Iced Earth
Horror Show


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ace_of_Bass2112 USER (4 Reviews)
November 25th, 2005 | 20 replies | 2,669 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist


5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Well second review lets hope I don’t fall into the “sophomore slump"

Iced earth is a metal giant that comes out of Florida. Combining 80’s thrash metal with power metal, while drawing influences from bands like Iron Maiden they have come with a sound that is unique and powerful. With constant line up changes Iced Earth (then called Purgatory) struggled through their early years, but also proving themselves on the Florida tour circuit throughout the 80’s. in 88 they came out with there demo Enter the Realm which was an underground success. Then in 92’ they came out with Night of the Stormrider which is one of my personal favorites but it fell on deaf ears at the time. On that album the singer was John Greely, who, at the disappointment of Night of the Stormrider left the band. This turned out to be a blessing for the band that then brought in Matt Barlow one of the best metal vocalists of are time in my opinion.

With Barlow and Schaffer at the helm Iced earth recorded classics such as Burnt Offerings, Dark Saga, and Something Wicked Comes this Way. In 2001 the band recorded Horror Show which coincidently was the first Iced earth album I bought.

The Good

Wolf is the song that kicks off this album. With a spooky intro that sets the mood of the entire album, it features some of the fasts double bass drum you’ll hear while the guitars keep chugging along with it. This is a song that Barlow really shows of his talent hitting everything from high piercing notes to medium ranged, melodic, entrancing notes. All in all a very solid opener.

Ghost of Freedom is the Ballad of the album. It follows the very heavy and strong Jack and is a nice break from the from the previous songs. It is mostly acoustic guitar, Barlow, and drumming. It sings about a man who has lost his father in a war and can feel his presence now that he is fighting for freedom. About half way through the song there is a very well done and emotional solo from Schaffer, and at around 4 minutes all the electrics come in with choirs and it, for me, was breath taking.

Another song for notice is the Iron Maiden cover, Transylvania . To tell you the truth I actually like this version of the song better then Maiden’s, but only for the better Production quality. Frankenstein starts off with a very heavy opening riff. That same heaviness is consistent throughout the whole song. Once again Barlow is showing us what he can do only on the other side of the spectrum. With low rhythmic verses Barlow tells the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his pursuit to know the meaning of life.

The Lull

Normally I would call this the “bad" section but sense it is right in the middle of the CD I’ll name it the “lull". Im-Ho-Tep (Pharaoh’s Curse) is a song that has an Egyptian feel throughout the whole song. The problem with this song is that it never gets going, and just seems to drone on and on. There is however an excellent solo in the song which is a shame because you have to listen to all the mediocre to get to it. Jeckyll & Hyde suffers from the repetitive bug. The opening riff keeps popping up through the entire song which wouldn’t be bad if it was a good part, but its not, its just overly simple and not up to Iced Earth standards. I did find the Chorus enjoyable though.

Now here comes the lowest point of the album. Dragon’s Child . average average average. Average guitars average singing average drumming. That’s all I can say about this song, its not that its bad its just not good. I’m sure if this was some other band or some other album this could be a highlight. Unfortunately this is Iced Earth and this is Horror Show and average songs just do not belong.

The Ending

The last two songs on this album deserve a section of there own. Dracula starts of slow and melodic like a lullaby. The beginning is so full of sadness and emotion that it is just begging to be played over and over again. While this is lulling you into a false sense of security BAM it hits you. Barlow’s voice turns from sad and emotional to angry and defiant. This song is full of speed and power, and if you doubt that Iced Earth should be in the Power Metal section this is the song that will change your mind. My only beef with this song is that it ends too early.

Ah finally here we come to the grand finaley. The Phantom Opera Ghost features a female vocalist performing the part of Christy, while Barlow playing the part of Eric, the Phantom. Medieval sounding guitars set the stage for this epic song, until the drums/elctircs come in. Christy and Eric battle back and forth verse for verse, all this with the organs playing in the background. In the middle of the song there is a very creepy breakdown that I would not recommend listening to in the dark. Through the whole song they are telling the story of the phantom of the opera, which in my mind, is much better then forking up the money to go see a play. It also saves time.

Recommended Track
-Wolf
- Transylvania
- Dracula
-The Phantom Opera Ghost

just to let everyone know I know that I left out Damien but that’s because I didn’t think it was good enough to be put in the “good" section but wasn’t bad enough to be put in the “bad" section.



Alright second one down please tell me how I did.
`Ace


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Aakon_Keetreh
November 25th 2005



448 Comments


i liked your format..good job on the review...but i really dont like this band that much

Apathy
November 25th 2005



645 Comments


No soph. slump for you.

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 25th 2005



257 Comments


thanks for the comments. i got the idea for this type of format from one of Thor's reviews.

Aakon_Keetreh
November 25th 2005



448 Comments


ya thats the way to go

Thor
November 25th 2005



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm almost offended that Damien wasn't put in the good section. That's the high point of the album and one of Iced Earth's best songs to date.

Digging: Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 25th 2005



257 Comments


i liked it the first coupel times i heard it but it kind of wore off for me

Priestmetal
November 26th 2005



542 Comments


I havnt heard much Iced Earth and out of the few songs i've heard one of them were on this album. So my post was useless.
O, nice review. Gets my vote...

Ace_of_Bass2112
November 26th 2005



257 Comments


/bumped because im an attention whore

Stormrider
December 10th 2005



55 Comments


Nice review..like your list of recomended songs. One thing though, For me Jekyl and Hide is a good song. But thats just me and my liking.

pattern_recognition
April 3rd 2006



950 Comments


Damien is easily the best song on here. After that, it's probably Ghost Of Freedom and Dracula.
A thousand times better than The Glorious Burden, anyway, which is an utterly wretched album, IMO.

Stormrider
April 6th 2006



55 Comments


TGB is a great album IMO.

My favorite song on there is Dracula, followed by The Phantom Opera Ghost. Damien is definitely in the top 5 for that album though.

ACircuitShock
April 11th 2006



13 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I will repeat what others have said... where is Damien? It definitley belongs to be in the good sectiion. Anyway...good review for a great album. I will disagree with you on a few points however. I really enjoy Im-Ho-tep(Pharoah's Curse) and Dragons Child. I will agree that Jekyll and Hyde is rather repetitive (great talking part though). Good job here.

I also agree with Stormrider in that TGB is a great album.

Stormrider
April 19th 2006



55 Comments




Dragons Child is an awsome song IMO. Catchy song. Barlow does an excellent job in this song.

I'm Ho Tep I never really got into...while not being a bad song, it isn't an absolutely great one either IMO.

Sleepy
April 19th 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Damien not a good song??? Wow, I thought it was excellent. Other than that I agree with you in just about every aspect you pointed out in this review. Very well formed and written.

Stormrider
May 5th 2006



55 Comments


Damien owns in every way.

AoR
May 8th 2006



2 Comments


Damien probably on of my favorites on the CD.

Thor
May 8th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It's great to see that we have so many lovers of Damien in here. It's close to being my favorite Iced Earth song of all time.

Stormrider
May 11th 2006



55 Comments


Such an awsome chorus...pre chorus, verse...just about everything :p

Thor
May 11th 2006



10158 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

For Damien? Yup, there isn't a single bad part in that entire song. The first time I heard it was before I was trying to go to sleep, and I must say it actually scared me. Now that's an epic song if it can do that.

Stormrider
May 11th 2006



55 Comments


At first, that scream and the riff behind it did it for me, I think. It went from them afterwards.



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