking a bit weak, but hey, it's D&W. It's gotta be killer.

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Guess what I just discovered? There is an Iced Earth community on LJ. They just don't have an interest list, so no one can find them. I'm going to be ditching this community because it really has no purpose now. I appreciate everyone who has joined and posted.

Go join iced_earth!