Dystopia is the tenth studio album by American heavy metal band Iced Earth. Released on October 17, 2011, it was the band’s first album to feature vocalist Stu Block, who joined after previous vocalist Matt Barlow left the band. Dystopia was also the last Iced Earth album to feature bassist Freddie Vidales and drummer Brent Smedley.

The album was recorded during the summer of 2011 at Morrisound Recording, with co-producer Jim Morris. While not a concept album, many of the album’s songs are inspired by dystopian themes and films, very much like the group’s 2001 album Horror Show, which was largely inspired by horror films and other similar subjects. Two songs off of Dystopia (the title track and “Tragedy and Triumph”) feature the return of rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer’s Something Wicked concept, which has appeared on many of the band’s previous albums.

During its first week, the album sold over 6,000 copies in the United States and charted in eight countries, including Germany, Finland and the UK. The album was met with a very positive response, with some critics calling it one of Iced Earth’s best albums. Many also praised Stu Block’s performance and wide vocal range. Dystopia was followed by an extensive world tour which included dates in countries that Iced Earth had never played before, including Cyprus, China and Australia.

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