is a heavy metal
band from the United States
. Main members are guitarist (and most important song writer) Jon Schaffer
and vocalist Matthew Barlow
Their music is a combination of traditional heavy metal and speed metal, in which the influence of the legendary British heavy metal band Iron Maiden can clearly be heard. Jon Schaffer has stated several times that Iron Maiden's Steve Harris is his hero.
Iced Earth (1991). Line-up is Jon Schaffer on rhythm guitars, backing vocals, Randy Shawver on lead guitars, Gene Adam on vocals, Dave Abell on bass guitar, and Mike McGill on drums.
Night Of The Stormrider (1992). Jon Schaffer on rhythm guitars, backing vocals, Randy Shawver on lead guitars, John Greely on lead vocals, Dave Abell on bass guitar, and Richey Secchiari on drums.
Burnt Offerings (1995). This album has Matthew Barlow on lead vocals, Jon Schaffer on rhythm guitars, vocals, Randy Shawver on lead guitars, Dave Abell on bass guitar, and Rodney Beasley on drums. Includes Iced Earth's longest song, the 16 minute epic Dante's Inferno
The Dark Saga (1996). Concept album based on the comicbook Spawn. Line-up: Jon Schaffer on rhythm guitars, backing vocals, Matthew Barlow on lead vocals, Randall Shawver on lead guitars, Dave Abell on bass guitar and Mark Prator on drums.
Days Of Purgatory (1997). Double cd (single cd in the US and Canada) with older songs, which have the drums, bass guitars and vocals re-recorded and remixed
Something Wicked This Way Comes (1998). Includes a 3-song story called Something Wicked. Jon Schaffer on guitars and backing vocals, Matthew Barlow on vocals, James MacDonough on bass guitar, and lots of guest musicians.
Alive In Athens (1999). Triple cd live album (double cd in the US and Canada), recorded in Athens, Greece on January 23rd 1999 and January 24th 1999. The line-up on this album is Jon Schaffer on rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals, Matthew Barlow on vocals, Larry Tarnowski on lead guitar, James MacDonough on bass guitar, backing vocals, Brent Smedley on drums, and Rick Risberg on keyboards.
Horror Show (2001). The entire album is based on classic horror icons, such as Dracula and Frankenstein, and was released on June 26th 2001. The line-up: Jon Schaffer (guitar), Matthew Barlow (lead vocals), Larry Tarnowski (guitar), Richard Christy (drums). Steve DiGiorgio is listed as a guest musician. He plays the bass.
Dark Genesis (2001). This is a boxset containing the first three albums (Iced Earth, Night Of The Stormrider and Burnt Offerings), the first demo (Enter The Realm) and a cd with coversongs (Tribute To The Gods). The first three albums have been remixed and remastered, and all discs have new artwork. The box also includes a biography, and many rare photos.