Iced Earth Stream Remixed/Remastered Version Of “Funeral”

Iced Earth are streaming an updated version of their song “Funeral.” This version of the track is from the new 30th anniversary edition of the band’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on December 18. As previously reported, the record has been remixed/remastered and it will feature brand new artwork.

Iced Earth To Release 30th Anniversary Edition Of Their Self-Titled Debut Album

Iced Earth will be releasing a 30th anniversary edition of their self-titled debut album on December 18. The record has been remixed/remastered and it will feature brand new artwork. The first single from the effort, “Written On The Walls,” can be streamed below. Jon Schaffer commented:

“This 30-year-old debut classic has been remixed and remastered from the original 2 inch tapes by Zeuss, and it sounds fantastic. It has a modern touch and still retains the dynamics of the original release. This is a big step forward sonically and visually. We’re excited to have our exclusive artwork and blood red vinyl version at”

“Iced Earth (30th Anniversary Edition)” Track Listing:

01. “Iced Earth” (Remaster 2020)
02. “Written On The Walls” (Remaster 2020)
03. “Colors” (Remaster 2020)
04. “Curse The Sky” (Remaster 2020)
05. “Life And Death” (Remaster 2020)
06. “Solitude” (Remaster 2020)
07. “Funeral” (Remaster 2020)
08. “When The Night Falls” (Remaster 2020)

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Shares Controversial Views On The COVID-19 Crisis: “I Believe This Is A Psychological Warfare Campaign On The People More Than It Is A Serious Pandemic”

During an appearance on MetalSucks‘ “Quarantinecast,” Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer shared some controversial opinions on the COVID-19 crisis. The guitarist even went as far as claiming that it is “a psychological warfare campaign on the people more than it is a serious pandemic.”

Schaffer said the following:

“I believe this is a psychological warfare campaign on the people more than it is a serious pandemic. I think there’s a lot more going on than meets the eye here — in fact, I know there is. Legitimate doctors and scientists are being censored and banned on YouTube constantly. It’s unbelievable levels of fraud. I’m not saying we don’t have a problem, but the human race has faced this kind of thing for millennia — it just goes on — and we don’t shut down the global economy. The death and unrest out of these decisions is gonna be a thousand times worse than the virus.

I think you’ll see it. You’re seeing it now, and you will see it further when the supply chains break down everywhere and we have a complete meltdown of the financial system that’s gonna lead to starvation and death, and the Third World will suffer from everything that’s going on here.

We don’t need to get into all this, because I think anybody that knows me knows where I stand, but I don’t trust the government, I don’t trust the bureaucrat — not at all — ’cause I’ve actually read their game plan. I knew this was coming — I wrote about it, I warned about it. People weren’t paying attention. So it is what it is.”

He continued after being asked about the massive increase in COVID-19 cases:

“I think that’s where we have to start questioning the data, the way the tests are… Look, the information is out there. Turn off the television. I don’t give a shit what network you’re listening to — they’re lying to you. And that’s the reality of it. There’s no excuse anymore in this day and age for people not to be able to figure out the tyranny that we’re living under — there’s just no excuse. You need to disconnect from mainstream media sources. And I’m not saying, ‘Listen to Fox News,’ because it seems like in this country, it’s Pepsi or Coke — you have two choices; it’s a duopoly on mind control. And I don’t go for either one of those situations. So I’m just telling you, man — there’s so much evidence out there. And if you understand the game plan of the handlers themselves, then you’ll understand why I wrote the things that I did in SONS OF LIBERTY, the things that I did on [ICED EARTH’s] ‘Dystopia’ and ‘Plagues Of Babylon’, for that matter. Because I’ve read their game plan, I’ve read their battle plan, I’ve read their books, so I know what they’re up to.

It’s not rocket science. It’s literally about putting pieces of the puzzle together to see what the controllers of our society and what their vision of the future is and how they’re gonna get to that point. And this is just another move in this ‘plandemic.’ So there’s a lot to it.

I’ve done thousands of hours of research, and this is my understanding of the situation. This whole movement is being funded by a very small group of people that have very dark designs for the future of humanity and the world, and this is what’s happening. I mean, it’s just clear. It affirms everything that I’ve studied for decades.”

Schaffer also added the following when asked about his news sources:

“There’s plenty of alternative news on the Internet — there’s tons of them — but the main thing is actually reading the books and understanding the plan from the controllers of the society that we live in.”

He also had the following to say when asked who the “controllers” are in his opinion:

“Well, it’s not even an opinion — it’s just a fact. I’m talking about the global elite families that run the federal reserve banking system — basically, all of the central banks around the world. It’s absolutely the way the world works. So you start with reading ‘The Creature From Jekyll Island’, research The Council On Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg… All of those things are real, they’re happening, and you’re never gonna hear about it on the mainstream news, because they’re the gatekeepers of what’s happening.

It’s not a paranoid conspiracy theory; it’s a conspiracy fact. And anybody that is naïve enough to think that people with power would not conspire to keep their power is living in a fucking fantasy. Period.”

He then added the following when asked about the hospitals that have been strained by the virus:

“I’m not saying that we don’t have a problem; I’m saying that if somebody gets in a car crash and has the genetic material of a coronavirus, which most of us have, because we’ve had colds and flus in our life. They’re classifying everything as a COVID-related death, man. I mean, just look into it.

I’m not buying it. I’m not buying it hook, line and sinker. I’ve seen the video footage. Most of the hospitals are empty. It’s a gigantic level of fraud.

People die all the time, dude. We don’t shut down the fucking world.

If you want me to believe for a minute that the governments around the world love the population so much that they’re willing to collapse society, I’m gonna call bullshit on that. These people are murdering scum.”

He also commented on the state of Florida, which has continued to see increases in cases and deaths:

“I was just in Florida for a while, and it’s just not that bad — it’s just not. There’s way more testing going on, and there are perfectly healthy people coming down that are being tested. Just look at the guy that invented the test and said, ‘Don’t use this.’ And this is years ago. You don’t use this for determining viral testing. They’re testing genetic material, which most humans have. Just look into it.”

Schaffer further added:

“We need to move along, ’cause I’m not getting into all this in a 25-minute interview to try to explain to you or anybody else the thousands of hours of research that I’ve done. I’m telling you — you look at these criminals like [Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist] Bill Gates and [Dr. Anthony] Fauci [director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases], and they are fucking criminals, and there is a plan, and it’s all to vaccinate everybody, and look out. Because this is death cult that’s running this whole situation.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Premieres Lyric Video For “Wolf (A Narrative Soundscape)”

Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) has premiered a lyric video for “Wolf (A Narrative Soundscape).” This version of the track will appear on a new audio CD that will be released alongside his upcoming book “Wicked Words And Epic Tales.” More details on that release can be found HERE.

Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) Premieres Lyric Video For “Dracula (A Narrative Soundscape)”

Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) has premiered a lyric video for “Dracula (A Narrative Soundscape).” This version of the track will appear on a new audio CD that will be released alongside his upcoming book “Wicked Words And Epic Tales.” More details on that release can be found HERE. Schaffer commented:

“Brothers and sisters, I hope you dig the new lyric video for ‘Dracula (A Narrative Soundscape)’,” explains Schaffer. “I was stoked to find out that ‘Dracula’ featuring Bela Lugosi was in the public domain. He was the ultimate Dracula to me, and it made this a lot of fun. Enjoy!”

Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) To Release First Book “Wicked Words And Epic Tales”

Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) has announced that he will be releasing his first book, “Wicked Words And Epic Tales,” through his new publishing company Wicked Words, LLC. Pre-orders are available via Kickstarter.

The following description was shared on Facebook:

“Iced Earth founder, songwriter, guitarist and producer Jon Schaffer announces the release of his first book, Wicked Words and Epic Tales. The book is the debut release from Schaffer and his new publishing company Wicked Tales, LLC and is the first of many original concepts planned for future release by Schaffer.

Wicked Words and Epic Tales is a collection of lyrics, interviews and pages of artwork that Schaffer’s work has inspired throughout the years. The book is an anthology of lyrics from Schaffer that span his 35 years in making music in various projects including Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, Sons of Liberty and Purgatory. The book comes in 2 unique covers: one created by Jonboy Meyers and another by Jim Balent and Roy Young and is over 200 pages. The coffee table art book also features original drawings from some of the most notable artists including Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo, Monte Moore and numerous others. The book also features an audio CD of 15 tracks that is exclusively available with the purchase of the deluxe edition book. Dubbed “A Narrative Soundscape” by Schaffer, these recordings are a completely re-imagined delivery of the lyrics of Iced Earth songs created exclusively for this release. Longtime collaborator Jim Morris worked with Jon Schaffer of these versions. Fans can pre-order Wicked Words and Epic Tales at”

Schaffer himself added:

“I wanted to put something together that would be a truly unique experience not only for the fans of my bands, but for newcomers as well.”

“Wicked Words And Epic Tales” will feature the following tracks:

01. “Dystopia” (A Narrative Soundscape)
02. “Declaration Day” (A Narrative Soundscape)
03. “Wolf” (A Narrative Soundscape)
04. “Dante’s Inferno” (A Narrative Soundscape)
05. “Melancholy” (Holy Martyr) (A Narrative Soundscape)
06. “Dracula” (A Narrative Soundscape)
07. “Raven Wing” (A Narrative Soundscape)
08. “Angels Holocaust” (A Narrative Soundscape)
09. “The Clouding” (A Narrative Soundscape)
10. “Something Wicked Trilogy” (A Narrative Soundscape)
11. “Watching Over Me” (A Narrative Soundscape)
12. “Seven Headed Whore” (A Narrative Soundscape)
13. “Damien” (A Narrative Soundscape)
14. “A Question Of Heaven” (A Narrative Soundscape)
15. “Come What May” (A Narrative Soundscape)

It will also feature work from the following artists:

  • Jim Balent
  • Jonboy Meyers
  • Roy Young
  • David Newman-Stump
  • Todd McFarlane
  • Greg Capullo
  • Tim Vigil
  • Monte Moore
  • Danny Miki
  • Sun Khamunaki
  • John Gallagher
  • Emile Levaique
  • Richard Ortiz
  • John Giang
  • Felipe Machado
  • Jamie Tyndall
  • Dylan Andrews
  • Lucio Parrillo
  • Travis Smith
  • Nathan Perry
  • Leo Hao
  • Eliran Kantor
  • Axel Herman

Iced Earth’s “Alive In Athens” To Receive 20th Anniversary Vinyl Release

Iced Earth’s “Alive In Athens” will be receiving a new 20th anniversary vinyl release on December 6. You can pre-order that HERE.

The following was said about the release:

“Originally released as a 2CD, 3CD and picture LP set, “Alive in Athens” came out slightly flawed two decades ago yet turned into a gigantic success for ICED EARTH and was certified Gold in Greece, where the more than thirty different songs spanning set had been recorded on two nights at Athens’ Rodon Club in January 1999.

The original release lacked the live version of ‘Colors’ and the picture LP was a fairly careless CD to vinyl transfer interrupting Matt Barlow’s stage banter several times and split up tracks that had been performed back to back (for example the “Something Wicked (Trilogy)”). Together with Jon Schaffer, this anniversary edition was created, offering a partially revised sequencing and fully dynamic vinyl mastering by Patrick W. Engel / Temple Of Disharmony as well as many additional extras, Jon Schaffer states:

‘“Alive In Athens” has been called one of the greatest heavy metal live albums of all time. For
me, it was one of the high points in a long and eventful journey that carries on to this day. I’ve experienced some of the best memories of my musical and personal life in Greece and these two nights in Athens are certainly no exception. I am honored and humbled by the passion of ICED EARTH fans in Greece and all over the world and hope you will all enjoy this ultimate edition of “Alive in Athens”!’

“Alive in Athens (20th Anniversary Edition)” includes five 180gram LPs, a 12-page LP-sized booklet with liner notes by Jon Schaffer and Matt Barlow as well as Hakos Pervanidis (Metal Hammer Greece) who also contributed additional visual content, and 60x60cm poster.

Black and various coloured vinyl editions can be ordered now!
200x transparent yellow + transparent red –
200x blue + white –
200x purple + orange –
200x transparent orange + transparent blue –

Track Listing:

Side I:

01. “Burning Times”
02. “Vengeance Is Mine”
03. “Pure Evil”
04. “My Own Savior”

Side II:

01. “Melancholy (Holy Martyr)”
02. “Dante’s Inferno”

Side III:

01. “The Hunter”
02. “Travel In Stygian”
03. “Colors”

Side IV:

01. “Diary”
02. “Blessed Are You”
03. “Violate”

Side V:

01. “Dark Saga”
02. “The Last Laugh”
03. “Last December”
04. “Watching Over Me”

Side VI:

01. “Angels Holocaust”
02. “Stormrider”
03. “The Path I Choose”
04. “I Died For You”

Side VII:

01. “Prophecy”
02. “Birth Of The Wicked”
03. “The Coming Curse”

Side VIII:

01. “Stand Alone”
02. “Cast In Stone”
03. “Desert Rain”

Side IX:

01. “Brainwashed”
02. “Disciples Of The Lie”
03. “When The Night Falls”

Side X:

01. “Slave To The Dark”
02. “A Question Of Heaven”
03. “Iced Earth”

Iced Earth Announce Summer European

Iced Earth have announced a summer European tour. You can see the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

06/21 Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting
06/22 St. Goarshausen, Germany – Rockfels Open Air
06/23 Vaureal, France – Le Forum
06/24 Clisson, France – Hellfest
06/26 Alkmaar, Netherlands – Victorie
06/27 Hengelo, Netherlands – Metropool
06/28 Jena, Germany – F-Haus
06/29 Dischingen, Germany – Rock am Härtsfeldsee
06/30 Winterthur, Switzerland – Gaswerk
07/01 Novara, Italy – Phenomenon
07/03 Wörgl, Austria – Komma
07/04 Luzern, Switzerland – Schürr
07/07 Barcelona, Spain – Rockfest
07/10 Graz, Austria – Dom im Berg
07/11 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Kino Siska
07/12 Zagreb, Croatia – Pogon Jedinstvo
07/13 Dunaújváros, Hungary – Rockmarathon
07/14 Vienna, Austria – Szene
07/16 Cracow, Poland – Kwadrat
07/17 Warschau, Poland – Progresja
07/19 Dresden, Germany – Eventwerk
07/20 Fritzlar, Germany – Rock am Stück
07/21 Weil am Rhein, Germany – Baden in Blut
07/25 Berlin, Germany – SO36
07/26 Kiel, Germany – Pumpe
07/27 Bremen, Germany – Tivoli
07/28 Pyras, Germany – Pyras Open Air