|1. Dark Saga|
|2. I Died For You|
|4. The Hunter|
|5. The Last Laugh|
|6. Depths Of Hell|
|7. Vengeance Is Mine The Suffering|
|9. Slave To The Dark|
|10. Question Of Heaven|
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... Read more