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Old 06-14-2011, 03:08 PM
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This is one of those bands that as the years pass I start to wonder more and more how I ever liked them as much as I used to.
Whenever I listen to NOTSR and Burnt Offerings it reminds me why.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:13 PM
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Political or not I'm excited for this Matt Barlow or no Matt Barlow I'm looking forward to it at least they got a new guy who is just as good as Matt.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:14 PM
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Political or not I'm excited for this Matt Barlow or no Matt Barlow I'm looking forward to it at least they got a new guy who is just as good as Matt.
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Old 06-27-2011, 11:18 AM
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I'm probably the only one here who cares about Sons Of Liberty. But this Sons Of Liberty news is good for Iced Earth fans who are hoping Jon keeps the politics out of Iced Earth.

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‎6/23/11 - Jon Schaffer Announces New Sons of Liberty Release
Jon Schaffer revealed he will release a 5-song Sons of Liberty EP in early December.
Tentatively titled Molon Labe (Greek for "come and get it"), the EP will feature these tracks:

Alive
Spirit of the Times
Molon Labe
Mind Control
Full Spectrum Dominance
According to Schaffer, the writing and recording sessions for the new Iced Earth album were so fruitful that he was able to write and will soon record five non-Iced Earth songs, all of which will appear on the new Sons of Liberty EP.

"I would have loved to have done a full-length Sons of Liberty album," Schaffer said. "But Iced Earth takes precedence and likely will for at least the next year of recording, mixing, and then criss-crossing the globe on our 2011-2012 World Tour."

The format for Molon Labe has not been decided. It may be a physical CD available via mail-order only. Or it may be a digital download. Or both.

For more information, "Like" the official Sons of Liberty Facebook page and/or return often to this web site.
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Old 07-12-2011, 12:10 PM
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Studio Report From Jon: "I'm Very Happy"
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Hello Friends,

All is well here as we are pushing forward with master tracking the new album "Dystopia."

We have finished drums and rhythm guitars and are right on schedule. I'll be heading to Europe tomorrow for a few festival dates and then right back to work in the studio on Monday. Jim Morris and I are having a great time, as usual, and are very much looking forward to starting vocal tracks with "Stucifer" next week!

Stu Block has contributed a lot to the vocal parts on this record, with co-writing credits on 10 out of 12 songs, and I'm very happy with our chemistry and what we've accomplished together so far. And we're just getting started.

Here are a few titles for you to ponder...

Dystopia
Anthem
Days of Rage
Soylent Green
V
Boiling Point
Tragedy and Triumph
Anguish of Youth
Iron Will

Just a little update for you guys. It's a crazy-busy summer. But I'll try to update you as often as I can!

Take care,

Jon
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:50 PM
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I hope to share news about Dystopia tomorrow...including cover art, release dates, and the inspiration behind the themes on the album!
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:09 AM
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Songs (not final order):
'Dystopia'
'Anthem'
'Days Of Rage'
'Soylent Green'
'V'
'Boiling Point'
'Anguish Of Youth'
'Iron Will'
'Dark City'
'End Of Innocence'
'Equilibrium'
'Tragedy And Triumph'

There will also be two bonus tracks on the special edition.

Release dates are October 17 (UK) and October 18 (US), which probably means either October 14 or October 21 in Europe.
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:44 PM
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More info on the new album.

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Although Dystopia, Iced Earth’s 10th studio offering, is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs – and even an appearance by band mascot “Set Abominae.”

“I’ve always been fascinated by the darker side of life,” Schaffer said during a break from master tracking Iced Earth’s forthcoming album. “Movies like Metropolis, Brazil, and The Matrixresonate with me. The same for albums like 2112, The Wall, and of course Operation:Mindcrime. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me.”

In much the same way Horror Show (Iced Earth’s tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, Schaffer said his interest in dystopian themes in music and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well – even paying homage on the new album to the movies Dark City, V For Vendetta, and Soylent Green. The end result is Iced Earth meets the nightmarish offspring of Brave New Worldand Blade Runner.

Of special interest to long-time fans are two songs on Dystopia (the title track and “Tragedy and Triumph”) that feature the return of the “Something Wicked” storyline and “Set Abominae” – who, when last seen in The Crucible of Man [2008], had taken his position as ruler of the world.

“The opening song is a step back timeline-wise from the ‘Come What May’ track,” said Schaffer. “‘Come What May’ [the last track on Crucible] sets the scenario that it’s up to us and the decisions we make that will determine the future of the human race. These two songs [on Dystopia] take place at a time when people are in highly controlled prison-like city states, and their eventual emancipation in the closer, ‘Tragedy and Triumph’.”

In an uncanny case of art imitating life, Schaffer said Set Abominae fit perfectly with the general theme of Dystopia.

“I remember it hit me like a ton of bricks in ’97, the whole Something Wicked story did,” Schaffer said. “I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be so cool.’ Many years later, we were on tour for Crucibleand we were doing an interview over in Eastern Europe. A buddy of mine said, ‘You know, Jon, this whole Something Wicked thing could be true.’ I thought about it a moment and said, ‘Well, I don’t know about that. But there are some creepy parallels in contemporary life.’”

“So as I was thinking about all of the great movies, albums, and books with dystopian themes, I remembered that conversation and it occurred to me that the Something Wicked story could continue in a few tracks here very nicely,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer admits the recording of Dystopiahas been especially challenging because of the band’s summer festival gigs requiring him to criss-cross the ocean numerous times.

Despite the challenges, Schaffer says working with new vocalist Stu Block is “a pleasure.”

“You just can’t ask for a better attitude,” said Schaffer. “Stu is so excited to be here. He brings a youthful exuberance to the band, which is a lot of fun. And he’s a real dude. He’s down to earth, and willing to try anything that Jim [Morris, co-producer, engineer] or I throw at him. He’s stepping into the shoes in a very natural way.”

Schaffer continues: “We’re opening up a part of his voice and a style of singing that he didn’t even really know he had. We’re exploring this whole new range. And we’re just getting started. I believe Stu will continue to grow – and has the potential to grow – into one of the greats, one of the guys that will go down in metal history. If he stays on this course, with the attitude that he has, his willingness to learn, and his passion, he’s destined for really great things. I firmly believe that.”

Song Titles on Dystopia:

■Dystopia
■Anthem
■Days of Rage
■Soylent Green
■V
■Boiling Point
■Anguish of Youth
■Iron Will
■Dark City
■End of Innocence
■Equilibrium
■Tragedy and Triumph
Dystopiais scheduled for release in Europe on October 17th, and in the U.S. on October 18th both via Century Media. Two bonus tracks are also being recording for inclusion on special editions of the album.
The release of Dystopiawill be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken.

The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on the band’s official web site, and all official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany.
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:37 AM
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For those of us who aren't Ravenheart, samples are up on iTunes.
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Old 10-04-2011, 09:12 AM
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Listening to iTunes samples now...

HOLY SHIT. Stu sounds amazing.


This is probably going to be the first album I buy a physical copy of in almost two years
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