Iced Earth
Alive in Athens


5.0
classic

Review

by Jorn van Schaïk USER (172 Reviews)
March 10th, 2007 | 17 replies | 9,041 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


8 of 8 thought this review was well written

Iced Earth are perhaps the most famous power metal band to come out of the United States. One of the few answers, apart from Kamelot, that the US has produced to counter the proliferous power metal scene in Europe, the band has a legacy spanning back to the 80s. Drawing influence from old school metal along the lines of Iron Maiden, as well as thrash, power, and some even say progressive metal, this band has become famous due to Jon Schaffer's sick rhythm guitar lines, and Matt Barlow (a longtime singer of the band who left in 2003 due to personal issues) who provided perhaps the best vocals the power metal scene has ever seen.

And this captured them on a 1999 date in Athens, playing a live concert for a sold out crowd, with all their classics, all their best tracks up to the Something Wicked album. The tracklisting has everything, from moody and melodic (Watching Over Me, I Died For You), to aggressive pieces of music (Vengeance Is Mine, Pure Evil, Brainwashed), to classic epics (The Coming Curse, Dante's Inferno, Travel In Stygian), everything is on here, delivered with good production (for live standards), excellent musicianship, everything that trademarks Iced Earth is on this disc.

The rhythm guitars are just as kickass as ever. I wish I could have been there, headbanging to some of the best riffs I've ever heard. Jon Schaffer is a genius. The lead guitars are perfectly placed, not too wankish ever or out of place, always well-placed, always just on time, and played with meticulous precision. Matt Barlow proves he is no slacker, and that his excellent vocals are also suited for live environments and not just the studio. From sad, to aggressive, to just terrifying, he can put so much emotion and rage into his voice, even live, this man was such an asset to the band when he still was around. And he has stage presence too, almost every song makes the crowd chant for more, every song is sung along, the crowd is going nuts. It's nearly the perfect concert, 3 hours of a great band playing a great crowd in a great venue (Athens, mythological significance, anyone), playing their best songs.

This is a must have for any Iced Earth fan, this is a must have for anyone looking to get into power metal or the band as it gives a perfect summary of their qualities and the early parts of their discography, it's excellent for musicians as the band never lets up during their relentless barrage of music, there is good crowd interaction, the production is perfect... you could hardly come across a better live album. Ever. This may be well my favourite live cd ever produced. Highly, highly, highly recommended to get for all you music fans out there.



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Yazz_Flute
March 10th 2007



18764 Comments


Got my vote :thumb:

Digging: Cormorant - Dwellings

Yazz_Flute
March 10th 2007



18764 Comments


And I've never heard this album, nor have i heard any iced earth album. I should probably look into them.

I think the best live album ever is Stockholm Knockout Live, but I've never heard this.

Mikesn
Emeritus
March 10th 2007



3709 Comments


^ Get Horror Show or The Glorious Burden.

Review is pretty good. Brief, but you did a pretty good job. I've heard great things about this album.

Altmer
March 10th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

There isn't much to be said about this apart from GET IT

Yazz_Flute
March 10th 2007



18764 Comments


Okay, Ill look into one of those. I can get them off itunes :thumb:

Yay for my 200th comment :D

chimera908
March 10th 2007



713 Comments


Great review man. As for Iced Earth I only have Horrow Show and it's great. I'm definitly gonna get more Iced Earth soon and this album seems like one hell of a live show.

Apocalyptic Raids
March 10th 2007



810 Comments


decent album but I'm not huge on Iced Earth anyway.

WARPATH_88
March 10th 2007



514 Comments


This sounds sick! Ive been an Iced Earth fan for a while. One of the bands that got me into metal.

Wish
March 11th 2007



262 Comments


Best live album I've ever heard. It's impeccable.This Message Edited On 03.11.07

wakeupdead
March 11th 2007



2204 Comments


yeah Iced Earth is awesome. I have the Blessed And The Damned and i love it. I want Burnt Offerings. Great review :thumb:

SynGates
March 11th 2007



2467 Comments


Pretty sweet review. I have yet to check these guys out as I'm lazy.

BattleOfSerenity
March 5th 2008



186 Comments


This album is easily one of the best live metal albums ever.
3 discs of what makes modern power metal great.
I think this was the first Iced Earth album I got.
I still can't believe Matt Barlow is back with IE, it made me sooooo happy.

TheFlightOfTheNazgul
August 19th 2008



55 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I WAS THERE GUYS....
Nothing to say about
this live=my half-life

Somber Dictum
March 26th 2010



6 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Fundamental in any metal collection...i think they were probably in their best shape for the recording, simply outstanding...

BigHans
March 26th 2010



26455 Comments


It would be insane to see Dante's Inferno live. Or Prophecy. Or the Coming Curse.

Jacquelyn
July 9th 2011



33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yes very good album

Eunuch
September 20th 2013



1231 Comments


Iced motherfucking Earth



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