I kinda came into Iced Earth late in the game. Some of the former members of the band include Howard Stern show castmember Richard Christie (drums) and Rob Halford's replacement in Judas Priest, Tim "Ripper" Owens (whose life was the basis for the Mark Wahlberg flick Rock Star). Iced Earth is essentially Jon Schaeffer as the rest of the band seems to change regularly. They are to my knowledge, the only rock band who ever wrote a song about the battle of Gettysburg. I've always thought that Iced Earth, like Kamelot, would have been huge in the States had they emerged in the late 80's. Still, they have a huge following in Europe.