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Band
Iced Earth
Title
Live In Ancient Kourion
Type
LP/EP
Company
Century Media
YOR
2013
Style
Power
5/10/2013 - Review by: Eric Compton

Iced Earth
Live In Ancient Kourion

Company: Century Media
Release: 2013
Genre: Power
Reviewer: EC

  • Rejuvenated and recharged



  • Jon Schaffer and company sound rejuvenated and recharged for "Live In Ancient Kourion". This was Schaffer's way of displaying his new singer Stu Block (Into Eternity) to the masses via CD, blu-ray, DVD, vinyl and digital downloading. In many ways Iced Earth have created some of the media magic that legends Iron Maiden use as their vital life force. Ten studio albums in nearly thirty years and box sets, EPS and three live releases seem to evidence the Tampa band as American icons albeit on a slightly smaller scale domestically.

    The band chose Cyprus as the venue for this rousing display of traditional metal might. The Americans are near Beatles hysteria for the Greeks, clearly evident on the band's previous gigs in Athens and the monumental live recording in 1999 ("Alive In Athens"). This combo release shows us nearly three hours of video footage packed into a DVD and blu-ray release. The audio is two CDs at nearly two and a half hours. Century Media have made this available as a deluxe three disc set with DVD and two CDs for less than twenty bucks.

    The Cyprus crowd are nuts for the rowdy stuff, "Pure Evil", "Angel's Holocaust", "When The Night Comes" and band moniker "Iced Earth" are clearly fan faves. Stu Block sounds very similar to Gene Adams and John Greely with those high notes and commanding control of falsetto on the older material. I think Stu does Barlow well, nailing the mid-register key on "The Hunter", "I Died For You" and "Burning Times". It's hard to duplicate the Tim Owens' material and songs like "Setian Massacre" and "Declaration Day" really sound odd with Block's rendition.

    Schaffer's triplets are in full force and Brent Smedley shines on the drums (check out his tempo changes on "Dante's Inferno"). I think the overall production of the album is less processed than "Alive In Athens" and sounds a bit more authentic overall. I can hear a few hiccups in parts and occasionally Schaffer drowns his counterpart Troy Steele. Overall this is a great introduction for Block and it is interesting to hear the older material on its fifth generation of vocalists. Who's to speculate the longevity of Schaffer and Block but with the 2012 "Dystopia" record and now this tremendous live album...well it seems to be a good fit considering age, energy level and a band that can count twenty plus members in its history. If the shoe fits wear it.



    • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
      4 :AVE RATING

    ALL REVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
    TITLE
    DOR
    COMPANY
    REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
    Days of Purgatory
    1997
    Century Media
    Frank Hill9/30/2003
    -
    Dystopia
    2011
    Century Media
    Greg Watson10/23/2011
    4
    Festivals of the Wicked
    2011
    Century Media
    Greg Watson8/5/2011
    4
    Framing Armageddon
    2007
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Etiam2/8/2008
    3.5
    Gettysburg DVD
    2005
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Ken Pierce6/9/2005
    -
    Live In Ancient Kourion
    2013
    Century Media
    Eric Compton5/10/2013
    4
    Plagues of Babylon
    2014
    Century Media
    Greg Watson2/21/2014
    4.5
    The Crucible of Man
    2008
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Etiam2/8/2010
    2.5
    The Crucible of Man
    2008
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Raising Iron1/13/2009
    3
    The Glorious Burden
    2003
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Ken Pierce6/16/2004
    4
    The Glorious Burden
    2003
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Eric Compton1/22/2004
    4
    The Glorious Burden
    2003
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Anthony Burke12/11/2003
    4
    The Plagues EP
    2013
    Century Media
    Greg Watson1/6/2014
    4
    The Reckoning EP
    2003
    SPV/Steamhammer
    Frank Hill11/21/2003
    -

    ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
    INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
    Stu BlockEric Compton, Greg Watson6/22/2017"The Band is Incorruptible. We Are Never Going to Falterů"
    Jon SchafferGreg Watson2/7/2012
    Jon SchafferKen Pierce9/14/2005


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