Iced Earth mastermind Jon Schaffer spoke in an interview with Andrew Epstein, and revealed the definition of their musical genre.

He said that ‘We’re not thrash – we’re not speed-metal, we’re not any of these things’. Here’s the statement:

“We’re a heavy metal band, I agree with you 1,000%. I mean, I think that a lot of power-metal stuff is kind of cheesy, actually. This is just something that I’m not into.

I don’t really like being with bands called that or get slumped into that because we’re not ‘that. We’re not thrash – we’re not speed-metal, we’re not any of these things. We have elements of everything, but we’re a heavy metal band, true to the fucking end, you know.

I think we define metal and I’ve always felt that way because it’s a rollercoaster ride of emotions when you listen to Iced Earth. There’s everything from Pink Floyd-style atmosphere to Slayer, you know, and all of the trips in between – that’s the thing.”

Andrew asked:

“When you’re writing and it comes out, do you immediately think, ‘Oh, this sounds like maybe three albums in the past’ – do you find that you have these certain modes?”

Jon responded:

“I think you may be referring to when I was early in the process [of writing]. I could feel it. I felt like these records will become classics, not necessarily sonically or even that the songs were really the same, it just was me saying, ‘I feel like this is going to be a classic record.’

I also am very aware that I don’t decide that, the fans do. So, that’s probably what you’re thinking. We were not sonically shooting for this album to sound like [1996’s] ‘The Dark Saga’ or anything, it’s just that when I say that, there are certain albums that are classics in the catalog, and I just felt like this is going to be one of those.

That takes time, in a few years we will know I’m right about that or not, the reaction that we’re getting from the fans I believe it will be, I felt that early on, you can usually tell if we’re on to something special.”

You can listen to the entire interview below. Click here for the source. (Ultimate-Guitar)