first, i just gotta say that the vocals on this album are truly horrible. I mean, this guy (adams) makes dave mustaine look like matthew barlow. I am so glad that jon did not let this guy on their other cds. he is truly one of the worse, if not worse, singers I have ever heard in my life.
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!