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Despite facing all manner of adversities, public indifference and a constantly changing line-up, this old-fashioned US heavy metal outfit is one of the few acts to stick defiantly to their guns in a much maligned genre. Originally based in Indiana, Jon Schaffer (15 March 1968, Franklin, Indiana, USA; guitar) and Greg Seymour (drums) first worked together in the early 80s under the moniker Purgatory. The duo relocated to Florida in 1985, where they teamed up with Richard Bateman (bass), Bill Owen (guitar) and Gene Adam (vocals) to record demos and perform on the local club scene. Bateman and Owen were replaced by Dave Abell and Randall Shawver respectively, and the band were forced to change their name to Iced Earth when it transpired there was another outfit already known as Purgatory.
Iced Earths sound, a combination of classic metal and 80s thrash delivered with a contemporary edge, first surfaced on 1989s Enter The Realm demo....