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 Post subject: Iced Earth: The Glorious Burden
PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2007 10:54 am 
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Band Name: Iced Earth
Album Name: The Glorious Burden
Release Date: January 12, 2004
Band Website: http://www.icedearth.com/

Line-Up for Record:
Jon Schaffer: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Backing Vocals
Tim "Ripper" Owens: Lead Vocals
Ralph Santolla: Lead Guitar
James MacDonough: Bass
Richard Christy: Drums
Also Featuring:
Jim Morris: Lead Guitar (solos on "When the Eagle Cries" and "When the Eagle Cries [Unplugged]")
Matthew Barlow: Backing Vocals
Sam King: Backing Vocals
Jeff Day: Backing Vocals
Howard Helm: Piano
Susan McQuinn: Flute and Piccolo
Michael LoBue: Bagpipe
Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: "Gettysburg (1863) Trilogy"


DISC 1:

Track 1: "Star Spangled Banner"
A metalicized version of this great American classic, and national anthem. Not long enough to gather a score, but it is one hell of a song and worth a listen for its patriotic means, and as a great rendition.
Song Rating: N/A


Track 2: "Declaration Day"
Transitioning well from the first track, "Declaration Day" begins with a nice drum roll beat and then carries out into the song. The edge you would expect from older Iced Earth releases just isn't there for this song as the vocals aren't as deep (but high almost throughout and not always when they're needed), and Schaffer's guitar has a different tone to it than usual. The drums and lyrics, as always are solid additions to the track.
Song Rating: 7.5 out of 10


Track 3: "When the Eagles Cries"
This song is a tribute to the 9/11 attacks that rocked America, and asks the questions everybody held on that day, and the response most people held. The beginning is nice and acoustic driven, with the electrified parts coming in the chorus and also containing good vocal presence and vibe. The problem with this song lies within the vocal work in the chorus, the voices overlap and obscure the words at times, which detracts from the mood and overall effect the song should have. The solo is technically good, but doesn't seem to fit the mood of the song overall.
Song Rating: 8 out of 10


Track 4: "The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"
The tone you're most likely to hear within an Iced Earth song is back with this track, and the guitar and bass are brutalizing and are in the galloping style. Vocals are still a bit higher than they should be, but they work within the song. The slow part in the middle of the song just kills the momentum, which had been built up. Another part that detracts from that section is the vocal work, which is unintelligible and distracting.
Song Rating: 7.5 out of 10


Track 5: "Greenface"
This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the album with the ferocity it brings both vocally and musically. The screams during the chorus of "GREENFACE" are particularly worthy of mention and just drip venom, the perfect song to commemorate the Marines. Also, it contains a short, but good solo.
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 6: "Attila"
A great beginning with drums that remind me of someone in the army going off to war with that beat set to be their march. The lyrics are probably the strongest part of the song, but the spoken parts are hard to understand, though interesting. The music and vocals go hand-in-hand, complimenting each other.
Song Rating: 9 out of 10


Track 7: "Red Baron/Blue Max"
This song could easily be an Iron Maiden song to me for the vocal and musicianship that was put into it. The chorus doesn't quite follow this pattern, but Owens does pull of some insane screams that Dickinson only wishes he could reach and hold! The vocals do get lost near the end (happens in Maiden songs as well sometimes), right before a spectacular solo that creates the sense of flying through the air in a dogfight.
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 8: "Hollow Man"
This song follows the pattern of most other Iced Earth acoustic driven songs, but this one contains some amazing vocal work by Owens, some of his most melodic and emotional I think I've ever heard. The solo has the shade of some other "80's" ballads in its tone and execution.
Song Rating: 9.25 out of 10


Track 9: "Valley Forge"
An acoustic beginning with a galloping guitar backdrop that drives the song along. The vocals and music flow together fluidly and act as one telling the story of the United States' bid for freedom. The solo is one of Iced Earth's best with many intricate and interesting parts that just keep the flow.
Song Rating: 9 out of 10


Track 10: "Waterloo"
The typical Iced Earth beginning starts this song off hard and heavy. The vocals and music again work together as one to tell of Napoleon's defeat, and especially during the chorus is this correlation present. The vocals are slowed down when having to recite the numbers of men on the field that day, which disrupts the rhythm of the words, but only slightly, and the song ends on a heavy note.
Song Rating: 8.75 out of 10


Track 11: "When the Eagle Cries [Unplugged]"
A bonus track that comes with the 2-disc version of the album, which also includes a trio of songs that tell the story of Gettysburg. This rendition isn't anything spectacular and almost not worth a mention, but for the good acoustic work that is shown.
Song Rating: 4 out of 10


DISC 2: Gettysburg (1863)

Track 1: "The Devil to Pay"
The beginning to the three-day, epic of the battle of Gettysburg begins with a nice patriotic time setting frame with flute and drums playing customary battle/war tunes. The flute alone sounds rather cool, and McQuinn does a beautiful job playing it. The cannon fire found in the beginning and end also serve to set the scene of the battle, and the heavy parts soon begin! Those parts are great with some melody that works perfectly as it holds a patriotic vibe. The vocal work is also hypnotic, flowing perfectly with the music.
Song Rating: 9.5 out of 10


Track 2: "Hold at All Costs"
The flute is present again, and adds to the backing mood of the song, which is the second day of the battle when the Union almost crumbled under the heavy Confederate fire and wave after wave of brigades. The bass has a strong presence during parts, and can be both felt and heard alongside the cannon fire. The vocals remain smooth over the instrumental bombardment that is still present in the song, and is eventually joined by a choir of voices which is more damaging than helping, but it's intent as to being all the men from the Union raising their voices works.
Song Rating: 8.75 out of 10


Track 3: "High Water Mark"
Starting with forceful drums that remain the undercurrent of the song throughout, the third day of the battle begins with General Lee laying his plan to destroy the Union's lines and Longstreet's hesitation to take such a bold plan that would have broken the lines. These spoken parts are rather cool, and add the sense of the story being told with the instruments adding a nice back up with flute and guitar melody. The strings set a sense of foreboding before the final charge ensues, and the vocal section begins soon thereafter. This part of the song is all vocals, the instruments are undercut by them and play little part until the end, but the drums do lay a nice beat.
Song Rating: 8.5 out of 10


Final Overview:
I've always been a big history buff, with some of my best grades coming in those kinds of classes, and this album is chock full of history tidbits from the second discs' Gettysburg battle, to Atilla's destruction of the Roman empire. The music is a bit different than what you are used to hearing from Iced Earth, but it still works in almost every song "Declaration Day" could've been better), and the addition of Owens on vocals also is odd on first listens to those who are mostly used to hearing Barlow's voice. Give this disc a few listens, even if you hate it the first few times, and it may begin to grow on you, it certainly has for me! Now, if you have the option of picking up the special edition with the second disc, it's worth it, though only three songs, it runs for almost 34 minutes and tells its story perfectly. Also, if you have kids not into history at all, perfect gift right here.
Overall Album Rating: 8.6 out of 10
Overall Album with Bonus' Rating: 8.4 out of 10 (damn that unplugged version lol)


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Good review. Definately agree about giving it several listens. Personally, I compare this to Maiden's X-Factor. You follow a quality band for years and then they get different vocals and a slightly different song-style. It bugs the hell out of some fans because they aren't able to get past that and actually listen to the music. Yeah, hearing Ripper instead of Barlow on the first few listens was really weird for me. But I'm glad I got over it and was able to hear the album for what it was- a quality collection of songs. Looking forward to the new ones hopefully coming this year.

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acording to one of my musical sources, "Something Wicked 2" is coming out this year.

but, i have to say this album has really grown on me, I consider "The Devil to Pay" from the bonus disc, one of my favorite songs now. Great pump up song, vocals and music flow expertly. Absolutely love lol, listened to it about 6 times in the last 2 days. People always wonder what the hell I'm listening too since it starts off with the national anthem hehe.


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 Post subject: Re: Iced Earth: The Glorious Burden
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I'm surprised Cody never commented on this.

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Your Red Baron/Blue Max score is too low.

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AVR wrote:
Dragon235 wrote:
I'm surprised Cody never commented on this.


Your Red Baron/Blue Max score is too low.


Well, you did ask... :gig:


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Your Red Baron/Blue Max score is too low.



This was back when I was extremely critical of the music, so 9.5 was damn high and 10's were unheard of.

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That doesn't change the fact that the score is too low.

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That doesn't change the fact that the score is too low.


:roll:

I'd probably give it a 12 based on today's rating system.

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That doesn't change the fact that the score is too low.


:roll:

I'd probably give it a 12 based on today's rating system.


You're the one that keeps rating stuff high. You and Nappy should review the same albums and then we can just post an average score. :lol:

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Um, have you seen Steve's reviews lately?

20/10 on 3 tracks? Can you say time warp?

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Um, have you seen Steve's reviews lately?

20/10 on 3 tracks? Can you say time warp?


The truth is that Steve is senile. We expect more from you. :lol:

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Um, have you seen Steve's reviews lately?

20/10 on 3 tracks? Can you say time warp?


The truth is that Steve is senile. We expect more from you. :lol:


I'll stop reviewing fantastic albums then :P (surprisingly the review I have in-works has some damn low scores.)

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I'll stop reviewing fantastic albums then :P




Then we should be expecting all of Alice' albums in the near future??


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I'll stop reviewing fantastic albums then :P




Then we should be expecting all of Alice' albums in the near future??


:lol:



Naw, giving his Greatness a rest.

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