After Iced Earth guitarist/songwriter Jon Schaffer was arrested for participating in the 1/6/2021 storming of the U.S. Capitol, he seems to have been dropped from the Century Media roster. All mentions of Iced Earth / Demon & Wizards are now removed from the Century Media artist roster. While the label hasn’t said anything publicly, it’s pretty clear what has happened. Ariel Pink was dropped this week from Mexican Summer records for attending the Trump’s rally, but not participating in the capitol building’s storming.
Schaffer faces six charges including:
Engaging in the act of physical violence in a Capitol building,
Knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority,
Disrupting the orderly conduct of government business,
Violent entry and disorderly conduct in a Capitol building,
Engaging in an act of physical violence in a Capitol building, and
Demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
Allegedly, he was brandishing bear mace which was used against capitol police.
Members of Iced Earth are distancing themselves from Schaffer. They posted on Instagram to denounce the raid on the capitol:
“We want to thank those of you who have sent words of support in recent days,” they wrote on Sunday (Jan. 10) in a post shared on bassist Luke Appleton and singer Stu Block’s Instagram pages. “Some of you have been concerned by our silence, which we understand. We needed some time to properly process the information and find out some facts before we made a statement.”
Regardless of where you stand on this debate, it seems Jon Schaffer has been canceled!
Back in November, Schaffer was interviewed and said, “They will go down. They’re messing with the wrong people, believe me…If someone uses violence against us, we will react accordingly. Schaffer expressed his distrust of the US government, stating he was neither “a left-or-right guy.”
“I’m an American – that’s my country, that’s where I live,” he said. “I don’t trust my government. I don’t give a shit if it’s an ‘R’ or a ‘D’ next to the name of the person. I try to understand the bigger picture. I’ve done a lot of reading and a lot of studying. I’m a man of my convictions, and I don’t say stuff that I don’t truly believe.”
He continued, “You can’t put your hope into one president or one person, or a mayor or a governor or whatever. You’ve gotta be out there and actively put pressure on these people, let ’em know you’re paying attention. If you’re not paying attention, they’re gonna rob you and steal everything. Your freedom, too. Not just your money. They’re gonna steal your fucking freedom. ‘Cause they’re a bunch of sick control freaks.”
This list is compiled from CD acquired while buying metal CD collections in the year of 2020. It is by no means a comprehensive list of every metal CD out there, these are just ones we have first-hand experience with. The values we had assigned is is based what we have sold them for and is not an aggregate.
1. Urn – 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life – NSOL001
Urn – 666 Megatons CD 2006 No Sign Of Life – NSOL00 – the special edition from this Finish thrash/black metal band that includes the DVD is RARE. Urn was a cool proto-Black Metal sound similar to “Show NoMercy” era Slayer – the full edition which includes a live DVD is almost impossible to find and goes for north of 100 bucks on a regular basis.
Sold 10/1 $159.00
2. The Black – The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records NR 003
The Black – The Priest Of Satan CD 1994 Necropolis Records NR 003 – this CD has been re-issued several times including more recently on Osmose Productions – if you can find the original on Necropolis Records it can be worth a pretty penny
Sold 9/11 $99.95
3. Swans – Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records – YG03
Swans – Swans Are Dead CD 1998 Young God Records – YG03 – although The Swans are not technically a metal band, it is quite common to see their brand of gothic rock to be turning up in collections we buy. Original pressing of their CDs are very hard to come by and re-issues aren’t that common either, making most every CD in their catalog quite valuable.
Sold 8/8 – $79.95
4. Ingested – The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records
Ingested – The Surreption CD 2012 Siege of Amida Records – I will be honest when I first saw this one I thought it might be a fluke, but upon some investigation copies of those are really scarce and sell for north of $100 on Discogs on a monthly basis. It is also worth noting that Ingested sounds like a $99 per CD band, they play some ridiculously tight technical death metal and are one of my new favorites.
Sold 12/29 – $99.95
5. Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records – CDGR002
Xibalba – Ah Dzam Poop Ek CD 2005 Guttural Records – CDGR002 Mexico – the original pricing from Mexico only list eight tracks, there are later reissues, but if you can find the first one it is quite valuable.
Sold 7/11 – $74.99
6. Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records – SR-216 $74.95
Baphomet – Death In The Beginning CD 2012 Sevared Records – SR-216 – Includes the advance tape from 1990. Many songs were subsequently renamed includes the “Boiled in Blood” live 7″ as a bonus.
Sold 9/10 – $74.95
7. Devourment – Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005
Devourment – Molesting The Decapitated CD 1999 United Guttural UGR 005 – I was actually surprised that this one didn’t sell for more, this is the original version of this death metal classic from this brutal Texas-based outfit. Beware, there are many bootlegs floating around of this release.
Sold 8/9 $74.95
8. Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within CD 2003 Roadrunner
Suffocation – Effigy of the Forgotten/Pierced from Within 2x CD 2003 Roadrunner (2 From The Vault Series) – almost all of the CDs from Roadrunner’s discontinued “2 From The Vault” series fetch a pretty penny. Some other big ones to look for are Obituary and Exhorder.
Sold 7/7 – $74.95
9. Ancient Wisdom – For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music
Ancient Wisdom – For Snow Covered The Northland CD 1996 Avantgarde Music – this CD from this summer obscure but extremely talented Italian progressive black metal band is extremely hard to find, not to mention the music is amazing. These guys should’ve been much bigger!
Sold 6/6/ – $69.95
10. Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD 2008 Revolver USA
Amebix – No Sanctuary: The Spiderleg Recordings CD [Digipak] 2008 Revolver USA – although this one might fall more into the crust punk genre, Ambix is still quite popular among the metal crown. This gym was in wider distribution on Alternative Tentaclesbut if you can find the original it’s worth quite a bit.
The Arcturus “Constellation” was released in a very limed run of just 500 copies in 1997. The first 500 copies are hand-numbered, and includes a black and white poster. The first pressing copies of this album are very rare and go for north of $300 on Discogs. From time to time, you can pick up a copy on eBay, but not often.
Arcturus’s style is quite different from most Noweiegen black metal bands. It includes elements of power metal, has some early keyboard/symphonic influences. This release featured Garm on vocals and Samoth on guitar, which was the line-up that recorded the “Constellation” mini-album. It was released on Nocturnal Art Productions in 1994. Samoth left the band in 1995 after an arrest for church burnings. Here is a selection from Youtube…
Arcturus – Constellation Full Album
Track List and Info
Arcturus – Constellation Label: Nocturnal Art Productions – ECLIPSE006 Limited Edition, Numbered Country: Norway Released: 1997 Genre: Black Metal
A1 Raudt Og Svart A2 Wintry Grey A3 Naar Kulda Tar (Frostnettenes Prolog) A4 Du Nordavind B1 My Angel B2 Morax B3 Morax (Anno 1996 Ev) B4 Outro (Radiant Star Befallen)
Black Message is an unofficial bootleg release that came out in 1986 on a German label. The first version of the album had a white label with no writing or information on it. Because of the unofficial nature of this release, it is blocked for sale on Discogs. You can find it on eBay and it usually costs around $400 for the black version. There is also a multicolor swirl version that was released in 1986. It usually sells for a higher price — but collectors like the black version better because it comes with a real sleeve.
Photos Of Record and Sleeve
A1 Curse Of The Pharaohs 4:09
A2 Shadow Night 7:05
A3 Black Message 4:23
A4 Evil 5:03
B1 Gypsy 3:09
B2 Into The Coven 5:21
B3 Welcome Princess Of Hell 5:20
B4 A Dangerous Meeting 6:20
Tracks 1 and 2 on side A were recorded in Denmark Fall 1981.
Tracks 3 on side 1 to 2 and side B were recorded in Hilversum 21 January 1984.
Tracks 3 and 4 on side B were recorded in Eindhoven 19 January 1984.
TheMercyful Fate – “Live In Copenhagen ’82” LP is a rare bootleg that was released in 1987 on from Stone Records, Inc. the catalog number is MV 16 if you have the first pressing. There are 5 other pressings (4 in 1987 and one more in 2011). The country of origin of the first pressing is not known, although later pressings are believed to have originated in France. The album has no writing on the label and it’s just a blank white label as can be seen below.
This release is blocked from sale on Discogs, what versions of this album to become available on eBay from time to time. The last copy sold for approximately $400.
AUDIO (FULL ALBUM ON YOUTUBE)
Because it is an on official bootleg recording the sound quality is somewhat poor although it could be worse.
It’s really hard to find good heavy metal vinyl collections, this is a rare exception. I managed to pick this one up with someone in Pittsburgh who answered my ad seeking vinyl collections. I paid a pretty penny for this collection, but it’s well worth it as is all the vinyl is in near-mint condition and contained many HUGE TILES (most first press). Check out this video of the unboxing.
Cryptic Slaughter was a band from Southern California that came out in the early 80s and was the first to combine thrash metal with hardcore punk and some credit as being the godfathers of the grindcore movement. Convicted was the best known album along with Money Talks.
Earlier this month, members of the Iranian death metal band Arsames. were arrested. According to Metal Injection “The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for being in a satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government.”The band Arsames was arrested and charged with 15 years in jail for being in a satanic metal band and being against the Islamic government.”
The band has been active since 2002, despite playing death metal being considered illegal in the country. The government recognizes metal as “satanic music”, which is not allowed to be played in the country. They have played festivals all over the region, in places like Turkey, Dubai and Armenia.
Night is over Now it’s dawn Your final day Has begun Hear the steps On the floor Hear the sounds Of the opened door Too proud to scream Too proud to beg for mercy You will die by the executioner’s hand
Under The Guillotine
Tears are running Down your cheeks As you see The axe of death You were a prisoner Didn’t care about the rules Now it’s time To pay for the fools