Iced Earth

Iced Earth

Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band that combines influences from thrash metal, power metal, progressive metal, opera, speed metal, and new wave. The central figure of Iced Earth is rhythm guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer. Schaffer originally founded the band under the name Purgatory (11), but he was forced to change the name due to another group already using the name. He would rename the band Iced Earth as a tribute to a longtime friend who had died in a motorcycle accident.

The group set out and recorded their first demo titled Enter the Realm, which sparked enough interest that they were signed by Century Media Records. In 1991 they recorded and released their first album titled Iced Earth. Since then, the band has gone through numerous lineup changes, with Jon Schaffer remaining the only permanent member. None of the original members remain besides Schaffer, who is now handling nearly all of the songwriting duties and is leading the band. Barlow, the longest tenured (and probably most popular) Iced Earth vocalist, originally joined in 1994 but was inspired to become a law enforcement officer in 2003 due to the 9/11 attacks. After an absence of 4 years he returned in late 2007 and left again in 2011. He was replaced by Stu Block.


Gene Adam (1985 – 1991)
John Greely (1991 – 1992)
Tim Ripper Owens (2003 – 2007)
Matthew Barlow (1994 – 2003, 2007 – 2011)
Stu Block (2) (2011 - present)

Jon Schaffer (1984 – present)
Bill Owen (1985 – 1987) *
Randall Shawver (1988 – 1998)
Larry Tarnowski (1998 – 2003)
Ralph Santolla (2003 – 2004)
Ernie Carletti (2006) *
Tim Mills (2006 – 2007)
Troy Seele (2007 – 2016)
Jake Dreyer (2016 - present)

Richard Bateman (1985 – 1986) *
Dave Abell (1987 – 1996)
Keith Menser (1996) *
James McDonough (1996 – 2000, 2001 – 2004)
Steve DiGiorgio (2000 – 2001)
James "Bo" Wallace (2006 – 2007) *
Dennis Hayes (2007)
Freddie Vidales (2008 – 2012)
Luke Appleton (2012 - present)

Greg Seymour (1984 – 1989)
Mike McGill (1989 – 1991)
Richey Secchiari (1991 – 1992)
Rodney Beasley (1992 – 1995)
Mark Prator (1995 – 1996, 1997 – 1998)
Richard Christy (2000 – 2004)
Bobby Jarzombek (2004 – 2006) *
Raphael Saini (2013)
Jon Dette (2013 - 2015) *
Brent Smedley (1996 – 1997, 1998 – 1999, 2006 – 2013, 2015 - present)

Rick Risberg (1999)
Howard Helm (1992-2007)

* did not perform on an album.


Iced Earth Discography Tracks


Iced Earth Iced Earth (Album) Century Media Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Night Of The Stormrider (Album) Century Media Germany 1991 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Burnt Offerings (Album) Century Media US 1995 Sell This Version
Iced Earth The Dark Saga (Album) Century Media Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes (Album) Century Media 1998 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Alive In Athens (Album) Century Media Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Horror Show (Album) Century Media, Century Media Argentina 2001 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Tribute To The Gods (Album) Century Media Germany 2002 Sell This Version
Iced Earth The Glorious Burden (Album) Steamhammer US 2004 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 (Album) Steamhammer Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Iced Earth The Crucible Of Man: Something Wicked Part 2 (Album) Steamhammer Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Festivals Of The Wicked (Album) Century Media Mexico 2011 Sell This Version
Iced Earth = アイスド・アース* Iced Earth = アイスド・アース* - Dystopia (Album) Century Media Japan 2011 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Live In Ancient Kourion (Album) Century Media US 2013 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Plagues Of Babylon (Album) Century Media US 2014 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Incorruptible (Album) Century Media US 2017 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Iced Earth Enter The Realm(Cass, EP, Dem) Not On Label (Iced Earth Self-released) none US 1989 Sell This Version
7918-2 Iced Earth Something Wicked This Way Comes (2-Song Promo Copy)(CD, Single, Promo) Century Media 7918-2 Germany 1998 Sell This Version
Iced Earth The Melancholy E.P. (EP) Century Media US 1999 Sell This Version
Iced Earth The Reckoning (Maxi) Steamhammer Germany 2003 Sell This Version
Iced Earth Overture Of The Wicked (Maxi) Steamhammer Germany 2007 Sell This Version
SPV 80001167 CDS Iced Earth Setian Massacre, Ten Thousand Strong(CD, Single, Promo, Smplr) Steamhammer SPV 80001167 CDS Germany 2007 Sell This Version
80001169 CD Iced Earth Setian Massacre(CD, Mini, Promo, Smplr) Steamhammer 80001169 CD Germany 2007 Sell This Version
Iced Earth I Walk Among You (Maxi) Steamhammer US 2008 Sell This Version
SPV 308040 Bonus-CD Iced Earth Bonus-Cd(CD, Maxi) Steamhammer SPV 308040 Bonus-CD Germany 2010 Sell This Version

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July 20, 2015
Anyone know what the new Century Media reissues of the firs four albums sound like? I've been aching for Night of the Sotrmrider and Burnt Offerings on vinyl


January 10, 2008
I started listening to Iced Earth in about 2002, when they allready had made history. I became more and more interested in Iced Earth. What's good about them; the lyrics are allways about something (battlefields, horror stories, tragedies) and their music is deep and well-worked out.
Later on I found out that Jon Shaffer IS Iced Earth, as the rest of the band members all have been submitted to change.
After five years of listening to the Iced Earth albums, oppertunity presented, Iced Earth was playing in the Netherlands. Allthough my friend who recommended me Iced Earth didn't want to go because of the Matthew Barlow - "Ripper" Owens exchange, I still went. And shame on him, because "The Ripper" is every bit as good as Barlow and even though their latest album wasn't the best Iced Earth album, "The Ripper" is a worthy successor! Looking forward to some new and harder material!

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