Something Wicked This Way
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|5. Stand Alone|
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|8. Reaping Stone|
|9. 1776 (Instrumental)|
|10. Blessed Are You Something Wicked (Trilogy)|
|12. Birth Of The Wicked|
|13. The Coming Curse|
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Don't get me wrong, this album had a lot of strong points and I would defiently reccomend this album to any Iced Earth Fan because even with a few bad tracks this cd still kicks but. This album seems to have a little but of a religious theme, with a lot of songs about angels, jesus, corrupt priests and of course the anti-christ.
One of the best things on this album is the fourth song. THis song is for all the people that are big fans of the songs like Ghost of Freedom, and A question of Heave.It is about a guy who lost his freind but now he feels his angel guiding him through hard times. It is very good, and can be intense at some moments, which is somthing I love when listening to music.
So agian I Definitly reccomend this cd, just make sure that you buy Dark Saga and Horor Show First.
"Burning Times" opens the album with a bang. Though not particularly fast, it is punishingly heavy, and it has a great riff that draws the listener in. "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)" is Iced Earth's third best ballad (the only ones that are better are "Dracula" and "I Died For You".) "Disciples of the Lie" is even heavier than "Burning Times," and it's also about twice as fast. "Prophecy," "Birth of the Wicked," and "Coming Curse" tell one large story over three songs. The story is very gripping, and "Coming Curse" is nearly ten minutes long. All the rest of the tracks are good, too. So if you are looking for a great power metal record, or want to get into Iced Earth, then this and/or Horror Show is a good start.
Iced Earth is an interesting band in that their career has consisted of so many unique eras. Unfortunately, with the arrival of vocalist Matt Barlow, the band entered into somewhat of an identity crisis. The albums that the band had released before the arrival of Barlow, self-titled and Night Of The Stormrider, featured an awesome neo-classic power metal sound that was difficult to top. Barlow, on the other hand, begin to take the band in more of a death metal-styled direction. This really showed on Burnt Offerings and The Dark Saga. Band leader/rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer must have realized that the band needed to rediscover their roots, because their fifth album, 1998's Something Wicked This Way Comes, features them returning to them. Was this a smart move? Read on for my review.
The return to normalcy for Iced Earth proved to be the smartest move of their career up to the time. With Something Wicked This Way Comes, the band manages to return to the melodic power rock sound that they created on 1992's Night Of The Stormrider, but at the same time manages to fuse it together with the death metal-style influence of Matt Barlow. The end result is Iced Earth's strongest album in many years. New guitarist Larry Tarnowski is no slouch in the quality department either. I had my doubts that this guy would be able to live up to the incredibly high standards of his predecessor, but he manages to do it nonetheless. Through the course of the album, the band manages to serve up a variety of excellent songs. The songs range from all-out death metal thrash rockers to slower, melodic ballads, and everything in between.Read more ›
Here Jon Schaffer's excellent songwriting merges perfectly with Matthew Barlow's killer-voice.
The disk is packed with highlights: "Burning Times", the opener, is a straight rocker and immediately caught my attention when I first listened to it. It is followed by "Melancholy", IE's arguably most famous track to date. "Watching Over Me" is a heartfelt song about a deceased friend of Schaffer's, and features a great sing-along-chorus. The next top-track is "My Own Savior", note the powerful bass and rhythm-guitar work (this song being pure HEAVY-METAL).
IE's most recent effort ("The Glorious Burden") features 2 songs about the American War of Independence. On "SWTWC" there's an instrumental dealing with the same topic: "1776". Schaffer said he didn't dare trying to explore this historical setting on a lyrical level, so he concentrated fully on the music, with success.
"Blessed Are You" is another "Power-Ballad"-style track with superb guitar-solo.
The CD is concluded by the "Something Wicked"-trilogy (consisting of the tracks "Prophecy", another example of Schaffer's rhythm-guitar prowess, "Birth Of The Wicked", an awesome heavy song, and finally "The Coming Curse", which starts with a one minute piano-intro and then starts rockin' like hell.).
As mentioned before, if you think you're into Power-Metal, you better own this or get it. Soon.
Most recent customer reviews
this cd is awsome, matt barlow sounds great, love the bonus tracks! I love iced earth, great metal band! you won't be disapointedPublished 21 months ago by robert j lynn
Iced Earth is one of those metal bands that is underappreciated and under-rated. Something wicked this way comes is my favorite Iced Earth album and the songs on this album will... Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2006 by Jason Hutton
This one is right up there with "Dark Saga" with great musicianship(as always with IE) and outstanding vocals by Barlow. Album flows great from start to finish.. Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by M J
Something Wicked This Way Comes(1998). Iced Earth's fifth studio album.
Ever since the dawn of the 90s, Iced Earth has been releasing numerous heavy metal masterpiece albums,... Read more
While there are some excellent songs here, this album simply is not the "masterpiece" that so many claim. Read morePublished on April 27 2004 by D. Knouse
When I litened to clips of this album and read reviews here on Amazon I thought Iced Earth might be my next favorite band. I finally bought the cd. Read morePublished on April 17 2004 by Dylan Hoff
ok i am a fan of ballads but these ballads are a bit crappy and there are a lot in almost every song,the best on this album is disciples of the lie and stand alone thats it but... Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by Stuart Driver