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  • Audio CD (June 5 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000005HN1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
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1. Dark Saga
2. I Died For You
3. Violate
4. The Hunter
5. The Last Laugh
6. Depths Of Hell
7. Vengeance Is Mine The Suffering
8. Scarred
9. Slave To The Dark
10. Question Of Heaven

Product Description

Limited import vinyl LP pressing of the 1996 album from the Florida-based Heavy Metal outfit. Century Media. 2010.

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Format: Audio CD
The second album with the great (and recently absent) Matthew Barlow is also one of his best. This album, which I'm sure you know by now is based on the popular Todd McFarlane comic book character Spawn, is a great 40-plus minute dark saga (pun intended) of purely emotional power metal. It's a concept album, yes, and for many of the whinier music fans out there, it is good because each song is a complete and self-contained song that holds well on its own, and no brief filler or narrative tracks. And finally...this is probably my least favorite Iced Earth album. I'll get to that last, though.
Anyone who knows Spawn knows the plotline that goes with this; however, I'll explain it in layman terms, for the uninitiated. After all, it's the FEELING that counts here, people!
NOTE: IF YOU DON'T WANT THE SPAWN/DARK SAGA PLOT RUINED FOR YOU, DO NOT READ THE NEXT PARAGRAPH!
This album tells the tale of a man who, betrayed by someone he trusted, was tricked into an early death ("Dark Saga"). As he mourns in hell, he is offered a chance at seeing his lover again, if he follows the command of the Dark Lord himself. However, upon returning to life, he finds that his lover was "...happy and in love/ in love with (his) best friend" ("I Died for You"). As he mourns and grumbles in fury over this new tragedy, two beings are sent out to him: a being of immortal fire and pain that can - and would - strike anyone and anything down in a most violent and evil way...and it is here to teach the man to use his hate to his advantage ("Violate"). The other being is a hunter from heaven, sent down to destroy this unholy hell spawn ("The Hunter").
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I suppose this CD would be where I truly became an Iced Earth fan. The sound isn't as harsh as any of their other releases, which isn't bad, but rather a nice variation. As it's fairly obvious, this album focuses on Spawn, and Schaffer manages to convey the story in a masterful sense.
Dark Saga - This song got me into Iced Earth. It's mid-tempo and acts soemwhat as an exposition to the entire story.
I Died for You - A touching ballad, about how his soul was the price to see his love.
Violate - The hardest track on here. It's pretty straightforward, about the Violater.
The Hunter - My favorite song. It has the cool echoing intro, then the guitars go off, it's hard, and sweet at the same time, with the angelic vocals in the back of the second chorus. Pure awesomeness.
Last Laugh - Fast paced about how the Devil has the last laugh in the deal, and how Spawn has become his tool for vengance.
Depths of Hell - The only semi-alrite song on here, it has that kind of hell feeling, but if you've already heard Burnt Offerings (Dantes Inferno) than you know what hell sounds like.
Vengance is Mine - The second hardest track on here. This ones another great one, with Barlows growling "Vengance is MINE!", you can really feel malciousness of his voice.
The Suffering Trilogy
Scarred - A darker song about, begininning on Spawns self-reflection of all that has transpired. Here he realizes that all along he's been a pawn for Lucifer.
Slave to the Dark - Now he looks back on it all, and understands where he went wrong. He now knows he's damned, and can never be free.
A Question of Heaven - Here we see him repent for what he's done. He looks up toward the heavens, and yells at the angels above who tell him he's chosen his path.
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Format: Audio CD
Stop accusing the band for reminding you of Metallica. If this is the case then all metal bands sound like Iron Maiden and all rock bands sound like Beatles!! Despite the fact that people accused the band for turning soft, seeking for more sales with this album, a fact remains that this is the favorite album of thousands of fans, including me. All songs, one by one, are great and if the last 7 minute song doesn't make your hair rise then ...I don't know what!!
Buy the album for the following reasons:
1. A turning point for the band's music style
2. Great concept album (Spawn fans will know!)
3. Two ballad-songs that made 2000 or so fans in Rodon, Greece sing each single word out loud!!! The rest of the songs just made them scream!!
4. The best thing that the band could have done after their first three albums: "Iced Earth", the "Night of the Stormrider", and the "Burnt Offerings", which by the way even though they are just a bit better than the "Dark Saga" you cannot say which is the best of all!!
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First of all I want to say that I could'nt trust my eyes when I read some of the other ratings concerning that album. There is absolutely no alternative for giving the full amount of stars.This album, no, this masterpiece is one of the greatest metal records ever to be made. The sound is brilliant, melodies and harmonies are awesome, the vocals (inspired by Todd McFarlanes "Spawn") and the music fit together perfectly which is not only achieved by brilliant vocalist Matthew Barlow but also by the outstandig songwriting qualities of John Schaffer.Seldomly I've listened to a record that intense and beautiful. Iced Earth managed to create a piecee of art which is melancholic, spirited and encouraging at the same time. Songs like "The Dark Saga", "The Hunter" or "Depth Of Hell" are well balanced concerning slow and fast parts."Violator" is one of the fastest and mightiest tracks ever to be written by a Power Metal Band and tracks like "I Died For You", or the final trilogy "The Suffering" are simply beautiful. These guys have the rare talent of "transporting" emotions through their music and lyrics. John Schaffer is one of the best rythm guitar players I know and his riffing sometimes reminds of James Hetfield but the music itself does NOT sound like Metallica and I wonder how some people can even consider it to be so. Matthew Barlow surely is one of the best vocalists on this planet and capable of "visualize" emotions by an incredible variety in his way of singing. All songs are well structured and fit together perfectly no matter if you listen to the whole record or to single tracks. All in all you've got to bow your heads in sheer admiration of the beauty and majesty this CD embodies. Two thumbs up and full amount of stars. A+!
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