Dystopia Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
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So in short if you love Iced Earth get this disc! you will not be disappointed.
Jump ahead a few years and the metal world was blessed with a surprising news flash from overseas: Matt Barlow was going to appear on a Pyramaze record. When I read this news, I was elated. No, it wasn't Iced Earth, but Matt Barlow was going to be singing again and that was good enough for me. Immortal, the Pyramaze album, did not disappoint, although I didn't feel like Barlow was able to exercise his talent to its full extent. That's why I was so glad to hear, nearly as soon as Immortal was released, that Barlow had rejoined Iced Earth and was going to be singing on their upcoming album.Read more ›
The guitar and drum work is excellent as usual; very precise and many good riffs and some good solos.
Overall, best metal album i've heard in quite a while. The music and lyrics really sound like an intentional effort to be more like the older to middle albums, and it works. And it's immediately good to my ear; very accessible, unlike a few earlier albums which took a number of listens to get into.
The songs are good, and the dystopian theme of the album fits Iced Earth nicely (I think about 70% of their albums are at least somewhat "concept" albums!). As much as I hate the digipack, it's definitely worth it to get for the two bonus tracks, which are great songs (the alternate version of Anthem seemed kind of redundant, though - I'm not a fan of alternate versions of the same song on a CD!) Although not really trying to break new ground, and nothing blows me away like "Dracula", "Gettysburg", or the original "Something Wicked" trilogy (which is what kept me from giving this 5 stars), the general quality of the songs is as good as most of the stuff on their classic albums, and they seem to have kind of returned to a classic IE sound after some of the experimentation of the past few albums. Overall it kind of reminds me of a mix of the Something Wicked album and Glorious Burden (minus the symphonic track . . .).
Of the ten or so new releases I've gotten over the past year, this one is the one I've found myself listening to the most.
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Great album! Forget about Matt Barlow - Stu Block totally rocks, and the whole band seems to be excited and inspired. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Alex A. Zhukov
This is good music. It is fast, energetic, and POSITIVE. This is the best Iced Earth I have heard.Published 8 months ago by Chad Siewert
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