Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo in Jon Schaffer's Wicked Words Epic Tales

Jon Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory". He also sings in his side project Sons of Liberty and plays guitar for Demons and Wizards, his collaboration with Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch. He has now announced the release of his first-ever book, Wicked Words and Epic Tales. The book is the debut release from Schaffer and his new publishing company Wicked Words, LLC and is the first of many projects planned for future release by Schaffer.

Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo in Jon Schaffer Wicked Words Epic Tales

Wicked Words and Epic Tales is a collection of lyrics, interviews and pages of artwork that Schaffer's work has inspired throughout the years. The book is an anthology of lyrics from Schaffer that span his 35 years in making music in various projects including Iced Earth, Demons & Wizards, Sons of Liberty and Purgatory. The book comes in 2 covers: one created by Jonboy Meyers and another by Jim Balent and Roy Young and is over 200 pages. The coffee table art book also features original drawings from artists including Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo and Monte Moore. The book also features an audio CD of 15 tracks that is exclusively available with the purchase of the deluxe edition book. Dubbed "A Narrative Soundscape" by Schaffer, these recordings are a re-imagined delivery of the lyrics of Iced Earth songs created exclusively for this release. Longtime collaborator Jim Morris worked with Jon Schaffer of these versions. Fans can pre-order Wicked Words and Epic Tales through Kickstarter.

Todd McFarlane, Greg Capullo in Jon Schaffer Wicked Words Epic Tales

Artists that have contributed pieces for Wicked Words and Epic Tales include:

  • Jim Balent
  • Jonboy Meyers
  • Roy Young
  • David Newman-Stump
  • Todd McFarlane
  • Greg Capullo
  • Tim Vigil
  • Monte Moore
  • Danny Miki
  • Sun Khamunaki
  • John Gallagher
  • Emile Levaique
  • Richard Ortiz
  • John Giang
  • Felipe Machado
  • Jamie Tyndall
  • Dylan Andrews
  • Lucio Parrillo
  • Travis Smith
  • Nathan Perry
  • Leo Hao
  • Eliran Kantor
  • Axel Hermann

"I wanted to put something together that would be a truly unique experience not only for the fans of my bands, but for newcomers as well," explains Jon Schaffer. The track-listing for Wicked Words and Epic Tales is:

  1. 01. Dystopia (A Narrative Soundscape)
  2. 02. Declaration Day (A Narrative Soundscape)
  3. 03. Wolf (A Narrative Soundscape)
  4. 04. Dante's Inferno (A Narrative Soundscape)
  5. 05. Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (A Narrative Soundscape)
  6. 06. Dracula (A Narrative Soundscape)
  7. 07. Raven Wing (A Narrative Soundscape)
  8. 08. Angels Holocaust (A Narrative Soundscape)
  9. 09. The Clouding (A Narrative Soundscape)
  10. 10. Something Wicked Trilogy (A Narrative Soundscape)
  11. 11. Watching Over Me (A Narrative Soundscape)
  12. 12. Seven Headed Whore (A Narrative Soundscape)
  13. 13. Damien (A Narrative Soundscape)
  14. 14. A Question of Heaven (A Narrative Soundscape)
  15. 15. Come What May (A Narrative Soundscape)

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

twitter   facebook square   instagram   globe