Iced Earth are one of the best bands in current American metal. I bought their 2001 album, Horror Show, not too long ago, and it blew me away. Some people argue that all the power ballads are too much. I deeply disagree, I think it's a pretty gutsy thing to do all those ballads (6 on this album to be exact.) The highlights of this album are the first three tracks, as well as the final three, which are known as the "Something Wicked Trilogy." The first three tracks are "Burning Times," "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)," and "Disciples of the Lie." The "Something Wicked Trilogy" consists of "Prophecy," "Birth of the Wicked," and "Coming Curse," which is another example of why Iced Earth always closes albums with style. Let's explain these 6 highlights.
"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.