Back in April, power metal veterans Iced Earth revealed the title of their next studio album would be 'Plagues of Babylon.' Now, it is confirmed that it will be released Jan. 21 via Century Media Records. The band will also be touring with Sabaton and Revamp in support of the album beginning in April of next year (dates below).
According to various news sources, Century Media Records have filed a lawsuit against more than 7,000 music fans for illegally downloading Lacuna Coil's 'Dark Adrenaline' and Iced Earth's 'Dystopia.' Since news of the lawsuit broke, discussion of the legal action has been rampant over the internet, with Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer sharing his personal views in a new statement.
Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has a distinct and very metal look. When a fan pictures Schaffer, they see a black shirt or tank top, a denim or leather vest, a bandana and an angry metal face. In a hilarious doppleganger moment, Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen joined Iced Earth onstage dressed exactly like Schaffer as the band played their classic namesake track, 'Iced Earth.'
Iced Earth sent a lightning bolt down into the musical realm with their 2011 release 'Dystopia.' Having already shot a video for the album's title track (which had a great run in our weekly Death Match) Iced Earth just released another video for 'Anthem,' their second single from 'Dystopia.'
Iced Earth have spearheaded a trifecta of destruction since the very inception of Death Match. They began by defeating deathcore band Carnifex, only to vanquish their second opponent, We Came As Romans. Iced Earth have now triumphed over one of metalcore's biggest names in Darkest Hour. One more win for Iced Earth will allow the track 'Dystopia' to be declared immortal in the Death Match Hall of Fame.