UPDATED: Iced Earth Members Stu Block And Luke Appleton Have Officially Quit The Band


(Since we ran this article Blabbermouth.net is reporting that lead guitarist Jake Dryer is focusing on Witherfall going forward.) Iced Earth singer Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have announced their effective departure from the band. Block, who joined Iced Earth in 2011 after fronting Into Eternity, issued the following statement via his social media: “Hey All, Well, there are times and events when you have to take stock and re evaluate your life, work, and trajectory for the future. That being said I have informed Jon [Schaffer, Iced Earth guitarist and leader] and his current management that I must announce my resignation from Iced Earth with immediate effect.

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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer Arrested for His Role During the Insurrection in The Capitol


Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer, who has been on The FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, has been arrested for his role in the riot and insurrection at The US Capitol, on January 6th, 2021. According to a report by Metal Sucks, Schaffer turned himself into authorities around 3 p.m. Sunday (January 17), Chris Bavender, public affairs specialist for the FBI Indianapolis Field Office, said. He resides in Columbus, Indiana. The FBI Indianapolis Field Office released the following statement regarding Schaffer’s arrest:

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Iced Earth Leader Jon Schaffer Among the Insurgents who Stormed the US Capitol to Protest Elections


According to a published report by Blabbermouth.net and German newspaper Die Welt,Iced Earth mastermind and Demons and Wizards leader Jon Schaffer was among the protesters who breached the U.S. Capitolearlier today (Wednesday, January 6) as lawmakers counted the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win. Photographs of Jon circulated on NBC News, causing wild speculation online in the media and among fans on Reddit, before being confirmed.

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Schaffer/Barlow Shares Lyric Video for Christmas Classic “Silent Night”


Iced Earth founder and guitarist Jon Schaffer and former Iced Earth singer Matt Barlow have shared a new lyric video for the Christmas classic “Silent Night.” The video was released supporting their new holiday EP Winter Nights out now. The new video follows their recently released video for “We Three Kings”. Check it out!

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Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer To Reunite with Matt Barlow Christmas Album


Iced Earth’sJon Schaffer will reunite with the band’s former singer, Matt Barlow, under the name Schaffer/Barlow Project to record Christmas classics on a new record called Winter Nights. The project has a Kickstarter that you can contribute to and has surpassed the $15k goal in a brief run with $19k funded so far in less than a day. Watch the trailer and see the tracklisting now. Barlow played his last official show with Iced Earth in 2011 Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany. He joined Demons & Wizards on stage in New York City for a cover of Iced Earth’s “I Died for You”, which is on this Winter Nights album. Continue reading


ALBUM REVIEW: Demons & Wizards – III


It’s hard to believe that fifteen years have passed since power metal supergroup Demons and Wizards released their last album. A collaborative effort between Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian and Jon Schaffer from Iced Earth, the two frontmen finally found the time amid their busy schedules to work together once again, returning to the project so widely anticipated by their legion of devoted fans.Continue reading


PODCAST: Episode 74 Jon Schaffer of Demons and Wizards on Their New Album “III”


Ghost Cult’s Keefy caught up with Jon Schaffer (Iced Earth) to talk all about about his supergroup Demons and Wizards, with his long time friend and collaborator Hansi Kursch (Blind Guardian)! Their new album III releases on February 21st, 2020 via Century Media Records. Jon talked candidly about the project, the genesis of how he and Hansi first joined forces 30 years ago as friends, his process for composing,the differences between this project and their main bands, why time off and family time are so important to him, Jon’s busy plans for 2020, including creating new Iced Earth music, and more.

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Demons and Wizards Share New Single and Video for “Diabolic”, New Album Incoming


Power Metal supergroup Demons & Wizards (Iced Earth + Blind Guardian members) have announced their highly anticipated album III for 2020, due out on February 21 via Century Media Records. Watch the spectacular video for the new single, ‘Diabolic’ right now!Continue reading