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Dystopia (Deluxe) Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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] [*]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Deluxe Edition edition
  • Original Release Date: May 15, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Deluxe Edition, Extra tracks
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B005L3HKSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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By C.A. on 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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This CD is a great metal album. I think it's got a bit more of a classic-metal vibe than earlier IE releases (I mean it reminds me more of a classic 80s Metallica/Maiden/Priest sound than most Iced Earth). But, you know, sometimes being heaviest isn't always better - fact is, this thing rocks, but it's got plenty of melody too. The new singer is good - he's pretty similar to Barlow, with a fine Halford scream which he uses quite often. My only complaint is that, on the ballad (and the slow part of the semi-ballad), he has that modern white R&B/ American Idol type singing, which is kind of lame (although it doesn't completely ruin the song). But - this not being an Aerosmith album, there is only the one (and a half) ballad, so it's not too big a deal! Anyway, I think he's a fine fit with the band and I'd be quite happy if he stuck around for a few more albums.
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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