Iced Earth have announced the upcoming release of their first officially filmed headline show “Live In Ancient Kourion”. It is set to be released on April 15th (USA April 16th), 2013. The show will mark another high for the band, after the successes of late: gaining a new vocalist (Stu Block), releasing their latest album (Dystopia) to acclaim and playing more shows in the past year than in the previous ten years combined.
Iced Earth main man Jon Schaffer commented:
“I feel this is a testament to a new beginning, a new energy and a rock solid determination that will see us taking the music of Iced Earth to every corner of the globe; spreading the awareness of our brand of metal in a way that hasn’t been done before. I’ve never been more proud of this band, our crew, and the people behind the scenes that are responsible for much of our success.”
According to the band's official site: it was early on in the World Tour that the band decided that they wanted to capture their new found energy and passion on film. The biggest question was deciding where to film. There were so many great shows and audiences around the world that it was very challenging to decide which city to choose for this special event. When the offer came in to film at the ancient Kourion Theatre in Limassol, Cyprus, they were immediately attracted to that idea. The history and culture there, as well as the Cypriot audience, which the band experienced in December 2011, solidified the decision to film the DVD in Cyprus. Filming and recording a 2 1⁄2 hour show in an amphitheatre that is 6000 years old and is not set-up for a rock concert, paired with 40-degree Celsius heat, were just some of the obstacles to overcome. But the finished product makes up for any of the challenges that the band and crew faced on that special night.
This package will come to you in various configurations and, a first for Century Media Records, also on Blu-Ray disk! The Limited Edition Deluxe Book features the main show and a plethora of bonus content on DVD and a Blu-Ray Disc, as well as the entire concert on a 2 CD set (4 discs in total!). You can also enjoy the audio version of the full concert in a 3 LP gatefold Vinyl package or as a 2 CD set. A standard DVD and Digital Audio Download will also be available.
Trailer for Live in Ancient Kourion: