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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. May — July  at Morrisound Recording. Jim Morris and Jon Schaffer. Festivals of the Wicked Dystopia Plagues of Babylon Tour Edition cover. A . Stu BlockJon Schaffer. Schaffer, Troy Seele. Total length:. They were huge there right from the release of their Enter The Realm demo. What impressed me about Something Wicked This Way Comes was the overall sound of the band, the diversity of the songs, the killer crunch of the guitars and the vocals of Matthew Barlow.
They play classic heavy metal that really hasn't been heard since the 80's. Jon Schaffer, guitarist and principle songwriter, mixes a blend of Metallica style riffs with the dramatic flair of Iron Maiden and even adds a touch of TestamentAnthrax, and Slayer type aggression to his songs. He's taken the best elements from some of the best metal Album) ever and created a fresh new and very original sound with it. This whole album is somewhat of a concept album with the overall theme being the coming apocalypse and the eventual downfall of mankind as described in bible prophecy.
The opening track, Burning Timesuses big thick chunky riffs with a wicked sustaining sound very much like Metallica's Ride The Lightning album.
Matt's vocals are in the classic Thrash Metal style but his voice is very clear and strong and you hear every word he sings perfectly. Melancholy Holy Martyrabout Jesus looking down from the cross at his betrayers, begins with some nice soft acoustic guitar and quiet reflective vocals by Matt. As you know with this band, when you hear soft acoustic guitar, sooner or later it's going to get ugly and heavy! Matt delivers one of his best and most passionate vocal performances ever during this track which uses alternating soft and heavy passages.
The chorus is stunning and very powerful and the track ends in a flurry of power riffing and double bass drumming. Disciples Of The Prophecy - Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (CDone of the more faster aggressive tracks on this release, is a nasty look at corruption and sexual abuse by the religious community a very topical issue these days and contains some very fast riffing and amazing double bass drumming.
Matt uses a very aggressive Testament or Slayer type of vocal delivery which really adds and element of anger to the track. Watching Over Mea definite concert highlight if you've ever seen them live, is a very spirited and touching reflection on the life of one of Jon Schaffer's best friend's who died tragically some years ago.
This track again uses the classic acoustic quiet part for the verses then heavy for the chorus that is used in Melancholy and probably first heard, to Album) recollection, in Bad Company's Shooting Stara song Iced Earth actually covered on their Melancholy E.
The chorus is amazing and in concert, it's common to hear the whole crowd singing along to this one. Stand Aloneanother blistering track, has some older Metallica - like recklessness and mid-song even uses some Blackened style riffing.
Consequencesvery Uriah Heep like, is mostly acoustic and uses some great vocal layering by Matt but, like I've said before, sooner or later with this band, Album), it's going to get ugly!
Near the end, it does My Own SaviorProphecy - Iced Earth - Something Wicked This Way Comes (CD another cooker of a song and features very fast speedy riffs and a pounding heavy backbeat. Matt again uses the angry Thrash Metal style for the vocals and some of the instrumentation has a Mercyful Fate like feel to it. A very quiet intro for Reaping Stone breaks into a nasty and evil pounding heavy riff that really has the sound and feel of something Randy Rhoads did on Little Dolls from Ozzy's Diary Of A Madman album and really sets an ominous tone for the whole track.
It speeds up mid-song for some great fast riffing and again features some amazing screaming vocals by Matt. This album has an instrumental track,about the American Declaration Of Independance, and has an Iron Maiden- Transylvania feel and arrangement to it. There's a repetitive theme throughout and even uses a flute in parts and it works surprisingly well!
Blessed Are Youdedicated to the very devoted and loyal Iced Earth fans who have supported the band over the years, again uses the quiet and mellow sound for the verses and heavy for the chorus that's used in both Melancholy and Watching Over Me. This song features another great chorus and uses lots of harmonized guitar passages instead of ripping lead guitar.
This is very effective and is used a lot on the album to help create more of a mood and atmosphere for each track. Lead guitar parts are only used sporadically throughout, opting for more tempo changes and harmonized guitar riffing. The final track, the Something Wicked Trilogyis a 20 minute epic broken up into three interlocking pieces and is one of the best heavy metal epics that you will ever hear.
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