|1. Burning Times|
|2. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)|
|3. Disciples Of The Lie|
|4. Watching Over Me|
|5. Stand Alone|
|7. My Own Savior|
|8. Reaping Stone|
|9. 1776 (Instrumental)|
|10. Blessed Are You Something Wicked (Trilogy)|
|12. Birth Of The Wicked|
|13. The Coming Curse|
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 ›
Ever since the dawn of the 90s, Iced Earth has been releasing numerous heavy metal masterpiece albums,... Read more