ICED EARTH: 'Incorruptible' Format Details Revealed
April 10, 2017
ICED EARTH will release its new album, "Incorruptible", on June 16. The cover artwork for the disc (as well as additional illustrations to every song) was created by David Newman-Stump from Skeleton Crew Tattoo (pencil illustrations) and Roy Young (colors).
"Incorruptible" track listing:
01. Great Heathen Army (5:21) 02. Black Flag (4:56) 03. Raven Wing (6:25) 04. The Veil (4:47) 05. Seven Headed Whore (3:00) 06. The Relic (Part 1) (4:59) 07. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors) (6:35) 08. Brothers (4:45) 09. Defiance (4:08) 10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862) (9:30)
The first two songs will be released on April 28 ("Seven Headed Whore") and April 29 ("Raven Wing").
"Incorruptible" will be available in the following formats:
* Deluxe CD digipak with extensive booklet, fold-out poster and slipcase (only available in Europe) * CD digipak (only available in the USA) * Strictly limited artbook with 36-page booklet with introduction, additional artworks, sketches and comments by Jon Schaffer to each individual song, CD and double 10" vinyl, worldwide limited to only 3000 copies * Deluxe 2LP version in various vinyl colors (see below for exact color split) with gatefold sleeve, 4-page lyric sheet, 180-gram vinyl, black anti-static inner sleeves, etching and 12-page LP-booklet with artworks to each of the 10 songs * Standard CD jewel case * Digital download / stream
The 2LP version of "Incorruptible" is offered in the following vinyl colors:
* Black vinyl: unlimited and offered through all retail channels * Dark-green vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in the U.K. * Yellow vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available in France * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media's European online store * Lilac vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast * Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at EMP * Transparent-red vinyl: limited to 500 copies, distributed through RED in the USA * White vinyl: limited to 300 copies, exclusively offered in the USA through F.Y.E. * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour
The artbook version of "Incorruptible" will be offered in the following vinyl colors:
* Transparent-red vinyl: main version, available through all retail channels * Clear vinyl: limited to 100 copies, exclusively available at Century Media's European online store * Golden vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores * Black vinyl: limited to 200 copies, available at various online stores * Silver vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively available at Nuclear Blast * Transparent-orange vinyl: limited to 200 copies, exclusively sold by ICED EARTH on tour
Regarding how "Incorruptible" compares to previous ICED EARTH albums, guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer told Metal Wani: "They're all kind of their own thing, but I have a very strong gut feeling about this, and so does everybody in the band, that this is one of the really special ones. So I put it up there with 'The Dark Saga' , 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' , 'Dystopia'  — it's in that league of records — so it's really gonna be something special, man. I know musicians always say that, but there is something going on here, so it's cool. We're all very excited about it."
On the topic of the concept for the lyrics on "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "There is no concept on this record; it's just ten individual tracks not related to each other. Actually, on 'Plagues Of Babylon' , it was only the first six that were related to the 'Something Wicked' story; it was like a zombie apocalypse within the 'Something Wicked' framework. But this album, it's just ten individual songs. We have one called 'Clear The Way', which is about the Irish Brigade at the Battle Of Fredericksburg — very tragic, actually — but that's a big epic, like ten minutes; and then we have one called 'Black Flag', which is a pirate song. It's quite a… I think I pulled it off pretty well with the lyrics, to be able to tell such a big story in a very short amount of time. I think it's gonna be a highlight of the record. And then on [the last European] tour, [we opened] the show with a new song that will be the opener on the album — it's called 'Great Heathen Army' — that's got a Viking kind of a vibe to it. So there's a lot of different things, and none of it's really related. There's one called 'Raven Wing'… I can't really think of all of them righ now… 'Seven Headed Whore' — that's one that's actually pretty brutal; it's like a total kick in the balls. But, you know, there's a lot of varied emotions on this, and it's cool stuff, man."
Asked about singer Stu Block's contribution to "Incorruptible", Schaffer said: "Well, he came at the end of… for about the last month or so of pre-production… maybe a little bit more… five weeks… and we worked on his vocal parts. We do it like Stu and I normally do it. Some of the stuff we write together. I mean, I write the musical arrangements and do all that — he doesn't play any instruments — but he comes in… At the end of the writing process is when we focus on his parts. And the lyrics that we worked on together, on a song called 'Brother', which is about our brotherhood, [between] Stu and I and within the band… We've gone through a lot of shit together and we've had a lot of great times together, but the bond is very strong, and that's clear. So it's just a song, really, for us. And then he wrote the lyrics for 'The Great Heathen Army'. I'm trying to think… I can't think of 'em, man; I have to look at the list [of songs]. But usually, he goes to an area and works, and I go in my area and work. And, like I said, on some songs we collaborate sometimes. On this one, the only we did was 'Brother'… We work in the way we always work. And it's a very cool chemistry."
ICED EARTH took a break from touring in 2015, primarily due to Schaffer's second cervical fusion surgery.
Longtime ICED EARTH drummer Brent Smedley returned to the band for the current recording and touring cycle. Smedley had to step down due to personal family reasons in 2013 shortly before the recording of "Plagues Of Babylon".