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Iced Earth - Days of Purgatory - Reviewed by Nailer

Track Listing
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

--Nailer 9.30.03
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.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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ALL FULL REVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
CD
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
Days of PurgatoryIced Earth
1997
Frank Hill9/30/2003
DystopiaIced Earth
2011
Greg Watson10/23/2011
Festivals of the WickedIced Earth
2011
Greg Watson8/5/2011
Framing ArmageddonIced Earth
2007
Etiam2/8/2008
Gettysburg DVDIced Earth
2005
Ken Pierce6/9/2005
Live In Ancient KourionIced Earth
2013
Eric Compton5/10/2013
Plagues of BabylonIced Earth
2014
Greg Watson2/21/2014
The Crucible of ManIced Earth
2008
Etiam2/8/2010
The Crucible of ManIced Earth
2008
Raising Iron1/13/2009
The Glorious BurdenIced Earth
2004
Ken Pierce6/16/2004
The Glorious BurdenIced Earth
2004
Eric Compton1/21/2004
The Glorious BurdenIced Earth
2003
Anthony Burke12/11/2003
The Reckoning EPIced Earth
2003
Frank Hill11/21/2003


ALL SUMMARY REVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
TITLE BAND
DOR
REVIEWER DATE
The Plagues EPIced Earth
2013
Greg Watson1/6/2014


ALL INTERVIEWS FOR: ICED EARTH
INTERVIEW BAND INTERVIEWER DATE
Jon SchafferIced EarthGreg Watson2/7/2012
Jon SchafferIced EarthKen Pierce9/14/2005
Stu BlockIced EarthEric Compton and Greg Watson6/22/2017


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