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Iced Earth proud of first-week chart positions

Iced Earth announced their first-week chart positions for Dystopia – their new album – which includes the band’s highest-ever debut on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart:

United States – 67

Germany – 23

Austria – 51

Switzerland – 53

UK (Rock Chart) – 18

Holland – 85

Belgium – 96

“I’m pleased with how well Dystopia has been received by fans and critics alike,” said Iced Earth leader Jon Schaffer. “We knew it was a special album while we were making it. But it’s always gratifying to know that others also appreciate the time and effort we put into it. We owe our fans a big Thank You for helping the album chart so highly around the world.”

To celebrate Dystopia‘s runaway success, the band chose today to debut the first music video from the album. “Dystopia,” the title track, can be viewed here. The release of Dystopia will be followed by the most extensive world tour Iced Earth has ever undertaken. The European leg of the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour has been posted on Iced Earth’s official web site, as well as on all of its official social-media sites. The tour begins October 30th in Bochum, Germany. A concert in Cyprus – a first for Iced Earth – was just announced. The date is December 15th, 2011. Here is the complete list of European tour dates:

ICED EARTH 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour (Europe)

30.10.2011 D Bochum Zeche

01.11.2011 NL Amsterdam Melkweg

02.11.2011 NL Uden De Pul

03.11.2011 B Antwerp Trix

04.11.2011 UK London O2 Islington Academy

05.11.2011 UK Birmingham O2 Academy

06.11.2011 UK Bristol O2 Academy

08.11.2011 F Paris Alhambra

09.11.2011 F Lyon Transbordeur

10.11.2011 E Barcelona Salamandra 1

11.11.2011 E Madrid Sala Heineken

12.11.2011 E Bilbao Rock Star Live

14.11.2011 I Milano Alcatraz

15.11.2011 I Rome Alpheus

18.11.2011 GR Athens Gagarin 205

19.11.2011 GR Athens Gagarin 205

20.11.2011 GR Thessaloniki Principal Club

21.11.2011 BL Sofia Yubileina Hall

22.11.2011 RM Bucarest The Silver Church

23.11.2011 SRB Belgrade SKC

24.11.2011 HN Budapest Club 202

25.11.2011 SK Bratislava Majestic Music Club

26.11.2011 PL Warsaw Stodola

27.11.2011 LT Vilnius Forum Palace

29.11.2011 RUS Moscow Milk

01.12.2011 FIN Helsinki Nosturi

03.12.2011 DK Copenhagen The Rock

04.12.2011 D Hamburg Markthalle

06.12.2011 D Herford X

07.12.2011 D Köln Essigfabrik

08.12.2011 D München Backstage Werk

09.12.2011 D Geiselwind Christmas Metal Festival

10.12.2011 CH Pratteln Z7

11.12.2011 D Ludwigsburg Rockfabrik

13.12.2011 TR Istanbul Refresh The Venue

15.12.2011 CYP Nicosia Pavilion

Fury UK and White Wizzard join Iced Earth on all European tour dates, except for Russia, Turkey, and Cyprus.

Visit Iced Earth online at www.IcedEarth.com