Iced Earth and Sanctuary at Old National Center


On Thursday, February 22nd, the Old National Center located in downtown Indianapolis will be hosting a metal concert with two bands who have been around for some time. Both Iced Earth and Sanctuary will be playing on the 22nd. If you’re unfamiliar with either of these bands, keep reading. If not, you might still appreciate a quick refresher.

Iced Earth

Iced Earth is a metal band from Tampa, Florida that was formed back in 1985. While they’ve been around for over thirty years, they have plenty to show for it, with over eleven studio albums released throughout their career. Iced Earth released their self-titled debut album in 1990. Since then, they haven’t let much time pass between album releases, with their longest gap at four years. Iced Earth released their most recent album, “Incorruptible” in 2017.

According to their Facebook page, Iced Earth’s founder, Jon Schaffer “…has surrounded himself with some of the finest musicians in the world – including famed vocalists Matt Barlow, Tim Owens, and now Stu Block – to help bring his musical visions to life”. 

The members of Iced Earth are Jon Schaffer (guitar, vocals), Stu Block (lead vocals), Jake Dreyer (guitar), Luke Appleton (bass), Brent Smedley (drums). To find out more about Iced Earth, you can visit their website. You can also find Iced Earth on Facebook.


Sanctuary is a progressive metal band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1985, the same year as Iced Earth. Apparently, the band was discovered by Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine. According to the band’s profile page, “He [Mustaine] helped get the band signed to CBS/Epic Records, produced their first album, and took them on the road with Megadeth”. 

While Sanctuary has been around for quite awhile, they have a smaller number of releases to their name than Iced Earth. Beginning with their debut album “Refuge Denied” in 1988, Sanctuary released a total of five studio albums over the course of their career. Their most recent, “Inception” came out in February, 2017. Their fifth album “Dead Again” has yet to be released.

The members of Sanctuary are Lenny Rutledge (guitar), Attila Vörös (guitar), Dave Budbill (drums), and George Hernandez (bass). After the death of singer Warrel Dane, Joseph Michael will be providing vocals for Sanctuary’s live performances.

For more information on Sanctuary, you can find them on Facebook.


The show at the Old National Center starts at 7:30 pm, and the doors open at 6:30. Tickets for the show are starting at twenty-five dollars.



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