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Melancholy EP, Import

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Originally released as a 5 track vinyl EP these tracks are now available with two more to make up this 7 song CDEP. Includes their cover versions of Bad Company' s 'Shooting Star', Black Sabbath's 'Electric Funeral', and Judas Priest's cover of 'The Ripper'.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Cool EP with some great covers Jan. 13 2004
By Justin G. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Iced Earth released The Melancholy EP in 2001 as a stop-gap between Something Wicked This Way Comes and Horror Show. It clocks in at just over 30 minutes, and features seven powerful metal songs, four of which are exclusive to this release. Here's the breakdown:

1. Melancholy (Holy Martyr) - This originally appeared on Something Wicked This Way Comes.
2. Shooting Star - This is a cover of the Bad Company hit. It's a weird song for such a heavy and dark metal band to cover, but they do a good job with it.
3. Watching Over Me - Another track from Something Wicked This Way Comes.
4. Electric Funeral - This is a cover of the Black Sabbath classic. They do a good job, but something from a Dio-era Sabbath album would have been a much better fit for Iced Earth's style.
5. I Died For You - This originally appeared on the The Dark Saga album.
6. The Ripper - This is a cover of the Judas Priest classic. I found this one an ironic choice given that former Priest vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens joined Iced Earth (briefly) not long after this was released. Barlow absolutely kills on this song.
7. Colors (live) - This live song was recorded during the Alive in Athens shows, but for whatever reason wasn't included on that release.

Obviously the cover songs are the main attraction here, especially since none of the three were included on the Tribute to the Gods album. Since you can buy those songs individually in MP3 format, The Melancholy EP is really only a must-have for serious Iced Earth fans.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A fine assortment of obscurities and ballads Dec 22 2003
By Barry Lee Dejasu - Published on
Format: Audio CD
On this, Iced Earth's 2000 E.P., are seven tracks both well-known and -liked, as well as unheard and elsewhere unavailable. The former include three ballads: "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)" and "Watching Over Me," from the great SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and "I Died For You," from THE DARK SAGA. These songs are all well-known to any Iced Earth fan, and show the passionate, emotional side of the band. However, because they're so well-known, I won't get into them here.
The last track, "Colors," was supposed to have been included on their live album, ALIVE IN ATHENS, but for some reason did not make the final cut (but thankfully it is available like this!). This is a great, uber-heavy thrasher, and their performance of it is pristine.
The other three songs, however, are excellently rendered covers. Two are classic metal songs, Black Sabbath's "Electric Funeral," and Judas Priest's "The Ripper." These bands are both obvious - and traditional - influences on Iced Earth, and let me tell you now, Iced Earth's renditions ROCK.
"Electric Funeral" is well-executed, with the same chugging rhythms that came naturally to Sabbath, only far heavier here with Jon Schaffer's ultra crunches. Not to knock the great Ozzy, but Matthew Barlow's snarling wails far outdo the original singer's performance. As well, session drummer Mark Prator is, as usual, perfect. Definitely one of the best Black Sabbath covers I've ever heard.
"The Ripper" is a rip-snorting thrash piece, even before the days of thrash. The guitars shred, the drums pound away, and Christ, Barlow's VOCALS - he could replace Rob Halford any day of the week. It is kind of funny now that Iced Earth covered that song; after Halford left Judas Priest, he was replaced by Tim "Ripper" Owens; later, when Barlow left Iced Earth, Tim Owens replaced HIM. It might be kind of interesting to hear Iced Earth cover this song in concert!
Much like the TRIBUTE TO THE GODS cover album, one of the songs here is a rather surprising selection. One would think that a metal band would have all metal songs for covers, but on that album there are covers of songs from AC/DC and Blue Öyster Cult! So here it is less of a surprise that there is a cover of a Bad Company song, "Shooting Star," a heartfelt ballad about the life of a rock star. Matthew Barlow makes an excellent vocal performance, and is one of the most emotional singers I've ever heard. Larry Tarnowski's solo shines, too.
This is a great little miscellaneous collection; songs not available elsewhere are here, and are excellent. Yes, I know it's a hard-to-find import, but this is not just another E.P. that you might want to toss after a few listens. For any REAL Iced Earth fan, this is a must.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A great band and some great covers July 25 2007
By Don - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Iced Earth is a great metal band . On this ep they have 4 originals (nothing unreleased or rare)and they chose a few great songs to cover . Priest's "The Ripper" , Sabbath's "Electric Funeral" and to me an odd choice , but i'm glad they did it , Bad Company's "Shooting Star" . These 3 covers are all excellent versions of classic songs by classic bands . If you're an Iced Earth fan i'm sure you'll have the 4 original from their original releases , the covers are worth ever cent of the price . 5 STARS ALL THE WAY !!!!!!!!!
black sabbath's electric funeral!!!! gotta have it Feb. 1 2012
By john F'n doe - Published on
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well few bands can cover the almighty black sabbath this well I personally don't like iced earth much but they can surly hit a home run with electric funeral few can capture the mood this well!A+ for the cover B- for the rest but i'm not a fan.

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