Overtop of this gallop are typically laid strong melodic hooks, sometimes doubled by two guitars playing in harmony. The vocals are often high-pitched, but express a full range, while the rhythm section uses thrash and power metal techniques such as double-bass-drumming to keep the speed and energy high. Iced Earth’s drummer is known for his frequent use of drags and flams on the bass drum. Today, Jon is the only original member in the band, having changed multiple guitarists, drummers, and vocalists. The two most recognized vocalists of the band are Matt Barlow and Tim Ripper Owens, the former vocalist of Judas Priest.
Matt Barlow ended up marrying Jon's sister, making Matt the brother-in-law of Jon Schaffer. Iced Earth lyrics tend to deal with theological issues such as punishment and sin, destiny, heaven and hell, the Antichrist and the apocalypse. Many of the band’s recent albums have been concept albums written around a theme, e.g. the antihero Spawn (The Dark Saga), horror movies (Horror Show), historical wars (The Glorious Burden) and the double concept about the anti-christ (Something Wicked). Current Band Members: Jon Schaffer • Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals (1984-now) Stu Block• Lead and Backing Vocals (2011-now) Brent Smedley • Drums (2006-now) Jake Dreyer • Lead Guitar (2016-now) Freddie Vidales • Bass Guitar (2008-now) Former Band Members: Troy Seele • Lead Guitar (2007-2016) Matt Barlow - Lead and Backing Vocals Gene Adam - Vocals John Greely - Vocals (1991-1992) Matt Barlow - Lead and Backing Vocals Tim "Ripper" Owens - Vocals (2003-2007) Bill Owens - Lead Guitar (1985-1987) Randall Shawver - Lead Guitar (1988-1998) Larry Tarnowski - Lead Guitar (1998-2003) Ralph Santolla - Lead Guitar (2003-2004) Richard Bateman - Bass (1985-1986) Dave Abell - Bass (1987-1996) Keith Menser - Bass (1996) Steve DiGiorgio - Bass (2000-2001) (studio) James MacDonough - Bass (1996-2000, 2001-2004) Greg Seymour - Drums (1984-1989) Mike McGill - Drums (1989-1991) Rick Secchiari - Drums (1991-1992) Rodney Beasley - Drums (1992-1995) Mark Prator - Drums Brent Smedley - Drums (1996-1999) Mark Prator - Drums Richard Christy - Drums (2000-2004) CD/Single/BoxSet/E.P./Remastered Enter The Realm - Demo (1988) Iced Earth (1990) Night Of The Stormrider (1992) Burnt Offerings (1995) The Dark Saga (1996) Days Of Purgatory - Re-Recorded Compilation (1997) Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998) Alive In Athens - Live Album - 3 CD BoxSet (1999) The Melancholy - E.P. (1999) Horror Show (2001) Dark Genesis - Remixed And Remastered 5 CD BoxSet (2002) Iced Earth - Remixed And Remastered (2002) Night Of The Stormrider - Remixed And Remastered (2002) Burnt Offerings - Remixed And Remastered (2002) Tribute To The Gods - Covers Collection (2002) The Reckoning - The Glorious Burden Single/E.P.
(2003) The Glorious Burden (2004) The Blessed And The Damned - Compilation (2004) Overture Of The Wicked - Framing Armageddon Single/E.P. (2007) Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Pt.I (2007) Slave To The Dark - The Century Media Years - 14 CD/DVD BoxSet (2008) I Walk Among You - The Crucible Of Man - Something Wicked Pt.II Single/E.P. (2008) The Crucible Of Man - Something Wicked Pt.II (2008) Dystopia (2011) Plagues Of Babylon (2014) DVD Gettysburg - Audio DVD (2005) Alive In Athens - Live DVD (2006) Festivals Of The Wicked - Live DVD (2011) Live In Ancient Kourion - Live DVD (2013) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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