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Glorious Burden (Ltd.Ed) [Limited Edition, Extra tracks]

Iced Earth Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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1. Star-Spangled Banner
2. Declaration Day
3. When the Eagle Cries
4. The Reckoning
5. Greenface
6. Attila
7. Red Baron/Blue Max
8. Hollow Man
9. Valley Forge
10. Waterloo
11. When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)
12. The Devil To Pay
13. Hold At All Costs
14. High Water Mark

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5.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth is the best. July 15 2004
Format:Audio CD
The cd opens with an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner". The next song pays tribute to the men who on July the 4th,1776 declared our independence from the rule of England. The next song is a tribute to the people who died on September 11th."The Reckoning" is a tribute to the sorry state that the west was in about 150 years ago. "Greenface" pays homage to our soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam. "Attila" honors his stand against the might of the Roman empire. "Red Baron/Blue Max"honors one of the greatest fighter pilots in history.I have one question for Tim Owens: Did the notes you hit in the chorus exist before you hit them? "Hollow Man" is an amazing song. I don't know what it is about,but it is a good song. "Valley Forge" is probably my favorite song on the cd because it speaks about something I'm passionate about. How would the soldiers who fought and died in the American Revolution look on us as Americans now? I agree with Jon Schaffer on this one. I think they would look on us in anger and disgust. This is a country composed mainly of ignorant and lazy people who through their laziness and ignorance toss into the wind the freedom that our forefathers fought and died for. Our forefathers died to give us the power to govern ourselves by voting for our leaders. Now people are refusing to fulfill their duty and privilege as Americans, that privilege and duty is to vote. Refusing to vote is telling the soldiers who died to give us this privilege that their sacrifice is worthless. Those of you who say this by refusing to vote, I hold a piece of dog poop in higher regard. To all the soldiers past,present and future who have served our country words can not express my respect and admiration for you. Thank You. Read more ›
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings April 2 2005
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Format:Audio CD
This is a hard album to enjoy unless you can either get into, or get beyond, the American jingoism. I've been unable to. Two songs dealing with the September 11 attacks are fine, although it's been over two years between the attacks and this album coming out; one would have thought that if Schaffer was that upset, he could have put something out earlier. It was a terrible thing that happened; the songs that it inspired have been equally terrible. Metallica's Don't Tread on Me coming out around the first Persian Gulf war helped kill my interest in Metallica, so you can probably see where I'm coming from.
Declaration Day is an awesome song. Otherwise, nothing's really blown me away. The lyrics sometimes seem to interfere with the music, which is something that Iron Maiden started running into with their musical history lessons (Alexander the Great, anyone?). To paraphrase Chuck D., you can teach the seminar, but you still have to rock the boulevard.
Unless you're American, love the States, or aren't bothered by the extreme patriotism, I wouldn't recommend this album. And now I'm in a quandry - this is the only Iced Earth I've ever heard. Would I like Iced Earth if I tried another album, or are the themes of the album just covering up the fact that I don't really like Iced Earth?
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5.0 out of 5 stars "If Need Be...We'll Die Free!" July 7 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Iced Earth release by far. Most of it is about American History, so If you want to get all patriotic for our country and rock out at the same time, pop this album in. They start off the album with a hardrocking version of the star spangled banner and launch right into Declaration Day, a five minute song of epic proportions about the signing of the declaration of independence and the following war for freedom. Later comes a very emtional rocking ballad, "When the Eagle Cries" about the September 11th terrorist attacks on our country and they sing about how we came together and though we wanted instant revenge we waited and calculated a more realistic and winning plot for redemption.
The best part of this album (on Disc two) and on disc one of the one disc version is the Gettysburg Trillogy. In three songs (totalling about a half hour) they sing and play the whole battle of Gettysburg, the most infamous battle of the Civil War. One of the most epic and just plain awesome conceptual tracks I have ever heard. Really puts me in the mood to watch some Cold Moutain.
Anyways, Tim "Ripper" Owens really kicks butt on this disc. I wish he would hang around for another. I would love a concept album by Iced Earth on the who civil war. That would be sweet!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Cd June 30 2004
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Alright, yeah yeah I know Matt Barlow was a great vocalist, but let's face the facts he's no longer with the band. So just suck it up and get on with your lives. The Glorious Burden is a tribute to John's love for history...if you noticed there are more than songs about America on here, and so what if he is pro America??? Would you all cry and whine and bitch if he was from somewhere like Canada or England. Probably not, but because he happens to like the country he is from this album will be ridiculed. If you don't like history and cannot look past the fact that Ripper is an excellent vocalist (or the album content for that matter), then you probably don't want to buy this cd. I saw the IE, COB, Evergrey tour, and it was one of the most phenominal concerts I have ever seen. Owens sang the older IE material like he was with the band from the beginning, he's an awesome vocalist with great range...superb highs and lows. If you cannot get the idea that he was Halford's replacement out of your mind you must be slow. Priest wanted Halford not Owens, so they had him sing like Halford. Schaffer wanted Owens not Halford or Barlow, so that is what he got TIM OWENS. Face it folks IE is not dead,nor did John sell out because he got Ripper he got the best man for the job....nothing against Barlow but remember Matt left the band he didn't get booted (AND HE TOO WAS AN AWESOME VOCALIST). Why should he stay somewhere where his heart wasn't anymore, and make it worse for the band? What he did was the best for both IE and himself. Anyway, this was an awesome album, and I cannot wait for more with Ripper Owens as the front man. Oh and by the way if you want some more complex riffs and harmonies listen to Dream Theater or Symphony X, not a POWER metal band....
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great lesson In American cival war history.
Tim ''The Ripper''Owens delivers once again in this epic tale of great battles in American Civil War History. Read more
Published on Nov. 17 2011 by nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth- One of the best power metal bands of all-time. It's...
The Glorious Burden is an amzing album and this album is amazing from beginning to end. This album is one of the best power metal albums of all-time and Iced Earth is one of the... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2006 by Vader
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best power metal albums of all-time
Iced Earth made a smart move when they tapped Tim Owens to become the new singer for the band. The future of power metal belongs to Iced Earth. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2006 by Vader
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry Iced Earth fans...
I had heard good things about Iced Earth and decided to pick up one of their albums. I ended up buying this one. Read more
Published on Aug. 8 2004 by "metalhead_hillbilly"
5.0 out of 5 stars Metal Resurrection
This is the best and most original concept metal album in years. The music on this album is very powerful. Read more
Published on July 19 2004 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible CD. Moving and Patriotic.
There is no need to review the rest of this CD, which is very good. The Gettysburg trilogy is worth the price of admission alone. Read more
Published on July 6 2004 by David M
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
After hearing that Matt Barlow had left the band & Tim 'Ripper' Owens had taken over lead vocals, I thought this is the end of what I consider to be one of the best metal bands... Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Mr. S. J. Seyboth
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem
Tim Owens is really a genius. He is the singer for a Judas priest cover band. JP hear about him and hire him as their new singer after Rob Halford leaves. Read more
Published on July 4 2004 by Offensive Donkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a chance...
Okay, so at first I didn't even want to hear this (Mr. Barlow being one of my favorite vocalists, ever). I finally got my nerve up and gave it a shot.... Read more
Published on July 3 2004 by Amanda L. Griffin
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album
...and while you are at it, get ALL of the Iced Earth albums, they are all outstanding. Even the self-titled debut, despite Gene Adam's vocals... Read more
Published on July 1 2004 by Layne
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