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Top Customer Reviews
The best song on the CD is "The Phantom of The Opera". This surpised me because out of all the songs on the list the Phantom of the Opera is the worst villian of horror. BUt this song is just so amzing with two vocalists, Matt Bartlow and some female going back and forth, and Right in the middle it gets so intense you can't help but get up and bang your head along with it.
Another really great song is "The Ghost of Freedom". For thsoe of you who own the CD Somthing Wicked This Way Comes, and the Dark Saga, this song is kind've along the lines of The 4th track on wicked and the last track on the Dark Saga, so if you like those songs this Cd will be great for you.
Tis is Iced Earth's Second best album to my Knowledge and a must if you really like Iced Earth or just good Metal.
Ever since the dawn of the 90s, IE has been delivering numerous scorching thrash metal albums, changing styles gradually with the addition of certain bandmembers. Up until Burnt Offerings(1995), the band had been closely following the thrash/power metal stylings of their heroes (old) Metallica and Iron Maiden. Once Matt Barlow joined in on Burnt Offerings, the band finally began to develop their own style, employing both the influences of their past with a slight death metal flavor. Amazingly though, the band stays completely within the realm of thrash metal, but they adopt a fresh modern style as well, so their albums never quite sound dated. They continued to further develop their new melodic songwriting with Dark Saga(1996). However, IE finally perfect their style in 1998's Something Wicked This Way Comes. Containing all different types of thrash rockers throughout the disc, the band might have reached their peak. They even followed it with the amazing 3-disc Alive In Athens(1999).
So where does IE go from there?
Simple. Rhythm guitarist and band founder Jon Schaffer had always wanted to create a concept album with songs based on various famous monster myths, so that's exactly what he did. Now before you write this theme off as incredibly cheesy, keep in mind that they pulled off the comic book theme of Spawn in impeccable fashion on the Dark Saga album, and without any sort of campiness factor. Thankfully, it also applies here. The same lineup that adorned SWTWC is back again, and Larry Tarnowski pulls off some outstanding guitarwork here, though his presence isn't quite as prominent as it was on the previous album.Read more ›
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, featured them returning to their roots. And this was an excellent idea. Wicked proved to be the band's strongest release in many years. And in 2001, the band followed it up with their sixth album, Horrow Show. Read on for my review.
For this album, Iced Earth serves up another concept album of sorts, but it's a little different than the kind of concept albums that you'd expect most bands to serve up. On this album, every song is about a classic monster (if the titles didn't give it away.) With these compositions, the band manages to, once again, explore a plethora of musical stylings. Like Something Wicked before it, the band combines elements of its pre-Barlow days with the death metal elements that Barlow brought into the band. The end result is a damn fine album, that is similar to the previous one, but manages to more than hold its own individuality. And also, like on the previous album, this one doesn't have a single track.Read more ›
(To add some comic relief to my review, here is what "Fred Dursts Numba One Fann had to say, and what I have to say in response:)
...heavy medal is my favoriet kind of music, I've felt for a long time its the best kind of music I can hear!! But every now and then I come across poser's trying to sell off pop music as medal and that makes a hardcore soldier of medal music like me ANGRY!! The drumber sounds like he's playing on garbage cans, the bassist didn't even write bass patterns, the guitar player don't even have all of his strings put on, and the singer sounds like a whiny, high pitched girl!! Those shreiks and screams are sooo annoying and shouldn't be associated with TRU rock at all!! Plus their clothing is weird, no brand names that I recognize!! The lyrics and concept are all about scary monsters and evil beasts coming together in one big horror show. Are these guys still 15 years old or whut!!Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I decided to get this album mostly because Steve DiGiorgio (one of the best bassists ever, not just metal, but period) and Richard Christy are on it. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2006 by Pberg
Being an avid listener of this style of music, I was slightly dissappointed with this CD. There are some really good tracks, but too much of non-memorable material. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Marko
This is advertised as being the 2-CD set, but it is NOT.
When it arrived, it turned out to have only a SINGLE CD.
When I wrote to Amazon. Read more
The dragon song - riff stolen from Blind Guardian's "And the story ends", jeckyll and hyede - riff stolen from Deep Purple's child in time. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Oleg
4.5 stars. When I first heard of this CD I thought, "How incredibly cheesy?" A cursory glance would denote nothing less. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by D. Knouse
If you're a BG fan then this is the Iced Earth album for you (and maybe Glorious Burden). It is far more 'folk' than all the other Iced Earth albums and tells of classic 'horror'... Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by Sera
Jon Schaffer has been known not to like this cd. How so!? Yes, it is a different trip for Iced Earth, but the musicianship is tight and the lyrics are really thoughtful. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2004 by chris chrobak
I'm just starting to get into Power Metal. The vocals use to get on my nerves but they grew on me. Also people need to realize that Fred Dursts Numba One Fann is joking around. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2004 by Tom Servo