On January 24th, Iced Earth joins 39 other metal bands from around the world on the four-day 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise – and promises one hell of a show.

“I’m excited,” said Iced Earth founder Jon Schaffer. “We’ve been looking forward to this for months. This is our first show of 2011 so we intend to go balls-to-the-wall and make some of our own waves in the Caribbean.”

Drummer Brent Smedley and lead guitarist Troy Seele agree.

“We are so excited about the 70,000 Tons of METAL cruise,” Smedley said. “So many great bands all in one place! Also, we look forward to hanging out with all of the fans. What better way to start the new year than with TONS of METAL, 2,000 fans, and 24/7 bars. Let the Metal flow, cruise-ship style!”

Said Seele: “The band is excited to be able to get so close to the fans. What better way than to be on a floating island of metal?”

Iced Earth is scheduled to play two blistering one-hour sets, comprised of some two-dozen fan-favorite songs. This promises to be a banner year for Iced Earth. Not only is a new album in the works for release late 2011 (followed by a world tour), but Iced Earth will release a 6-hour, three-concert live DVD this Spring. Plus, the band was recently confirmed to play European festivals Wacken, Graspop, and Rock am Härtsfeldsee. More festival dates will be announced soon on the band’s official web site, MySpace, and Facebook pages.

A limited number of tickets may still be available at the 70,000 Tons of Metal web site.