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Tampa, Florida (1984 – present)

Iced Earth is an American band that combine and / genres in their music. The band was formed by Jon Schaffer, the lead songwriter and rhythm guitarist, in Tampa, Florida in 1984. The original name of the band was Purgatory but was then changed to Iced Earth.

Iced Earth’s music is often described as the style of Iron Maiden combined with 80’s thrash metal. The most distinctive element of the band’s sound is the stuttering right-hand gallop of rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer, which sounds something like the ‘eighth-note, two-sixteenth-notes’ gallop made famous by Iron Maiden’s bass player/songwriter Steve Harris (in such songs as “Run to the Hills”, “The Trooper”, and “Caught Somewhere in Time”), varied rhythmically. Overtop of this gallop are typically laid strong melodic hooks, sometimes doubled by two guitars playing in harmony. The vocals are often high-pitched, but express a full range, while the rhythm section uses thrash and power metal techniques such as double-bass-drumming to keep the speed and energy high. Iced Earth’s drummer is known for his frequent use of drags and flams on the bass drum.

Today, Jon is the only original member in the band, having changed multiple guitarists, drummers, and vocalists. The two most recognized vocalists of the band are Matt Barlow and Tim Ripper Owens, the former vocalist of Judas Priest. Matt Barlow ended up marrying Jon’s sister, making Matt the brother-in-law of Jon Schaffer.


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  • kranos0

    fucking facists!!!

    19 Oct 4:11pm Reply
  • CountOfTuscany_

    I really like Stu in Iced Earth, but Barlow is God.

    13 Oct 9:27pm Reply
  • onlycharles

    We need of Matt Barlow back...

    13 Oct 8:11pm Reply
  • sahand_sj

    Matt Barlow albums are better than Stu Block albums [9999999999]

    8 Oct 8:31pm Reply
  • LambOfGod98

    Burnt Offerings {4}

    20 Sep 8:15am Reply
  • MosherSam13

    "@MosherSam13: Don't know which Stu you listened to but the one from the Cyprus DVD sucked ass." maybe I actually saw them live. I also have a cd of the Live In Ancient Kourion cd, so I don't know what Stu you heard but the one I saw and heard sounded pretty awesome to me

    17 Sep 6:55pm Reply
  • sunjay140

    Seriously lackluster album.

    13 Sep 8:55pm Reply
  • metal-rich

    Burnt Offerings <3 [3]

    8 Sep 6:10pm Reply
  • Julisboa7x

    Burnt Offerings <3 (2)

    6 Sep 8:30pm Reply
  • svyatogor8

    игры богов

    3 Sep 8:43pm Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    Gave the predecessor another spin and still I am not feeling any love for that album. This is the most likely the last one I buy of the band, disappointed so many times in a row now... and given the comments here about the last album, it has not got any better. Think I'll check that one out on YouTube, hoping against all hope...

    3 Sep 12:17pm Reply
  • ignjholio

    Burnt Offerings <3

    27 Aug 8:41am Reply
  • KeIemvor

    I can't believe they had Brent Smedley kicked out AGAIN and then had a new drummer who was also kicked out in less than a year. Jon Schaffer must be a really horrible person to get along with.

    17 Aug 6:34pm Reply
  • BeNgEE4

    When Michael Barlow left Iced Earth so did I

    15 Aug 8:40am Reply
  • Mr-Tinkertrain-

    Dystopia is better than Plagues of Babylon. [3] WAY better

    3 Aug 4:29am Reply
  • Deusdictum

    Plagues of Babylon is better than Dystopia. [2739]

    31 Jul 11:20am Reply
  • alchemist_os

    @MosherSam13: Don't know which Stu you listened to but the one from the Cyprus DVD sucked ass.

    10 Jul 3:32pm Reply
  • ignor86

    I love Consequences! Can't understand why its not in the top.

    10 Jul 2:08pm Reply
  • Piske81

    20 Jun 7:12am Reply
  • MosherSam13

    Stu's live vocals are immense!

    13 Jun 9:49pm Reply
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