Iced Earth The Crucible of Man
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Altmer
October 7th 2008


5700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I haven't really loved an Iced Earth record since Horror Show. So

Mikesn
Emeritus
October 7th 2008


3708 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Horror Show is their best. Or Burnt Offerings, I guess. But I like Horror Show more.

Altmer
October 7th 2008


5700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Burnt Offerings is their best but that whole Barlow period is the IE I dig.

Monaro73
October 23rd 2008


23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't mind this album, its pales compared to Burnt offerings, Something Wicked and Horror Show but Matt's vocals are strong and there are some stand out tracks on here like I walk alone, divide and devour, Come what may. It took me a couple of listens to appreciate it, its an album you have to sit down and listen to and read the lyrics to get the story line which I liked. Combine Framing Armageddon and this album, its a cool story with some strong songs by 2 awesome singers and Jon is just an outstanding musician full stop.

Steerpike
December 26th 2008


1861 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Picked up a torrent, listened to it, deleted it.



I'm not going to be a drama queen and suggest that this is the end of Iced Earth, but Matt Barlow was hardly what the band needed at this point. What they need is for Jon Schaffer to take a break and learn how to write a good song again.

AtomicWaste
Moderator
December 29th 2008


2706 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I really liked Framing Armageddon. I don't know what it was, but the album was just real pleasing to my ears as soon as I heard it, and this album is... Well, quite frankly it just sucks.

Barlow's nowhere near as talented vocally as Owens in my opinion, and I hate his voice on this album. Moreover, I hated it on Something Wicked This Way Comes, so its not unanticipated, but... Ugh. That's not all even, when it gets down to the instrumentation, it's just awful all around.

This is an album to make baby Jesus cry.

wakeupdead
February 7th 2009


2227 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

cmon guys, this album is pretty good, it just takes time to grow on you, Behold The Wicked Child is pretty sweet

Dragonforce89
February 25th 2009


332 Comments


Hate this band.

Altmer
February 25th 2009


5700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Hate you.

BroRape
February 25th 2009


803 Comments


i saw a nasty fat guy with a greasy ponytail wearing an iced earth shirt the other day in walgreens.

Altmer
February 25th 2009


5700 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i just cut my hair

Dragonforce89
February 27th 2009


332 Comments


Altmer: Hate you too.

EmperorHelix
March 29th 2009


5 Comments


As much as I love Iced Earth to death, they really disappointed me when they played on October 16th in Nokia Theatre in NYC. Half their setlist were songs from this terrible album, and no songs from Burnt Offerings were played.

I just hope Jon gets his act together and writes some awesome shit again like Horror Show and The Glorious Burden. Nothing can come close to Night of the Stormrider's awesomeness, but he can at least try again.

IcedEarthaholic
February 15th 2010


17 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually a solid album, not as good as Framing Armageddon, but a solid work nontheless.

Asiatic667
February 15th 2010


4651 Comments


The glorious burden is their only album I've heard

JacobGudge
June 8th 2010


56 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't get these haters. Im completely new to Iced Earth, and I don't like Power Metal, but listening to this, I thought this was really good. Listening to Framing Armageddon, it is slightly better than this, but both are great albums, I honestly don't understand why so many people hate this album, and the album preceding it for that matter.

FadeToBlack
June 8th 2010


11044 Comments


Im completely new to Iced Earth, and I don't like Power Metal
if you haven't listened to anything else (Iced Earth or power metal) then obviously u wouldnt understand how boring and generic this is

MrMadman
March 13th 2011


9 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Iced Earth started bleeding on the Glorius Burden album. On Framming Armageddon they were bleeding heavily. Here they stopped bleeding. They're out of blood and flatlined.

Gbhill
May 25th 2011


128 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm one of those who really liked Framing Armageddon but the followup is just bland...i don't hate it but Barlow's vocals are uninspired and frankly so is the songwriting. There are a few songs i like but overall the songs are recycled and generic. I think Tim Owens would have made this material work slightly more as Barlow just doesn't fit but regardless this is Iced Earth's weakest album.

ronin15
May 29th 2011


23 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

There just wasn't a song that blew me away on this one. Nothing as good as ten thousand strong at least from previous album



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