Iced Earth Announce New Singer

Earlier this month, Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow announced his retirement, leaving behind a successful career and some pretty big shoes to fill.

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Earlier this month, Iced Earth vocalist Matt Barlow announced his retirement, leaving behind a successful career and some pretty big shoes to fill. Among the many resumes and demo tapes sent to the band's management team, one name stood out from the rest - Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block, who has become Iced Earth's new singer.

At the recommendation of Robert Kampf, CEO of Iced Earth's label Century Media, guitarist Jon Schaffer got in touch with Block, and had his management team send Block a set of Iced Earth songs with the vocals removed. Block recorded the vocals, sent the tapes back, and within days he and Schaffer had hit it off in the studio.

"I felt a lot of chemistry between us, we knocked out a couple of great original pieces of music in no time," said Schaffer. "He's very good at coming up with catchy melodies, and will help with lyrical duties as well. There's no doubt Stu has an amazing vocal range and a lot of energy, but he also has the touring experience, which is a big plus for our plans of performing in all corners of the world."

Schaffer added "Stu is charismatic and understands the depth and varying emotions in Iced Earth's music. So he will embody not only the emotion of our songs, but he will be able to perform them in a dynamic way. I believe fans are in for some incredible records and live shows in the coming years."

Block will be joining the band officially this fall for the European leg of Iced Earth's massive 2011-2012 world tour, the largest tour it has ever undertaken. Matt Barlow will continue to sing for the band throughout the summer festival season.

On joining the band, Block said: "It's a huge honor to be doing this, to be part of this team. It's a dream come true, for sure."

"Iced Earth fans are wonderful, wonderful people," he said. "The music is so passionate. So they're passionate, and very loyal to the band. I am, too. I'm a huge fan of Iced Earth myself. So I share that same passion, and I will show it on stage. I think the fans are really going to dig it."

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    FeedOnMe666
    Jack Darkley
    : I think it would be cool if Matt and Stu did a duet, as a way of passing the torch. **** yeah
    Shredx
    I love stu's vox for Into Eternity, so its kool hes with these guys now. But he better not leave into eternity, i've been dying for new material from them
    Ceesjah
    I wish the guy all of luck But im happy i still get to see Barlow one more time at Graspop 2011
    TST2469
    I agree they should both do a duet just to pass the torch thing (Y) but ill deffs check it out
    thebigredjj10
    Finally some news on this site that is worth reading. And also congrats for finally not having a misleading title. This excites me. I've been waiting for a new record now, and this new vocalist seems promising. Also nice to see Barlow going off on a nice note, not some big band fight or something similar.
    sheppo
    catastrofx617 wrote: No Ripper, thank god..
    i couldnt agree with you more I love "The Ripper" dont get me wrong but his voice is not suited to this band. I also hope Schaffer drops the whole prog/epic concept albums and goes back to the early thrashy power that made me love them to begin with. Stormrider/Dark Saga/something wicked style
    ctviens
    I was hoping for the return of Ripper as a few others were, but I was also hoping somehow they would get Jorn Lande in there as singer, haha!
    Skullivan
    And yet Slash still hasn't found a new singer. I think Iced Earth just set a new world record for getting a new singer.
    JSmith38
    Prog_Metal_Head wrote: Part of me was hoping for a Tim Owens return, but this is still a pretty good choice.
    I was hoping for Ripper too. I really liked Framing Armageddon. I thought it was shitty that they just kicked him to the curb when Barlow wanted back. I listened to a couple of this dude's songs. I have hopes that this doesn't turn out shitty.
    DarkValo666
    YES! Now this is good news! I love Stu, but never would have thought of him as a singer for Iced Earth. Totally awesome, it's a shame he won't be with them at Wacken though.
    krvolok
    Great news for Iced Earth.I'm hoping that they will move on from the style on the last album towards something...well better.And is that a Mjllnir around his neck?
    mysticguitar77
    Wow, this is an unbelievably great choice. Stu is a great singer... Although, what is happening to Into Eternity now?
    Das_Skittles
    Jack Darkley wrote: I think it would be cool if Matt and Stu did a duet, as a way of passing the torch.
    Yes. They're both amazing vocalists. I have no doubt Stu will fit right in.
    scawti
    I like Stu better for Iced Earth. I love Ripper, but did not like his singing on the classic songs.
    DesertMetal
    Into Eternity is badass, this is a great choice. I wonder if they'll add small amounts of harsh vocals into their songs now.
    Jøhnny
    Stu Block? Never heard, so basically I couldn't be more excited!!! Maybe I should listen to some Into Eternity songs...
    thegreasefire
    I too was also hoping for the return of Ripper, but this should be pretty cool! This guy has some kind of a range!
    YngwieLi
    Wow, cool. I saw Into Eternity open for Dream Theater a few years back and that guy can really sing. He's really impressive.
    Set-Abominae
    This is cool. Barlow will always be the voice of Iced Earth, but a new singer keeps it fresh, and from what I've heard of this dude, he can wail. Also...
    I also hope Schaffer drops the whole prog/epic concept albums and goes back to the early thrashy power that made me love them to begin with.
    This x100, no more needs be said.