The Reckoning (2003.) Iced Earth's second EP.
Iced Earth has never been much of a band to release singles and EPs, instead focusing more on their albums. However, in late 2003, the band released its second EP, The Reckoning. However, there was a slight twist. Legendary vocalist Matt Barlow had just left the band. The vocalist who propelled the band to such high heights was no longer among them. Fortunately, the band got a new vocalist - Tim "Ripper" Owens, formerly Halford's replacement in Judas Priest. Having hated Judas Priest's Ripper era, I had doubts that Owens would do well in Iced Earth. Were these doubts well-founded or not? Read on for my review of The Reckoning EP.
This is a good EP, however every song from it is also available on the Glorious Burden album, which the band released not long afterwards. The title track is one of the finest tracks from this new era of the band, as is Valley Forge. The unplugged version of When The Eagle Cries is also nice (just so there's no confusion, this unplugged version of the album IS available on the European Tour edition of the album.) Like I said, this is an excellent EP, but why not just shell out the extra few bucks and get the album instead?
Unlike the band's previous EP, Melancholy, this one IS readily available in America (as of June 4, 2004.) Most major retailers of CDs carry it, so if you want to make the purchase, you shouldn't have a lot of trouble coming across it.
In the end, this is a very good EP, but it just isn't necessary since all of these songs are also available on the album. Take my advice - the album may cost a little more, but it's well worth it to shell out the extra cash and buy it instead.