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Release date: 12 January 2004
Style: Heavy metal, US power metal


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Disc I
01. Star-Spangled Banner
02. Declaration Day
03. When The Eagle Cries
04. The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me)
05. Greenface
06. Attila
07. Red Baron/Blue Max
08. Hollow Man
09. Valley Forge
10. Waterloo
11. When The Eagle Cries [acoustic version]

Disc II [Gettysburg 1863]
01. The Devil To Pay
02. Hold At All Costs
03. High Water Mark

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Additional info
North American release date: January 13, 2004
European release date: January 12, 2004

Tracks 10 to 12 construct the suite "Gettysburg (1863)".
The American version features "Greenface" (3:02) instead of "Waterloo".

Because of the album's super-patriot theme, some tracks weren't added to versions released in certain countries. The Star-Spangled Banner was removed from the German release, and was replaced with Green Face.

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The Glorious Burden is an album of change in so many ways. Not surprisingly the biggest change is the one of vocal duties. Matthew Barlow, frontman and vocalist since 1995 is no longer a member of Iced Earth and this album is the start of the Tim "Ripper" Owens (ex-Wintersbane, Judas Priest) era. Another big change is the one of the music itself, or rather the theme of the music. The dark, gothic touch that has characterized Iced Earth's sound and lyrics has been exchanged for a historical theme. Before listening to the album I was a bit skeptical about this but it turned out great.

published 16.06.2007 | Comments (13)

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elekctric - 10.02.2010 at 17:50  
Rating: 7 I only rate this lower as I am not a fan of Ripper ....
Ellrohir - 10.02.2010 at 18:21  
Rating: 8 I bought this CD recently and if nothing - the whole booklet is one of the best i have seen so far

+ i love Gettysburg trilogy no matter what
Marcel Hubregtse - 10.02.2010 at 19:00  
Written by Ellrohir on 10.02.2010 at 18:21

+ i love Gettysburg trilogy no matter what

The Gettysburg trilogy is imo the only reason to buy this cd. That trilogy is superb it's just a shame disc one is so pathetically crap.
Ellrohir - 10.02.2010 at 21:43  
Rating: 8 I agree the rest of the album is quite weak musically...but Gettysburg is so great, that it was worth to buy for me
LusitanianTroll - 12.07.2010 at 04:00  
Rating: 8 It's not so bad as some people say.
Glory_Swabian - 12.08.2010 at 23:23  
Rating: 10 I love rippers vioce!!! It's perfect
JÄY - 25.06.2011 at 22:23  
Rating: 9 Heh i d/led this album and had fallen in love with it... then i find out the tracks are all mixed up! ....but i dont givvashit
Nite - 31.01.2012 at 11:38  
Rating: 9 I don't know why this album has such a bad press. It's very good. The highlight is the Gettysburg Trilogy of course but the others are by no means bad. Declaration Day is probably my favorite. I think the trick with any new vocalist is to try not to judge there albums by there predecessors.
JÄY - 01.02.2012 at 03:48  
Rating: 9
Written by Nite on 31.01.2012 at 11:38

I don't know why this album has such a bad press. It's very good.

Yeah...It's one of those albums....along with Megadeths So far, So good.
Angelic Storm - 01.02.2012 at 11:42  
Rating: 9
Written by Nite on 31.01.2012 at 11:38
I think the trick with any new vocalist is to try not to judge there albums by there predecessors.

I do think Ripper was never given a fair chance by many who couldn't see past Matt Barlow as the Iced Earth vocalist. Ripper took a lot of flak from that section of Iced Earth's support during his time as their singer, most of it completely unjustified I felt. I think he did a great job in taking up the mantle of IE vocalist, and whilst this album isn't perfect by any means, I think it is underrated, and the material on it is mostly great. Obviously, the Gettysburg Trilogy gets the most attention on this album, and rightfully so. As it's one of the finest metal compositions of all time. However, the main body of the album contains a few great, underrated tracks that I love a lot. Although there are a couple of other songs on the album I don't find to be that great, "Hollow Man" is by far the weakest track on the album for me...
Bad English - 06.02.2012 at 09:43  
Rating: 7 One more opener whit new vocalist, pretty good powerfull but if we compare all 4 openers whit new vox this is weekest , because not all songs are powerfull, and besides some parts was more power not heavy musicvaly, but defenetly best how others Borlow albums after opener(yes I know its Ripper on vox here) , better how previusly IE albums
beyondtehdarksun - 06.02.2012 at 10:14  
Rating: 8 I still like this album a lot despite the bad songs. "Declaration Day" and "Waterloo" will always be among my favorite IE tracks.
JÄY - 19.09.2012 at 23:30  
Rating: 9 I view this album a lot like I do Maiden's Fear of the Dark. Plenty enough good songs to make it a great release, just had too many crappy ones and that dragged it down....Well, I dont spin the CD's I own, I only listen to them digitally so I've just deleted all the songs I would normally skip. I'm left with a great album, for true
Ralle - 11.11.2012 at 21:23  
Rating: 9 Great album
belphegor666 - 15.09.2013 at 03:44  
Rating: 10 Tim Ripper is amazing...When The Eagles Cries is one of my favorite songs from this album... I give a 10 to this deserves it as all the other Iced Earth albums do
master 666 - 15.10.2013 at 04:32  
Bad English - 20.02.2015 at 15:30  
Rating: 7
Written by elekctric on 10.02.2010 at 17:50

I only rate this lower as I am not a fan of Ripper ....

its wrong, I am not fan of many thinks like di caprio, but I did enjoy film whit Jack Nicholson and also Blood Diamond,
even guy totally sucks because 2 stupid love films

most ppl vote for bane name bot music what is into album and its wrong
danielllewis - 11.04.2015 at 07:48  
  Looks like the consensus about this album lines up with my own opinion haha. Don't care for disc 1 but the gettysburg trilogy gets me all kinds of excited
CakeTrolley - 04.06.2016 at 18:26  
Rating: 9 Excellent heavy metal album. The ending monster track Gettysburg is probably the best stuff they've written and Ripper sings his heart out on this record. Waterloo is another favourite of mine. The only complaint I have is that the lyrics to When the Eagle Cries is pretty stupid.

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