Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > Community Center > The Lounge
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-13-2018, 02:26 PM   #111 (permalink)
All day jazz and biscuits
 
The Batlord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beating GNR at DDR and keying Axl's new car
Posts: 40,299
Default

Florida's Finest: Iced Earth

Iced Earth are the apex of cheese-that-does-not-suck in metal. They are goofy as all ****ing **** but also kick immense amounts of ass. Metallica-meets-Iron-Maiden is the intention and Metallica-meets-Iron-Maiden is what is absolutely achieved.

I believe this is the first Iced Earth song I ever listened to and as a teenager it was the absolute ****. It's a version of a song from their second album with another vocalist's track slapped on, and even if the band didn't actually rerecord the song it still ****s on the original. The band's first two albums were perfectly cool, especially the second (from which this hails), but they had meh vocalists that weighed them down. Enter Matt Barlow on album #3 when Iced Earth became the band they always should have been. Too bad they'd already recorded the album they always should have with a lame singer. So even if we can't have Night of the Stormrider with Matt Barlow, at least he threw down on this track and a few others from that album.



You want a song that beats all the ass while still embodying everything that is theatrical about Iced Earth? Here you go. Burnt Offerings was the most metal, most aggressive, most intricate album they ever released with their best vocalist, and so while it is not their most consistent album (being a transition album) it is their most awesome when it's firing on all cylinders. The title track is the definitive Iced Earth song as far as I'm concerned.



This is the cheesiest, most overwrought metal ballad that ever hit the mark like a sniper's bullet afaic. I always end up thinking of my best friend and wondering what I'd do if he died in a car crash or something and I get hella choked up and I don't care who knows it.



This is from a concept album about the comic book character Spawn. Making a concept album about a comic book is already ridiculous, but if you know anything about Spawn, or better yet if you've read the comics or seen the HBO cartoon then you will know that this is hilariously ridiculous... cause Spawn is kind of terrible... in the best way... and I'm sure Iced Earth didn't realize this. Thank god the band created one of the best pop metal albums of all-time in the process, and this song is an earworm that will invade you like the serpent's apple.



The end of that Spawn album is also a career highlight. It's more introspective (and therefore more gloriously cheesy), and closes out an awesomely maudlin album in the most awesomely maudlin way ever with corny balladry juxtaposed with a bunch of bitchin' metal chuggin' and then just chuck in faux-female choir vocals for the chorus cause why the **** not, this album wasn't absurd enough yet. God I love Iced Earth.



They wanted to make their own "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". That's pretty clearly the entire point of this song. It's not quite that song, but **** me this is still one of the best metal songs ever. It's got a solid narrative, kicks ass all throughout, goes through movements that flow well, and the ending is just balls out amazing.

__________________
BRING ME THE HORIZON >>>> CHARLES MINGUS
i
The Batlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 02:48 PM   #112 (permalink)
one-balled nipple jockey
 
OccultHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dirty Souf Biatch
Posts: 14,741
Default

Nice write up

Are you gonna get pissed if I say they remind me of Queensrÿche?
__________________

¡¡¡brigada juvenil anarquista!!!
FLARLY WE RIDE
OccultHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 02:51 PM   #113 (permalink)
All day jazz and biscuits
 
The Batlord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beating GNR at DDR and keying Axl's new car
Posts: 40,299
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by OccultHawk View Post
Nice write up

Are you gonna get pissed if I say they remind me of Queensrÿche?
Why would I? Empire is a top 5 pop metal album. I don't particularly care about much of the rest of their discography, but Iced Earth is clearly superior.

Why the comparison though? Just the general theatricality?
__________________
BRING ME THE HORIZON >>>> CHARLES MINGUS
i
The Batlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 03:10 PM   #114 (permalink)
one-balled nipple jockey
 
OccultHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dirty Souf Biatch
Posts: 14,741
Default

Quote:
Why the comparison though? Just the general theatricality?
Actually, that’s a great way to put it. So yes, “the general theatricality”.
__________________

¡¡¡brigada juvenil anarquista!!!
FLARLY WE RIDE
OccultHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 03:17 PM   #115 (permalink)
All day jazz and biscuits
 
The Batlord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beating GNR at DDR and keying Axl's new car
Posts: 40,299
Default

Honestly I'd still compare Iced Earth to ICP for the theatricality. ICP had a unified vision that was ultimately nonsense but still provided for a framework that somehow made a modicum of sense. Iced Earth had no unified vision, but ultimately had a similar aesthetic that... ultimately makes their aesthetic feel like a failed or at least less interesting version of ICP's supposedly unified vision. I mean I love Iced Earth, but yeah ICP's success at creating their own nonsense mythos actually colors my vision of Iced Earth's lesser attempts at creating lesser mythos.

So what I'm basically saying is no matter how good a band you are, go hard or go home, ***got. But those 90s Iced Earth albums are still the ****.
__________________
BRING ME THE HORIZON >>>> CHARLES MINGUS
i
The Batlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 03:31 PM   #116 (permalink)
All day jazz and biscuits
 
The Batlord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beating GNR at DDR and keying Axl's new car
Posts: 40,299
Default

Oh and two examples of straight up savage Iced Earth tracks.



__________________
BRING ME THE HORIZON >>>> CHARLES MINGUS
i
The Batlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 03:46 PM   #117 (permalink)
one-balled nipple jockey
 
OccultHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dirty Souf Biatch
Posts: 14,741
Default

I get what you’re saying pretty much but I’m trying wrap my head around what a band’s “mythos” is. I’m thinking reoccurring themes that take on a life of their own. With ICP I’m thinking magnets, faygo, hatchets, the gathering, the fbi gang watch list thing, fans pledged for life,

am I on track?
__________________

¡¡¡brigada juvenil anarquista!!!
FLARLY WE RIDE
OccultHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 04:07 PM   #118 (permalink)
All day jazz and biscuits
 
The Batlord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beating GNR at DDR and keying Axl's new car
Posts: 40,299
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by OccultHawk View Post
I get what you’re saying pretty much but I’m trying wrap my head around what a band’s “mythos” is. I’m thinking reoccurring themes that take on a life of their own. With ICP I’m thinking magnets, faygo, hatchets, the gathering, the fbi gang watch list thing, fans pledged for life,

am I on track?
I'm pretty drunk, so don't try too hard. ICP have their own thing that they've been doing since almost day one. Iced Earth have concepts that in the 90s were album specific, but when they creatively stalled they started trying to connect albums with a phony mythos. I gave the concept way too much credit by saying anything other than that it was stupid. I don't know why I even compared the two groups other than a vague similarity in their approach.
__________________
BRING ME THE HORIZON >>>> CHARLES MINGUS
i
The Batlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 04:13 PM   #119 (permalink)
one-balled nipple jockey
 
OccultHawk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Dirty Souf Biatch
Posts: 14,741
Default

You’re a treasure
__________________

¡¡¡brigada juvenil anarquista!!!
FLARLY WE RIDE
OccultHawk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-13-2018, 04:17 PM   #120 (permalink)
All day jazz and biscuits
 
The Batlord's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Beating GNR at DDR and keying Axl's new car
Posts: 40,299
Default

I'm drunk explaining drunk nonsense. What's not to love?
__________________
BRING ME THE HORIZON >>>> CHARLES MINGUS
i
The Batlord is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2019 Advameg, Inc.