Iced Earth - Days of Purgatory - Reviewed by Nailer
1. Enter The Realm 2. Colors 3. Angels Holocaust 4. Stormrider 5. Winter Nights 6. Nightmares 7. Before The Vision 8. Pure Evil 9. Solitude 10. The Funeral 11. When The Night Falls 12. Burnt Offerings 13. Cast In Stone 14. Desert Rain 15. Brainwashed 16. Life And Death 17. Creator Failure 18. Reaching The End 19. Travel In Stygian 20. Dantes Inferno 21. Iced Earth
When I think back on the great American power/thrash/speed period from '86-'88, some names come to mind instantly--Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth...had "Days of Purgatory" been released during that time, I would've added Iced Earth.
Days of Purgatory is a two CD release of early songs that were remixed and resung with recently departed vocalist, Mathew Barlow. Rhythm guitarist and dark wizard Jon Schaffer has put together a release that would be a worthy addition to any metal collection.
Solid and unyielding, Iced Earth doesn't pay any heed to the verse-chorus-verse, two riff songs of less musically inclined bands. These ain't sing-a-longs either. The 21 songs addressing, for the most part, death, hate and evil are complex and ever-changing with slower, clean parts and hyperfast rhythms.
Barlow's voice is one of the best in metal going from a smooth mid-range to a high pitch that will take the paint off your wigger neighbor's riced out Civic and maybe the rest of the cars on the block.
Imagine "Master of Puppets"-era Metallica with Maiden's "The Trooper" with Paul Stanley's vocals sent on a trip through Hell and you'll have DoP, I think. The only thing keeping me from giving DoP a perfect score is that I don't always feel like Iced Earth has given me a hard enough kick in the balls. Maybe the atmosphere of the songs are a little too serious. Maybe it's the precision production. Maybe its because my nuts are numb.
Prime cuts: Disc 1--Angels Holocaust, Pure Evil, Stormrider Disc 2--Burnt Offerings, Desert Rain, Travel in Stygian
Score = 9 of 10
About this Writer: Frank Hill // Frank Hill has been at this site since its slimy, crying birth in '03. He was born on National Metal Day--11/11 and will turn his hearing aids up to 11 when he's 111. He secretly listens to a lot of old Country and Doo-Wop tunes and wants to start a cyberband with lead vocals by Robot Plant. He is still trying to figure out what Judas Priest meant by "paratamize you". If you read this, then he salutes you.
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