Two weeks after announcing the loss of Matt Barlow, Florida metalers Iced Earth are ready to announce a new singer in the form of Stu Block of Into Eternity fame. Both acts are part of the Century Media family and it was the head of Century, CEO Robert Kampf, that suggested Block to Iced Earth.
Guitarist Jon Schaffer had this to say:
“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. 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.”
New member Block added:
“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. It’s a huge honor to be doing this, to be part of this team. It’s a dream come true, for sure.”