Days of Purgatory
9/30/2003 - Review by: Frank Hill
Iced Earth - Days of Purgatory - Reviewed by Nailer
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
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