ICED EARTH: 'Plagues Of Babylon' Release Date Confirmed, North American Tour Announced

Metal titans ICED EARTH make their triumphant return with the January 21, 2014 release of new studio album, "Plagues Of Babylon", on Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Principal Studios (KREATOR, IN EXTREMO, GRAVE DIGGER) in Senden, Germany and was mixed at NHow Studios in Berlin, Germany. Guest vocals on "Highwayman" were laid down by VOLBEAT frontman Michael Poulsen and SYMPHONY X/ADRENALINE MOB singer Russell Allen. Guest vocals on "Plagues Of Babylon", "Among The Living Dead", "Democide", "Resistance" and "If I Could See You" are by BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kürsch. The cover and additional artwork was created by Eliran Kantor (TESTAMENT, ATHEIST, HATEBREED).

"Plagues Of Babylon" track listing:

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01. Plagues Of Babylon
02. Democide
03. The Culling
04. Among The Living Dead
05. Resistance
06. The End?
07. If I Could See You
08. Cthulhu
09. Peacemaker
10. Parasite
11. Spirit Of The Times
12. Highwayman

Songs 1-6 form the "Plagues Of Babylon" story line, part of the ongoing "Something Wicked" Universe

ICED EARTH will promote the new CD in its North American homeland with the headlining "Worldwide Plagues Tour", which kicks off April 4 for a six-week run with SABATON and REVAMP in support.

"This is a seriously heavy album with a seriously brutal album cover," says ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer of "Plagues Of Babylon". "I'm sure it will go down as a classic in the epic ICED EARTH catalog.

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"We feel that the package with SABATON and REVAMP is very strong and we are very excited to tour the U.S. and Canada again and kick some major ass!"

Exclusive pre-sale tickets and VIP packages for the entire ICED EARTH North American tour are available now at EnterTheVault.com. Pre-sale tickets will remain onsale until December 4, when remaining tickets are made available to the general public through the traditional retail outlets (check your local venue for details). VIP packages will remain onsale exclusively at EnterTheVault.com while supplies last.

ICED EARTH North American tour dates with SABATON and REVAMP:

Apr. 04 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Intersection
Apr. 05 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Apr. 06 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Apr. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Apr. 09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
Apr. 10 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Apr. 11 - Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Apr. 12 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Apr. 14 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Apr. 15 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial Theater
Apr. 16 - Montreal, QC - Corona Theatre
Apr. 17 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Apr. 18 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theater
Apr. 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Apr. 21 - West Springfield, VA - Empire
Apr. 23 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Apr. 24 - Orlando, FL - House Of Blues Orlando
Apr. 25 - Fort Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
Apr. 26 - Saint Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
Apr. 28 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Apr. 29 - Dallas, TX - Trees
May 01 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
May 02 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues Sunset
May 03 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
May 05 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
May 06 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 07 - Vancouver, BC - The Venue
May 09 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
May 10 - Calgary, AB - Republik
May 11 - Regina, SK - Riddell Centre
May 12 - Winnipeg, MB - Park Theatre
May 14 - Denver, CO - The Summit Music Hall
May 15 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
May 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom

"Plagues Of Babylon" (song) lyric video:

"If I Could See You" performance footage:

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