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Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider

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Release date: 11 November 1991
Style: Heavy metal, US power metal


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01. Angels Holocaust
02. Stormrider
03. The Path I Choose
04. Before The Vision
05. Mystical End
06. Desert Rain
07. Pure Evil
08. Reaching The End
09. Travel In Stygian
10. Stormrider [live] [2008 reissue bonus]

Top 20 albums of 1991: 12

Additional info
In Europe, this album was released in November 1991, and in the USA in April 1992. Its U.S. release date was delayed so as to not compete with the band's self-titled debut album.

Produced by Tom Morris and Jon Schaffer.
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Recording Studios, Tampa, Florida.
Mastered at Fullersound, Miami, Florida.

A re-mastered version was re-released in 2001 with an alternate album cover.
The first pressing has a different cover. Today, it has a different comic artwork cover compared to the original cover work.

Remixed and remastered version from the Dark Genesis boxset was released separately on August 26th, 2002.

Staff review by
Dream Taster
Back in the early 90's, in 1992 to be precise. The American band Iced Earth released their first concept album entitled Night Of The Stormrider. Reactions were very positive because their sound was different from any other band in the metal scene. For numerous fans, the discovery of Iced Earth started with that dark epic album, mystic lyrics and gloomy cover art. Night Of The Stormrider followed 1990's self-titled debut album and was received with immediate success in Europe and at a degree lower in the States. Japan was charmed too, which in 1992, was less common than nowadays, and by the way, that record is still the most sold of all Iced Earth's albums in Japan. So, what do we have with the CD you ask? Well, let's see!

published 18.09.2003 | Comments (4)

Guest review by
Thrash, heavy, power. Call it what you will, Night of the Stormrider takes you on a ride from start to finish with some of the fastest charging riffs in all of metal contrasted with its dark lyrics and mood. This second offering from Iced Earth is their first stab at making a concept album and it delivers the goods. The story, in the words of John Schaffer is about "a young man who is betrayed by Christianity... and is chosen to bring about Armageddon." He goes on to say you can figure it out for yourself if you read the lyrics, which are very dark and evil and perfectly express the story's sinister vibe. This feel is also perfectly executed by the instruments, especially guitar, of which the distortion almost personifies the Stormrider and his struggle. The drumming on the album is very well written, however, not as well played. The double bass is the area which could have used the most work because it is supposed to go along with the quick riffs, but only manages to follow them closely.

published 08.07.2006 | Comments (14)

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So, the other day I went to this Mexican fast-food restaurant to eat some tacos.

published 25.07.2014 | Comments (21)

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28.01.2022 - 23:34
Rating: 10

Written by Joppe on 28.01.2022 at 23:23

the band lost something after these early releases.

They did, I agree. But Burnt Offerings is up there too for me -- though quite different from the first two.
10.02.2022 - 21:16
Rating: 8
Nocturnal Bro
Very nice, unique metal
While I prefer Barlow's vocals, these are also good - and the riffs are reliably enjoyable!
By the way, is it just me or is "Storm of the Light's Bane" kind of the inversion of "Night of the Stormrider"?
09.07.2022 - 11:20

For some unknown reason I’ve been skeptical about this band but after listening to the remastered debut album and this masterpiece all I can say is wow. For a 90’s record where even the legendary bands had some down time out this was a much needed breath of fresh air!

Stormrider🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽 (Easy to tell why I like the track from the name)
11.10.2022 - 19:53
Rating: 9

Easily one of the my favourite thrash records. No weak moments to be found here.
Everything's twice as bright with money in your hands

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