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The crucible of man (Something Wicked, part 2)

5 Sep 2008 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 9 Sep 2008
  • Label: Steamhammer
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Steamhammer
  • Total Length: 59:09
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  • ASIN: B001VAVADE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,588 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Barto VINE VOICE on 2 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
The burning question is, quite obviously, whether "The Crucible of Man", with Iced Earth's most loved vocalist Matt Barlow, beats the previous offering from the band, "Framing Armageddon" with Tim "Ripper" Owens. The answer is, perhaps obviously, too: It depends. If you're one of those fans who couldn't stand the voice of Owens but liked the music on "Framing Armageddon", you'll adore "The Crucible of Man", which is mostly similar to its predecessor, but with some catchier tunes ("Divide and Devour" is a bona fide killer!), and Barlow's voice fits the material just perfectly. If, however, you didn't mind Owens singing on "FA" (he's a talented vocalist, no doubt about that), but you found the music a bit "watered down" in comparison with Iced Earth's earlier albums, you'll probably like "TCOM" only a bit more - it's tighter and more melodic, sure, but it definitely isn't as crazy and fast as some of the band's classics.

Still, though - "The Crucible of Man" is a very good album and certainly an improvement over "Framing Armageddon". Listen to such tracks as "Behold the Wicked Child", "A Gift or a Curse", "Harbinger of Fate" or the already mentioned "Divide and Devour", and you'll realize Iced Earth can still do their job.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
As you can see from other reviews, this band has some committed fans, and as is the way of these things, they will have their favourite musician/vocalist which tempers their enjoyment or otherwise of an album. And for me, an uncommitted listener to this album, this can be more curse then blessing.
When fans invest so much in a band that they quibble about such things, or sare I say it provide track by track reviews, their love shines through, but is it at the expense of objectivity?
In this case, probably not because I agree with most of what has been said before but if I could just offer a few words from an unjaundiced viewpoint, no (war)axes to grind as it were.
Firstly the lyrics. They would make a great science fiction story for sure, buton many occasions here are just clumsy and forced.
The music is relentless, powerful, well played and sung, but by the end of the first listen totally unmemorable. Two or three listens later however, and patterns begin to emerge and the album begins to take shape.
And therein lies the problem, that as in so many cases this album will be welcomed by current fans but unlikely to bring in new ones. This may be enough for now but the band have to move on from this.
Still worth 4 stars though as for all these quibbles I enjoyed it. Definitely a grower.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Brett on 4 Jun 2009
Format: Audio CD
With Iced Earth's ninth studio album 'Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2', they have brought so much scale that it is difficult to take it all in on the first listen, after multiple listens, the magnitude and depth become apparant.
This is an album crafted to tell not just a story but a saga and to embrace the listener.

Opening with the soaring operatic intro 'In Sacred Flames', bringing to mind the work by composer Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), the album then unleashes into their most strongest collection of songs since their 1998 breakthrough record 'Something Wicked This Way Comes'.

As the title implies, 'Crucilbe...' is part two of a two part story arc written by band founder and visionary Jon Schaffer.

After four years, longtime vocalist Matt Barlow returns to the fold, whos souring vocals and spine tingling high notes fit all the right places, perfectly accompanying the music within.

'Crucible...' isn't just a heavy metal record, its a musical experience of solid musicianship, well constructured songs, catchy hooks and some brilliant guitarwork. Iced Earth's comitted following will lap this up for sure, non-comitted listeners can also find something to like here, it's memorable and mejestic, I can only wonder how they will ever beat it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. S. Sears on 8 Sep 2008
Format: Audio CD
I love this album. I do.
Musically it is very similar to 'Framing Armageddon'. You have the fast songs, you have the mid-tempo songs and you have the melodic parts. The songs are just as catchy. 'Crucify the King' is one of the heaviest I.E. songs to date; 'Divide Devour' is brutal; 'A gift or a Curse?' (lead vocals by Jon himself!) leaves you thinking; and album closer 'Come What May' is right up there - in my opinion - with the other closers such as '...Heaven' and 'Coming Curse'.
SINGER!! Yup Matt Barlow has returned and he's fit right back in as if he'd never left. He's given a top notch performance, using his full vocal range to maximum effect. DON'T GET ME WRONG - I love Ripper Owens, in fact he's my favourite singer full stop and is, technically, a better singer than Barlow. But Matt IS the right singer for Iced Earth.
Overall, there's summat for all Metal tastes here. Buy it and enjoy!
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By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Mar 2009
Format: Vinyl
ICED EARTH, ACCEPT, and KAMELOT (Vinyl Reissues)

It's the 25th anniversary of SPV / Steamhammer Records, the German based rock and metal label who are one of the leaders of the genre. To celebrate they're taking batches of classic albums and reissuing them on lovely, lovely vinyl, with some of the records making a debut on the best ever format.

Iced Earth - The Crucible Of Man: Something Wicked Part 2

The Crucible Of Man: Something Wicked Part 2 from American power metallers Iced Earth came out in 2008 and, as the title suggests, was the concluding part of their ongoing Something Wicked saga. It picked up where Framing Armageddon left off in 2007 and saw their best loved vocalist Matt Barlow, firmly ensconced in the band again, replacing ex Judas Priest man "Ripper" Owens, alongside guitarist and songwriter Jon Schaffer. Barlow contributes some amazing vocal lines to what is a dense work, and not the easiest way to get into the music of Iced Earth, but there are some amazing riffs to savour on tracks like "Crown Of The Fallen" and "The Revealing". It's gloriously presented here as a double album in a gatefold sleeve, with stunning artwork across the full cover spread and will definitely be a collector's piece.

Accept - Restless & Wild

Next we leap back to my childhood and the classic Restless & Wild album from Teutonic heavy metal band, Accept. A defining album in metal history, it contained what is arguably the first ever speed metal track, in the shape of opener "Fast As A Shark". The demented, air raid siren vocals of Udo Dirkschneider remain as peculiarly compelling as ever, a quarter of a century down the road, and allied to the fabulous guitars of Wolf Hoffman and Jorg Fischer on tracks like "Shake Your Heads" and "Flash Rockin' Man".
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