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now with that out of the way, every thing you loved about iced earth is intact: catchy, faced past songs, heavy guitar, amazing solos, really good sense of melody and the ever famous presence of the mixture of thrash metal and power metal rolled into one chugging iron maiden on steroids sound.
i feel that this album is very underrated. no one seems to mention this album when praising iced earth. ignore the vocals; a lot of bands (megadeth, exodus) have horrible singers but still manage to kick butt....just like this cd and this band.
Tracks 1 through 5 are just in your face rockers. Track 6 and 7 are instrumentals, with track 7 being one of the best ones i have ever heard but track 6 is just a stupid short interlude; waste of my time. Then track 8 finishes off the album nice and heavy just like it began.
all in all, it's definatly my least favorite iced earth album but that doesn't mean I hate it (i'm listening to it as i type this actually hehhe) and it could have been much better (left out track 6 and addes one more song) but it's still the great beginning of one of the best bands of all frickin time. enjoy!
In the eighties, heavy metal reigned supreme. But when the nineties came around, the rock music industry took a complete turn, and most of the "classic" metal bands slowly died out or changed their sound drastically to the point that no one liked them anymore. But, through the course of the nineties, one little metal band beautifully demonstrated that metal was far from dead - a little band called Iced Earth. Formed by guitar genius Jon Schaffer in the latter years of the eighties under the name Purgatory, the band got a record deal thanks to their demos, and in 1991, with vocalist Gene Adams at the helm, the band recorded their first full-length album. Read on for my review.
The band kicks things off with the title track. This is an excellent opening track, and it demonstrates beautifully that Jon Schaffer is one of the finest guitarists out there. Why is this guy so underrated? Track number two, Written On The Walls, is an interesting track in that it is a fast-paced heavy rocker featuring a melodic, acoustic interlude. For most bands, fusing these two styles into a single song would be a death trap, but Iced Earth pulls it off like it's nothing at all. Colors is another classic metal masterpiece. The next track, To Curse The Sky, isn't a whole lot different than its predecessors, but it's still a solid track overall. Next up we have Life And Death. This one starts slow and gloomy, but before you know it you have another all-out thrasher on your hands. An acoustic instrumental sequence entitled Solitude comes next, which fades into the next track - Funeral. Funeral is another instrumental, although it is divided into two separate parts by a vocal interlude. Once again, Schaffer steals the show with his guitar mastery.Read more ›
The riffs and song structures on this album, essentially the offspring of Iron Maiden and Metallica (with other influences of course, seen on IE's "Tribute to the Gods" album), would define IE's sound for the albums ahead.
Iced Earth: Excellent namesake for an excellent band. Great intro. 9/10
Written on the Walls: A very Iced Earth track, if you catch my meaning. The acoustic interludes heard in this song would become a trademark of the band. 8/10
Colors: Great riffs and whatnot, but what's up with the lyrics? Schaffer and the band were living in Florida at the time... and this is about NYC gangs. Well, whatever. 7/10
Curse the Sky: Another great track, though it doesn't really stand out. 8/10
Life and Death: Decent song with an interesting structure. 8/10
Solitude: Nice acoustic interlude. 8/10
Funeral: Ah, such a great instrumental (if you don't count the spoken word near the middle). 9/10
When the Night Falls: My favorite track on this album. Classic IE. 10/10
All in all I'm not sure this is exactly the best place to start with the band, but this album is an absolute necessity for recent initiates and seasoned veterans alike.
I'll just straight-out say what I don't like about this album: vocalist Gene Adam. Quite simply put, it sounds like he's dying. He can sometimes achieve fairly good growls, and his performances on "Written on the Walls" (the only song he wrote on this album) and "To Curse the Sky," he has a few highlights (just listen to his snarls in the chorus of the latter song - not bad!), but...I can see why Jon Schaffer wanted him out of the band. In the verses of the title track, Adam's screeches are just about unbearable. His wails, perhaps, could have been better on an agony-based song, but on a song such as "Iced Earth," he needs to sound powerful and evil, which he fails at. So there, that's the one thing I don't like about this album. There are better renditions of some of these songs on 1997's DAYS OF PURGATORY, but I don't recommend listening to that compilation first - one should listen to the originals first to better appreciate them. That's what I did!
There are some now-classic songs on this album, including the aforementioned "Iced Earth," "Colors," (one of my all-time favorite IE songs...well, at least when Matthew Barlow performed it), "The Funeral," and "When the Night Falls." But my absolute favorite song on the album is "Written on the Walls" - the atmospheric opening riffs, the fast pacing that slows down, then gets slower, and even slower...and then the acoustic fill in the bridge that has such a dark, icy feel to it...no pun intended.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a good debut album all in all. It suffers somewhat from the subpar production and from the vocalists terrible singing. Read morePublished on July 19 2004
Iced Earth's first album. They definitely had an impact on the underground metal scene. The songs are classics, but the vocals are HORRIBLE, like a really bad Rob Halford... Read morePublished on June 22 2004
Iced Earth's debut is one of the most RIFFtastic things I've ever heard. From Schaffer's pulverizing rhythm guitar to the soft melodic interludes...this has got it all. Read morePublished on March 26 2004 by N. Dunn
OK, I love Iced Earth, I have every cd and the eps too.Ive been reading the reviews on this cd and they all dont like Gene Adam. Read morePublished on March 10 2004 by Jake
This is the beginning of my all-time favorite Power Metal band, Iced Earth. If I was judging the album based on music alone, it would have received five stars, but I can't do... Read morePublished on Nov. 15 2003 by stanger