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New Iced Earth Vinyl Releases Available


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When it comes to their reputation in 2021, Iced Earth are practically radioactive. The group have largely been ‘cancelled’  in the wake of their guitarist Jon Schaffer‘s involvement in the U.S. Capitol Building riot that occurred on January 06th of this year. Schaffer was pictured and shown on surveillance footage to be among those to breach the building itself and was later arrested by the FBI for his actions after turning himself in.

He currently faces six charges for his involvement in the riots, including allegedly assaulting Capitol Police with bear spray. You can find more info on his current legal situation here.

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Since word of his involvement in the riots broke, Iced Earth‘s frontman Stu Block and bassist Luke Appleton have both quit the band. Their label Century Media also went on to scrub the group from their official website, which has been seen by some as an indication that the label has severed ties with the outfit.

It may be somewhat jarring then to learn of a spate of new Iced Earth vinyl releases, including two this month and another planned for next month. For the latter, German label Church Of Vinyl are preparing a limited edition shaped picture disc release titled “Slave To The Dark” from the band for a March 12th release. It features the title track on the a side and “Violate” on the b side. Both tracks originally appeared on the band’s 1996 album, “The Dark Saga“.

Rather than an attempt to capitalize on Schaffer‘s newfound infamy, the release of the singles appears to just be a case of unfortunate timing. Given the production turnaround time of vinyl and the intricate nature of these releases, they were likely conceived and submitted to the production plant some 6 to 8 weeks ago—well in advance of Schaffer‘s actions.

As further proof, Church Of Vinyl themselves released six similar Iced Earth singles last year alone and issued new similarly shaped limited edition picture discs for “Creatures Of The Night” and “Black Flag” earlier this month.

Iced Earth's Slave To The Dark

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