Iced Earth Reveal Cover Art For New Album “Incorruptible”, Confirm Release Date

Iced Earth have officially revealed the cover art for their new album “Incorruptible.” The effort will be released on June 16.

“Incorruptible” Track Listing:

01. “Great Heathen Army”
02. “Black Flag”
03. “Raven Wing”
04. “The Veil”
05. “Seven Headed Whore”
06. “The Relic (Part 1)”
07. “Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors)”
08. “Brothers”
09. “Defiance”
10. “Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)“

Iced Earth Reveal Track Listing For New Album “Incorruptible”

Iced Earth have revealed the track listing for their new album “Incorruptible.” The effort will be released in mid-June.

“Incorruptible” Track Listing:

01. “Great Heathen Army”
02. “Black Flag”
03. “Raven Wing”
04. “The Veil”
05. “Seven Headed Whore”
06. “The Relic (Part 1)”
07. “Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors)”
08. “Brothers”
09. “Defiance”
10. “Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)“

Iced Earth Recruit Guitarist Jake Dreyer

Iced Earth have added guitarist Jake Dreyer (Witherfall, etc.) to their lineup. He will be taking over for Troy Seele, who recently exited the band.

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Jon Schaffer said the following:

“Brothers and Sisters,

Please join us in welcoming Jake Dreyer, our new lead guitar player, to the Iced Earth family. We’re excited for Jake to be a part of the team as he has the talent, drive, and the personality we were looking for. Jake joined Stu and I last week to do some tracking at Independence Hall and he hammered out some ripping guitar solos on several songs from the new album. Jake will play on the upcoming Iced Earth studio album and will perform his first live show with us in November at Hammerfest in Germany.

I want to personally thank all of the guitarists who auditioned for the position, it was an overwhelming response, and there are many very talented guys out there. So again, thank you for your passion and interest.

We are progressing at an excellent rate on the new record and I can say with all sincerity that this will be one of the most significant albums in the Iced Earth catalog. We are pumped. It’s the next level.

Stay tuned, and best to you all,

Jon Schaffer”

Iced Earth Part Ways With Troy Seele

Iced Earth have revealed that they have parted ways with guitarist Troy Seele. His departure is due to “family responsibilities.”

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Here’s the official press release:

Iced Earth guitarist Troy Seele announces departure from the band due to family responsibilities.

“After close to ten years as a guitarist in Iced Earth, the time has come for me to step away. Some of you know, but many do not, that I have a child with Autism. In the past I had a great support system that has allowed me to pursue a career in music. That is no longer the case and it has forced me to make a difficult decision. I’ve always believed that family comes first, and now it is time for me to focus on that. The demanding life style of being in a professional heavy metal band is no longer an option for me. Knowing the band is focused on a new album and touring cycle, and given my circumstances, this is the best time for me to step down.
Playing in Iced Earth has been a great experience. It’s taken me around the world many times and given me the chance to meet many of my heroes, as well as play in front of crowds larger than I ever dreamed of.
I personally want to thank Jon and the guys for the music and the amazing times through the years. Thank you to the fans for understanding and for your support.”

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Iced Earth singer Stu Block remarks on Seele’s departure, “It’s very sad that Troy is leaving. He will be missed and will always be considered family to us. I wish him the best of luck in everything he does.”

Jon Schaffer, Iced Earth founder, states, “Troy was a good friend before he became a part of the team, and always will be. I understand and respect his decision. We shared some of the most amazing times of our lives together. We laughed hard, and we laughed often. Be well brother. We all wish you the very best.”

Troy Seele’s last gig with the band will be Knotfest in Mexico City, October 16th, 2016.

For those guitarists who think they’ve got what it takes to be in the studio and on stage with Iced Earth, send your audition video and contact info to the following link.

https://www.dropbox.com/request/OTbbKP82hQoFOocKUn25

Iced Earth, Ensiferum, Kataklysm & Unearth Set For 2016 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour In Europe

Iced Earth will be headlining the 2016 MTV Headbangers Ball Tour in Europe. Other artists set to appear include: Ensiferum, Kataklysm and Unearth.

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Tour Dates:

12/01 Berlin, GER – Huxleys
12/02 Obderhausen, GER – Ruhrpott Metal Meeting
12/03 Leipzig, GER – Hellraiser
12/04 Hamburg, GER – Markthalle
12/05 Tilburg, NET – 013
12/06 London, UK – Electric Brixton
12/07 Paris, FRA – Le Bataclan
12/08 Saarbrucken, GER – Garage
12/09 Geiselwind, GER – Christmas Bash
12/10 Giessen, GER – Hessenhallen
12/11 Torhout, BEL – De Mast
12/13 Pratteln, SWI – Z-7
12/14 Pratteln, SWI – Z-7
12/15 Stuttgart, GER – LKA
12/16 Wien, AUT – Arena
12/17 Munchen, GER – Backstage
12/18 Zlin, CZE – Euronics

Iced Earth Cancel Summer Touring Plans.

According to The PRP, Iced Earth have cancelled their summer touring plans, due to Jon Schaffer, who will be undergoing neck surgery.

Schaffer issued the following statement:

“It is with sincere apologies that I write to inform you all that Iced Earth is forced to cancel this summer’s festivals and headline shows.

As many of you know, I underwent surgery on my neck in the year 2000, due to an onstage injury that occurred in 1996. Since that time, I have battled with this problem, and it has begun to accelerate in the past several months, causing additional issues that can no longer be ignored.

In February, while on tour in Europe, I underwent highly specialized treatment in Germany from a doctor who has helped, among many others, Tony Iommi and Eddie Van Halen. This treatment helped sustain my ability to perform so that we could complete our Worldwide Plagues Tour.

However, I am now forced to take further, more invasive action sooner than I intended in order to maintain my overall health.

Surgery was originally planned to take place in September during our break, but I have now been advised to have the procedure completed sooner rather than later.

As much as it pains me and everyone else in our camp to have to cancel these dates, this is something that cannot be put aside any longer.

Once the surgery and recovery are completed, we will be back to work – healthy, strong, and ready to bring the metal to you, our fans.

Best wishes to you all,

Jon Schaffer“

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