6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Part forgettable, part classic.,
This review is from: The Glorious Burden (Ltd.) (Audio CD)
I've been a huge fan of Iced Earth for a while now and, like most, was deeply disappointed to read about the departure of vocalist Matt Barlow. He was, without doubt, one of (if not THE) finest metal vocalist i've ever heard. That being said i was pleasantly surprised when i found out that he was being replaced by Tim Owens, the guy who had replaced (and was subsequently ousted by) Rob Halford in Judas Priest. Hearing Tim's vocals on the 1st disc i was undecided about whether i liked him or not, i think some of the songs were definitely written with Barlow in mind. However, on disc 2 (The Gettysburg Trilogy) all was forgiven as he does an astounding job!
The 1st disc of the album, i feel, languishes around 3 stars as some of the songs on disc 1 aren't great. However, the Gettysburg disc is a definite 5.
1. Star Spangled Banner - Exactly what it says, an instrumental version of the American national anthem done on guitars...love it or hate it or just skip it...
2. Declaration Day - A great song which show Tim Owen's vocals off to good effect. One of the high points of disc 1.
3. When the Eagle Cries - A song about 9/11. I hate it. Most people do. I would call this Iced Earth's worst song...but i'll save that for the unplugged version.
4. The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me) - You need this after the previous song! Another great one, Tim Owens again used to good effect.
5. Greenface - A good heavy track but i'm not a big fan. I think this is definitely a Matt Barlow number.
6. Attila - Not bad. Not outstanding but listenable.
7. Red Baron/Blue Max - I cannot stand the vocals on the chorus of this song, which is a shame as the rest ain't too bad.
8. Hollow man - A slow one. I know a lot of people don't like it, i don't mind it.
9. Valley Forge - Not one of my favourites. Again, i think a lot is to do with the vocals.
10 - Waterloo - The best song on disc 1, without doubt. One listen and you'll love it!
11 - When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged) - The worst Iced Earth song ever.
The Gettysburg Trilogy.
Well, c'mon, this is what the album was all about really, wasn't it? Jon Schaffer's magnum opus that is The Gettysburg Trilogy. These are amongst the best of Schaffer's writing since the Something Wicked Trilogy on the Something Wicked This Way Comes album. The entire trilogy is majestic, poignant and epic in all the right places and Tim Owen's vocals compliment the music perfectly. The album is worth buying just for these songs.
I was slightly disappointed with the guitars on the album. I had the same problem with the previous Horror Show album. I find the guitars on both these albums quite...um, tinny i s'pose...in comparison to the sounds of other albums. This could just be me though.
The album is presented beautifully in digipack format with some lovely artwork on the front and is enclosed in a cardboard case. The booklet includes lyrics and more artwork and an introduction by Jon Schaffer to the Gettysburg Trilogy.
Overall, buy it even if it's only for Gettysburg!