ICED EARTH - Dystopia

Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Metal | Heft: Jahrgang 2012, eclipsed Nr. 137 / 2-2012 | VÖ-Jahr: 2012 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Century Media | Autor: MB

So Jon Schaffer can still do it! After the almost complete disappointments "The Crucible Of Man" (2008) and "Framing Armageddon" (2007), the fastest right hand of the metal scene can (almost) pick up again on old brilliant achievements. The riffs are razor sharp again, the two-part leads as clear and brilliant as on the first day and also the hooks are finally class A again. But not only compositionally "Dystopia" is again a step in the right direction: The new singer Stu Block, whom eclipsed-readers should already know from the famous Canadian progressive metalists Into Eternity, also played a big part in the quality of the album. With his multi-layered voice organ he combines the qualities of his predecessors in an impressive way: In the middle pitches he reminds of Matthew Barlow, while his pointed cries penetrate into "ripper" Owens regions. If one disregards the famous epic "Gettysburg (1863)" by "The Glorious Burden" (2004), one can rightly speak of the best Iced Earth album since "Horror Show" (2001).

Top track: Dark City

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