This has to be Iced Earth's Darkest album, the music itself has an eerie heavy feel, as well as the lyrics. Jon Schaffer's lyrics on this album are dark and gloomy, with him dealing with hard times from the record company, along with a few dark fantasy songs in it as well, which some are about Vampires in the night, lovers killing themselves because they cannot be together in life, and a trip through Hell. With long complex songs, and different layers of music from galloping shredding rythm guitars, to eerie keyboards for a fresh sounding atmosphere, to acoustic guitar passage that adds a unique sound then the previous Iced Earth records. Matt Barlow also was a great choice for a vocalist, from deep death metal like growls to high pitch screams; he is possibly Iced Earth's best vocalist as one who is not a fan of the "Glorious Burden" might say. This would be a perfect place to start for people who are just getting into Iced Earth and an essential to people who are already Iced Earth fans.