Posts Tagged ‘Iced Earth’

Review by Jeff Maki
The word “incorruptible” has different meanings. The first, “not susceptible to corruption, especially by bribery,” and the second, “not subject to death or decay; everlasting.” And thus the title of Iced Earth’s 12th album now seems perfectly fitting. This album is a culmination of the band’s career—powerful vocals, powerful lyrics, power chords, power ballads and galloping rhythms that take the band’s ’90s-era sound and transpose it into 2017. And yes, the result is powerful. (more…)


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Iced-Earth-armageddonNow here’s how you do some power metal. Iced Earth doesn’t just flirt with the bombastic, larger than life trappings of the genre; they fully embrace them, revel in them and take power metal to another level.

Pretentious? Ridiculous? Whatever. Who cares, Framing Armageddon is above all things an awesome metal album. Full of big guitars, big ideas, big choruses and big vocals, Framing Armageddon, the first of two concept albums coming from the brain of Iced Earth mastermind Jon Schaffer, above all else kicks some serious ass. For evidence of that, I point to “Setian Massacre” and the album’s best track and first single, “Ten Thousand Strong.” The latter song shows off Iced Earth at their best: the galloping rhythms of drummer Brent Smedley and bassist Dennis Hayes, the fierce guitar lines of Schaffer and Troy Seelie, and most of all, the powerhouse pipes of Tim “Ripper” Owens. (more…)

Tim "Ripper" Owens

Tim “Ripper” Owens

Every metal fan knows the story of Tim “Ripper” Owens, of how he was plucked from a tribute band in Ohio to replace the Metal God himself, Rob Halford, as the singer  of Judas Priest. It even inspired a movie, 2001’s Rock Star. After leaving Priest in 2003 to make way for their reunion with Halford, Owens took over vocal duties for another veteran metal act, Iced Earth, and began working on songs of his own. The product of those songs is his new band, Beyond Fear, whose self-titled debut arrives in U.S. stores May 9. Owens recently spoke to Greg Maki of Live Metal about the new album, touring plans, Iced Earth and more. (more…)