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Release date: 7 July 1998
Style: Heavy metal, US power metal

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01. Burning Times
02. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
03. Disciples Of The Lie
04. Watching Over Me
05. Stand Alone
06. Consequences
07. My Own Savior
08. Reaping Stone
09. 1776
10. Blessed Are You
11. Prophecy
12. Birth Of The Wicked
13. The Coming Curse
14. Shooting Star [Bad Company cover][re-issue bonus]
15. Electric Funeral [Black Sabbath cover][re-issue bonus]
16. The Ripper [Judas Priest cover][re-issue bonus]

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Top 200 albums of all time: 199

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Additional info
The last three songs make up the "Something Wicked" trilogy.

The Japanese digipack version contains a bonus track: "Stormrider" (live at Wacken '98). This song is not available on any other release.

Also pressed as a gatefold LP, limited to 2,000 copies.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

Rating:
9.5
The biography of the American band Iced Earth suffered from too may line-up changes over the years, so, basically the only original member, founder and leader Jon Schaffer IS Iced Earth. Ok, that was the line-up! No just kidding, well Matt Barlow was still there with his master voice, Larry Tarnowski was around to handle the lead guitar parts and James McDonough was the current bass player. Concerning the drummer, Brent Smedley, he is on the picture of the band in the booklet but I'm almost sure that he didn't played on that album as Mark Prator did. Smedley would be the drummer on the Alive in Athens CD but that's another story. So what was I saying? Yes, complicated lineup, especially if you add that their producer Jim Morris played some guitar parts and that since, Tarnowski has been fired, Barlow quit the band for personal reasons, I have no idea what happened to Brent Smedley but despite his amazing performance on stage, he's not anymore part of Iced Earth and finally James McDonough is still the official bass player but Iced Earth released two albums without his services... Nevertheless, the core of the band at that time, meaning the trio Schaffer-Barlow-Tarnowski worked perfectly as we will discuss later.

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Reza - 28.01.2010 at 22:01  
  Very nice album! it's my favorite Iced Earth album. I adore Melancholy (Holy Martyr) !
Nite - 31.01.2012 at 11:40  
Rating: 9 This album got me into Iced Earth. I heard one of the tracks (forget which) on Snakenet Meta Radio and was hooked!
Bad English - 01.02.2012 at 20:26  
Rating: 8 2 werry powerful ballads and one killer song about easter sands and ancient man
those are 3 songs who keeps album alive, others is ok, HM yes it is but doens make album strong, IMO weekest from Mat'salbums, somehow I think it now
eaxch day I go to school in my MP3 player I coppy one album and listen same in mornings before buss leaves on CD .... well now for me its nothing special 3 songs what makes it good
ThunderAxe1989 - 06.05.2012 at 02:18  
  Just like the Stormrider album, I believe this one to also be one of their all time best

did anyone ever notice that one of the main riffs in "Stand Alone" sounds pretty much identical to the main riff in Metallica's "Blackened"? I picked up on that immediately.
deadone - 08.09.2014 at 04:32  
Rating: 9 Phenomenal album. I've been flogging it regularly for 15 years now and it never gets old. Pure heavy metal bliss!
Azarath - 08.09.2014 at 19:56  
Rating: 8 This was my introduction to Iced Earth and it's still one of my favourite albums by them. However. The stop - start structure of fast song / slow song / fast song / slow song prevents the first half from having any sort of flow, there's a dead spot in the middle of the record ("My Own Savior" and "Reaping Stone") and the lyrics are on occasion... less than stellar (I'm especially looking at "Stand Alone", "My Own Savior" and "Watching Over Me").

On the other hand I really like the instrumental. From "1776" onward it's pure IE gold.
Mattybu - 08.09.2014 at 21:02  
 
Written by Azarath on 08.09.2014 at 19:56

there's a dead spot in the middle of the record ("My Own Savior" and "Reaping Stone") and the lyrics are on occasion... less than stellar (I'm especially looking at "Stand Alone", "My Own Savior" and "Watching Over Me").

On the other hand I really like the instrumental. From "1776" onward it's pure IE gold.


I like Watching Over Me, if nothing else the lyrics are at least very genuine and heartfelt. I find the album to be totally laden with filler and mostly boring up until the last few songs, and even then they pale in comparison to the best IE stuff.
deadone - 09.09.2014 at 03:08  
Rating: 9 I actually like all those songs mentioned above. Reaping Stone is the only song on the album that I think could be better and even then I really like the bridge.
Lord_Regnier - 09.09.2014 at 06:02  
 
Written by Azarath on 08.09.2014 at 19:56

However. The stop - start structure of fast song / slow song / fast song / slow song prevents the first half from having any sort of flow


I was about to mention that this album is pretty inconsistent for that specific reason. Too many slow songs/ballads. And there is definitely a pattern of fast song/slow song in alternance.
Azarath - 09.09.2014 at 20:09  
Rating: 8
Written by Mattybu on 08.09.2014 at 21:02

I like Watching Over Me, if nothing else the lyrics are at least very genuine and heartfelt.

I guess that's what the lyrics are going for and I know many people like the song, but it just doesn't work for me. The first line "I had a friend many years ago - One tragic night he died" is almost comical in its melodramatic pathos and later it goes into "I know he's an angel now", that "his spirit's like the wind" and that they'll be together someday. I mean, I'm the last person to criticize something for being "cheesy" considering the stuff I like, but Jesus Christ. I do like the line "We shared dreams like all best friends, blood brothers at the age of ten" though. I'm not completely heartless.

Of course, much of this also has to do with the delivery. I like Barlow but this song speaks to his limitations. Give him a song about the Antichrist arising in Eastern sands thousands of years ago and he'll whip up the requisite melodrama, passion and fury to sell it, but with a song about a dead childhood friend it just sounds like he's hamming it up to an unnecessary degree. With a personal and down-to-earth lyric you'd think he'd be able to sing it straight, but maybe he can't. I'm always reminded of the Allmusic review that stated that "his ultra-dramatic vocal style occasionally verges on the absurd".
Azarath - 09.09.2014 at 20:10  
Rating: 8
Written by Lord_Regnier on 09.09.2014 at 06:02

I was about to mention that this album is pretty inconsistent for that specific reason. Too many slow songs/ballads. And there is definitely a pattern of fast song/slow song in alternance.

Right. And the slower songs aren't even bad. They're just too many and slow the album down, keeping it from kicking into a higher gear.
Mattybu - 09.09.2014 at 20:27  
 
Written by Azarath on 09.09.2014 at 20:09

Written by Mattybu on 08.09.2014 at 21:02

I like Watching Over Me, if nothing else the lyrics are at least very genuine and heartfelt.

I guess that's what the lyrics are going for and I know many people like the song, but it just doesn't work for me. The first line "I had a friend many years ago - One tragic night he died" is almost comical in its melodramatic pathos and later it goes into "I know he's an angel now", that "his spirit's like the wind" and that they'll be together someday. I mean, I'm the last person to criticize something for being "cheesy" considering the stuff I like, but Jesus Christ. I do like the line "We shared dreams like all best friends, blood brothers at the age of ten" though. I'm not completely heartless.

Of course, much of this also has to do with the delivery. I like Barlow but this song speaks to his limitations. Give him a song about the Antichrist arising in Eastern sands thousands of years ago and he'll whip up the requisite melodrama, passion and fury to sell it, but with a song about a dead childhood friend it just sounds like he's hamming it up to an unnecessary degree. With a personal and down-to-earth lyric you'd think he'd be able to sing it straight, but maybe he can't. I'm always reminded of the Allmusic review that stated that "his ultra-dramatic vocal style occasionally verges on the absurd".


Totally agree with pretty much everything you said. On some level though, I think the approach (lyrically and vocally) being so overwhelmingly earnest helps me to glaze over that when listening to the song... The emotion of it and the intent behind the song makes it enjoyable for me, and in some respects the lyrical content can even be viewed through a somewhat general lens; most people can relate to the feeling of losing someone.

I tend to take reviews with a pinch (or couple thousand billion trillion pinches) of salt and just go with my own reaction, which is probably how I came to the conclusion that while it is dramatic delivery, it works for me and isn't really detrimental to the song.
Lord_Regnier - 10.09.2014 at 00:59  
 
Written by Azarath on 09.09.2014 at 20:09

I like Barlow but this song speaks to his limitations. Give him a song about the Antichrist arising in Eastern sands thousands of years ago and he'll whip up the requisite melodrama, passion and fury to sell it, but with a song about a dead childhood friend it just sounds like he's hamming it up to an unnecessary degree. With a personal and down-to-earth lyric you'd think he'd be able to sing it straight, but maybe he can't. I'm always reminded of the Allmusic review that stated that "his ultra-dramatic vocal style occasionally verges on the absurd".


In my opinion, when Barlow tries to sound melancholic or dramatic he only manages to sound whiny.
Azarath - 10.09.2014 at 20:34  
Rating: 8
Written by Mattybu on 09.09.2014 at 20:27

Totally agree with pretty much everything you said. On some level though, I think the approach (lyrically and vocally) being so overwhelmingly earnest helps me to glaze over that when listening to the song... The emotion of it and the intent behind the song makes it enjoyable for me, and in some respects the lyrical content can even be viewed through a somewhat general lens; most people can relate to the feeling of losing someone.

And that's cool. You're not alone, plenty of people like the song. I'm probably in the small minority that don't and actually takes the time to pick holes in a tribute to Schaffer's childhood friend. Because I'm a dick.
Mattybu - 10.09.2014 at 23:27  
 
Written by Azarath on 10.09.2014 at 20:34

I'm probably in the small minority that don't and actually takes the time to pick holes in a tribute to Schaffer's childhood friend. Because I'm a dick.


I bet more people than you would think share your views, albeit maybe not among dedicated Iced Earth fans. Your heartless, godforsaken views.
Azarath - 11.09.2014 at 21:40  
Rating: 8
Written by Mattybu on 10.09.2014 at 23:27

Your heartless, godforsaken views.

That about sums it up.

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