Iced Earth
Live in Ancient Kourion


4.0
excellent

Review

by TerraIncognita USER (10 Reviews)
June 1st, 2013 | 26 replies


Release Date: 04/16/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The only Iced Earth album necessary for casual fans.

Live albums are meant for hardcore fans. A casual fan isn’t going to want to deal with crowd noise and in-between song banter just to get to the next track. Also, live albums almost always have a sound that is inferior to the studio albums -- Decade of Aggression comes to mind as an exception to that rule. There are times, though, when a live album is actually kind of cool. If the track list is comprehensive enough, a live album can serve as a ‘best of’ release for those that don’t want to buy every album. Also, if a band member has been switched out it can be cool to hear how the new guy does with the older material – Anthrax is a perfect example. Iced Earth’s latest live album manages to hit on all of the potential positives while avoiding the typical pitfalls that afflict most live releases.

First and foremost, Live In Ancient Kourion has an excellent production. The songs all sound just as powerful (if not more, depending on the age of the original track) as the studio albums they were pulled from, and the individual instruments come through crystal clear. Also, a quick glance at this double album proves that the band chose all of their best songs, with very few (if any) duds. They’ve got classics such as “Angel’s Holocaust” and “Storm Rider” along side newer tracks such “Dracula” and “Invasion” – and the entire rendition of “Dante’s Inferno” too. Of course, the most interesting part of this live album is the inclusion of their latest vocalist, Stu Block. Personally, I think he is the best vocalist that Iced Earth has ever had. He can pull off the classic songs with ease and includes a power that was missing from the originals. He can also mimic Matt Barlow’s baritone perfectly while also adding an occasional death/black metal shriek from time to time. Honestly, I’m not too familiar with the Tim Owens-era material, but I’m willing to bet that Stu is recreating those vocals perfectly, as well.

It’s not very often that a live album will appeal to more than just hardcore fans, but this one does. If there’s only one release that you need to get for the entire Iced Earth experience, this is it. The song selection is excellent, the sound is flawless and the band’s latest vocalist is the best they’ve ever had.



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TerraIncognita
June 1st 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Seriously, the albums are all variations of the same riff anyway. This one has almost all of their best songs with an awesome sound and their best frontman on vocals. The only Iced Earth album necessary for casual fans.

Titan
June 1st 2013


5347 Comments


i can't even get passed your summary

ViperAces
June 1st 2013


12485 Comments


^^^^^

ViperAces
June 1st 2013


12485 Comments


but past*
*i think*

TerraIncognita
June 1st 2013


25 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Let me make it clearer.

Titan
June 1st 2013


5347 Comments


much better Terra.......and good luck on your English final Viper!

Titan
June 1st 2013


5347 Comments


and check out The Glorious Burden Terra.......album is awesome, especially The Gettysburg Trilogy to close the album out.

ViperAces
June 1st 2013


12485 Comments


"Get passed" would be incorrect in this context. It is "get past", meaning go beyond; the "something" is an insurmountable obstacle to the speaker.

Titan
June 1st 2013


5347 Comments


perhaps you are correct.......either way you understood me

Willie
Moderator
June 1st 2013


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

I like the new vocalist. Fits the band real well and is versatile enough to do justice to all the previous dudes.

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

ViperAces
June 1st 2013


12485 Comments


yea iced earth rule

NapalmCrusader
June 1st 2013


1737 Comments


I fuckin love this band

manosg
June 1st 2013


6511 Comments


Yeah, it's a good band. How does this one compare to Alive in Athens?

Digging: Witchfynde - Give 'em Hell

Willie
Moderator
June 1st 2013


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

The obvious cool thing about Alive in Athens is that it has more old songs on it. This one is better in every other way, though.

70sPriestIsBetter
June 1st 2013


1934 Comments


s/t is all that even matters

70sPriestIsBetter
June 1st 2013


1934 Comments


gene adam or die

Dreamflight
June 1st 2013


1760 Comments


"I like the new vocalist. Fits the band real well and is versatile enough to do justice to all the previous dudes. "

True to a certain degree he sounds awful on Wolf.

He rules on ballads though.

70sPriestIsBetter
June 1st 2013


1934 Comments


you must have missed my comment

Dreamflight
June 1st 2013


1760 Comments


Dude even that racist fag John Greely fits better on iced earth.

Willie
Moderator
June 2nd 2013


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

The only album that I keep coming back to is Burnt Offerings. It has the only Iced Earth songs that I listen to when I feel like listening to the band.



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