Neuweltmusic conducted an interview with ICED EARTH guitarist/mainman Jon Schaffer before the band’s August 7 concert at the Button Factory in Dublin, Ireland. You can now watch the chat below.
To coincide with ICED EARTH‘s recent North American tour with VOLBEAT and HELLYEAH, ICED EARTH released a limited tour edition of its latest album, “Dystopia”. The two-disc “Dystopia Tour Edition” contains the original full-length album, 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.
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.