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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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I'm listening to a song from horror show called transylvania . On last fm.
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Pretty much only stuff from glorious burden plays
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iced earth copied from nuclear assault
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awesome
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As with most of Iced Earth's song, the Burning Times continually blows me away.
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Also, Demons and Wizards is Amazing! Jon Schafer and the lead singer from Blind guardian came together and made Demons and Wizards as a side project. It's so good if your a fan of Iced Earth and/or Blind Guardian I'd strongly recommend checking it out.
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Gotta say my favorite album is The Glorious Burden. The Gettysburg Trilogy is so epic, and Owens I think does really well in it. Barlow is just a different style. Barlow came back the band though and owens left tho, which this bio doesn't mention. In Stygian and Damian are two really bad a** songs.
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The greatest hope for classic metal in America is a band from Florida? Birmingham already saved us!
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Is that spawn on that album cover
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Iced earth > iron maiden. end of story
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Iron Maiden cover band...
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You can visit schaffers shop and he'll sign iron maiden cds and shirts for free. Plus he had a kitana for like 10 grand on display
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How the f**k can you not like iced earth you un american f**ks! One of the greatest metao bands ever!
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Iced earth is not a band, is all about Jon Shaffer. He's an egocentric mf.
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I like iron maiden in all but iced earth is way better
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Personally iced earth kind of sounds like iron maiden but without any pizazz.
I dont like iced earth.
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F**k posers
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When did Barlow get so much hate? Oh well. His last IE album wasnt that good. Rippers albums were average but it had nothing to do with him. And Stu keeps trying to copy Barlow. I love IE but im only on the station for Burnt Offerings and NOTS.
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Why is everyone busting on Barlow? Both singers had their own sound. People get a calling to do somethng else. Sometimes they take it Sometimes they don't. Each has contributed to the band. Just enjoy the albums and hope this band keeps growing. Last I seen them Barlow and Ripper were gone.
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Read the bio evan 007 ... Florida
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Where are these guys from , like what state?
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Something Wicked This Way Comes, is also the name of an album by Nuclear Assault. Weird. Love both bands either way....
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I really like this band I need some of them though and they are really good my favorite albums are burnt offsprings and horrorshow
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Love iced earth for years and years!
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ramiror2112
Iced Earth continues to be one of my most favorite power thrash bands of all... Their style is untouchable and even if I dare may say legendary. Each song has their own unique distiguacy. Hail metal!!!
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Nothing better than a little toe tapping music
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One of my favorite bands.
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They truly are a great band my favorite album is The Glorious Burden. The last three songs are just amazing
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I love this band to pieces!
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zafi0405
WHO'S THE SPAMMER BELOW DISHING BARLOW? PAY US A VISIT HERE IN GREECE, WHERE TRUE ICED EARTH FANS EXIST AND YOU WILL FIND OUT WHAT IT'S ALL ABOUT. AMERICANS HAVE UNDERAPPRECI A T E D ON OF THE BEST METAL BANDS FOR YEARS... BARLOW SUCKS?? TAKE THAT https://www. y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = A o O Q O G 3 z 6 w 4
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More like helloween + lordi x judas priest = iced earth
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The entire album The Dark Saga is about Spawn.
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Is the cover of The Dark Saga Spawn or is that just me?
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not as good as iron maiden but they are still pretty awesome especially the song transylvania
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I guess Iced Earth is touring with Sabaton right now and that would be such an amazing show to go to.
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Always heard of this band. Never listened to them. I been missing too much. They kill it. My new favorite band.
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Jesus sancen i c u alot in these rooms
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cyacos
Hey Jesus, you got it right, Iced Earth is Fantastic.
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Judas Priest + Iron Maiden = Iced Earth
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I would call this song Epic. It's long and a song that flows well. All the parts fit together well. Awesome metal tune.
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The first time heard Iced Earth I thought they were Judas Priest
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I like the use of comic book art on some of the album covers
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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.
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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
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Epic!
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I a metal type of guy and this is the first time i listened to this band and this band kicks a**
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Dante's inferno... holy s**t.
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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 !
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Totally kicks a** 'nuff said.
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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
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