It was actually hilarious at first seeing bands in 2005 onstage saying "If you like us, visit our Myspace!." It was so unmetal, haha. But it was very helpful I guess. I dunno, nowadays no-one visits bandpages much anymore. There should be a site where people can just unload all the information on a band. Not just some simple profile, bio, discography like metal-archives.com- but everything including flyers, setlists, past tours. Just a thorough REAL library.
Good review Todd. The Iced Earth, Symphony X show is on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at House of Blues, San Diego.
I like the speedier ("more metal") aspects of this record. Nice to have Iced Earth know how to put the pedal to the metal when it counts.
But to me, really could have ditched some of the loosey-goosey sentimental tear-jerkers: "End of Innocence" gave me diabetes, and I'm not convinced "Iron Will" is anything much more than schlock for folks to wave their Zippo lighters in the air at the concert, right before or after the drum solo/beer-run. "Anthem" is not bad, but no need for two versions of it on the same album.
Vocals? I dig the new guy *a lot*. Finally a dude with some range, *and* that fits the Iced Earth vibe. All of the pros or Matt Barlow, with the upper range of Ripper Owens.
All told this is a good album, that will probably grow on me over time.
Sweet! I finally need to see these guys!
I've been so damn busy with work, I haven't even listened to a copy of this that I've (ahem) "borrowed" from The Series of Tubes and Interwebs. Shame on me, indeed!
I like Ripper Owens. I like Iced Earth. But the two -- at no fault of Ripper IMO -- just didn't mesh very well.
Along those lines, I like the older Matt Barlow stuff with Iced Earth, but the last album just didn't really wow me.
Now, that being said.... I like Into Eternity *a lot* -- so I'm really curious how this Canadian dude holds his own with Jon Schaffer's sometimes unworkable lyrics.
(Note to self: burn a copy of this before leaving for another business trip to the PacNW!)
Great cover art! Great write up! I look forward to picking it up on Friday in SF!