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5.0 out of 5 stars Fanastic Stuff!!!
After hearing that Matt Barlow had left the band & Tim 'Ripper' Owens had taken over lead vocals, I thought this is the end of what I consider to be one of the best metal bands around & when I heard what the new album was to be about, I also said I wouldn't buy it because the idea sounded rubbish. But in the end I did & am I glad? You bet your life I am.
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Published on 4 July 2004 by Mr. S. J. Seyboth

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2.0 out of 5 stars A Dissapointing New Direction For A Great Band
Yes i am a massive iced earth fan, but a fan of their earlier works (i own them all). This album's a stinker and is only saved by Gettysburg being the masterpiece that it is (32mins long). All other songs here are boring, repetitive, obvious and cringingly patriotic. 'When The Eagle Cries' is TERRIBLE it is hailed as a masterpiece but do me a favour and listen first to...
Published on 26 Jun. 2004


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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Stunning!, 4 Feb. 2005
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This is the first album from Iced Earth that I have bought. It certainly won't be the last! Everything about this CD defies words. CD 1 opens brillantly with a great rendition of the star spangled banner, then leading straight into track 2, Declaration Day. If there is a critism at all with the first CD it is simply that perhaps the tracks wane a little towards the end of the CD. CD 2 however is simply mindblowing. The Devil to Pay through to High Water Mark are just incredible. Guitar riffs abound complete with drum solos and special effects create a fantastic atmosphere and real sense of battle. Superb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth in its best, 16 Nov. 2014
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Fantastic album! I really love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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Excellent. A classic album
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 April 2015
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loved it
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, 20 Jan. 2004
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Mr. D. FORD (England) - See all my reviews
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What can i say HEAVY METAL at it's best!
I have been waiting for this album to come out since " Horror Show " and it was worth the wait.
I have not taken the cd out of my stereo since i bought it,if you like Maiden then buy this.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 26 Jan. 2004
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This is a masterpiece by iced earth. all the songs talk about history related subjects, starting with the USA anthem played by iced earth, then a song about the signing of the independance declaration, the towers, war, then Attila the Hun, Red Baron, Hollow man, Valley Forge and Waterloo. All great songs with Tim singing amazing. Gettysburg is a 32 min long epic song with a magical orchestration.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Dissapointing New Direction For A Great Band, 26 Jun. 2004
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Yes i am a massive iced earth fan, but a fan of their earlier works (i own them all). This album's a stinker and is only saved by Gettysburg being the masterpiece that it is (32mins long). All other songs here are boring, repetitive, obvious and cringingly patriotic. 'When The Eagle Cries' is TERRIBLE it is hailed as a masterpiece but do me a favour and listen first to Dante's Inferno (Burnt Offerings), A Question Of Heaven (A Dark Saga), Pure Evil and Travel In Stygian (Night Of The Stormrider) and the 'Something Wicked This Way Comes' album. Thats real music, thats iced earth ate their best and thats what you should be listening to instead of this drivel. I would have given no stars but for Gettysburg, parts of Waterloo and the fact that the band is Iced Earth. Iced Earth are at their best with their brand of heavy-power metal, that is crushing guitar from Schaffer, furious rhythmn, and emotional vocals from MATT BARLOW the former and best ever iced earth (and metal) vocalist. This album isn't reflective, original or progressive its just boring. Please come back Matt!!! Ripper doesnt cut it for me...
Also... check out the works of Opeth, In Flames, Sepultura (old wit max) and some vintage metal e.g iron maiden/judas priest/older metallica, slayer are reccomended also.
Final word: Please don't waste your money on this, save it for 'something wicked', 'night of the stormrider' and 'burnt offerings', 'horror show' also if you're feelin generous...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, 5 Feb. 2004
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Great album and well worth the wait. Very polished and well thought out. There is a restraint here though and you have to wonder what would happen if Schaffer took the gloves off. Owens is great as expected. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Metal at it's best, 20 Jan. 2004
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Mr. D. FORD (England) - See all my reviews
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One word awesome,i put the cd in my stereo and it has been on repeat ever since can 2004 get any better?
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent, 19 Mar. 2005
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everything about this album is cool. the packaging is very cool and looks very good in your music collection. the music is very very good. this was the first album i bought by iced earth. i loved it immediately.
operatic singing, screeching, melodic singing, heavy guitar riffs (especially 'the reckoning'), solos all over the place - just what metal should be. the songs on disc1 are mostly very good and fit well with the whole concept of war on the album. disc2 just shows some amazing musicianship. the story of the battle of gettysburg is created with amazing atmosphere and reading the notes in the booklet would impress anyone with the attention to detail. the only thing i didn't like about this album was the amount of american patriotism that is thrown in your face, but don't let it put you off when the music is so good.
this isn't a good representation however of iced earth. alot of old school iced earth fans to my knowledge haven't liked this and having now bought some of their back catalog i can understand why. it is alot different so make sure you listen to it before buying anything.
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