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The British dude is so annoying. Said it before, but that's the biggest reason why I haven't heard all the podcasts so far.
Thank God someone else agrees with me. This vocalist ruins these songs, which weren't great to begin with. You give this album a full 25% more than me, so I'm glad you found something to like! Some of these tunes will get far, far better when re-recorded with Barlow on Days of Purgatory and Alive in Athens.I've heard Iced Earth's last two albums, now it's time to see their humble origins...
ICED EARTH - ICED EARTH
Kinda uninteresting debut. It was heavier than I expected, but also worse. Bad vocalist, riffs don't really stand out, and the best moments are all on the first song and what's-his-name vomits over a good part of them. One other decent song, the rest are eh to outright boring.
- "Iced Earth" - Pretty good riff here. Oh my god, what are those vocals?? It's like a pig squealing into a microphone. I really like that change-up the song has. That second change-up is good, too. Outside of the horrendous singing, this is actually a pretty good song. Could've been a higher rating with someone else on vocals. 7/10
- "Written on the Walls" - Some good moments, but overall it's not as interesting as the first. Not terrible, but doesn't keep attention as well as it should. 6/10
- "Colors" - Also rather uninteresting with a few good moments. Feels like a retread of Maiden's "Killers" and not exactly a great one at that. The vocalist is more inconsistent than Di'Anno is, too. 6/10
- "Curse The Sky" - Vocalist is stronger here, as is the song as a whole. Doesn't top the best moments from the opener but it's good enough. 7/10
- "Life and Death" - Opening was kinda cool, the rest of the song is a snoozefest. Should've been shorter. 5/10
- "Solitude" - Okay interlude, nothing more. 6/10
- "Funeral" - Not the worst instrumental I've ever heard, but far from the best. Pretty boring overall. 5/10
- "When The Night Falls" - Way too long for its own good. Bland "epic". 5/10
Listen to the Barlow versions, it'll earn that extra point."Travel In Stygian" - Opening with standard IE riffing that goes on for a bit too long, "Travel In Stygian" then moves into some kinda cool verses before we return to standard riffing and then come into a really cool acoustic based quiet piece before returning to heavy territory again. There's some pretty cool stuff going on there and since I lost track if Schaffer or Greely's singing... the vocalist hits a nice note and holds it well. The instrumental has some cool soloing going on before it ends and we get to some rocky riffing that feel quite reminiscent of a trip through Hades and stuff. Some cool vocals before a nice high scream and we return to the verses which this time end with an even better scream. The riffs keep moving until we change-up again into... oh, so that's the actual chorus. It's decent, like it was the first time. Piano starts up. Some acoustic stuff comes up too and we exit the album on that note. It's quite a nice ending. Overall, this is a pretty solid epic that doesn't feel like the 9 minutes it is, and I dunno if I prefer it or "Pure Evil". Maybe the riffs are a bit too standard, some of the change-ups could have been better effected, and the opening could've been more interesting, but besides that, this is pretty great. I hear it's considered one of IE's best songs? In that case I'm worried about how the rest of the albums are gonna go, but this is pretty great for now. 9/10