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Top Customer Reviews
As you probably know from reading all the reviews above that this CD is based on the story of the famous comic book hero known as Spawn. I know, I know it sounds corny, but you take away the pages of the comic and put it into jsut story form it is a tragic story of a man who is toruture because of a love that could never die, and that he could never give up.
The best song is "A Question of Heaven" This song starts slow and slowly gets faster and faster as the song goes along. It has a choir in it too, and that adds a little bit more to the song, I love when metal mixes in stuff like that, it just makes it seem like they put more work into it.
The other really good song on there is the song "I died for you" this song is fairly simple but on the whole it has great lyrics and a very catchy chorus.
So if you like all the other Iced Earth Albums this is a must have if you want to call yourself a true fan.
It took Iced Earth a pretty long time before they found a steady vocalist, but they finally did in the mid-nineties with Matt Barlow. The previous vocalists both caused problems for the band (one couldn't sing, and one didn't get along with the band), but Barlow seemed promising. In fact, he became the band's first "steady" vocalist (and to believe, the band was thinking about disbanding before they found him.) Burnt Offerings, the first album to feature him on vocals, proved that he had what it takes to make Jon Schaffer's visions of an excellent metal group a reality. For their 1996 album, The Dark Saga, the band decided to try something a little different than what they had done in the past, but at the same time, to keep the sound they had invented on their earlier albums. Read on for my review.
The Dark Saga is a rather interesting album, because it's a concept album about Spawn, the comic book character created by Todd McFarlane. McFarlane even created some damn fine cover art for the album. Iced Earth had proven in the past that they were very good at making concept albums, and for the most part, The Dark Saga proves to be no exception. With this album, the band sticks to the "death metal meets Metallica of all eras" sound that they used on Burnt Offerings, and this proves to work pretty well once again. It has often been said that Iced Earth's songwriting matured with the release of this album, and I agree. They had written excellent material in the past, but their songwriting really flourished with this release. Through and through, the album rocks hard. Perhaps the true highlight, though, is the "trilogy" of songs featured at the end.Read more ›
At the dawn of the 90s, Iced Earth managed to start off their career with three outstanding albums. The debut album featured a songwriting style which fell between both Iron Maiden and Metallica. The only factor that kept it from being as good as some of the others was vocalist Gene Adams, who lacked the talent level that the band's founder Jon Schaffer was trying to achieve. Jon Greely replaced him in the followup album, Night Of The Stormrider(1992), a majestic metal concept album which took the band to new heights. Although he was much better than Gene Adams, he ended up being kicked out due to his inability to work well with Schaffer. Thankfully, IE found their best vocalist with Matt Barlow on the next album Burnt Offerings(1995). It took three years to come out because the band was having issues with their record label, so the dark times of the band really showed on the album.
Now that the band is back on track and things are settling down, we arrive at IE's fourth album, Dark Saga. As everyone knows, it's a concept album based off of the comic book character Spawn. The front of the album even has awesome cover art drawn by Todd McFarlane himself. I never really read the comic, and other reviewers have already pretty much explained the story, so I'll give it in brief: A good man gets killed and sent to hell, but a demon gives him a deal to see his wife again with the catch being that he must sell his soul to the devil. He takes it and changes into a demon himself, but finds out his best friend married his wife in the meantime. His soul is still good though, yet no matter what good he tries to do everyone still hates him, and so he falls to hell in the end.Read more ›
After the financial failures of his first three masterpieces 'Iced Earth,' 'Night of the Stormrider,' and 'Burnt Offerings,' it would seem Jon Schaffer took a simpler, more commercial approach to songwriting, akin to Metallica's Black Album. HOWEVER--this isn't a bad thing! The result was a beautifully sleek concept album that is every bit as heavy as its predecessors. If you don't already know, this album takes you through the story of the comic-book character Spawn. Here we go...
Dark Saga: There is beauty in simplicity. Heavy as f***. A good part of this song consists simply of 3 power chords, but power chords are what Jon Schaffer knows how to do right. 9/10
I Died For You: A great heartfelt rocker about tragic love (I think I've heard that somewhere before...), if a bit forced. 8/10
Violate: Here's where you catch the Slayer influence. This is the most aggressive song on the album. Iced Earth actually pulls off that aggression-thrash stuff quite well. The instrumental passage at the end r0x my s0x. 9/10
The Hunter: I think the words I'm looking for are "F***ing cool". Again, very sleek and simple in its principle structure, but this is an absolutely amazing IE track. One of my all-time favorites. 10/10
The Last Laugh: Another aggressive track. Lyrics could be a bit better, but this track is so great that they can easily be overlooked. 8/10
Depths of Hell: Great song, but there's simply something... missing. Got a very heavy feeling to it. 7/10
Vengeance Is Mine: WOW. Extremely aggressive, yet extremely beautiful. Might be the best track on the album.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I wasn't too keen on this lbum when I first bought it, but it definately grew on me. Only 4.5 stars because it can't compare to Something Wicked this Way Comes or Glorious Burden... Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by JollyGreenMetalHead
In a word this cd is AWESOME!!! This is one of the few cds that I own that I love every song, from start to finish. Read morePublished on May 2 2004 by Zombie
I was seriously reluctant to buy this album after hearing it was a concept album based on the comic-book character "Spawn." I thought, "How incredibly cheesy! Read morePublished on April 21 2004 by D. Knouse
Now before I begin, I am not some expert song writer. I can't write lyrics for my life, and I will probably never be able too. However, I do know good lyrics from not so good ones. Read morePublished on Feb. 21 2004 by Bill Lockhart
This is definitly one of Iced Earth's best CDs. Packed with heavy riffs and a great vocal to back it up this album fulfils any metalheads standards. Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by The Fifth Horseman
First off I think this is one of their best albums with horror show I think being the best.But any how this album is a concept album about spawn which starts off with opening... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004 by Adam Lambert
First off I think this is one of their best albums with horror show being the best.But any how this album is a concept album about spawn which starts off with opening track... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
There are cross-sections of emotions that can be found on this CD. Songs like: "I Died For You", and "A Question Of Heaven", will bring you to tears. Read morePublished on Jan. 7 2004 by Parker Buessow