Iced Earth Release Free Re-Recording of "Dante's Inferno"
Iced Earth have re-recorded their classic track, "Dante's Inferno" and made it available for free through their website. You can get the song by clicking here. The track, from their 1995 album Burnt Offerings, has not been played live since the band's 1999 Alive in Athens album.
"If there’s one song fans have asked us to play live more than any other it’s ‘Dante’s Inferno,’” guitarist Jon Schaffer says. “The simple reason why we haven’t is because the original click track was erased, therefore requiring a keyboard player to do the parts live. That’s OK for a special event like when we recorded Alive in Athens, but to hire a keyboard player for a full tour, for one song, just isn’t financially feasible."
While they were recording upcoming album Dystopia this summer with new vocalist Stu Block, Iced Earth decided to re-record the track and will be showcasing it live on their World Dystopia Tour.
“We wanted to say 'Thank You' to all of our loyal fans who have waited so long to hear us play ‘Dante’ again," Schaffer says. “So, we decided to give this to them, free. It’s because of our fans we’ve been able to make music all these years. This is a way to show how much we appreciate them.”
You can watch a video of Jon Schaffer and Stu Block, talking about the re-recording, below.