Professionally filmed video footage of ICED EARTH performing the song "Ten Thousand Strong" at this year's Wacken Open Air festival has been posted online. The five-minute clip, which includes a short interview with the group's leader Jon Schaffer, can be viewed below (Note: the footage originally aired on WDR's "Rockpalast" program [web site] in Germany).
ICED EARTH's official web site, IcedEarth.com, has posted a 33-minute minute audio interview it conducted with Jon Schaffer on September 24, 2007. Topics covered in the interview include the relevance of chart positions in the Internet age, the impact of illegal music downloads on the band's touring schedule, "Something Wicked Part II" recording update, the upcoming November UK tour with HEAVEN AND HELL, touring in 2008, and future plans for the "Set Abominae"/"Something Wicked" storyline. The interview, in MP3 format (30 MB), is available for download at this location.
ICED EARTH's new album, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I", has registered the following first-week chart positions:
UK: #6 (Rock Albums chart)
USA: #9 (Top Independent Albums)
"Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" sold 7,800 copies in the United States in its first week of release. It is the follow-up to 2004's "The Glorious Burden", which has shifted more than 70,000 copies in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A full-length version of the new ICED EARTH song "The Setian Massacre" has been posted on the group's MySpace page.
Audio samples of all the tracks that appear on "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I" have been posted at www.spv.de.
"Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part 1" (cover artwork) expands the "Something Wicked" storyline first introduced in the trilogy of the same name appearing on the 1998 release, "Something Wicked This way Comes". "Framing Armageddon" will be followed in February/March 2008 by the band's ninth full-length studio release, tentatively titled "Revelation Abomination - Something Wicked Part 2" , continuing where "Framing Armageddon" leaves off.
ICED EARTH will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. A list of dates can be found at this location.
ICED EARTH will support HEAVEN AND HELL on a U.K. tour beginning on November 4 in Newcastle.