Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden
Heavy Metal
Disc 1: 11 songs (46'49) Disc 2: 3 songs (32'00)
Release year: 2004
Iced Earth, SPV
Reviewed by Danny
Major event

The third song of Gettysburg's trilogy is over. The first spin of Iced Earth's new album comes to an end.

I would like to tell you that The Glorious Burden is the best ever Iced Earth record, but what an enormous lie it would be. In fact, since Burnt Offerings, Iced Earth never sounded so weak, so divided. For the first time since I fell in love with this U.S. heavy metal band - that was for Dark Saga - the song-writing is weak, lacking inspiration, almost tasteless. Worst, there is no killer track ... except may be The Reckoning (used for the single). So what happened ? How the promising best US heavy metal band felt so quickly ?

Oh I will not blame Tim ... that would be to easy and very unfair. No I blame directly Jon ... or "Super Jon" should I say. Yeah I will call him now Super Jon following the recent interviews he gave for many European heavy metal magazines. Let's resume some of your sentences my dear "Super Jon" :

- Matthew brought nothing for Iced Earth ...
- I am the one who write everything ....
- With Matthew out, Iced Earth will never be as big as today ...
- Matthew is stupid ... he needed two weeks for the recording of his vocals ....
- Matthew this, Matthew that, Matthew again ...

I am smashed to see how Super Jon has crucified so quickly his very ever best friend Matthew - Jon said two years ego that he finally found a real friend, that was Matthew Barlow. Hummm, I can't judge Matthew's attitudes, nor his performance in studio - even though Matthew's performance on Alive In Athens are far from Jon's accusations. No that's true, I can't judge what I haven't seen ... but I can judge what I have just heard. The Glorious Burden is the worst album of Iced Earth since their ... first album. Considering what has been said above about Matthew Barlow ... Jon shouts, claims, is arrogant on every European metal magazine saying he is the master-thinking inside Iced Earth, his own band. Honestly, which Iced Earth fan on this planet doesn't know that ? Humility Jon is a word that doesn't belong to your vocabulary. Your promotion tour in Europe sucks ... so does your last album ... oooops sorry Iced Earth's last album !!! The good thing is that you can't blame Matthew for that :)

Well, let's go back to the word I used : DIVIDED !

From one part, there is this magnificent voice - Tim's voice of course - who saves the "printing" of the album. But unfortunately for Jon - oooops Iced Earth - it sounds too much like Rob Halford has been "invited" to sing on the new Iced Earth. Iced Earth's music ? No, I should I say an awful Iron Maiden copycat version. For the first time since I know Iced Earth - ooooops sorry Super Jon - the riffs are tasteless, copy-pasted a thousand time from previous Iced Earth albums (not to say Iron Maiden). Iced Earth's classic riff and rhythm is dead, gone, disappeared, vanished away, crucified ! Honestly, you will have the feeling to listen to Judas Priest meets Iron Maiden for the most part of the album. Pathetic ! Strangely it coincides with the departure of Matthew, but I prefer to leave Jon with his own "devil" thinking.

Divided ? Hell yes. When I do not have the feeling that Iron Maiden wrote this album twenty-years ago, Demons And Wizards comes to my mind. That's true for When The Eagle Cries, Valley Forge and Hollow Man. Ah Hollow Man, the famous track that Jon didn't want to give to Century Media because it is a killer, a masterpiece. Tim does an excellent job (again) on Hollow Man, but compare to I Died For You or Melancholy (Holy Martyr), this Hollow Man isn't the expected killer. Tim Owens is not Matthew and he is definitely not ... Hansi Kürsch.Yes this record is divided because some songs were written for the next Demons And Wizards, but Super Jon kept them for himself - ooops sorry, for Iced Earth. At this stage, I am wondering how the new label impacted Super Jon ? Money ???

Except The Reckoning - the single - the only track that saves the day is Red Baron / Blue Max. Guess what ? This is the only track where Tim Owens was allowed to work on (lyrics). This might be the "hope door" for Iced Earth ... if Jon accepts to work as a team of course. After many spins, Waterloo, Attila, Declaration Day and Red Baron / Blue Max became my favorite tracks ... but Iced Earth remains at a thousand light years away from Horror Show. At that time I though I over-rated Horror Show. Well today, after the listening of The Glorious Burden, I realize how Wolf or Dracula were not over-rated.

And let's talk now of Gettysburg 1863 - you know, new Super Jon's trilogy. This is a complete disaster compare to the one ending Something Wicked This Way Comes. What a tasteless trilogy, boring ... a never ending instrumental abyss track with no melodies, no emotions. Tim saves the day again. Ah I almost forgot, there is an orchestra on this trilogy. Let me laugh !!! Compare to Rage/Lingua Mortis Orchestra albums, Jon - ooooops sorry Super Jon - is a tiny rocky who seems to write his first ever classic song. For info Super Jon, Peter "Peavy" Wagner gives accelerated lessons. Same label just in case of :)

You know the difference between the last Iron Maiden and the new Iced Earth album. The cover of Iron Maiden sucks ... but the music is marvelous. For Iced Earth, this is just the opposite :(

Iced Earth was my favorite band ... but you know, nothing is eternal.

Killing Songs :
Waterloo, Attila, Declaration Day and Red Baron / Blue Max
Danny quoted 50 / 100
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Aleksie quoted 98 / 100
Jay quoted 88 / 100
Alex quoted 86 / 100
Marty quoted 75 / 100
Jeff quoted 75 / 100
Mike quoted 90 / 100
Chris quoted 50 / 100
Other albums by Iced Earth that we have reviewed:
Iced Earth - Incorruptible reviewed by Goat and quoted 85 / 100
Iced Earth - Dystopia reviewed by Goat and quoted 83 / 100
Iced Earth - Iced Earth reviewed by Storm and quoted 48 / 100
Iced Earth - Night Of The Stormrider reviewed by Storm and quoted 99 / 100
Iced Earth - The Crucible of Man - Something Wicked Part 2 reviewed by Aleksie and quoted 90 / 100
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