These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Anvilicious: The Something Wicked saga. All right, Schaffer, we get it. Humans Are Bastards. Did you have to spread it out over TWO albums? Evidently he did.
The Glorious Burden is definitely not subtle about its pro-America stance. Which wouldn't be a problem except that, around the time of the album's release, Schaffer was spewing some pretty angry and condescending rants about Americans not having enough appreciation for their country's history.
Awesome Music: Oh, so much. "Prophecy," "Birth of the Wicked," "The Coming Curse," "Wolf," "Dracula," "A Question of Heaven..."
"Travel in Stygian". "Travel in Stygian". "TRAVEL IN STYGIAN".
Hell, pretty much all their stuff is awesome.
Their cover of Johnny Cash's "Highwayman", featuring guest vocals from Volbeat's Michael Poulsen - on Cash's part of the song, no less.
Schaffer is Iced Earth. As well as being the only member of the band from beginning to end, he also sang "Stormrider" in Night of the Stormrider, as well as "God of Thunder," a Kiss cover in Tribute to the Gods.
The secret song on Dystopia, with the band seemingly-drunkenly singing "I don't think these lads can take their ale," especially considering all the other songs on the album.
The outro in Plagues Of Babylon, which is just the band goofing around in the studio.
Greeks Love Iced Earth: Iced Earth has a particularly large fandom in and around Greece, to the point that two of their three live albums were recorded there (Alive in Athens and Live in Ancient Kourion).
Heartwarming Moment: Matt Barlow quit the band because he was inspired by the horrors of 9/11 to become a cop and make a positive difference in people's lives. D'awww...
Also, "Watching Over Me," dedicated to an old friend of Schaffer's who tragically died in a motorcycle accident.
Hilarious in Hindsight: The European limited edition of The Dark Saga has Judas Priest's "The Ripper" as a bonus song.
Jerk Ass: Schaffer is known for exerting a totalitarian control over 'his band' and clearly does NOT take kindly to members coming and going as they please. For instance, John Greely wanted to leave the band in the middle of a tour, and Schaffer was so angry about this that he made up Blatant Lies to the press about Greely being a racist that severely damaged Greely's reputation and caused him to drop out of the music business for many years. In late 2003, meanwhile, Schaffer responded to Matt Barlow's sudden departure from the band by making some rather scathing remarks about him and his music abilities to the pressnote Around this same time, he was also viciously attacking America's youth for a perceived lack of appreciation for American history. Fortunately, his feelings towards Matt softened up quite a bit ever since. He even temporarily rejoined Iced Earth in late 2007 and recorded one last album with the band before leaving them once again in early 2011.
Love It or Hate It: Schaffer's playing style. Either he's one of the greatest rhythm guitarists of all time, or a hack who plays the same few riffs over and over.