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Dystopia [Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks]

Iced EarthAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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Iced Earth's tenth album Dystopia, released in 2011, marked the beginning of a new chapter in the band's career with the entrance of former Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block. Their new album Plagues Of Babylon is volatile proof the accolades Iced Earth received for Dystopia weren't a case of beginner's luck. Then again, guitarist/founder Jon Schaffer has trusted his blood, sweat ... Read more in Amazon's Iced Earth Store

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  • Audio CD (October 18, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B005L3HKSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dystopia
2. Anthem
3. Boiling Point
4. Anguish of Youth
5. V
6. Dark City
7. Equilibrium
8. Days of Rage
9. End of Innocence
10. Soylent Green [*]
11. Iron Will [*]
12. Tragedy and Triumph [*]
13. Anthem [String Mix] [*]

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Limited digipak edition includes two bonus tracks and logo patch. 2011 release, the 10th studio album from the Florida-based Heavy Metal band. While not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs. In much the same way Horror Show (the band's tribute to classic characters from literature and movies) was born, band leader John Schaffer said his interest in dystopian themes in music and movies led him to try his hand at that genre as well. The end result is Iced Earth meets the nightmarish offspring of Brave New World and Blade Runner.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, Iced Earth October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I had my doubts about this album when I first heard it was going to be released this year. The ongoing line up changes has started to sour me on the band and I had little hope knowing that we were once again getting a new vocalist, Stu Block. However after listening to this a couple of times, I'm quite happy with the end result. Stu has the vocal power that seems to be a mix of ex volcalists Matt Barlow and Tim Owens wrapped all into one, which is a very good thing. Not really a drastic change in sound like there was when The Glorious Burden was released. The album has many good songs on it. My stand outs are V, Dystopia, and Anthem. Overall a soild album and should please Iced Earth fans. I would like to give Jon Shaffer some advice though, stop switching up the line up so often. Stick with a line up that works and keep it. I know things arent always in his control but at least make an effort to keep the band in one piece. Anyway, nice album and I hope they continue with this line up in the coming years.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Stu! October 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Just thought id get in quick and give this album some early praise. This is Iced Earth, everything we have come to love plus more! Mr Block is a more than worthy replacement for Matt Barlow, and the music is nothing short of amazing. If youre an IE fan and were worried about would would happen after Barlow stepped down fear not! being a huge fan of Stu's other band Into Eternity i was aware of his talents, and after a few spins of Dystopia I am willing to say that he has added a few more dimensions to his amazing vocals, and at risk of being unpopular i would go as far as to say he is probably my favourite Iced Earth vocalist.
So in short if you love Iced Earth get this disc! you will not be disappointed.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bittersweet Success October 19, 2011
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One of the saddest days in metal history for me was the day I read Matt Barlow's first retirement letter to the fans on Iced Earth's website. There are many great singers out there, Tobias Sammet, James Labrie, ZP Theart, and Russell Allen, to name a few, but in my opinion, Matt Barlow is the greatest singer of all. Tim "Ripper" Owens, who took Barlow's place after his initial retirement, is an amazing singer in his own right, and proves this as the vocalist in a number of bands from Beyond Fear and Charred Walls of the Damned to Yngwie Malmsteen and his earlier stint with Judas Priest, but Ripper was not Matt Barlow. And though I never expected Ripper to "be" Barlow, I never felt that his (Ripper's) higher-range vocals sounded right in the Iced Earth equation. This, no doubt, was because of the uncomprehendingly high bar that Barlow set for him. Barlow has extremely dynamic range that can go from a thrash-like growl to a mirror-breaking falsetto in 0.2 seconds, and every syllable he utters bleeds emotion. Ripper had the high stuff down, but even at his lowest and thrashiest, Owens wasn't able to match the range or emotion that is, in part, what made Iced Earth so enjoyable to listen to.
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.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic October 18, 2011
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Fantastic album beginning to end. It sounds much more like IE's older stuff than the recent albums; to the point that i referred to it as 'the second coming of Something Wicked' when discussing with a friend earlier. I had my doubts about yet another new singer, though I liked both Barlow and Owens a lot; but Stu sounds remarkably good, with a very wide range and able to produce similar voice as both of them. From the sounds of things, he'll do justice to the older songs when in concert.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i was a little worried at first listen October 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
then second go around it was growing on me and the third go around i couldn't stop listening. stu def fits iced earth, good choice jon
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best they've had in a while October 19, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Ok so it's not Burnt Offerings (Iced Earth will never top that album) however Dystopia is easily their best album since Horrorshow. The music has the adreneline inducing punch that was often lacking on the bands past three efforts and the riffs are exciting to listen to. Stu Block I say is not only a worthy replacement for Barlow but also gives Metal's favorite ginger (sorry Mustaine) a run for his money. If you're and Iced Earth fan get it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Its Vintage Iced Earth...Again? April 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Great opening song, and a good mix of songs to follow but after listening to Iced Earth for so many years, you want more than what Jon Shaffer has been writing. Die hard IE fans will love this release, which I do consider myself to be but I just want Shaffer to get hungry again and build on his songwriting. His speed and accuracy is there but as far writing something interesting to compete with these modern bands, Jon seems uninspired. Stu Block helps build momentum for the album and gives it the edge that helps it break through the barriers. He sounds great and mirrors both Barlow and Ripper, and hopefully keeps amplifying things for IE.

Best Moments:

1) Dystopia - Great chorus, vintage Iced Earth.
2) Days of Rage - Fast and aggressive, with great vocals.
3) V - Great song to represent the movie
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome album
Published 14 days ago by James Forero
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Debut
After the 1 album return and subsuquent departure of Matt Barlow, Block does fill vocal duties quite nicely. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Not exactly great, but certainly not bad, either...just solid
Crunchy guitar licks, memorable hooks (both of the instrumental and vocal variety), solid drumming, prominent bass lines, soaring vocals, etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Stutheit
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Iced Earth's Best
This album blew me away, I did not expect it to be so good. What really impressed me about this album was the new singer Stu Block. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Zamdrang
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT ALBUM!!!!!!
Yes, the new singer is really good.....Reminds A LOT Matthew Barlow, with their mix of James Hetfield, Bruce Dickinson and Rob Halford vocals..... Read more
Published 8 months ago by FLUMINENSE
3.0 out of 5 stars Great singer, but not as good as the last several albums
The good news is that the new singer, Stu Block (from Into Eternity), is the perfect replacement for Barlow and Ripper, as he expertly combines the styles of BOTH. Amazing! Read more
Published 10 months ago by Wuchak
2.0 out of 5 stars Eh.
Stu Block is a good replacement, but the songs just aren't there. It's pretty mediocre. The lyrics are horrible. Read more
Published 12 months ago by JM
4.0 out of 5 stars Stu Block was a great pick
Long time Iced Earth fan here, and I have to say the first thing I like about this album is Stu Block, I think his voice fits Iced Earth just fine, yeah nobody can replace Matt... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth...one word...AMAZING!!
I've been listening to Iced Earth for a few years...and to be honest...I am in AWE of Iced Earth. Every Singer has been amazing... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Trey Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A true metal masterpiece.......
"Dystopia " is a metal masterpiece! Awesome musicianship and songwriting!! A look into the future of mankind. ALL great songs, with no "filler" songs. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jim Tenney
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It would suck. IE is a band that works with clean and death vocals. Far as I know, Dane (amazing vocalist, don't get me wrong) can't do death metal vocals.
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