7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2011
Well, it's a new dawn for metal icons Iced Earth. With Matt Barlow leaving Iced Earth again, I was, again, disappointed, especially as Crucible Of Man was pretty crap, an album not even Barlow could save. Finding out Stu Block was to be the new vocalist, I instantly found out who he was, and how he sounded, and I became very skeptical - up until I heard him singing Dante's Inferno. WOW! That was amazing! Stu can go from deep baritone to high falsetto and in between, just like Matt could. He isn't Matt, but he's very similar, and Stu's falsetto sounds exactly the same as Tim Owens's. The music on Dystopia is great, very 90's sounding Iced Earth, everything from, ballady intro's, chugging riffs to all out thrash and beyond. It took me a couple of spins, but now I'm addicted to it! I'd have liked a long epic song, but there's still plenty of time for that to come! Iced Earth are back and are well and truly on the right road once again!
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 19 October 2011
If you like real Heavy Metal, you will surely like Iced Earth`s newest album.
If you like Iron Maiden, Judas Priest etc, and have not yet discovered Iced Earth -> give "Dystopia" a change. You will probably be very glad you did.
The creative genius of Jon Schaffer combined with the new superb singer Stu Block (who can sing proves to be a recipe for success and will certainly win over lots and lots of new listeners. There are no fillers in the album, only good and strong heavy metal from the 1st song "Dystopia" to the album ending "Tradegy and Triumph".