The build-up intro to the album, because all big concept albums have it, a token slow track and then a fast thrasher to spice it up. The more melodic "Anguish Of Youth" is simply too gentle and mediocre to convince musically or vocally. Empyreal , January 4th, The music itself sometimes lacks of originality, for example in the closed minded thrasher "Days Of Rage", a track I have already heard many times in similar degrees of style and variation. Played back to back, the two songs are a wonderfully memorable moment from the album.
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Jon has crafted some better tunes this time around than on the previous album, though it is not without its moments of downright annoyance.
In fact, alongside Dave Mustaine, Jon Schaffer might be one of the most controversial personalities in the metal universe. Fortunately the ewrth of Dystopia sees things going in the right direction as it takes a good back to basics approach. The concept of the record is something new and fresh and Schaffer decided to not copy ideas from the past or create another sequel to an old Iced Earth record.
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dyxtopia Shortly after announcing Barlow's departure from the band, Iced Earth announced that Into Eternity frontman Stu Block had been chosen as the band's new lead vocalist. Gone are the choirs, layered vocals, and the orchestral compositions that were featured on the Something Wicked saga. Hearing that live album was a revelation for me.
There's also the usual collection of shorter, gallop heavy thrashers in "Boiling Point" and "Days Of Rage", and occasional mid-paced, vocal oriented songs in "V" and "Dystopia". I can forgive that though because they are not even close to the worst found on the dtstopia couple albums.
It is refreshing to have good solos on an Iced Earth record again because they have been missing for awhile. Many have also praised Stu Block's performance as the new lead vocalist. Maybe this is kind of hard to realize for someone who isn't into the band, but Iced Earth was ied nothing I had ever heard before.
Alive in Athens Live in Ancient Kourion. But the songwriting rystopia nothing but rampant cliche running wild like a drunken rhino - all verse-chorus-verse-chorus, and without the charm or style to keep you interested.
Not innovative but head bangers like hell, and icer need this. But there are some creepy parallels in contemporary life". Unlike a lot of people, I'm not a big fan of Ripper Owens.
Blaming only Stu Block for the euphoria that 'Dystopia' unleashed within me would be too easy though. Retrieved October 22, The problem with most Iced Earth albums these dystopix not all, mind you is that Mr.
It's perfectly icer to dysto;ia your departed singer with another one as long as that singer is competent enough. But if those diversified vocals weren't present on the record, this release would have been much more disappointing than it is. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. According to Jon Schaffer, his approach to Dystopia was much more focused compared to previous albums from the last ten years or so.
Retrieved October 30, Write your own review. The elephant in the room with this release is obviously the second departure of Matthew Barlow, a powerhouse of a vocalist with a timbre so dysotpia identifiable as his own that his records he's done with the group are often thought of as Iced Earth's finest.
So now with a new band and just coming off a newly born 2nd side project, Schaffer has returned yet again with an all but dytopia different flock of musicians to give Iced Earth yet another chance at rebirth. The album contains 2 ballads Anguish of Youth and End of Innocence. Retrieved February 6, It's good to have you back. There are also some highlights on this record. They're only recommended for those of you who don't think lced wardrobe has enough plaid flannel in it.
Those people who have listened to the exclusive online airing of the album's title track have heard the return of the Iced Earth I fell in love with over a decade ago. Retrieved October 2,