ICED EARTH have parted ways with guitarist Larry Tarnowski on the eve of the recording sessions for the group's new CD, tentatively titled "Glorious Burden". "[Larry] will continue his studies and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer wrote on the band's official web site. "There will be a few different guest appearances on the record for the solo's and we will be deciding on a touring replacement in the near future. I'll be making that decision after the recording and will let [everyone] know who it will be in the next few months."
"Next week we begin recording drum tracks and the next [ICED EARTH album] is fully underway," Schaffer revealed. "We will be doing everything but the drums in my studio. The drums and the mix will be done in Tampa at Morrisound [Studios]. [Producer] Jim Morris and I will be flying to Prague to record the symphony in mid-May as it stands right now. I'm very much looking forward to that. We are kicking around the idea of a full surround sound mix of 'Gettysburg' on the DVD audio format as a bonus disc. We are checking on costs and all that fun stuff now to see if it's possible. I've always wanted to do this and this epic is the perfect choice for it.
"Also, we will be auctioning off the [ICED EARTH] drum kit for charity on ebay, but it will have to be after the recording due to my intense schedule."
ICED EARTH's follow-up to 2001's "Horror Show" is due in late August/early September through SPV/Steamhammer Records.