"Death Magnetic" style production. Does this band have a bassist? Inspired title track. Surpsingly good "demonic chorus" style background vocals on several tracks - works to mix up IE's recent blandness. Stu Block's posturing "deep" voice wears poorly as the album progresses. The songs begin to sound too similar for an album of this little cohesion. The intro to "Cthulhu" where Stu sings in his natural voice is the best musical moment on the album.
Plagues of Babylon sees Iced Earth continue their slump into the territory of wasted potential with long stretches of boredom and rare moments of enjoyment. Babylon isn't alone in playing host to this plague.
Iced Earth don't know how to record a really bad album and Plagues of Babylon is no exception, still the new Iced Earth offering does not have enough potential to re-invite someone to listen to it repeatedly, with the exception of Stu Block's vocals, which are as engaging as always.