Days of Purgatory
Iced Earth - Days of Purgatory - Reviewed by Nailer
|Track Listing1. Enter The Realm |
3. Angels Holocaust
5. Winter Nights
7. Before The Vision
8. Pure Evil
10. The Funeral
11. When The Night Falls
12. Burnt Offerings
13. Cast In Stone
14. Desert Rain
16. Life And Death
17. Creator Failure
18. Reaching The End
19. Travel In Stygian
20. Dantes Inferno
21. Iced Earth
When I think back on the great American power/thrash/speed period from '86-'88, some names come to mind instantly--Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth...had "Days of Purgatory" been released during that time, I would've added Iced Earth.
Days of Purgatory is a two CD release of early songs that were remixed and resung with recently departed vocalist, Mathew Barlow. Rhythm guitarist and dark wizard Jon Schaffer has put together a release that would be a worthy addition to any metal collection.
Solid and unyielding, Iced Earth doesn't pay any heed to the verse-chorus-verse, two riff songs of less musically inclined bands. These ain't sing-a-longs either. The 21 songs addressing, for the most part, death, hate and evil are complex and ever-changing with slower, clean parts and hyperfast rhythms.
Barlow's voice is one of the best in metal going from a smooth mid-range to a high pitch that will take the paint off your wigger neighbor's riced out Civic and maybe the rest of the cars on the block.
Imagine "Master of Puppets"-era Metallica with Maiden's "The Trooper" with Paul Stanley's vocals sent on a trip through Hell and you'll have DoP, I think. The only thing keeping me from giving DoP a perfect score is that I don't always feel like Iced Earth has given me a hard enough kick in the balls. Maybe the atmosphere of the songs are a little too serious. Maybe it's the precision production. Maybe its because my nuts are numb.
Disc 1--Angels Holocaust, Pure Evil, Stormrider
Disc 2--Burnt Offerings, Desert Rain, Travel in Stygian
Score = 9 of 10