Jon Schaffer himself has published the news about the band.
Schaffer wrote on the band’s Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth ):
I want to thank you very much for the Happy Birthday wishes! Myself and the band are blessed to have fans like you guys. As you can see in the photo, Stu and I are about to chow on a very funny cake that friends and family made for me. We are in South America working on the songs for the next Iced Earth studio album and hanging out with some very dear friends. The metal is most certainly flowing! You’re going to love this next one!!!
Best to you all, and thanks again!
ICED EARTH’s 10th studio offering, “Dystopia”, was released in Europe on October 17, 2011 and in the U.S. on October 18 via Century Media Records. You can view the video of the song “Dystopia” below.