Good choice, buddy. Blind Guardian made some of the seminal Power Metal songs up to 1998. If you want to hear more seminal Power Metal then go for Helloween's 'Keeper of the Seven Keys' albums.
Ah, I saw that but didn't feel like including it in the listen. I'll check it out either in the next listen or by itself something in future.Regarding the ending, there's actually a bonus instrumental track called "Gandalf's Rebirth" that, in my opinion, ends the album on a much higher note.
I've heard some of the "important" songs from them and I used to quite like them, but they don't really jive with me anymore. I'll mark them down but it'll be a while before I get to them. Right now my plan is to do a revolving discography listen of Iced Earth - Savatage - Bolt Thrower - Blind Guardian. Fun in store? Maybe.If you want to hear more seminal Power Metal then go for Helloween's 'Keeper of the Seven Keys' albums.
"Pure Evil" is pure fuckin' awesomeness. In fact, the three song-run of "Mystical End", "Desert Rain" and "Pure Evil" might count as my single favourite Iced Earth-moment. If you plan on listening to Alive in Athens, you're in for a treat. Greely does a respectable job on the studio album, but these songs in a live setting with all the energy + Barlow elevates them beyond epic.ICED EARTH - NIGHT OF THE STORMRIDER
Listen to this wise man.I'd recommend Alive in Athens over the first three albums, anyway. All the essential tracks are on AIA and they are significantly better. Dark Saga and Something Wicked are fantastic. Horror Show remains my favourite IE album.
No love for West Coast? Dr. DRE's "2001" maybe?Hiphop
Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
GZA - Liquid Swords
Method Man - Tical
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm