Iced Earth are back with their second offering since former Into Eternity frontman Stu Block has taken over vocal duties. While many fans saw the last album, ‘Dystopia,’ injecting a bit of new life into the band, ‘Plagues of Babylon’ continues in the same manner with some fresh songwriting ideas from guitarist Jon Schaffer.
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.'