YMMV: Iced Earth

  • 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.
  • Face of the Band: Jon Schaffer.
    • 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.
  • Funny Moment:
    • 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.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The band have actually experienced this twice, in Germany and Greece. In their early days, they were much more popular in Germany than anywhere else. They signed to Century Media and formed a great friendship with German band Blind Guardian, and quickly built up a German following doing a lot of support dates for them. Schaffer's German ancestry (evident in his surname) meant he already had a great love for the country and was at ease doing interviews there. After a series of personal troubles and the departure of John Greely from the band, Schaffer seriously didn't know whether to continue the band, but was encouraged to because of the outpouring of support from German fans (he's mentioned this in a few interviews).
    • Greeks Love Iced Earth: Iced Earth has a particularly large fandom in and around Greece, ever since their massively successful live album "Alive In Athens" was recorded there. They are one of the most popular foreign metal bands in Greece, much more so than anywhere else. The band also recorded Live in Ancient Kourion in nearby country Cyprus, which ensured their popularity there too.
  • 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 . 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.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Tim Owens was this to some fans.
    • Mostly averted with Stu Block: most fans have embraced him as a worthy replacement to Matt Barlow.