Iced Earth: Jon Schaffer, prophet of a dystopia

Jon Schaffer, Iced Earth’s leader and guitar player, is a worried man. He’s worried by the turn the society in which he lives is taking, particularly the American one. Known for being very supportive of his country, he’s nonetheless very critical regarding how it is evolving nowadays, especially in the context of the economical crisis we all know.

But John Schaffer is also an angry man. He’s angry because he tried to understand, to know, to research and to explain, then became aware of the corruption filling the world, a world that’s doomed, according to him, if the true, painful, power-overthrowing revolution doesn’t happen. This is the shout sent by Schaffer in Iced Earth’s new album entitled Dystopia that will be released the 17th of October. The pack’s leader explains everything about that in the following interview. Just like he did through his project Sons Of Liberty, he considers his duty to encourage people to think about the state of the world and the politics.

Regarding the future of the band, he’s way less worried, and actually rather optimistic, especially about Stu Block (Into Eternity)’s new arrival. A singer with a surprising and dynamic range from whom he mangaged to get the best thanks to his coaching, making a very strong record.

As an introduction, Schaffer go back over emblematic singer Matt Barlow’s departure and its circumstances. Good occasion to evoke and understand the impact of both the musical industry and the consumers behavior’s changes on an artist like Iced Earth, who built his fame in the metal world.

Have a great read.

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