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Release date: 7 July 1998
Style: Heavy metal, US power metal


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01. Burning Times
02. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
03. Disciples Of The Lie
04. Watching Over Me
05. Stand Alone
06. Consequences
07. My Own Savior
08. Reaping Stone
09. 1776
10. Blessed Are You
11. Prophecy
12. Birth Of The Wicked
13. The Coming Curse
14. Shooting Star [Bad Company cover][re-issue bonus]
15. Electric Funeral [Black Sabbath cover][re-issue bonus]
16. The Ripper [Judas Priest cover][re-issue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1998: 13

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Additional info
The last three songs make up the "Something Wicked" trilogy.

The Japanese digipack version contains a bonus track: "Stormrider" (live at Wacken '98). This song is not available on any other release.

Also pressed as a gatefold LP, limited to 2,000 copies.

Staff review by
Demonic Tutor

The biography of the American band Iced Earth suffered from too may line-up changes over the years, so, basically the only original member, founder and leader Jon Schaffer IS Iced Earth. Ok, that was the line-up! No just kidding, well Matt Barlow was still there with his master voice, Larry Tarnowski was around to handle the lead guitar parts and James McDonough was the current bass player. Concerning the drummer, Brent Smedley, he is on the picture of the band in the booklet but I'm almost sure that he didn't played on that album as Mark Prator did. Smedley would be the drummer on the Alive in Athens CD but that's another story. So what was I saying? Yes, complicated lineup, especially if you add that their producer Jim Morris played some guitar parts and that since, Tarnowski has been fired, Barlow quit the band for personal reasons, I have no idea what happened to Brent Smedley but despite his amazing performance on stage, he's not anymore part of Iced Earth and finally James McDonough is still the official bass player but Iced Earth released two albums without his services... Nevertheless, the core of the band at that time, meaning the trio Schaffer-Barlow-Tarnowski worked perfectly as we will discuss later.

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Reza - 28.01.2010 at 22:01  
  Very nice album! it's my favorite Iced Earth album. I adore Melancholy (Holy Martyr) !
Nite - 31.01.2012 at 11:40  
Rating: 9 This album got me into Iced Earth. I heard one of the tracks (forget which) on Snakenet Meta Radio and was hooked!
Bad English - 01.02.2012 at 20:26  
Rating: 8 2 werry powerful ballads and one killer song about easter sands and ancient man
those are 3 songs who keeps album alive, others is ok, HM yes it is but doens make album strong, IMO weekest from Mat'salbums, somehow I think it now
eaxch day I go to school in my MP3 player I coppy one album and listen same in mornings before buss leaves on CD .... well now for me its nothing special 3 songs what makes it good
ThunderAxe1989 - 06.05.2012 at 02:18  
  Just like the Stormrider album, I believe this one to also be one of their all time best

did anyone ever notice that one of the main riffs in "Stand Alone" sounds pretty much identical to the main riff in Metallica's "Blackened"? I picked up on that immediately.

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