The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that US metal titans ICED EARTH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Formed in the early â€˜80s as Purgatory by rhythm guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer, the band eventually became Iced Earth following Schafferâ€™s relocation from Indiana to Florida. Combining traditional heavy metal with elements of thrash and power metal, their first demo â€˜Enter The Realmâ€™ secured a deal with Century Media Records who issued the bandâ€™s self-titled debut album in 1991. Vocalist Gene Adam was replaced by John Greely for the follow-up â€˜Night Of The Stormriderâ€™ which emerged the following year, although Greely himself would soon make way for long-time frontman Matt Barlow who began his tenure with 1995â€™s â€˜Burnt Offeringsâ€™, an album which saw Iced Earth take a huge leap forward and solidified their characteristic sound. The subsequent albums â€˜The Dark Sagaâ€™ and breakthrough effort â€˜Something Wicked This Way Comesâ€™ established the band at the forefront of the scene just as metal began to assert its presence once more in the wake of the grunge boom. A live album â€˜Alive In Athensâ€™ heralded Barlowâ€™s departure to be replaced by former Judas Priest vocalist Tim â€˜Ripperâ€™ Owens who had himself left Priest to make way for the return of Rob Halford. Owens debuted on 2004â€™s â€˜The Glorious Burdenâ€™, laying down some of the best work of his career and also appeared on last yearâ€™s â€˜Framing Armageddonâ€™, a continuation of themes first explored on â€˜Something Wicked This Way Comesâ€™.
Never one to fight shy of controversy, in December 2007 Schaffer announced the return of Matt Barlow, a move which proved popular with many fans who had never fully embraced the undeniably talented Owens. The band are currently working on a new album tentatively titled â€˜Revelation Abominationâ€™ and preparing for their first live shows of 2008.
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ICED EARTH â€“ Burning Times - BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR 2008.