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Band
Iced Earth
Title
The Reckoning EP
Type
LP/EP
Company
SPV/Steamhammer
YOR
2003
Style
Power
11/21/2003 - Review by: Frank Hill
Iced Earth - The Reckoning EP - 2003 - Reviewed by Nailer

Track Listing
1. Sookie Sookie
2. Game of Love
3. Shakin' All Over
The events of Sept. 11 had a large effect on the band Iced Earth. Longtime vocalist Matt Barlow decided during the making of the latest record, "The Glorious Burden", to quit the band for other career interests. This left the band's founding guitarist Jon Schaffer at ground zero without a vocalist and the potential backlash of the fervent IE fan base. Enter recently replaced vocalist-- Ripper Owens of Judas Priest fame.

With an obvious nod to the classic, British "Trooper" image of Iron Maiden, IE's EP "The Reckoning" features their mascot in American Revolutionary War-era uniform carrying the "Don't Tread On Me" flag over the dead opposition soldiers. It a gorgeous cover by Leo Hao that could have just as well represented Schaffer proudly carrying the flag for American power metal. He's been doing it for years.

Given past recordings of songs like "1776" and "Ghost Of Freedom", Jon's patriotism needn't be questioned. The Sept 11 events though, fueled his energy into the equally historical and topical military themes of the latest record. I found all the songs on the EP to be high caliber metal.

The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me) opens the EP with Jon's familiar staccato, galloping guitar work. Nothing inventive here, but it's a style that I think has been sadly missing from metal for a while. Ripper has nothing to prove with top-notch vocals and I love the chorus with its inspiring vocal chants similar to the German speed bands. "When the Eagle Cries" is an unplugged power ballad about the aftermath of the twin towers destruction that you'll either write it off as more maudlin patriotic sentiment or it'll give you goose bumps.

"Valley Forge" is a searing lamentation that juxtaposes the hardships of the Revolutionary War soldier with the modern individuals that take their freedom for granted. As Jon has said before, "youíve got a bunch of people running around today who donít give a shit, and are spoiled brats who take for granted everything they have." "Hollow Man", about struggling with inner demons, is definite IE and a good closing number.

I don't think the new record deal with Steamhammer (SPV) had any affect on the sound or personalities of the band, but I do feel that with the addition of Ripper Owens, Iced Earth will be even more accessible to metalheads. Here's looking forward to "The Glorious Burden" and the 32-minute epic Gettysburg (1863).


--Nailer 11.21.03
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ALL REVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
TITLE
DOR
COMPANY
REVIEWER DATE MADE RATING
Days of Purgatory
1997
Century Media
Frank Hill9/30/2003
-
Dystopia
2011
Century Media
Greg Watson10/23/2011
4
Festivals of the Wicked
2011
Century Media
Greg Watson8/5/2011
4
Framing Armageddon
2007
SPV/Steamhammer
Etiam2/8/2008
3.5
Gettysburg DVD
2005
SPV/Steamhammer
Ken Pierce6/9/2005
-
Live In Ancient Kourion
2013
Century Media
Eric Compton5/10/2013
4
Plagues of Babylon
2014
Century Media
Greg Watson2/21/2014
4.5
The Crucible of Man
2008
SPV/Steamhammer
Etiam2/8/2010
2.5
The Crucible of Man
2008
SPV/Steamhammer
Raising Iron1/13/2009
3
The Glorious Burden
2003
SPV/Steamhammer
Ken Pierce6/16/2004
4
The Glorious Burden
2003
SPV/Steamhammer
Eric Compton1/22/2004
4
The Glorious Burden
2003
SPV/Steamhammer
Anthony Burke12/11/2003
4
The Plagues EP
2013
Century Media
Greg Watson1/6/2014
4
The Reckoning EP
2003
SPV/Steamhammer
Frank Hill11/21/2003
-

ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
INTERVIEW INTERVIEWER DATE TAGLINE
Stu BlockEric Compton, Greg Watson6/22/2017"The Band is Incorruptible. We Are Never Going to FalterÖ"
Jon SchafferGreg Watson2/7/2012
Jon SchafferKen Pierce9/14/2005


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