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30th December 2017

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Iced Earth founder and leader Jon Schaffer has said in an interview that the band's current line-up will be re-recording "a lot" of the band's old albums over the next ten years.

Speaking to Rock Overdose of Greece, Jon revealed that the project could delay the next Iced Earth studio album and that he had decided to do this in order for Iced Earth to have "control of our catalog and of our destiny".

Iced Earth released their twelfth studio album, 'Incorruptible', in June via Century Media Records and that fulfilled the three-album deal the band signed in 2010.

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The current line-up: Luke Appleton, Jake Dreyer, Stu Block, Jon Schaffer, Brent Smedley

Jon told Rock Overdose:

"We are going to be re-recording records over the course of, probably, the next ten years. We're going to be doing a lot of the Iced Earth catalog because I don't own the master rights and there's no real income coming from that. If we redo those records, then everybody in the band will be able to get a royalty in the future moving forward.

"It's going to be a big project and it's going to be a lot of fun to do, to really dig back into those records — especially, like, the first six. That's what we're gonna focus on.

"I don't know which one we're gonna start with yet. I have a pretty good idea which one, but the guys and I will talk over that in the next few months. Not to take away, because I think those albums are great, but the fact is that it was a bad business deal for Iced Earth, and for us going forward, we want to be able to have control of our catalog and of our destiny.

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"If it takes three or four years for another Iced Earth record, then so be it. I don't think that it will, but if it does, okay. Going forward, we're not going to be under any pressure to make another Iced Earth record to the point where we're rushing it in between scheduled tours or something. I'm just not going to do that.

"It's going to be more, you know, we take our time and make the record that we want to make, and then, we put it out. And if we do that, we're going to end up with albums like 'Incorruptible' all the time, because it's not forced. It's like you're allowing the energy to flow the way it's supposed to and coming up with the goods. That's all about learning from past experiences and just trying to go with the flow and not force something because of a time commitment.

"And besides, now that we are free, the way that we're going to be doing business as a band going forward is going to be completely different than anything in the past. That, also, gives us a lot of possibilities of dictating the way that our future is done. So, it's a great period for the band right now, actually."

Jon Schaffer was special guest on Steve Göldby Talks Metal just before the release of 'Incorruptible' and you can hear the whole conversation right here. It's in two parts; in part one, Jon talks about all things Iced Earth and in part two, we run through every track on the new album. The discussion is interspersed with snippets of every song from 'Incorruptible' too.


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