Revisiting an album, that's so essential, it needs no introduction, that in all honesty is a rare thing, but when it comes to Iced Earth's 1998 breakthrough record 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' the album speaks for itself!
Finding an album of this quality today has been few and far between, nothing in music so far has impacted me as much as IE did all those years ago.
The songwriting crafted here is immense and with out a doubt Rhythm Guitarist Jon Schaffer's best work, from the opening riffs of 'Burning Times', to the beautifull charge of instrumental '1776' to the album closing epic (Something Wicked Trilogy) 'Prophecy', 'Birth of the Wicked' and 'The Coming Curse', which gave birth to IE's now renowned figure head 'Set Abominae'.
This is truly a landmark album and one which has gotten better over time, and still sounds as fresh and immense as it did when I discovered it.
Iced Earth have stayed true to their guns - As the nu-metal genre ruled the late 90's, Iced Earth proudly crafted this beautiful, epic, heavy metal delight.
This is truly an essential peice of metal history.
You must own or at least hear this album... its that damn goood!