Guitarist/founder Jon Schaffer is the only constant in Iced Earth. The Tampa based group started as Purgatory in '85 but changed their name to Iced Earth, inspired by a friend of Schaffer who died in a motorcycle accident. The group's self-titled debut dropped in '90 ('91 in the U.S.).
While band members came and went regularly, they had a long time vocalist in Matt Barlow. However, Barlow's first appearance didn't happen until the group's third album, '95's "Burnt Offerings." In '03 Barlow left, for the first time, after Schaffer became disenchanted with Barlow's vocal performance. Barlow went on to pursue a career in law enforcement.
Next up was Tim "Ripper" Owens who was famous for fronting a Judas Priest tribute band when he got the call to front the legendary group. Owens was still in Priest when Schaffer asked him to sing on '04's "The Glorious Burden," as a favor. But with the return of Rob Halford to Priest, Owens decided to join Iced Earth. With Owens, Iced Earth issued '07 set "Framing Armageddon."
Once again, Owens got bumped by a returning frontman when Barlow decided to come back after a five year hiatus. But his tenure on this go round was relatively short-lived, comprised essentially of the '08 set "The Crucible Of Man."
In early '11, Barlow announced his second departure stating he wanted to spend more time with his family. At that point, Into Eternity's vocalist Stu Block was added. His first album with the group was "Dystopia," released later that year.
1990 (U.K.)/'91(U.S.) Iced Earth
1991(U.K.)/'92 (U.S.) Night Of The Stormrider
1995 Burnt Offerings
1996 The Dark Saga
1998 Something Wicked This Way Comes
2001 Horror Show
2004 The Glorious Burden
2007 Framing Armageddon
2008 The Crucible Of Man