Saturday 24 June 2017

Album Review: ICED EARTH - Incorruptible

Iced Earth - Incorruptible

01. Great Heathen Army
02. Black Flag
03. Raven Wing
04. The Veil
05. Seven Headed Whore
06. The Relic (Part 1)
07. Ghost Dance (Awaken The Ancestors)
08. Brothers
09. Defiance
10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)

If I was to describe Iced Earth to someone who'd never heard them before, I'd say that they sound like a mix of Judas Priest's Painkiller album, Iron Maiden, and Queensryche when they're at their most Metal.  If that sounds good to you, or you're already a fan, Incorruptible is definitely something you should be checking out at the earliest opportunity.

I've been following them since their triple CD Alive In Athens album came out. I wouldn't say that they've progressed that much musically since then in terms of style, but the quality of their recorded output has always been of a high calibre.

Incorruptible has it all, from the epic Progressive Metal of The Veil, to the Traditional Metal of the pirate themed Black Flag, and the Slayer-esque Seven Headed Whore with its sinister lead work descending into razor sharp Thrash. Incorruptible provides everything you'd expect from an Iced Earth album, yet manages to exceed expectations as it's both a little more diverse than usual, providing some well executed surprises and continually strikes gold in the song writing department.

If you're new to Iced Earth, Incorruptible is a great place to start. There aren't many older bands where you can say that about their latest album. It's refreshing to hear an artist release such a vital part of their catalogue at such a late stage in their career.


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