Tribute to the Gods
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It seems crazy to cover definitive metal songs such as "Highway to Hell," "God of Thunder," and "Screaming for Vengeance" unless you are trying to redefine heavy metal, which surely isn't Iced Earth's intention. For their many young fans, however, Tribute to the Gods is a crash beginner course in headbanging history. In the early 1980s, these same Judas Priest, Kiss, and AC/DC songs first spun Iced Earth's Jon Schaffer into a vortex of metal mania. Now, his version of Iron Maiden's classic "Hallowed Be Thy Name" will surprise those who think Papa Roach only borrows riffs as a last resort. Strong on dueling midtempo guitars, the band tackles Blue Öyster Cult's "Burnin' for You" with finesse. There's a lack of energy, however, on some of the simpler songs. Inadvertently, Tribute proves Iced Earth belong with imitative second-wave bands like Accept and Helloween. --Ian Christe
Top Customer Reviews
For nearly fifteen years, Iced Earth had managed to win audiences all the world over with their own breed of neo-classic metal. When heavy metal was dying in the nineties, Iced Earth was one of the few metal bands that managed to survive. Needless to say, the band has a number of influences. And what better way to pay homage to their influences than with a tribute? On 2002's Tribute To The Gods, Iced Earth covers a number of songs by various classic hard rock and heavy metal artists. How does it measure up? Read on for my review.
It's hard to cover the classics that Iced Earth covers on this album, but they do a very good job. One of the bands that was a big time influence to Iced Earth was, of course, the British metal legends Iron Maiden. Two Maiden cuts are covered on this release, The Number Of The Beast and Hallowed Be Thy Name. Although the cover of Beast is mediocre (it sounds like Barlow is trying to mimic Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson a bit too much), the gloomy yet heavy stylings of Hallowed Be Thy Name are given new life by Iced Earth. No, this doesn't top the original, but it comes very close. The band also covered Iron Maiden's Transylvania, but that recording is only available on the bonus disc included with initial pressings of the Horrow Show album. Next up we have ACDC. On this album, the band covers It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock And Roll) and Highway To Hell. Once again, the band manages to cover these songs pretty well, but these versions have nothing on ACDC's originals. As much as I like Iced Earth, they're just too different a band from ACDC to truly be able to recapture the essence of their music.Read more ›
The best song on this album is the cover of the great song, Hallowed Be Thy Name by Iron Maiden. Already that song is brilliantly written and done perfect by Iced Earth addedd a little bit more of a dramatic edge to it that made me appreciate it in a diffrent way. Nothing beats that dramatic deep voice of Matt Bartlow. So believe me if you like the original you will like this.
Another one of my favorites on the album is Dead Babies by Alice Cooper. This one was actually way better then the original which surprised me because I am a huge fan of Alice Cooper, but I always felt that Dead Babies was missing somthing and Iced Earth Just seemed to know what to do to remedy that.
The third best son on there is the remak of Blue Oyster Cult's Burning For You. THis song is also much better then the original because allthough the original is a great song, Bartlow just sounds way cooler then the singer to Blue Oyser Cult.
So if what you saw makesthis Cd sound good to you buy it. This is not for people that like corny bands like MOdest Mouse or Green Day, If you like that stuff get out of here. This is for fans of Iced Earht, A lot of classic rock, and Blind Guardian and the likes. So go get it if you have good taste.
Incredible cd, a must for both Iced Earth fans AND classic heavy metal lovers.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good cover album from the old classic rock/metal scene. I am very new to Iced Earth. So far this being my first purchase of their material, I wanted to hear some familiar... Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2004 by Pha-Q
I usually dont really like cover albums, I dunno, most of em are just, bleh- but for THIS legendary treasure, saying "bleh" is a sin! Read morePublished on May 21 2003
Iced Earth has always been a band that has redefined metal and Schaffer has always worn his infulences on his sleeve. Read morePublished on April 11 2003
As a special treat, Iced Earth recorded an all-covers album called TRIBUTE TO THE GODS as a part of their limited 5-CD box set DARK GENESIS early last year. Read morePublished on April 10 2003 by A.F.
This works, and it's a lot of fun. "Tribute to the Gods" is way more focused than Overkill's "Coverkill", whereas that particular album seemed to jump from... Read morePublished on Dec 31 2002 by Preying4War
This (along with with Overkill's Coverkill) has got to be the BEST set of cover's I've ever heard any band do. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2002 by Kindle Customer
Although Tribute to the Gods is an excellent cover album, that is still all it is. As well executed as this album is, I am anxiously awaiting Iced Earth's next original release. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002 by C. Wallace
That's right, this is the best CD I've heard in a VERY long time. Plus, I got it from the "used" section of a music store, so that makes it doubly awesome! Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by J. R. Norton