“Dante’s Inferno” hasn’t been played live since 1999’s groundbreaking Alive in Athens album. And there's a good reason why.
"If there’s one song fans have asked us to play live more than any other it’s ‘Dante’s Inferno,’” says Jon Schaffer. “The simple reason why we haven’t is because the original click track was erased, therefore requiring a keyboard player to do the parts live. That’s OK for a special event like when we recorded Alive in Athens, but to hire a keyboard player for a full tour, for one song, just isn’t financially feasible.”
This summer, during the recording of Dystopia, Iced Earth’s 10th studio album, the band entered the studio for the express purpose of remedying that situation – and emerged with a powerful rendition that’s – if possible – even more monumental than the original, which was the closing track on the band’s 1995 album Burnt Offerings.
“We wanted to say ‘Thank You’ to all of our loyal fans who have waited so long to hear us play ‘Dante’ again,” says Schaffer. “So, we decided to give this to them, FREE. It’s because of our fans we’ve been able to make music all these years. This is a way to show how much we appreciate them.”
Watch for "Dante's Inferno" to be played live during all upcoming shows on the 2011-2012 World Dystopia Tour.
In the meantime, enjoy this newly re-recorded FREE track featuring Iced Earth vocalist Stu Block!
I dig it! Stu does an awesome job. It's nice to hear one of my favorite metal songs redone with great
production. Stays true to the original as well, other than the solos. They are even more of a shred
fest. I love it (:
....Well, wow, I had pretty much given up on this band, and now I have completely changed my mind. I wasn't impressed with their last album WITH Barlow, so I just wasn't interested in what another new singer could do, since Ripper, I did not like, and Barlow even failed me, I was just convinced Schaffer was out of good ideas.... But I admire the job Stu did here. I will come back for the next album, just for Stu.
Really well done, but I'm kind of disappointed with how much Stu is emulating Barlow. I know everyone always whines on and on about Barlow being the authentic voice of Iced Earth, but Stormrider and Framing Armageddon were two of my favorites (I loved Owens in IE... Still think it was a mistake to take Barlow back for... what, a shitty album and a year or two of touring?) and I really wanted to see Stu do something revolutionary (for the band) with its sound.
Probably helps that I like Into Eternity and always thought his voice made that band and I don't want to see him just turn into a Tim Owens fill-in man. Dude has way more potential than that.
His vocals are actually a lot higher usually. Kind of like Rob Halford with less power, but he can do death vocals too (assuming that's all one vocalist... I'm not entirely sure, not really an Into Eternity fan). The end part with the growls and stuff was okay, but he seemed to over do the rest. Maybe he'll sound more natural on the new songs.