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’s Jon Schaffer Streams “We Three Kings” From His And Matt Barlow’s New Holiday EP “Winter Nights”

As previously reported, Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has reunited with ex-Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow to a record a new holiday EP titled “Winter Nights.” Now, the effort’s first single “We Three Kings,” can be streamed below. “Winter Nights” is expected to be released digitally on November 20 and physically in December.

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 icedearthmerch.com.”

“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)

Listen To “99 Bottles” Benefit Single Featuring Pantera, Trivium, Mastodon, Etc. Members

Scour‘s Derek Engemann and John Jarvis recently recruited 99 musicians, including members of Pantera, Trivium, Mastodon, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Testament, Butcher Babies, etc., to guest on a special “99 Bottles“ benefit single. That track has since been released and can be streamed below. Proceeds from it will be donated to Old Dog Haven in an effort to help out senior dogs. You can still contribute to the campaign via GoFundMe.

Jarvis commented:

“In conjunction with our friends at Old Dog Haven and The World Famous BOOZEHOUNDZ (Derek & I’s satirical overly drunk punk band) we present the “99 Bottles” out on International Dog Day!!!”

Engemann added:

“This has been an epically fun project involving the entire Metal scene, and even a few Ska bands! This project originally began back in 2013, but was brought back to life once we discovered Old Dog Haven. The “99 Bottles” has truly shown the good side of humanity during these wild times that we are in. I was amazed at all of the people who were eager to sign up for a verse. Winston, Clementine, Tasha, and The Boozehoundz thank everyone involved, and thank you to everyone who takes the time to give this insane track a spin!”

Here’s the full list of guests:

99. Mike IX Williams – Eyehategod
98. Chris Copp – The Soiled Doves
97. Mark “Barney” Greenway – Napalm Death
96. Obie Flett – Pathology / Inherit Disease
95. Matt McGachy – Cryptopsy
94. John Gallagher – Dying Fetus
93. Alex Cha – Ampallang Infection
92. Fredrick Söderberg – Soreption
91. Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen – Blood Red Throne
90. Nader Sadek
89. Colin Clive – Mustard Plug / The War Between
88. Mike Majewski – Formerly of Devourment / Kill Everything
87. Chris “Whiskey” Wilson – Gornography / Introvert Perversions
86. Sherwood Webber – Skinless
85. John McEntee – Incantation
84. Jeremy Wagner – Broken Hope
83. Heljarmadr – Dark Funeral
82. Steve “Zetro” Souza – Exodus
81. Brian Slagel – Metal Blade Records
80. Tim Goergen – Within the Ruins
80. Taylor Nordberg – Massacre
79. Lenzig Leal – Cephalic Carnage
78. Liam Wilson – Azusa / Ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan
77. Tony Sekthdamon – Emperor / Myrkskog
76. Carla Harvey – Butcher Babies
75. Ally Levine – Beekeeper
74. L.Z. – Voice Actress
73. Jessica Pimentel – Alekhine’s Gun / Star of Orange is the New Black
72. Heidi Shepherd – Butcher Babies
71. Jeremy Kling – Venom Inc.
70. Stu Block – Iced Earth
69. Matt Heafy – Trivium
68. Madison – Cloud Rat
67. Shawn Knight – Child Bite
67. Phil Demmel – Vio-lence / Ex-Machine Head
66. Paul Ryan – Origin
65. John Jarvis – Nest / Scour
64. Carlos de Anda – Gloryhole Guillotine
63. “Necro” Tom Quach – Harkonin
62. Chuck Billy – Testament
61. Jarvis Leatherby – Night Demon
60. Kate Richardson-Anselmo – Housecore Records
59. Mike D’Salvo – Akurion, Ex-Cryptopsy
58. Anthony Trapini – Odious Mortem
57. Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy
56. Matt Harvey – Exhumed
55. Dan Potthast – Mu330
54. Dave Hill – Witch Taint
53. Don Jamieson – That Metal Show
52. Cody Souza – Hatriot
51. Slasher Dave – Acid Witch
50. Mike De Leon – Philip H Anselmo and the Illegals
49. Jason Asberry – Stormruler
48. Ben Marotta – Eukaryst
47. B.C. Brian Craig – Don’t Mind Dying / Slugtrail
46. Torin Ridgeway – Liquid Death
45. The Doc – The Boozehoundz
44. Zach Gibson – Shit Life
44. Joshua Riley – Unmerciful
43. Kyle Thomas – Exhorder
42. Alexandre Leblanc – Neuraxis / Heavy Metal Chaos
41. Gene Meyer – Bandit
40. Shawn the Butcher – Sirius XM
39. Tommy “Death Metal God” Dahlstöm – Aeon
38. Tony Reust – formerly of Unmerciful
37. Tony Foresta – Municipal Waste
36. “Captain” Chris Andrews – Devourment
35. Nick Moreno – Flesh Hoarder
34. Ryan “Loop Man” Vincent M – Legend / Apollo Audio Alternative
33. James Lee – formerly of Origin
32. Ross Dolan – Immolation
31. Andrew Ortega – Oracle
30. Shaun LaCanne – Putrid Pile
29. David White – Heathen
28. Steve Brogden – Nukem
27. Dennis Sanders – Spirit in the Room
26. Derek Engemann – Scour
25. Courtney Cox – The Iron Maidens
24. Toshihiko Takahashi – Palm
23. Kelly Shaefer – Athiest
22. Danko Jones
21. Jeff Becerra – Possessed
21. Paul McGuire – Cerebral Bore
20. Mallika Sundaramurthy – Abnormality
19. Mark Osegueda – Death Angel
18. Brian Kingsland – Nile
17. Alex Carmago – Krisiun
16. Nasty – Crackwhore
15. Robin Mazen – Gruesome / Derketa / Castrator
14. Matt Young – King Parrot
13. Leon Del Muerte – Nails / Murder Construct
12. Mark Kloeppel – Misery Index / Cast the Stone
11. Jason Netherton – Misery Index
10. Brendon Small – Dethklok / Galaktikon
09. Johnny Kelly – Type O Negative
08. Burton C. Bell – Fear Factory
07. Gary Holt – Slayer / Exodus
06. Bill Kelliher – Mastodon
05. Matt Byrne – Hatebreed
04. Derrick Green – Sepultura
03. Andrew Huskey – Cast the Stone
02. Kirk Windstein – Crowbar / Down
01. Philip H Anselmo – Pantera

Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Reunites With Matt Barlow For New Holiday EP “Winter Nights”

Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer has reunited with ex-Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow for a new holiday EP titled “Winter Nights.” The effort can pre-ordered via Kickstarter and the duo are hoping to get all copies sent out in time for the holiday season. If there is a delay, fans can still expect to receive a 24-bit digital audio download on November 15.

“Winter Nights” Track Listing:

01. “We Three Kings”
02. “Silent Night”
03. “Do You Hear What I Hear?”
04. “Little Drummer Boy”
05. “I Died For You” (Winter 2020)
06. “Watching Over Me” (Winter 2020)
07. “Silent Night” (Traditional)

Barlow commented:

“It has been an absolute blast to be a part of this project and putting together this list of tracks for folks to enjoy. Our hope is that this venture will be a lasting one and will become a new tradition for our friends and fans. Thank you, in advance, for all of your support in making the SBP a success! Cheers!!”

Schaffer added:

“Matt and I have spoken about such a project through the years, and the time was right to make it a reality. I hope people dig it because we had a hell of a lot of fun doing it, and the listeners can always feel that in the final product. I’m not sure how silent your winter nights will be once you get your copy, but I’m certain you’ll be feeling that holiday spirit in a very unique way this coming season. We thank you for your support and sincerely hope you enjoy our unique take on these holiday, and Iced Earth classics.”

Pantera, Trivium, Mastodon, Etc. Members Contribute To “99 Bottles” Benefit Single

Scour‘s Derek Engemann and John Jarvis have recruited 99 musicians, including members of Pantera, Trivium, Mastodon, Arch Enemy, Exodus, Testament, Butcher Babies, etc., to contribute to a special “99 Bottles“ benefit single. The song will be released on August 26 and proceeds from it will be donated to Old Dog Haven in an effort to help out senior dogs.

Jarvis commented:

“In conjunction with our friends at Old Dog Haven and The World Famous BOOZEHOUNDZ (Derek & I’s satirical overly drunk punk band) we present the “99 Bottles” out on International Dog Day!!!”

Engemann added:

“This has been an epically fun project involving the entire Metal scene, and even a few Ska bands! This project originally began back in 2013, but was brought back to life once we discovered Old Dog Haven. The “99 Bottles” has truly shown the good side of humanity during these wild times that we are in. I was amazed at all of the people who were eager to sign up for a verse. Winston, Clementine, Tasha, and The Boozehoundz thank everyone involved, and thank you to everyone who takes the time to give this insane track a spin!”

You can donate via GoFundMe and find the full list of guests below:

99. Mike IX Williams – Eyehategod
98. Chris Copp – The Soiled Doves
97. Mark “Barney” Greenway – Napalm Death
96. Obie Flett – Pathology / Inherit Disease
95. Matt McGachy – Cryptopsy
94. John Gallagher – Dying Fetus
93. Alex Cha – Ampallang Infection
92. Fredrick Söderberg – Soreption
91. Yngve “Bolt” Christiansen – Blood Red Throne
90. Nader Sadek
89. Colin Clive – Mustard Plug / The War Between
88. Mike Majewski – Formerly of Devourment / Kill Everything
87. Chris “Whiskey” Wilson – Gornography / Introvert Perversions
86. Sherwood Webber – Skinless
85. John McEntee – Incantation
84. Jeremy Wagner – Broken Hope
83. Heljarmadr – Dark Funeral
82. Steve “Zetro” Souza – Exodus
81. Brian Slagel – Metal Blade Records
80. Tim Goergen – Within the Ruins
80. Taylor Nordberg – Massacre
79. Lenzig Leal – Cephalic Carnage
78. Liam Wilson – Azusa / Ex-The Dillinger Escape Plan
77. Tony Sekthdamon – Emperor / Myrkskog
76. Carla Harvey – Butcher Babies
75. Ally Levine – Beekeeper
74. L.Z. – Voice Actress
73. Jessica Pimentel – Alekhine’s Gun / Star of Orange is the New Black
72. Heidi Shepherd – Butcher Babies
71. Jeremy Kling – Venom Inc.
70. Stu Block – Iced Earth
69. Matt Heafy – Trivium
68. Madison – Cloud Rat
67. Shawn Knight – Child Bite
67. Phil Demmel – Vio-lence / Ex-Machine Head
66. Paul Ryan – Origin
65. John Jarvis – Nest / Scour
64. Carlos de Anda – Gloryhole Guillotine
63. “Necro” Tom Quach – Harkonin
62. Chuck Billy – Testament
61. Jarvis Leatherby – Night Demon
60. Kate Richardson-Anselmo – Housecore Records
59. Mike D’Salvo – Akurion, Ex-Cryptopsy
58. Anthony Trapini – Odious Mortem
57. Alissa White-Gluz – Arch Enemy
56. Matt Harvey – Exhumed
55. Dan Potthast – Mu330
54. Dave Hill – Witch Taint
53. Don Jamieson – That Metal Show
52. Cody Souza – Hatriot
51. Slasher Dave – Acid Witch
50. Mike De Leon – Philip H Anselmo and the Illegals
49. Jason Asberry – Stormruler
48. Ben Marotta – Eukaryst
47. B.C. Brian Craig – Don’t Mind Dying / Slugtrail
46. Torin Ridgeway – Liquid Death
45. The Doc – The Boozehoundz
44. Zach Gibson – Shit Life
44. Joshua Riley – Unmerciful
43. Kyle Thomas – Exhorder
42. Alexandre Leblanc – Neuraxis / Heavy Metal Chaos
41. Gene Meyer – Bandit
40. Shawn the Butcher – Sirius XM
39. Tommy “Death Metal God” Dahlstöm – Aeon
38. Tony Reust – formerly of Unmerciful
37. Tony Foresta – Municipal Waste
36. “Captain” Chris Andrews – Devourment
35. Nick Moreno – Flesh Hoarder
34. Ryan “Loop Man” Vincent M – Legend / Apollo Audio Alternative
33. James Lee – formerly of Origin
32. Ross Dolan – Immolation
31. Andrew Ortega – Oracle
30. Shaun LaCanne – Putrid Pile
29. David White – Heathen
28. Steve Brogden – Nukem
27. Dennis Sanders – Spirit in the Room
26. Derek Engemann – Scour
25. Courtney Cox – The Iron Maidens
24. Toshihiko Takahashi – Palm
23. Kelly Shaefer – Athiest
22. Danko Jones
21. Jeff Becerra – Possessed
21. Paul McGuire – Cerebral Bore
20. Mallika Sundaramurthy – Abnormality
19. Mark Osegueda – Death Angel
18. Brian Kingsland – Nile
17. Alex Carmago – Krisiun
16. Nasty – Crackwhore
15. Robin Mazen – Gruesome / Derketa / Castrator
14. Matt Young – King Parrot
13. Leon Del Muerte – Nails / Murder Construct
12. Mark Kloeppel – Misery Index / Cast the Stone
11. Jason Netherton – Misery Index
10. Brendon Small – Dethklok / Galaktikon
09. Johnny Kelly – Type O Negative
08. Burton C. Bell – Fear Factory
07. Gary Holt – Slayer / Exodus
06. Bill Kelliher – Mastodon
05. Matt Byrne – Hatebreed
04. Derrick Green – Sepultura
03. Andrew Huskey – Cast the Stone
02. Kirk Windstein – Crowbar / Down
01. Philip H Anselmo – Pantera

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 https://tinyurl.com/WWETKickstarter.”

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