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Released: 2017, Century Media
Reviewer: John Haseltine
Here in the U.S., June 16th was a long wait for and Iced Earth fan once it was penned this was to be the release date for their 13th studio effort INCORRUPTIBLE. Not that it was such a horrible wait due to the timelessness of their last release PLAUGES OF BABYLON. Yet as with any geek fan, (myself included) we always want more.
Many Iced Earth fans and metal heads in general have their Iced Earth eras they prefer. I don’t believe I can actually pick one. I have pretty much been a diehard fan since I picked up THE DARK SAGA shortly after it was released. So yes, this is going to be a little bias. Don’t get me wrong, there are moments in Iced Earth’s career where I questioned the music, but I can be as critical as I want and do so with all my favourite bands.
INCORRUPTIBLE in many ways sonically is an extension of their last offering. Maybe not lyrically, but musically. Schaffer and company do not disappoint on this one with plenty of galloping riffs which at times are almost thrash sounding. Melancholy to mid-tempo intros which are a staple in Iced Earth’s song writing all filled in with their signature bombastic head banging rhythms that charge full-speed ahead mowing down all in their way. Iced Earth is at the top of the heap when it comes to the U.S. power metal scene. Maybe even the world.
INCORRUPTIBLE may not be on the top of every ones list. One thing I never understood. But with that being said, this is an album that should be on the top of everyone’s year end list. By far the best album I have gotten my hands on so far this year. And to be fair, maybe I haven’t gotten too too many, but I got a lot.
Iced Earth has been, and will continue to be one of my favorite bands. Again, that does not automatically make this a great album. The fact that it is a great album makes it a great album.
1. Great Heathen Army
2. Black Flag
3. Raven Wing
4. The Veil
5. Seven Headed Whore
6. The Relic (Part 1)
7. Ghost Dance (Awaken the Ancestors)
10. Clear the Way (December 13th, 1862)
Stu Block - Vocals
Jon Schaffer - Guitar, Keyboards,
Jake Dreyer - Guitar
Luke Appleton - Bass,
Brent Smedley - Drums,
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