ICED EARTH's new album, "Dystopia", sold around 6,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 67 on The Billboard 200 chart.
ICED EARTH's previous CD, "The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)", opened with 6,700 units in September 2008 to debut at No. 79.
ICED EARTH's 10th studio offering, "Dystopia", was released in Europe on October 17 and in the U.S. on October 18 via Century Media Records. Two bonus tracks were also recorded for inclusion on special editions of the album.
"Dystopia" track listing:
01. Dystopia (05:49) 02. Anthem (04:54) 03. Boiling Point (02:46) 04. Anguish Of Youth (04:41) 05. V (03:39) 06. Dark City (05:42) 07. Equilibrium (04:30) 08. Days Of Rage (02:17) 09. End Of Innocence (04:07) 10. Soylent Green (bonus track) (04:20) 11. Iron Will (bonus track) (04:15) 12. Tragedy And Triumph (07:44) 13. Anthem (String Mix) (04:51)
The European leg of the 2011-2012 "World Dystopia Tour" begins October 30 in Bochum, Germany.
ICED EARTH mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer admitted the recording of "Dystopia" was especially challenging because of the band's summer festival gigs requiring him to criss-cross the ocean numerous times.
Despite the challenges, Schaffer said working with new vocalist Stu Block was "a pleasure."
"You just can't ask for a better attitude," said Schaffer. "Stu is so excited to be here. He brings a youthful exuberance to the band, which is a lot of fun. And he's a real dude. He's down to earth, and willing to try anything that Jim [Morris, co-producer, engineer] or I throw at him. He's stepping into the shoes in a very natural way."
Schaffer continued: "We're opening up a part of his voice and a style of singing that he didn't even really know he had. We're exploring this whole new range. And we're just getting started. I believe Stu will continue to grow and has the potential to grow into one of the greats, one of the guys that will go down in metal history. If he stays on this course, with the attitude that he has, his willingness to learn, and his passion, he's destined for really great things. I firmly believe that."