Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band that combine influences from thrash metal, power metal, progressive metal, opera, speed metal and new wave. The central figure of Iced Earth is rhythm guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer. Schaffer originally founded the band under the name Purgatory, but he was forced to change the name due to another group already using the name. He would rename the band Iced Earth in tribute to a longtime friend who had died in a motorcycle accident. The group set out and recorded their first demo titled Enter the Realm, which sparked enough interest that they were signed by Century Media Records. In 1991 they recorded and released their first album titled Iced Earth. Since then, the band has gone through numerous lineup changes, with Jon Schaffer remaining the only permanent member. None of the original members remain besides Schaffer which is now handling nearly all of the songwriting and is leading the band. Barlow, the current (and most popular) Iced Earth vocalist, originally joined in 1994 but was inspired to become a law anforcement officer in 2003 due to the 9/11 attackings. After a absence of 4 years he returned in late 2007. MEMBERS:VocalsGene Adam (1985 - 1991) John Greely (1991 - 1992) Tim Ripper Owens (2003 - 2007) Matthew Barlow (1994 - 2003, 2007 - present)GuitarJon Schaffer (1984 - present) Bill Owen (1985 - 1987) *Randall Shawver (1988 - 1998) Larry Tarnowski (1998 - 2003) Ralph Santolla (2003 - 2004) Ernie Carletti (2006) *Tim Mills (2006 - 2007) Troy Seele (2007 - present)BassRichard Bateman (1985 - 1986) *Dave Abell (1987 - 1996) Keith Menser (1996) *James McDonough (1996 - 2000, 2001 - 2004) Steve DiGiorgio (2000 - 2001) James "Bo" Wallace (2006 - 2007) *Dennis Hayes (2007)Freddie Vidales (2008 - present) DrumsGreg Seymour (1984 - 1989) Mike McGill (1989 - 1991) Richey Secchiari (1991 - 1992) Rodney Beasley (1992 - 1995) Mark Prator (1995 - 1996, 1997 - 1998) Richard Christy (2000 - 2004) Bobby Jarzombek (2004 - 2006) *Brent Smedley (1996 - 1997, 1998 - 1999, 2006 - present)KeyboardsRick Risberg (1999) Howard Helm (1992-2007)* did not perform on an album.
Iced Earth is an American power metal band that combine heavy metal and speed metal/thrash metal genres in their music. The band was formed by Jon Schaffer, the lead songwriter and rhythm guitarist, in Tampa, Florida in 1984. The original name of the band was Purgatory but was then changed to Iced Earth. Iced Earth's music is often described as the style of Iron Maiden combined with 80's thrash metal.
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Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida that combines influences from thrash metal, power metal, progressive metal, opera, speed metal and the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Iced Earth has been known to have a volatile and often changing line-up. Founding member, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer is the only original member who has remained, handling nearly all of the songwriting and leading the band. Current vocalist Matt Barlow, and former lead guitarist Randall Shawver are the next longest-tenured members. They are the only people besides Schaffer to have spent a full decade in the band. Shawver, the first lead guitarist to record with the band, joined in 1988 and remained until 1998. Barlow joined in 1994 and remained until 2001, when he was inspired by the September 11, 2001 attacks in the U.S. to leave the band and become a law enforcement officer. However, he returned to the group in late 2007, making his live return at the 2008 Chicago Powerfest. In 1999 Jon Schaffer teamed up with Blind Guardian vocalist Hansi Kürsch to form a side project called Demons & Wizards, and have released two albums to date.