The amount of albums I've heard front to back ONLY once (well, at least before the GMAC started) could be counted one hand probably. When finding an album, I usually sit on one it for a while to digest it, and only then go on, so I listened to almost all of them at least some times before seeking out more.
I’d say Melancholy and Prophecy (from the same album) are better, and I think A Question Of Heaven would qualify as a ballad too, and it’s better than all three of those. And that’s not even leaving Iced Earth.
(All four songs would get 10/10 marks from me though, they’re great.)