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: 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. "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 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 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: