- Audio CD (Mar 5 2002)
- Number of Discs: 5
- Format: Import, Box set, Original recording remastered
- Label: Century Media
- ASIN: B000062TAF
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
|1. Enter The Realm (Demo)|
|2. Colors (Demo)|
|3. Nightmares (Demo)|
|4. Curse The Sky (Demo)|
See all 6 tracks on this disc
|1. Iced Earth|
|2. Written On The Walls|
|4. Curse The Sky|
See all 8 tracks on this disc
|1. Angels Holocaust|
|3. The Path I Choose|
|4. Before The Vision|
See all 9 tracks on this disc
|1. Burnt Offerings|
|2. Last December|
See all 8 tracks on this disc
|1. Creatures Of The Night|
|2. Number Of The Beast|
|3. Highway To Hell|
|4. Burnin' For You|
See all 11 tracks on this disc
-In this box set, you get three of the band's classic albums - their self-titled debut, Night of the Stormrider, and Burnt Offerings.
-The previously released albums have been remixed. Normally remixing a classic albums kills the sound - but here it improves it greatly!
-You also get Tribute to the Gods, an album featuring nothing but cover tunes. The band gets to pay homage to all their favorite artists, like ACDC, Blue Oyster Cult, KISS, and Iron Maiden.
-The fifth and final disc of this set is Enter The Realm, a very early set of demos not available outside this set. This disc alone makes the set to any Iced Earth die-hard.
-The set is a better value than buying albums separately. This makes the set a good place to start if you're just getting into the band.
-Rather obviously, the set doesn't cover the band's complete discography. For example, the band's 2003 release, Glorious Burden, isn't here.
-The set is out of print and difficult to find. This is a real shame, because this set is great. And, of course, the Enter The Realm demo disc isn't available anywhere outside this set.
-Fans who already own the original CD releases of the albums may not want to buy them again. Although these remixed versions sound better than the originals (much better, actually), they're not good enough to merit buying the albums again.
Overall this is an excellent set, and I strongly recommend it to ANYONE who likes the band, whether you're a casual or a die-hard fan. Iced Earth is one hell of a band, and this set will prove it.
Enter the Realm-I didn't think I would like this but I actually enjoyed listening to it. I like the song 'nightmares' although I have no idea what the singer is saying at one point during the song. I think the lyrics as written in the album liner are "I am the god of fear" but it sounds like he's saying "Me, me, the goblin beer" or something like that.
Iced Earth-This album sounds better than the original but the singer is still awful, though in a good way. No amount of remixing is going to fix that.
Night of the stormrider-My favorite Iced Earth album redone. I like the new intro to 'angels holocaust' but the remixed stormrider is not too high on my list. The echo effect is unintentionally hilarious. "Fight on, grab on, stormrider, stormrider...rider! That last 'rider' always cracks me up.
I like the version of 'pure evil'. They eliminated the goofy robotic voice at the end of the song and made it sound more natural.
Burnt Offerings-This album is probably the most improved of the three. The echo effects in the title track actually improve the song(at least to me) and the mixing seems to have given the album more balance. I also like the double bass at the end of 'Dante's inferno'.
Tribute to the gods-A good tribute album. I particularly enjoyed their rendition of 'dead babies' one of my favorite Alice Cooper songs. 'Creatures of the night' and 'hallowed be thy name' are pretty good too.
Another cool thing about this album is the artwork which is very flashy and grand(Though the artwork for Burnt Offerings seems a bit cheesy and cliche)It looks like something from a comic book or graphic novel. At any rate if you like Iced earth or even just like metal you should buy this set.
This box set is a somewhat cheap and great introductory for new fans. I'm now in the process of buying the original 3 CDs, because of, again, lack of booklets, and Century Media will stop selling the original copies of those CD's too.