From The Vaults: Horror Show (Iced Earth)

Enjoy another review from the Vaults

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In 2001, Power/Thrash Metal band Iced Earth decided to release another entry in their series of concept albums.  This one might be considered their best effort (until Dystopia was released)

I won’t deny that I love Iced Earth, despite my mixed feelings towards the head of the band.  Bias aside, Horror Show is a pretty solid album.  The CD ranges from some softer, more ballad influenced tracks to rock solid thrashing tracks!

Speaking of the thrashier side of the album, what better way to start than talking about the opener, “WOLF”.  Of course, this track is an homage to werewolves and more so the classic “Wolf Man” story.  The riff are solid and intense, just as Barlow’s vocals really shine in this track.  Not to mention, the drumming by Christy adds to the intensity, making the track sound like a run for one’s life.

Damien stays true to that warped, demonic Iced Earth spirit.  And in that spirit, we’re presented with a diabolic nine minute epic.  We start with some weird, eerie intro and then the listener is immediately smacked by heavy riffs to make the faithful flee in terror.

The tracks Dracula and Phantom Opera Ghost really strike a chord (no pun intended) for trying something really different.  This shows that power metal angle really playing out.  The ballad like structure, melodic vocals, and epic incorporation of vocalist Yunhui Percifield.

Most of the other songs stick to Iced Earth’s triple style riff formula.  Is that a bad thing?  Not at all!  The tracks Jack, Im-Ho-Tep, Dragon’s Child, Frankenstein, and Jekyll & Hyde are just fine.  In fact, while not as good as the above mentioned, are still mad fun on their own.

Overall, HORROR SHOW is a great addition to anyone’s heavy metal library or even a collection of tunes for Halloween and beyond.  Stay tuned for a review of their sequel to this album, DYSTOPIA!

8.5/10

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