No need for fan fiction, we know what Barlow rejoining Iced Earth sounds like and it was even worse than the Ripper albums.All three Iced Earth albums with Stu Block have been good. I don't think a theoretical future in which Matt Barlow is once again the Iced Earth singer would be anything like as good as some want it to be. Some people have built up this fan fiction about it time and time again but I think only disappointment lies down that road. Much like the constant requests for KK Downing to return to Judas Priest and Mike Portnoy to rejoin Dream Theater, this has become pathetic. Let it be.
That's quite harsh I think. If the Something Wicked albums had been combined into one with the best songs kept (slim pickings I know) and the pointless interludes removed then we might have had a decent album (at best). At least it would have the same singer and maintained a more cohesive (if completely ridiculous) storyline.If you take the 1-2 best songs off of the last 4-5 albums you would have one good album.