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Live in Ancient Kourion (Limited Edition 2CD+Blu-ray+DVD) [2013]
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Live In Ancient Kourion is a live concert Blu-Ray from the American Power Metal band Iced Earth. It was filmed at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limasol, Cyprus (a site with a 6,000-year history according to the liner notes) in 2012, in support of the Dystopia album. The line up features Jon Schaffer, Brent Smedley, Troy Steele, Luke Appleton and then-new singer Stu Block.

The career-spanning set contains 27 songs from all eras of the band’s history, in a concert that lasts around 2 hours and 35 minutes. Its pretty great value for money in that regard.

The performance is very strong indeed, with all band members putting down solid performances with no weak links. Stu capably handles the material of previous singers Matt Barlow and Tim Ripper Owens in a suitable but distinctive way. He fits the band perfectly and is immensely talented. Elsewhere; the dual guitar lines and solos are sublime and the drumming is powerful and rock-solid. If you like Iced Earth then this is a really strong and representative example of what they are all about.

Highlights include strong performances of ‘Burning Times,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Declaration Day,’ ‘Days Of Rage’ and ‘Dantes Inferno.’ ‘Boiling Point’ and ‘Damien’ are also especially energetic and exciting here – if you were wondering if you’d enjoy this release, then I suggest trying those two tracks out.

The stage design and the simple, tasteful lightshow in conjunction with the well-integrated use of smoke and pyro perfectly complements the band’s meaty, honest approach to Metal music. The crowd get into it and both clap and sing along on many occasions. Sometimes not only singing the words but also the guitar melodies. The concert really shows a confident band delivering their best to an appreciative crowd.

The camerawork and editing are absolutely solid, the audio recording quality and live mix are spot-on and overall this is a very strong release on both the audio and visual fronts. Sometimes you’ll get a DVD with way too many flashy transitions and cheesy editing choices, or the bass guitar missing from the mix, but a lot of care has obviously gone into making this a tasteful and musician-friendly affair. Admittedly I have seen concert Blu-Rays with better picture quality (Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius and Hammerfall spring to mind) and here it can be a tiny bit grainy, soft-focus or washed out at times depending on the lighting conditions in the venue at the time however just because better examples exist, it doesn’t mean the picture here is anything to complain about.

In terms of bonus features there are photo galleries (4 minutes of very high resolution photos of the band and the beautiful Cypriot landscape), a 9-minute world tour story (breaking down the logistics involved such as how many guitar picks and flights the band went through) which mixes photos and graphics with interview footage, as well as the 31-minute Documentary feature “The Making Of Live At Ancient Kourion.”

The version I got comes with a slipcase in a digibook-style box which contains booklet featuring photos, credits and liner notes from bandleader Jon Shaffer. It houses the Blu-Ray version, DVD version and CD version of the concert for maximum flexibility.

The Blu-Ray specs are as follows: Region 0, Format 16:9, Audio comes in a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or DTS HD Surround 5.1.

Overall; Live In Ancient Kourion, especially this edition, is a very worthwhile release and I whole-heartedly recommend it to fans of the band, or fans of Traditional Heavy Metal and Power Metal in general.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2013
This DVD is astounding and Iced Earth have created a masterpiece!
Stu Block (the new singer) is in awe inspiring form and this is a real highlight of the show. He is backed by one hell of an incredibly tight band, with an awesome sound. The 5.1 mix sounds really good to me.
This DVD showcases the fact that Iced Earth have an amazing back catalogue of songs, and they manage to cover every album (I think!) on this DVD.
I own Alive in Athens and I thought that was an unbeatable concert, but I have to say that this does manage to beat it - it's that good.
I discovered Iced Earth about 5 years ago and man am I glad that I did. They are now one of my top 5 five bands of all time and this DVD cements that position even further. I hope that they continue to reach more people and get more of the success and respect that they deserve.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2013
fantastic value for money. Great live album too. the blu ray is great quality and the addition of the Cd's means i can listen in my car.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 July 2013
i love this band!!! Tha box set is very cool and the band plays good. The Ancient Kourion seems to work greate for them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great live album. The all package is very beautiful. If liked Alive In Athens and like Stu vocals, you will love.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 14 August 2013
Is a masterpiece of the band this wonderful box which contains a blu ray, a dvd and 2 cds. Excellent sound and image blu ray quality, with a lot of beautiful songs like "dystopia", "when the night falls", "anthem", "declaration day" and melancholy" among many others that turns powerful in a Stu Block vocals, the new singer...and the blu ray bonus are fantastic. Is a must have article for the fans and every one who likes heavy metal.
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on 23 August 2014
de arrepiar!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 May 2013
one of the most underrated bands along with tank witch are also excellent. and yet there live albums are just as good as the top bands out there if not better than some of them. best live album this year so far.
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on 15 April 2015
loved it
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