New Video Of Iced Earth Live In Sacramento, California

In the video below, watch ICED EARTH perform Great Heathen Army. Burning Times & Dystopia @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California…. March 7th, 2018 with Kill Ritual, Graveshadow and Sanctuary.

ICED EARTH Performs In Sacramento During 'Incorruptible' Tour (Video)

Katie of the WSOU radio station recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH leader and guitarist Jon Schaffer. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).

On various lineup changes in ICED EARTH over the years:

Jon: “There’s been a lot of amazing talent in the band through the years. But it’s one thing to have great talent, and then it’s another thing… sometimes you have great chemistry, but maybe the talent isn’t all there that you really need to fulfill the ideas and to bring it to the maximum. The one thing I love about the lineup now is it’s got it all. The chemistry… We hang out together on the bus when we’re rolling down the road. Nobody’s staring at their phones, like iPhone zombies, and we’re not watching movies or playing video games. We end up hanging out together and talking the whole night, and we do that whenever we’re together, we’re having dinner together. It’s really a brotherhood. So it’s awesome. I don’t expect or want any changes.”

On having some of his lyrics censored in order to get them played on certain radio stations:

Jon: “I’m not a fan of censorship at all, because I’m very much a First Amendment guy. And I think it’s weird that that would even be a topic in America; I don’t think it should be. I mean, I guess there’s a double-edged sword to that. We’ve played in China, and before we went to China — I guess it was on the ‘Dystopia’ world tour; we did Shanghai and Beijing — and before the government would issue our visas to get into the country, they had to look at the lyrics of the setlist that we were gonna perform. And the crazy thing that the only thing that was remotely against authoritarianism in that setlist was the song ‘V’, and we were wondering if that was gonna actually cause us to have a problem. But we put it in there and they were okay with that one. I mean, it isn’t blatantly saying, ‘Rise up and overthrow your tyrannical government,’ but it is kind of saying that. [Laughs] I’m not a fan of censorship. I’m a freedom guy. I’m very much a libertarian type. I’m an American first. I don’t play the divide-and-conquer game of the parties. I believe in freedom and personal responsibility — pretty much the stuff our founders stood for that seems to have been lost in the mire in the last century especially. That’s just where I stand; let’s put it that way.”

New Video Interview with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth

In the video below, special guest interviewer Jason Ashcraft of AFM Records recording artists Helion Prime chats with Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth @ Ace Of Spades in Sacramento, California…March 7th, 2018

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Metal giants Iced Earth are currently on the road in North America bringing their “pure and absolutely incorruptible heavy metal” (Rock Hard Italy) to fans across North America on their “Incorruptible” World Tour.

Consisting of founding guitarist Jon Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block, bassist Luke Appleton, and new guitarist Jake Dreyer, Iced Earth’s trek resumes tomorrow in Edmonton, AB and will be on the road through March 29th in Chicago, IL with featured support from Sanctuary and Kill Ritual. Dates are as follows:

ICED EARTH Live remaining dates
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Sanctuary & Kill Ritual

Iced Earth, Sanctuary, Kill Ritual North American Tour Dates

Metal giants ICED EARTH are excited to reveal plans to bring their “pure and absolutely incorruptible heavy metal” (Rock Hard Italy) to fans across North America as they announce details on their “Incorruptible” World Tour in 2018.

Founding member and songwriter Jon Schaffer reveals:
Brothers and sisters! We are very aware at how impatient you have been getting about our North American tour announcement, but the time has arrived!! We will be seeing you soon in a very extensive USA/Canada run.  Be there, it will be an awesome time for sure!

The band, consisting of Schaffer, drummer Brent Smedley, vocalist Stu Block,
bassist Luke Appleton, and new guitarist Jake Dreyer, will venture across the U.S. and Canada from February 22 through March 29 with featured support from Sanctuary and Kill Ritual. Dates are as follows:

2/22 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe  #
2/23 CIncinnati, OH – Bogarts #
2/24 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
2/25 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Ballroom #
2/26 Minneapolis, MN – Music Hall #
2/27 Omaha, NE – Sokol Underground #
2/28 Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall #
3/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room #
3/3 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage #
3/4 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater #
3/5 Seattle, WA – El Corazon #
3/7 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades #
3/8 Los Angeles, CA – Belasco Theater #
3/9 San Diego, CA – House of Blues #
3/10 Anaheim, CA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Pressroom #
3/13 San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre #
3/14 Dallas, TX – House of Blues #
3/15 Houston, TX – House of Blues #
3/16 New Orleans, LA – Parish @ House of Blues #
3/17 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade #
3/18 Charlotte, NC – Underground #
3/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage #
3/21 Wilmington, DE – The Queen #
3/22 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre #
3/23 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall #
3/24 Quebec City, QC – Imperial Bell #
3/25 Montreal, QC – Corona Theater #
3/26 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Theater #
3/27 Cleveland, OH – Cambridge Room @ House of Blues #
3/28 Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall #
3/29 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge #
# with Sanctuary & Kill Ritual

Tickets will go on-sale to the general public on Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00am local time zone.

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Jason Ashcraft of Sacramento Power Metal upstarts Helion Prime discusses influences, album guest appearances, science fact versus science fiction and more

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Jason Ashcraft of Sacramento Power Metal upstarts Helion Prime discusses influences, album guest appearances, science fact versus science fiction and more with new Capital Chaos TV interviewer Thea Iverson

Helion Prime rage their record release show @ The Blue Lamp – Sacramento, California

Helion Prime was first conceived from a common love of metal and all things science. The band was founded when Jason Ashcraft (of Dire Peril) asked Heather Michele (of Graveshadow) to form a project with him. Between the two, they had worked with such artists as Mark Briody (Jag Panzer), Brittney Slayes (Unleash the Archers), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Ralph Scheepers (Primal Fear), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (Ayreon/Star One), and Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil). The concept; power metal with themes based on actual scientific theories with the occasional sci-fi tribute. The name Helion Prime was borrowed from an alien planet featured in the film “Chronicles of Riddick,” a movie the two were great fans of. She accepted the exciting proposition without hesitation. The two recorded their first demo track in June of 2014, and with the help of members from Dire Peril and Axiom, Helion Prime debuted their first live performance in August 2014 at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA. The dynamic duo then released their first EP on February 26th, 2015 with a full length album in the works. Helion Prime’s lineup was completed after bringing Jeremy Steinhouse on bass and Justin Herzer (of Axiom) on drums. In August of 2015, Helion Prime set out on their first tour, playing shows in Oregon, Nevada, California, and Utah. Their debut album is set to be released in early 2016 and will be featuring special guest Niklas Isfeldt of Dream Evil. Stay tuned all you power metal fanatics!

Dire Peril – Queen of the Galaxy EP Review‏

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Citrus Heights, California brings a unique brand of Power Metal in the band Dire Peril. Sci-fi Power Metal to be exact. In their brand new EP Queen of the Galaxy, Dire Peril delivers four tracks that will cater to any listener. Happen to be a gamer? They have you covered with the first two tracks. “My Vengeance is Everything (Chaos Reigns)” and “Space Invaders”. The first track is the most aggressive on the EP and is inspired by the video game God of War. You can feel the anger of lead character Kratos in the lyrics and Norman Skinner’s soaring vocals that are reminiscent of a young Matt Barlow (Ex-Iced Earth, Ashes of Ares). “Space Invaders” is inspired by the 1980’s game of the same name. Rocking guitar riffs by Jason Ashcraft and Jearme Greathouse which really make you feel like you’re listening to VG music turned into metal.

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Following those two tracks is the song that I feel is the diamond of the album is the title track, Queen of the Galaxy. In this song, prominent vocal duties are given to Brittney Hayes (Lead Vocalist of Unleash the Archers) and the duality between her vocal tone and Norman Skinner’s epic singing voice make for a beautiful Power Metal tour de force. Rounding out the album is a cover of Boston’s “Something About You”. I love covers as much as the next guy, but I feel this is the weakest song on the EP. While not a horrible cover, it just doesn’t have the gravitas of the other songs and after following the powerful vocal and guitar track, Queen of the Galaxy, this cover just feels out of place. All in all, Dire Peril delivers a great 4 track EP and I absolutely look forward to seeing what they bring to their next EP.
-Robb Napalm/Capital Chaos TV