Beneath the burden of their fans' anticipation with regards to the new vocalist, Barren Earth plans to enter the studio in March to partially record the follow-up to their 2012 release, The Devil's Resolve. Due to keyboardist Kasper Mårtenson's schedule conflicts, they will return to the studio to finish off the album later in the year. Jón Aldará, who stepped in for renowned Swallow The Sun frontman Mikko Kotamäki, hails from Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð. You can read up on the subject over here and here.
Following the departure of Mikko Kotamäki due to conflicting schedules a few months ago, Barren Earth had been looking for a new singer while working on new material, which has been described as "mournful, winding, hopeful, ambitious and rugged". They've just announced that Jón Aldará, Hamferð's vocalist, will join them as the new lead vocalist. He will take part in Barren Earth's third full-length album which the group plans to start recording during the spring of 2014.
American heavy metal heavyweights Iced Earth have chosen today, Friday the 13th, to share another new song from their new album. This new tune is called "Among The Living Dead" and you can hear it through the video available below. Do you like it better than the previous song "Plagues Of Babylon" shared before? Either way, enjoy!
US metal masters Iced Earth, who have yesterday began the European tour together with Volbeat, have today announced some exciting news for the North American audience. The band has confirmed an extensive 6-week run over North America for April/May, 2014 with direct support from Swedish warriors Sabaton and Dutch metallers ReVamp. Iced Earth will be touring in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming album, Plagues Of Babylon, to be released on January 6th, 2014 via Century Media Records.
Iced Earth are about to embark on the second leg of the Volbeat tour, which kicks off in Berlin, Germany, today and wraps up in Copenhagen, Denmark on December 1st. For the remainder of the Volbeat tour, Jon Dette (Testament, Slayer), the go-to guy for tours, will be behind the drums taking over for Raphael Saini who filled in during the summer festivals, the recording of the new album, and the club leg of the Volbeat tour.
American heavy metal band Iced Earth will be returning to Australia next March with one show in New Zealand as well as part of their Plagues Of Babylon world tour. The band's brand new album Plagues Of Babylon will be available in January next year. Joining Iced Earth on tour will be Melbourne thrash metallers Elm Street, who will play songs from their debut album Barbed Wire Metal.
Iced Earth have decided to premiere today the title track off their new album Plagues Of Babylon. Are you curious about it? Watch the lyric video created for the song below. This video also gives you a sneak peak into some of the artwork that will be featured in the final version of the upcoming The Plagues EP vinyl. This first song is seven minutes long. Don't hesitate to check it out.
Now that Iced Earth have completed the recording, mixing, and mastering for their new album Plagues Of Babylon, it is time to share the cover art that will grace the new opus. The cover was painted by Eliran Kantor and you can feast your eyes on it right now. Appetizing, isn't it? The exact release date of the album hasn't been divulged yet but early next year is the plan. The American band promises a heavy new album.
"Hello brothers and sisters, I'm proud to announce that we have completed all the tracking for the new album, Plagues Of Babylon. There's quite a selection of epic heaviness on your way, for release early next year. We arrived in Sweden and are heading on to Portugal for a few festivals, and then on Monday, we start the mix!
Finland's progressive melodic death metal outfit Barren Earth has parted ways with their vocalist Mikko Kotamäki due to conflicting schedules. As stated by the band, it was done by mutual agreement with "absolutely no drama involved" and the band will continue to work on new material while looking for someone to fill in his shoes.
Lithuanian musician Metfolvik whose real name is Ruslanas Danisevskis has recently passed away after losing his battle against cancer. He was a member of bands such as Ravenclaw, Folkearth and Folkodia.
Iced Earth's drummer Brent Smedley has announced his departure from the band, owing to personal responsibilities. After recording three albums in his third, seven-year-long stint with Iced Earth, Smedley will be departing to devote more time to his older family members in Jacksonville, Florida.
Iced Earth have announced the first European leg of their 2014/2015 World Tour, kicking off on January 9th, 2014 in Saarbrücken, Germany. The band is currently writing a new studio album with a slated release date for late 2013 and has recently released Live In Ancient Kourion. The US metallers will be recording and mixing in between a string of European festivals this summer.
Unless you have been distracted, you know by now that Iced Earth will be releasing a new DVD next month. In preparation for this release, the band has now unveiled a live clip of the song "Dystopia" from Live In Ancient Kourion. Go ahead and take a peek at the new DVD below.
Since Dystopia was released in October of 2011, heavy metallers Iced Earth has been playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years combined. Their first officially filmed headline show Live In Ancient Kourion will hit stores on April 15th (and April 16th in the US) and you can get the first glimpse of this show on the trailer below.