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Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden

7.4 | 624 votes |
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

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 (14)

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17.01.2021 - 20:16
Rating: 8

I really can't see the dislike for this one. I would say it's their most diverse and fun record, the production is very clean and brings out the best out of the songs. I'm likely to even go as far as saying it could be my favourite Iced Earth record, not counting Alive in Athens. The patriotic direction is way over the top sure and some songs falls a bit flat but for me Iced Earth has always had some weak songs on all records (excluding Stormrider) so that's just normal.

But ofcourse it's 3-4 years since I listened to it so maybe I would have to listen to it once again and see where it stands.

EDIT: And as I now listened to it many times over the past week I can say my previous comment was a bit over the top but it's still a great record. The ending half with Valley Forge, Waterloo and of course Gettysburg Trilogy is pure entertainment (Sabaton should takes notes of Waterloo how a good history lesson is written). I need to also point out Tim Owens singing, it is at times absolutely phenomenal.
Everything's twice as bright with money in your hands
18.01.2021 - 20:11
Rating: 4

Missguided fits better than "diverse"
12.01.2022 - 20:10
Rating: 9

This Album is amazing!!! probably the best album of Owens carrer !
Um, Dois, Três, Quatro! Yeah! PORRA!!!

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