But Iced Earth followed their release with the meandering Plagues of Babylonconfirming their inconsistency once again. Now it seems, it was the turn of a good album, and Incorruptible delivers.
For starters, the album is structured in the way of their classics of old; a barrage of nine songs, ranging from Funeral - Iced Earth - Iced Earth to six minutes of duration, and the tenth and finishing blast, a 9-minute closer. The songs are more direct that the compositions from their previous record, a welcomed change. They're however, not as fast or outstanding as their most beloved classics.
The songs are mostly mid-paced but diverse, and none could be considered filler, thank Dio. That is, a person with the ability to possess animal spirits or bodies.
Block, which actually is the standard for the whole record. Speaking of them, those guys have fought everybody else's wars, and even fought against the Americans on the Mexican side two decades before, when Americans invaded Mexico.
Kinda feel they were involuntarily trying to conjure up Running Wild's style, but in a flawed an unnecessary way. The production Funeral - Iced Earth - Iced Earth muscular and clear, even though the bass guitar is marginally subdued.
The lyrics are not that good, but to be honest they have never been this band's forte. Not that is matters a lot, as 25 years old Jake Dreyer is the new and exciting addition to Iced Earth's line up, taking lead guitar duties on this album, and boy, does he shreds! I wish they let him get loose a bit more, as his performance is excellent but somewhat too controlled.
Stu remains on fire, Schaffer's riffs are good enough, and the rhythmic section does its part, nothing too fancy, but no weak spots either. While this won't make it to most people's list of outstanding Messiah - Various - The Flame Burns On: The Best Of Neat Records, it is a welcomed addition to Iced Earth's discography.
I do hope they won't replicate their 'lets-copy-Anthem-for-all-tunes' formula in their next release, but for the time being, Incorruptible satisfies. Originally written for Metal Recusants [metalrecusants. Iced Earth has always been a band with big hits and misses for me. Incorruptible might not be a masterpiece but it's easily the band's best record in more than a decade. Let's get the negative points out of the way.
Jon Schaffer's songwriting is far from being surprising. All songs can be resumed as melodic mid-tempo tracks with strong heavy and power metal vibes and occasional restrained thrash metal riffs. While not being bad, the two opening tracks kick the record off Magiczny Strumień - Hefeystos - Hefeystos a rather low note because they sound like many other Iced Earth songs with the classic trademarks listed above.
These two tunes already have too many similarities to really stand out despite an interesting instrumental overture to ''Great Heathen Army'' and cool lyrics about pirates in the case of ''Black Flag''. Several tracks overstay their welcome and feel stretched. This is also due to the fact that choruses are often repeated to death which is the case for both ''Raven Wing'' and ''The Veil''.
The fact that some songs end with bland fade-outs instead of proper finales is also a sign for lazy songwriting. However, after an average first half, Incorruptible gets better and better in the second half. This song should get a mandatory spot on the band's concert set lists for years to come. The best track is the closing epic ''Clear the Way December 13th, '' which reminds me of Iron Maiden's heavy metal epics of the eighties.
Emotional melody and vocal lines meet a vivid rhythm section, atmospheric parts in the overture, middle section and coda and very interesting lyrics inspired by historical events. Even a few decently employed bagpipe melodies make their comeback and add a special note to this track.
Anyone who likes classic heavy metal epics will fall in love with this track that might be one of the best in Iced Earth's career. Despite a few minor flaws, Incorruptible is a diversified, engaging and passionate heavy metal record with great production, skilled guitar work and strong vocals that might at times remind of Stu Block's predecessors without copying them.
He basically manages to take the best from Matt Barlow and Tim Owens in particular and adds his own touch to it. Let's add that the album is a grower since even the weaker tunes blend in rather well and get more memorable after a few spins. Throwaway.45 - All Star - Starlitos Way: I Am Not Your Friend the vapid Plagues of Babylon, Incorruptible is a very solid return to form and Iced Earth's best record in more than a decade.
Iced Earth, my all time favourite band as far as metal goes unfortunately hasn't managed to break new ground at least in a while. Where it is not to say that they have been unsuccessful in providing decent albums with good tracks, sufficed to say however good are none the less complacent. One such as myself finds a yearning for something new and never finding it with them. Since we've had the mediocre Glorious Burden, and even though solid enough Framing Armageddon, we've also had the most awful Crucible of Man.
The fans were finally graced supposedly with Dystopia which though was also Stardust - Harry Connick, Jr. - 20 / 25 / 30 solid and definitely fun was ultimately in my eyes nothing new.
A lot of potential was wasted and the creativity was lacking. Iced Earth was always best when they were most creative and because of the vast Funeral - Iced Earth - Iced Earth of cheese in its writing both lyrically and Funeral - Iced Earth - Iced Earth on Dystopia, it was difficult to take it seriously. On the other hand, the title track was quite awesome and Rock The Shack - New Order - Get Ready Block proved to be an excellent vocalist and frontman worthy of Jon Schaffer's empire.
The next release Plagues of Babylon proved to be a much stronger album much more epic, solid, well written, dark, but not as fun an album. Still longing for something more, where they would one maybe give us another NOTSR, they still haven't given us that, and probably never will. However, it is not a reason to lose hope. Thanks to albums like Horror Show, which prove solid, melodic and beautiful making metal by numbers still proved worthy allows one like myself to consider why another Stormrider however great is not necessary.
Leading us now to Incorruptible invokes both some concerns and positive anticipation without first listen. Where being skeptical of Mind Your Throats - Young Docteurs - Threshold Earth is wise, to outright dismiss their newest release without any consideration is definitely unwise. Where you might not love them or even hate them, they must not ignored without good reason.
This album is also of no exception. They however did release some singles and they proved rather solid, even outright awesome showing us that they might be giving us something truly worth embracing. Is this album perfect? By no means. Many flaws are rather obvious but nothing to its detriment. At the bear most, the flaws are only to a few demerits which otherwise prove a solid release.
Possibly their best in a long time. Jon wrote some very wonderful compositions that make you clench your fist in respect. Simply no big complaints if anything unforgivable. Simply put, they are epic, new, and even moving at times. More so, he went very much out of the box on certain tracks.
Songs like Raven Wing, and Defiance are also relatively strong maybe even standouts however are flawed in so much that both musically and lyrically are very cheesy. Among its headliners cheesiness is a fate that though brings demerit definitely does not however damage. It's an improvement over Dystopia which was a cheese platter making one face palm if one had high standards such as myself. I on the hand did not, I found it solid, and ultimately, better than Loverboy's original.
Especially since they haven't quite made a song like this before, with the exception of Anthem. Though many accuse the chorus for being a little on the nose as a rip off, I would argue rather it was the song as a whole, but it wasn't Funeral - Iced Earth - Iced Earth bad thing however true.
Funeral - Iced Earth - Iced Earthapart from the cheesiness, often basic Iced Earth arrangements heard throughout the record, and typical formulas, in a lot of ways, they are not done to any major discredit leaving the complaints for the most part silent.
The only major beef I had was the 'epic' of the album Clear The Way. Stu Block. See also: ex- Into Eternityex- Omega Crom. Luke Appleton. Jake Dreyer. Dave Abell. Greg Seymour. See also: ex- Innersanctumex- Sanctumex- Purgatory. Randy Shawver. See also: ex- Yuhrottex-Alloyd Witch. Gene Adam. See also: Purgatoryex- Atomik Cocktailex- Unearthed. Mike McGill. Richey Secchiari. John Greely. Rodney Beasley. See also: ex- Steel Angel. Matt Barlow. Mark Prator. James MacDonough. Keith Menser.
Larry Tarnowski. Richard Christy. Tim Owens. Bobby Jarzombek. James "Bo" Wallace. Tim Mills.
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