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ICED EARTH Reveal Tentative New Album Title

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 4:39 PM


Drummer BRENT SMEDLEY Returns To The Band

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The members of ICED EARTH are set to begin the writing process of their new studio album this Spring. The band has been on a hiatus of sorts, mainly because of guitarist Jon Schaffers second cervical fusion surgery. The new album, tentatively titled The Judas Goat, and the subsequent touring cycle are set to begin in early 2016.

Schaffer commented on his recovery and the direction of the new album:

The recovery after this surgery has been more difficult than the first time around in 2000. Although there have been a few setbacks, I am confident that Im ready to resume my duties in ICED EARTH, directing my full attention to the creative process, production, and touring future of the band.

We are looking forward to songwriting and getting back in the studio. The creative direction of the new album is rife with intense and heavy emotions, as one would expect from an ICED EARTH record, as well as a wide variety of lyrical inspirations and themes.

I am 100% confident that the bond our band has forged in these last several years will shine through in the music. Its a brotherhood in every way, and the fans will feel that. I couldnt be more proud of these guys and everything weve achieved together.

Long time drummer Brent Smedley is also returning to the band for the recording and touring of the next album cycle. Smedley stepped down shortly before the recording of Plagues Of Babylon in 2013 due to personal family reasons.

Schaffer: We are very pleased to have Brent joining us once again; hes always been a brother and an important part of the ICED EARTH legacy.

Expect more updates in the coming months.


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