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Glorious Burden [Limited Edition, Extra tracks]

Iced EarthAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Hunter
  • ASIN: B0000YTOXA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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ICED EARTH have returned with a vengeance! With "The Glorious Burden," the legendary US heavy metal band have delivered one of the true heavy metal gems of 2004: an epic and conceptual tour-de-force that showcases the riff-mastery of Jon Schaffer and the vocal prowess of former Judas Priest singer Tim "Ripper" Owens.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Gettysburg, alone! May 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
My wife and I were fortunate enough to have spent a weekend with Jon during the creation of what was to be The Glorious Burden. At the time (January 2003), there were no vocals, and not all of the songs were written. In fact, Jon recorded all the tracks himself. Even adding synth percussion on some of them.
As we sat in The Dungeon, Jon played the selection of songs he had composed to date -- for The Glorious Burden as well as a snippet or two from the forthcoming Demons and Wizards collaboration with Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian.
Yet, for all the simplicity of the arrangements, we were spellbound the entire weekend. Especially when we visited the Civil War Museum and saw first-hand the riveting -- and often emotional -- source material from which Jon drew. Plus, we couldn't help but feel overwhelmed as we watched the DVD of Gettysburg (in high-watt surround sound no less!) with Jon and Wendi until about 3:00 in the morning one night. It was a magical, emotional, unforgettable weekend.
Yet it got even better. Over the ensuing month or so, Jon would excitedly call me up from time to time to play the latest licks he had just written.
Even though the songs were still in an embryonic form, and I was hearing them through a phone line, they were still exciting. Even more exciting, however, was hearing Jon's passion. Man, this guy was on fire for the project! He was driven. Consumed.
Which would come in handy when long-time (and some would say quintessential) vocalist Matt Barlow parted ways with Jon mid-way through the project. (I don't fault Matt, though. He left for honorable reasons.)
Admittedly, I didn't care much for The Reckoning, the 4-track EP that preceeded The Glorious Burden. The songs just didn't reveal the totality of Jon's passion.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding. Spellbinding. Stellar. Any of those words December 13, 2004
Format:Audio CD
"Good God!" were my first words when I listened to the approx 30 minute long, 3-song spanning EPIC trilogy chronicling the Battle of Gettysburg. And that wasn't even the entire CD!

I admit I'm not a big fan of Iced Earth (mostly because I rarely heard of them before). I don't even want to dip my foot into the whole reviewer controversy I think I see about the Matt Barlow vs Tim Owens debate between Iced Earth fans. In my own opinion, based upon the songs in "The Glorious Burden" and other Iced Earth songs from Barlow's time, I'd say Tim Owens is a much better vocalist in my opinion...

But this album is spellbinding. One of the best I've ever heard. The first 9 tracks are beautifully melodic masterpieces chronicling various events in world, and primarily American, history

1- Star Spangled Banner: Terrifying to our foes, glorifying to Americans, etc, blah, blah, wine, blood. Pretty much what I expected; the star spangled banner played on guitar, kinda like what Jimi Hendrix did

2- Declaration Day (9/10): great way to start off an album. A song about the Declaration of Independence signing. A great thrumming beat goes throughout the song which fits in well with what the colonists must have felt that day.

3- When The Eagle Cries (8/10): Good song about 9/11 attacks, with little biasedness. It is greatly written, with the right words at the right time and place.

4- The Reckoning (10/10): Excellent single, pure rock song about Justice and vengeance. The highpitched vocals are stellar and just "wow"

5- Greenface (9/10): Song which keeps bringing John Kerry and the game Battlefield Vietnam to mind. Assuming by the lyrics, name, and picture in the CD booklet, I'd say this has to do with the Vietnam war.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A History Lesson in Power Metal Form November 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
At first listen TIm Owens just doesn't fit ICED EARTH. It is just a fact. But then, Matt offered a powerful presence. Tim does however bring a new element to ICED EARTH that was never offered. That is a good thing. it takes a couple of listens to embrace ICED EARTH's new vocal key. But as far as I'm concerned ICED EARTH is one of the only real good Metal bands coming out of the USA.

Much credit must first be given for the fact that this American History lesson put to music is out there and in such great form. Clearly, writer Jon Schaffer loves its country without reservation, refreshing at a time in the USA where patriotism is attacked as imperialism so often. This album offers a great solace in its looking back into the stories of American History. The war situation in the USA is here again, like it or not and this album couldn't come at a better time. The CD should play to the troops in Iraq and Afganistan daily to motivate them. The combination of strong powerful metal songs with its clear love for America and all it represents is of the highest order and is shockingly in the minority in the metal scene. MANOWAR has hinted at it at times, but not so brilliantly as this. There is a reminder here in that the United States has always had to go to war and fight for its democracy and freedom. That holds true today. We need to be reminded of how men died to defend the way of life here. And putting this theme to such powerful metal makes for a great marriage.

This CD spans 200 years of war and turmoil in the USA. All the while, bringing a pure metal sound without any of the "Nu" metal elements that pervades metal in the USA. Every song seems to have a powerful arc of emotion. The guitar bleeds RED, WHITE and BLUE.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great metal album, all around, for any fans of good old fashioned head banging.
Published 1 month ago by Paul R. Baumeister Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden
Iced Earth's seventh full-length studio album; 2004's The Glorious Burden, saw the US Power Metal band trading in long-time vocalist Matt Barlow for former Judas Priest singer Tim... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gentlegiantprog
5.0 out of 5 stars Feeling Patriotic
My favorite Iced Earth album... Solid Theatrical metal from start to finish! Sends chills down my spine. Get this now
Published 4 months ago by Dan Coffman
5.0 out of 5 stars "ONE OF A KIND"
Published 7 months ago by EVLROB
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT ALBUM!!!!!!
While Matt Barlow is the voice of ICED EARTH for me, i gotta say Ripper Owens did a great job here..... Read more
Published 9 months ago by FLUMINENSE
4.0 out of 5 stars A poignant release nine years ago that echoes today.
I had orginally bought this CD (the 2CD version) nine years ago. I got rid of it and had been sorry for such an impulsive act. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Mc Hugh
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought that:
It's one of the best cd's that I have ever heard and I know he put a lot of effort into getting it out there
and perhaps it would have been even better if it had been an... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Dean
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Iced Earth Album
I am into metal and history, can this album be any more perfect? From the world of Attila to Waterloo to Gettysburg this covers all of my favorite moments of history. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Zoso5189
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawed but still great
As a diehard Iced Earth fan, history fanatic, Civil War buff and red-blooded American Patriot, I love this album. T`was not always so, however. At first, I hated it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by CraigC
3.0 out of 5 stars not as good as i thought it would be
i heard a number of great reviews for this album so that is why i bought it. its good... don't get me wrong. but its not earth shattering. ild pay the download price for it.
Published 24 months ago by Oscar A Wiggy
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Definitely a top contender imo. "The Reckoning", "Waterloo", and "Gettysburg" are all awesome.
Some other great 04 releases were "Once" by Nightwish and "Lemuria/Sirius B" by Therion if you're into Symphonic Metal.
Dio's album "Master of the... Read More
Jul 29, 2009 by Joe |  See all 2 posts
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