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» From "The Greatest News In The History Of Metal" // December 13, 2007 1:45:32 PM UTC
Any respectable metal fan will agree that Tim was and will always be an amazing talent and singer. But Barlow IS Iced Earth. His voice was made for the music. Framing Armageddon was a huge dissapointment for me, and I always hated Rippers vocals, however I do respect his talent. Barlow is just fucken amazing in every respect. And even Jon said, the band was not the same without him.
And +1 to the Horrow Show comment. I love that album and Phantom Opera Ghost is in my top 5 IE songs.
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Once again the winds of change are upon us, and this time I can say that I am very happy about the result.
While out on the European tour I had several in depth discussions with many loyal Iced Earth fans. A common theme of these discussions was how much Matt is missed. I agreed with the fans that things were not the same and that it was a very special period in Iced Earth’s history.
When I heard several months ago that Matt was going to be doing a project in music again, I was thinking about contacting him and seeing what his intentions were. I didn’t act on this because I was so focused on the writing of the new epic, and frankly, it just didn’t seem realistic.
Well, after getting out on the road and speaking with many of you directly, I decided to call Matt and see how he was doing and if he was interested in working together again. I am proud to say that he is coming back to Iced Earth and we will be getting back to work in the studio very soon.
Matt will be singing on Part 2 of the Something Wicked concept CD and we will be looking forward to getting out on tour and delivering a series of Iced Earth shows that will rival any in the history of the band. And there will be a proper DVD filmed from this period, something we’ve all been waiting for.
I want you all to know that it was you who made this a reality. I have missed Matt’s presence onstage and in my personal life in a big way over the past few years, so I appreciate your honesty in our discussions. It did help me realize the decision to move forward with pursuing this. The fans have spoken and we have delivered!
You true fans know that I’m a straight shooter, I say what I mean and mean what I say. And though I value your opinions greatly, you must believe that this is a decision that comes completely from the heart and is not motivated by anything other than what feels the best for Iced Earth. This is the way that things have always been dealt with, for better or for worse, but always honestly and from the heart.
Tim Owens is a great and talented singer and I wish the best for him and his future on a personal and professional level.
There will be more news soon as to further developments and plans. This will push back the release of Part 2 a bit. Not because we couldn’t be ready to record in time, but because of a new addition to Matt’s family in early 2008!
I am very happy to announce that Iced Earth is truly BACK!
Have a great holiday season. We’ll be in touch very soon with more details.
Just came across this...just thought I'd point it out. Nothing real significant. Check out these lyrics...
Iron Maiden- Hallowed be thy name
"The sands of time for me are running low..."
"The sands of time for me are running out..."
Also, if you check Metallica songs, the lyrics are repeated a lot as well. For example...
"Fuck it all and fucken no regrets. I Hit the lights on these dark sets..."
"Fuck it all and fucken no regrets. I hit the lights on these dark sets..."
Oh well, that's it. A lot of Metallica songs from whenever repeat. But I thought the Trivium Iron Maiden thing was cool.
Alright, so here we go. Me and my friend got there about two hours early, but Sanctity came on earlier than expected, around 6:40 so that was pretty cool as we didnt have to wait as long.
I'm a fan of Sanctity, and I was really looking forward to seeing these guys, but they had more than a few problems during the show. First off, the vocals were absolutley destroying the other instruments. When he started to sing, not a single other instrument could be heard, and everyone was kind of just looking around because without the music, there isn't really anything to get into. However, when he did stop singing, and the guitars and drums actually became audible, the riffs were amazing and energy filled, and towards the end the crowd started to get into it a little more. I did become suspicious though because at one point they started playing a song, but the either the drums were fucked up, or they were playing to a recording, because the drums were playing a completley different beat throughout the song, even as the drummer himself was obviously playing the right stuff. Along with the ironically perfectly clean guitar solos this almost led me to believe they were playing along to a recording, but besides that these guys were pretty good and I look forward to their album.
Next up was Protest The Hero, who, by the way, took about 3 years to set up. And it was definitley not worth it. This band was horrendous, and the singer has to be taking it in the ass or something, it's the only reason I could attribute to his metalcore Mick Jagger impersonation. For the first half of the first song the mic wasnt working, and as their set progressed I wished it would've stayed like that. Vocals were horrible, songs were horrible, end of story.
Then came The Sword. There's not much to say about them, they kind of just stood there, but their songs fucken rocked and were heavy as shit and the crowd really got into them. Halfway through one song the singer popped a string and went running off to get a new guitar, only to come back and mutter the words "shit happens." But besides that, these guys were awesome, and definitley got the crowd anxious to hear Trivium.
As the red curtain came down so Trivium could set up, the crowd started to get anxious and chant Trivium, and they went nuts when a verse from Pantera's "I'm Broken" rung out from either Matt or Corry's guitar.
Trivium came on to a nice epic, classical type song which I believe is from some Final Fantasy. It was awesome, to say the least, and the end segued right into the intro to Entrance. Once the song started playing Trivium rushed out onto the stage full of energy and they tore the fucken place down. Next was Detonation, etc...etc.. I'm sure you've all seen the setlist somewhere, but one thing that was cool was that they let the fans vote on if they should play Requiem or ETI. ETI won, as Matt said it always did, and they ripped into that, with Corry fucken owning on lead vocals. He definitley brings a whole new dimension into the songs. Other highlights included Suffocating Sight, To The Rats, and Gunshot in which each song everyone in the auidence proceeded to make sure Nokia Theatre wasn't standing after the concert. Especially the "hey" part in gunshot was fucken awesome. To say the least, the new songs were awesome live, and they were performed flawlessly. Travis's onslaught of double bass in the chorus of Tread the Floods really got the crowd going, as well as Matt and Corrys unbelievable shred skills. The second to last song was Anthem, and I'm not really a fan of this song, but I must say when they played it that night it was fucken unbelievable. Matt started off by explaining the meaning of the song, of doing what you want to do and not letting anyone get in your way. Best part of the song was during the waoh's when Travis is hitting the bass drum every two beats. Except when they played it, Travis stood up and started destroying the fucken drum. He pretty muched pounced on the damn thing everytime, and it was awesome to see that much energy come from them. And last, but certainly not least was Pull Harder. Of course everyone was screaming the lyrics, but the best part of the night in my opinion came during the harmonized breakdown. "This is your last chance," said Heafy. "Open a fucken battlefield!" At this point both sides of the floor just started destroying eachother, running at full speed across the room. Bodies were flying everywhere, and it was just an awesome experience.
Obviously every single song packed a full blast of fucken energy, and the whole show was unbelievable, probably the best concert I've ever been too. After that the band came out and started throwing guitar picks and drumsticks into the crowd which was cool. After that I went home to see my autographed copy of the crusade laying on my porch, and even though I can't make out the signatures for shit, it's still awesome. And one other thing, Matt did scream more than occasionally, and it was fucken awesome to see him doing that, except instead of a brutal beast that sounded like he was gonna rip your head off, his new screams reminded me of a dying sea otter washed up on shore. Dont ask why. Just picture that sound in your head. Matt's new screams could probably shatter glass, but it was still awesome and he made it work. So that was cool.
Overall, unbelievable show. Thank's Trivium! I would've come to the secret show but I couldn't get a ride, maybe next time!