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Monday, March 24, 2008

S'March of Metal-Iced Earth - Ten Thousand Strong

I kinda came into Iced Earth late in the game. Some of the former members of the band include Howard Stern show castmember Richard Christie (drums) and Rob Halford's replacement in Judas Priest, Tim "Ripper" Owens (whose life was the basis for the Mark Wahlberg flick Rock Star). Iced Earth is essentially Jon Schaeffer as the rest of the band seems to change regularly. They are to my knowledge, the only rock band who ever wrote a song about the battle of Gettysburg. I've always thought that Iced Earth, like Kamelot, would have been huge in the States had they emerged in the late 80's. Still, they have a huge following in Europe.


O.M.O.M. said...

I've never really latched on to Iced Earth, decent stuff but the lineup changes always put me off. I guess Matt Barlow is back doing vocals again.

I wonder how long Ripper will last as Yngwie's vocalist? Ripper's a class act and I'd like to see him find a permanent home in a high-profile metal act. Check out his band Beyond Fear for a really solid metal release from last year.

E. S. Furniss said...

I like Ripper a lot too. Good vocalist and by all accounts a really nice guy. I would say he lasts one tour and one record tops with Yngwie. Maybe not even that long if Yngwie unleashes the fookin' fury.