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Band
Iced Earth
Title
Plagues of Babylon
Type
LP/EP
Company
Century Media
YOR
2014
Style
Power
2/21/2014 - Review by: Greg Watson
The Plagues of Babylon, the long awaited new release from power metallers Iced Earth is here. This album, for me a long time fan, was a make or break for this band and I can safely say that the band has exceeded my expectations with this album.

The sound on this Plagues is incredible and Schaeffer and second guitarist Troy Seele sound angry, pissed off and have perfected their partnership. The guitar work on this album is fantastic and shows that the band is moving forward and harnessing some of their old sound again.

Yet another concept album, Plagues focuses on a world infested by a zombie virus outbreak. With this concept, the band delivers great songs like "Democide", "The Culling" and "The End?". From start to finish, Plagues of Babylon is their best release since 2001's "Horror Show". The opening, epic, self-titled track kicks the album off at an amazing clip. The backing choral vocals on the second half of the chorus send chills through my spine. "Democide" is the track I've been looking for since Stu Block joined the band. It's a perfect vocal performance for showcasing his range. The scream at the end of the song is what metal vocals are all about. The track "Spirit of the Times" may be my favorite song on the album. Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian does lead vocals on "Among the Living Dead". A highlight is the cover version of "Highwayman". Schaeffer, Stu, Russell Allen of Symphony-X and Adrenaline Mob, and Michael Poulsen of Volbeat make up the metal version of country's Highwaymen. A great song in and of itself, hearing it given the metal makeover makes it even better. Russell Allen steals the vocal show. This is a great bonus end to the album. And if that weren't enough, stay tuned after that song goes off for a hilarious little blip at at the end.

Iced Earth has returned with a vengeance and are poised to storm to the top of the metal world once again. Become infected by the Plagues of Babylon and make sure you snag this album.

"You may take me but you'll never break my will. My soul is not for sale." --Lyrics from "Spirit of the Times" originally performed by Sons of Liberty.
  • 1 :REVIEW COUNT
    4.5 :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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