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  • Audio CD (June 5 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000787G7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
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1. Creatures Of The Night (Kiss)
2. The Number Of The Beast (Iron Maiden)
3. Highway To Hell (AC/DC)
4. Burnin' For You (Blue Oyster Cult)
5. God Of Thunder (Kiss)
6. Screaming For Vengeance (Judas Priest)
7. Dead Babies (Alice Cooper)
8. Cities On Flame (Blue Oyster Cult)
9. It's A Long Way To The Top (AC/DC)
10. Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
11. Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)

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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

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Format: Audio CD
Tribute To The Gods (2002.) An album of Iced Earth doing covers of classic hard rock/heavy metal songs.
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.
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If you like classic rock, or just love Iced Earth you will love this album. This album is a cover on some of the greatest bands ever to live on this earth. YOu get covers of Alice Cooper, Blue Oyster Cult, Iron Maiden, Kiss, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, And AC/Dc.
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.
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By A Customer on Nov. 7 2003
Format: Audio CD
Out of the 3,000+ bands that I like it's hard for me to pick an all time favorite, but I guess Iced Earth are probably it. I love all their albums, and when I heard about a cover song cd coming out I had no doubts it would be amazing. This is without question the ONLY cover album worth owning! Whether or not you've heard Iced Earth this is a must if you love classic heavy metal! It's hard for me to pick a favorite but I guess my top 5 are... "Black Sabbath", "Dead Babies", "Number of the Beast", "Long Way to the Top(If You Wanna Rock & Roll)", and "Creatures of the Night", with the runner-ups being "Highway to Hell", "Burnin For You", and "Hallowed Be Thy Name", and "Screaming for Vengance"(yea,, its THAT HARD, this cd is THAT GOOD!) Oh my GOD these covers are so amazing! Matt Borlow does a great job singing these classics... WHY DID HE HAVE TO LEAVE THE BAND?
Incredible cd, a must for both Iced Earth fans AND classic heavy metal lovers.
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Why does Iced Earth produce a cover album worth every penny of its price when the more popular (or, should I say, overrated?) Metallica produces one that's barely above cutout-bin level? Simple - Iced Earth is true to metal; they are one of the last bands that plays metal in its true, pure form. No programming, no special effects, just pure instrumental mastery and vocal supremacy. How do you choose a favorite amongst so many classics? I'd personally say that the two Iron Maiden covers simply blow everything else out of the water (particularly "Hallowed Be Thy Name"), but the covers of Alice Cooper's "Dead Babies", KISS's "God of Thunder," and Blue Oyster Cult's "Burnin' For You" (one of the only good songs BOC ever made) are up there as well. I don't like "Screaming For Vengeance," but I've never been much of a Judas Priest fan. The AC/DC covers sound a little awkward in Iced Earth style compared to their original format, but this band is able to do things with them so that they still sound good, even if different from the originals. The Black Sabbath cover is pretty good as well. As I said, there aren't any bad tracks, it's just that some are better than others. Jon Schaffer and company pay a brilliant tribute to their biggest inspirations with this masterpiece of a metal album.
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