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Vote for your LEAST favorite song(s):

  1. The Devil To Pay

  2. Hold At All Costs

  3. Wolf

  4. Damien

    0 vote(s)
  5. Dracula

  6. The Phantom Opera Ghost

  7. Prophecy

  8. Birth Of The Wicked

  9. The Coming Curse

    0 vote(s)
  10. Enter The Realm

  11. Winter Nights

  12. Nightmares

  13. Cast In Stone

  14. Dark Saga

  15. I Died For You

  16. Violate

  17. The Hunter

    0 vote(s)
  18. The Last Laugh

  19. Depths Of Hell

  20. Vengeance Is Mine

  21. Scarred

  22. Slave To The Dark

  23. A Question Of Heaven

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Brigantium

    Brigantium Recovering tea addict Staff Member

    Ghost Dance, Defiance, Boiling Point, Days of Rage, End of Innocence, Soylent Green, Iron Will, Tragedy and Triumph
  2. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    1. Boiling Point
    2. Dark City
    3. Days Of Rage
    4. End Of Innocence
    5. Tragedy & Triumph
  3. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler CriedWhenBarlowLeft Staff Member


    Jon Schaffer - rhythm guitar & vocals - 10th album with the band
    Brent Smedley - drums - 3rd album with the band
    Troy Seele - lead guitar - 3rd album with the band
    Stu Block - vocals - 1st album with the band
    Freddie Vidales - bass - 1st album with the band

    1. Dystopia - This is a cool song. Maybe a bit too Star Spangled Banner-ish intro, but that's to be expected from Schaffer :p It's actually been a while since I listened to this album and Stu actually doesn't imitate Barlow too much on this song. Main riff is great and so is the chorus. I still wouldn't pick this one as their best Stu song though.
    2. Anthem - I liked this one way more when I first heard it. Stu tries to be Barlow way way too much here and it sounds weird. The chorus is good but after listening to the song a few times, it gets a bit tiring due to repetition and lack of variety between those repetitions. Also, would've been better to have a faster song as the 2nd one, like Boiling Point.
    3. Boiling Point - Even though it is a derivative song they did numerous times, I still really like this one. It's fast and super catchy and just really cool. One of their better ones in this style.
    4. Anguish Of Youth - Another one that I enjoyed way more when the album came out. Stu's vocals are great and there's nothing wrong with the song, but now I feel like something's missing that other IE ballads have.
    5. V - This might be the most overrated Stu-era song. I don't really get it. It's plodding and the chorus is lame. And the V sign thing they do live is also kinda lame IMO.
    6. Dark City - I love this one. It's a total Maiden worship song and a breath of fresh air on this album so far energy-wise. 2nd part of the song might be one of their best instrumental passages even.
    7. Equilibrium - Instrumentally cool, but forgettable otherwise.
    8. Days Of Rage - Boiling Point, Part 2 - still cool though :p They rarely get these songs wrong anyway.
    9. End Of Innocence - Better song than the Symphony X one, obviously. Best ballad on this album.
    10. Soylent Green - Not really feeling this one, it pretty much goes nowhere. Forgettable song.
    11. Iron Will - Solid song with a cool chorus but again, not really memorable and kinda "samey".
    12. Tragedy & Triumph - Unlike most of you heathens, I love this song. Similar intro to the opening song opens this one but the actual beginning of the song is way more energetic. Verses are very cool and the chorus might be the best one on this album. This actually might be the happiest IE song too. The only thing I don't like is the fadeout ending.
    Overall: In retrospect... this might be the weakest Stu-era album. I think the following two albums are way more varied.
    Best song(s): Tragedy & Triumph, Dark City.

    And I'm voting for Great Heathen Army, Seven Headed Whore, Defiance, Anthem, Anguish Of Youth, V, Equilibrium, Soylent Green and Iron Will.
  4. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Fun, name-dropping story: I hung out with Freddie Vidales during Maidenfans Meetup Las Vegas 2016 and he didn't talk much about Iced Earth except as a joke. At some point, my buddy Tom was ragging on him by saying, "Hey Freddie, I hated you in Iced Earth!" To which he replied, "I hated me in Iced Earth, too!"
  5. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    Dystopia is my least favorite of the three Stu albums so far. There are a few decent songs here, but nothing on this album really stands out as being great/incredible.

    Seven Headed Whore
    Boiling Point
    Days of Rage
    End of Innocence
    Soylent Green
    Iron Will
  6. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler CriedWhenBarlowLeft Staff Member


    Eliminated after Round 4:
    Days Of Rage - 9 votes
    Defiance - 7 votes
    Boiling Point - 7 votes
    End Of Innocence - 7 votes
    Soylent Green - 7 votes
    Iron Will - 7 votes
    Tragedy & Triumph - 7 votes
  7. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler CriedWhenBarlowLeft Staff Member

    It was either eliminating just 1 song or eliminating more than the limit, so I chose the latter option to speed up things :p

    Anyway, voted for Great Heathen Army, Raven Wing, Seven Headed Whore, Anthem, V and Equilibrium.
  8. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

  9. Ariana

    Ariana Black-and-white leopard

    Seven Headed Ghost Dance
    Anguish of Equilibrium
  10. Confeos

    Confeos Nomad

    Raven Wing, Whore, Ghost Dance, Anthem, Anguish and Equilibrium.
  11. Detective Beauregard

    Detective Beauregard Barrels of Rum! Black Powder!

    As it stands right now, the best 3 Dystopia songs will move forward and 2 of the best 3 Incorruptible ones will. I can live with that.

    Can we at least all agree that Black Flag is the best (and/or funniest) Stu-era song?
  12. MrKnickerbocker

    MrKnickerbocker clap hands

    Definitely the funniest.
  13. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    Dark City. Can't believe no one else is more critical. That final harmony is bland. Not a good melody and it's way too long and repetitive. I like the other remaining Dystopia songs waaaaaay more. If this song is seen as the (one but) best album song, I hope it won't stand a chance vs other album material.
  14. SixesAlltheway

    SixesAlltheway Ancient Mariner

    I'm voting for Ghost Dance. They didn't need to repeat some of the sections and it would have been a better listen if the track was about two minutes shorter. Like I said in a previous round, I would have expected more from IE doing an instrumental. Also giving a vote for Anthem. It has a catchy thrash groove going but besides that, it doesn't have much substance besides a big chorus which they then continue to repeat to death. Anguish of Youth - Giving a vote to this mostly for the cringe worthy lyrics and the fact that the music itself seems very anonymous.
  15. Lampwick 43

    Lampwick 43 Arriving Somewhere But Not Here

    Seven Headed Whore
    Ghost Dance
    Anguish of Youth
  16. Night Prowler

    Night Prowler CriedWhenBarlowLeft Staff Member


    Eliminated after Round 5:
    Seven Headed Whore - 8 votes
    Anguish Of Youth - 8 votes
    Equilibrium - 7 votes

    The Crucible Of Man joins the game!
  17. Ariana

    Ariana Black-and-white leopard

    Since three songs get promoted, I'll pick my three favourites from Incorruptible and Dystopia, so my first votes will go to Raven Wing, Ghost Dance, and V.

    Some thoughts on The Crucible of Man: what strikes me the most about this album is how many of the songs sound unfinished, underdeveloped and just going nowhere. There are very few standout tracks, while the vast majority is just a mishmash of nondescript IE riffs. I know this probably sounds more negative than I actually intend to, as the album is not that bad overall. The second half is certainly much better than the first. Unfortunately, I strongly dislike Eastern vibes in music in general, so this album is absolutely not my cup of tea. I want to vote for 90% of the songs here, so I will listen a few more times and will vote then.
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2018
  18. Forostar

    Forostar Ancient Mariner

    I like these three in a row a lot: Gift/Crown(!)/Gauntlet. Even though some of these are fairly short, I hear very cool riffs and superfine (vocal) melodies.
  19. Ariana

    Ariana Black-and-white leopard

    I agree. The others I like are Crucify the King, Sacrificial Kingdom, Something Wicked and Come What May, of course. Huh, I think I have the answer what to vote for now. Thanks, Foro! :D
    Forostar likes this.
  20. Confeos

    Confeos Nomad

    I really need to give Crucible another listen this weekend before I vote. I gave it a spin fairly recently (before the survivor), and I can't remember how any of the songs go aside from the intro/Wicked Child, Minions of the Watch/The Revealing (really should've been a single song) and obviously Come What May.

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