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Iced Earth – Incorruptible

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Last Updated on 11:40 AM by Giorgos Tsekas

Genre: Heavy Metal/U.S. Power
Country: U.S.A.
Label: Century Media
Year: 2017

Iced Earth, after their two exceptional first albums could have stopped in 1991 without releasing 1995’s “Burnt Offerings”, the last one that couldn’t be characterized as ‘bearable’ at best. Even in that case they would have been very well respected in the underground circles, but that would be about it. Even if personally that scenario doesn’t sound unreasonable to me, namely all their fans and foes to wait anxiously the vinyl re-release of their first two ‘masterpieces’, the ‘forgotten jewels’ from a High Roller Records, a Skol Records, a No Remorse or even Greg (Eat Metal) since those records have given them a cult status and in combination with our naivety and nostalgia we were deifying them. But of course they didn’t stop, they never broke up. And history is not written with hypotheses and ‘ifs’. The band continued and their fame and sales rose for a long time until they lost their momentum always moving in shallow waters as far as their artistic value was concerned. Of course their success in the Greek market had a name and that was none other than Rock City, which in combination with Metal Hammer that worked as a Trojan horse managed to create a commercial phenomenon that considering the trivial musical background Iced Earth always had, is justifiably called a phenomenon in every meaning of the word. Of course the Greek fan (this is not a generalization, but there are a lot of them like that out there) is cursing and ridiculing the younger fans that follow Sabaton and don’t try more qualitative or extreme bands forgetting their own (in age and musical taste alike) that used to deify mediocre releases like Schaffer’s endeavours. I will not refer to some hopeless attempts to save the day in the 00’s where the Ripper’s mediocre songwriting couldn’t help the band reaching the ‘Dark Saga’ or ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ peaks, despite his amazing vocal abilities. Neither did Barlow’s return, nor did the trick of the sequel ‘The Crucible of Man – Something Wicked Part 2’ bounce to the byers… and the album was a failure. But in 2011 Schaffer did the right move and this has to be credited to him. He gave a push to the almost done band with the addition of Stu Block behind the mic. The young dude was full of energy and gave a kick in the band’s butt. In the third album with him as vocalist, after a very good one, ‘Dystopia’ (2011), and a mediocre one, ‘Plagues of Babylon’ (2014), now it is the time for the indifferent one. The riffs are many, but played so many times before, the ideas are good but reused. The production is pumped up, everything is at max, but everything sound one or two levels beneath Block’s performance that is wild and this record can be enlisted as his personal triumph. Is that enough to buy the record? If you are a fan maybe it is. And maybe you are already excited by the two Youtube singles and I guarantee that you will like the fourth part of the Gettysburg story, the almost 10-minute epic “Clear The Way (December 13th 1862)”. As you were excited by your peers’ comment in social media and you are shouting the band’s name… good for you. Those who are more distant and don’t romanticize their adolescence, as also those who have overcome metal’s childhood diseases (or have been vaccinated with more serious music in order to avoid them since then) are going to pass without losing something important, one more time.

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Giorgos Tsekas
Giorgos Tsekas
"Κάποτε Όταν Θα ‘χουμε Καιρό... Θα Σκεφτούμε Πάνω Στις Ιδέες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Στοχαστών, Θα Θαυμάσουμε Τους Πίνακες Όλων Των Μεγάλων Ζωγράφων, Θα Γελάσουμε Με Όλους Τους Χωρατατζήδες, Θα Φλερτάρουμε Όλες Τις Γυναίκες, Θα Διδάξουμε Όλους Τους Ανθρώπους" Μπ. Μπρεχτ

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