Iced Earth - The Dark Saga review
|Album:||The Dark Saga|
01. Dark Saga
02. I Died For You
04. The Hunter
05. The Last Laugh
06. Depths Of Hell
07. Vengeance Is Mine
08. The Suffering
1 - Scarred
2 - Slave To The Dark
3 - A Question Of Heaven
Todd Mc Farlane is a genius. He has created the best american comic of all times and his character, Spawn, has became a legend. Sadness, evilness, violence, love?.are all inside the dark stories he lives in. So, who could grasp this feelings and put it into music? Jon Schaffer obviously! And who can sing with the voice of the tormented Hellspawn, suffer with him, making us hear deep melancholy or pure evilness through the notes of his throat?? Matthew Barlow of course.
Published just one year after the masterpiece "Burnt Offerings" this album moved IE' songwriting style slightly forwards: we can find slight additions of melodies and choruses, and in particular the first two slow songs which are not interludes made by Schaffer. Listen to "A Question of Heaven" and cry for our life that gives us nothing but pain. The session drummer Keith Prator is not that amazing while the guitars sound clear and heavy, and Matt gives us the usual outstanding performance. The whole album follows the story of the comic so we find songs of pure violence like "Violate" or the immense "Vengeance is Mine" in wich we can find Jon's typical guitar gallops. If I have to be critical (and I'm forcing myself to be that way because they're my favorite Power Metal band) Jon's songwriting has lost a bit of complexity compared to the times of "Night of the Stormrider" or to the already mentioned "Burnt Offerings"- but it is always more than a step above other bands.
Obviously if you know the comic you'll appreciate the lyrics as well as Matt's voice, and you'll recognize from which of Spawn's episode the CD artwork comes from.
In conclusion its a great album that has to be listened to entirely in order to grasp the harmonic line which gives it unity.
If you like the comic to madness add one point to the rating.
|'The Dark Saga' is a classic metal album, and is without doubt one of Iced Earths best albums. The album is based on the comic Spawn as the concept behind the music. The album depicts the story of a man who sell's his soul to the devil for love, an irony that few seem to grasp. 'The Dark Saga' represents also the coming of age of Mat Barlow, the emotive and charismatic vocalist of Iced Earth. This is an album of class by a band who's suffered numerous changes too their line up including three vocalists. The Dark Saga was the first time Iced Earth had produced an album with the same vocalist as the previous album and it truly paid dividends for the band as a final product.
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