American power metallers ICED EARTH will embark on a European tour in December with support from EVERGREY (Sweden), STEEL ENGRAVED (Germany) and DEAD SHAPE FIGURE (Finland).
The dates are as follows:
Dec. 12 – Prague, Czech Republic – Meat Factory
Dec. 13 – Vienna, Austria – Szene
Dec. 14 – Pratteln, Switzerland – Z7
Dec. 15 – München, Germany – Backstage
Dec. 16 – Ludwigsburg, Germany – Rockfabrik
Dec. 18 – Antwerpen, Belgium – Trix
Dec. 19 – Bochum, Germany – Matrix
Dec. 20 – London, England – Electric Ballroom
Dec. 21 – Rotterdam, Holland – Maassilo
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.
ICED EARTH‘s video for the song “Anthem” was filmed on December 7, 2011 at Essigfabrik in Cologne, Germany.
Produced and directed by Kosch Fabian Film, “Anthem” is the second music video from ICED EARTH‘s new album, “Dystopia”, which 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.
ICED EARTH‘s 10th studio offering, “Dystopia”, was released in Europe on October 17, 2011 and in the U.S. on October 18 via Century Media Records. Two bonus tracks were also recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.