ICED EARTH’s merchandise web store which was offline for about a year, now is back online, which is cheering up their die hard fans! The band’s official page on Instagram is also seems to be active again, however the official website remained outdated!
While whole of the media, including main stream, independents and even metal music websites focusing on the political aspect around the band and Jon Schaffer, we at Metal Shock Finland decided to remain on the music side only! So here are some facts about ICED EARTH and Jon Schaffer:
- ICED EARTH’s discography has twelve studio albums in the list, the first one was the self titled one, which was released in 1990 in cassette, CD and LP formats. The last album, ‘Incorruptible’ was released in 2017 and it was the band’s most successful album in their homeland, USA!
- ICED EARTH released two live and three compilation albums, four EPs and five singles!
- The band has also a covers album in their arsenal, including cover songs from bands like IRON MAIDEN, KISS, JUDAS PRIEST, AC/DC, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, ALICE COOPER and BLACK SABBATH!
- The band’s most successful studio album in Finland was ‘The Glorious Burden’ which hit the chart point at number 30!
- ICED EARTH was formed in 1985 but with a different name; Purgatory which was changed in the next year to what it is now!
- Jon Schaffer and ICED EARTH have never been one of those rich bands which could spend lots of money at promos especially in the music videos!
- In 1984, the year before forming the band, while in Tampa, Schaffer slept in his car until he nearly lost his life in a car accident!
- Along side with ICED EARTH, Jon has also been a member of a few other bands and projects like Demons & Wizards, Sons of Liberty, Jon Schaffer’s Purgatory and Schaffer/Barlow Project!