Jeremy Lafrentz of Backstage Entertainment conducted an interview with ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer prior to the band’s July 16 concert in Omaha, Nebraska with VOLBEAT. You can now watch the chat below.
ICED EARTH will embark on a European tour in December with support from EVERGREY (Sweden), STEEL ENGRAVED (Germany) and DEAD SHAPE FIGURE (Finland).
To coincide with the band’s North American tour with VOLBEAT and HELLYEAH, ICED EARTH released a limited tour edition of its latest album, “Dystopia”. Currently available only at the merchandise stands on the tour, the two-disc “Dystopia Tour Edition” contains the original full-length album, as well as B-side covers of IRON MAIDEN‘s “The Trooper” and BLACK SABBATH‘s “Mob Rules”, as well as the classic 17-minute ICED EARTH track “Dante’s Inferno”, re-recorded with vocalist Stu Block. The bonus disc also contains both music videos from “Dystopia” — the title track and “Anthem” — as well as a “Making Of Dystopia” studio interview with the band, and exclusive cell phone skins and desktop backgrounds.
Bassist Freddie Vidales recently left ICED EARTH and was replaced by Luke Appleton of FURY UK.
“Dystopia” sold around 6,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 67 on The Billboard 200 chart.
ICED EARTH‘s previous CD, “The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)”, opened with 6,700 units in September 2008 to debut at No. 79.