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Something Wicked This Way Comes Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2008)
  • Limited Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B0012RM4NG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,310 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Burning Times
  2. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
  3. Disciples of the Lie
  4. Watching Over Me
  5. Stand Alone
  6. Consequences
  7. My Own Savior
  8. Reaping Stone
  9. 1776 (Instrumental)
  10. Blessed Are You
  11. Prophecy
  12. Birth of the Wicked
  13. The Coming Curse
  14. Shooting Star
  15. Electric Funeral
  16. The Ripper

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By A Customer on 20 Nov. 2001
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If Iron Maiden and Metallica had joined forces during their respective Piece of Mind and Ride the Lightning periods they would have come up with something very similar to this album. It has all the power and heaviness of Metallica, including a roaring vocal performance and the melody and deft touch of Maiden, not to mention the trademark galloping guitars and tortured screaming. The subject matter would have suited both Piece.. and Ride... perfectly. Suffice it to say that, seeing as this album succeeds those two by over 10 years, Metallica and Iron Maiden must have been the driving influence behind Iced Earth. And, for me, that's no bad thing.
The artwork is superb and you can just tell what sort of music lies beneath the tattered rags of the evil mummy on the front cover. Hard, uncool, old-skool metal. And it is a bloody good thing that somebody has cared enough to keep the cheesy metal genre alive. I grew up on stuff like this! Piece of Mind was the first metal album I bought and it was fantastic. Believe me you wont be disappointed by Something Wicked This Way Comes. It kicks off with Burning Times. It's a grower but when it finally gets you, you can't resist its grinding force and thumping chorus. Cracking opener. Melancholy comes next and it is a ballad of sorts. From a dreary beginning it transforms into an angry beast. Great chorus. No holds barred Maiden-esque metal. It sounds a little like Revelations. Disciple of the Lie comes next and you can almost see James Hetfield frowning into the mic as the sharp, rasping riffage tears your ears asunder. Another 'ballad' follows. Watching Over Me is much the same fare as Melancholy but it still remains a great tune.
A lot of great tracks unwind thereafter. If I went through them all I'd be here all day.
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Ancient folklore and inspiring mini stories of Egypt form the basis for this fifth and last masterpiece:- Iced earth album. At a time when Matt Barlow was much more comfortable in the band, its a real hammerblow and pick n' mix of classic, power and thrash metal. United in a passionate conviction and in generous variety, it all paves the way for the start of a great trillogy that ended in 2008 with the slightly lackluster Crucible of man (part 2).

This one then takes the cue of classic heaviness, endless riffing marathons, inspired musical corridors and a howling vocal to anchor "Something wicked" into a sublime and truly formidible territory. Production seems to reflect a fairly typical sound of mid to late '90's albums, which does come across as a little thin, but the CD in the main seems to be mixed well:- so no complaints there!. No filler at all on this one either, just old school and unfashionable metal.

My favourite songs are:- "Burning times, Melchanoly, Watching over me, Stand alone, My own savior, Blessed are you and Prophecy". - which is, you may note, most of the album!. On some editions there is two bonus tracks present from the legedary Black Sabbath's - Electric Funeral and Judas Priest's - Ripper which is a testament a worthy re-recording. There are also some editions of flimsy LP - mini series in celebration of the earliest Iced Earth CD's that I would simply avoid due to cheap cardboard cut out packaging and lack of thought.

Get this album but stay with the original jewel case varieties for optimum satisfaction and for the best quality!. 4.5/5.
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This album is perfect,contains most music styles in one go,if your in a bad mood,you can relate to this album,if you want to be uplifted,you can listen to this,if you want to chillout,its all here!This is the best album iced earth have done by far,and its a must buy for any metal fan.Power metal kings iced earth had been thrashing out fantastic riffs and meaningful lyrics for years before this was released,and never managed to record a masterpiece like this (they came close with horrow show this year).This is my track by track review of the album
'Burning times'-easily one of the best tracks on the album,displaying all of iced earths qualitys in one song, and execllent piece of song writing from vocalist Matt Barlow and guitarist Jon Schaffer.Next up is the sad and depressing 'Melancholy' a song about jesus christ and also about Jon's life,with very thoughtful lyrics.'Disciples of the lie'-a metallica-esque piece of hatred and snarling powerful vocals.(throughout the album the vocals are as fantastic as ever with Matt's unique Blaze Bayley style of singing).This is another highlight of the album 'Watching over me' another sad song about Jons friend who died in a car crash some years earlier,depressing acoustic verse with powerful iron maiden style chorus,next is the average iced earth song 'stand alone' great guitars and cool main riff.Next is the calm 'consequences'.'My own savior' is next,an amazing thrashing angry song,fitting the mood of the 'Burnt offerings' album very nicely,'Reaping stone' is a cool song,very slow in places with a chugging bass leading the way,with an unbelieve middle section that will blow you away (with matt singing like rob halford)Another maiden sounding track,the instrumental '1776'.
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