Tobi, webmaster of the long-running German ICED EARTH fan site Iced Realm, has decided to shut down the site for good, citing several reasons for his decision, including "the general atmosphere" of the site's discussion forum, money, and his less-than-favorable view of the band's recent musical output. An excerpt from his letter announcing his decision reads as follows:
"[ICED EARTH] aren't even close to being my favorite band anymore. I still love the first three albums, obviously, and still like the three albums that followed, but that's it. I don't remember the last time I listened to an ICED EARTH album all the way through.
"The ICED EARTH I loved doesn't exist anymore. Without Matt's [Barlow, ex-ICED EARTH singer] voice, they just aren't the same. I don't know whether he would've been able to save 'The Glorious Burden' [the band's latest studio album], but Tim [Owens, current ICED EARTH frontman] most certainly couldn't. The new DEMONS & WIZARDS album [featuring ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer], on closer inspection, proved to be more of the same as well. Nowadays there are about 2 1/2 songs on there I can actually listen to all the way through. Schaffer, let's face it, has lost it. I don't even wanna know how the [upcoming ICED EARTH] 'Something Wicked' concept albums will sound.
"As I mentioned earlier, the boards were the only reason the site still exists...so now the site and the boards will go together. It simply doesn't make sense for me to continue running an ICED EARTH site when all I can do upon reading a new interview with Jon is laugh at his endless repetitions of how the next album will be the most killerest thing ever and that he slept in abandoned houses when he was 16.
"The time has come for someone else to run an ICED EARTH fanpage, someone who still is dedicated to the band the same way that I once was."