January 16, 2003

Veteran Florida metal act ICED EARTH have inked a new worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band are presently working on their new studio album, "Glorious Burden", due in late summer/early fall.

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer had the following to say regarding the signing: "Well people, the deal is finally done. ICED EARTH will be calling SPV home for the next few records. After over a year and a half of intense negotiations & music business bullshit I made the decision to go with the company that did such an amazing job on the DEMONS & WIZARDS release. I am very aware that the company is not totally established in the U.S. market but am confident that with ICED EARTH on their roster, we will help solidify their status here. Their performance on the DEMONS & WIZARDS release made them a contender for the future of ICED EARTH back in 2000. The way they handled that release and the way Hansi and I were treated had a very big impact on my decision. With all of that out of the way I can say now confidently that we will begin production on the next record in early-to-mid March. Unfortunately, that makes the release date a bit later than I announced in an earlier post but this whole process has dragged on far longer than I expected … I will keep you posted on the release date as we get closer to it."

Commented SPV Managing Director Manfred Schütz: "ICED EARTH is one of the best bands in heavy metal and there is still a lot of potential in the creativity. ICED EARTH fits our repertoire perfectly and I am very happy that the band decided to continue their success with SPV." ICED EARTH were previously signed to Century Media Records.

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