|The Glorious Burden|
|Studio album by|
|Released||January 12, 2004|
|Studio||Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida|
|Genre||Heavy metal, power metal|
|Producer||Jim Morris, Jon Schaffer|
|Iced Earth chronology|
The Glorious Burden is the seventh studio album by the American heavy metal band Iced Earth. It is a concept album, which explores various moments in military history, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War, and Waterloo. It also pays tribute to world events such as World War I, the World Trade Center attacks and the ravages of Attila the Hun. See the track list for links to the historical context of the songs.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida. It was formed in 1984 under the name the Rose, then Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour. Iced Earth released their debut album in 1990 and have since released thirteen studio albums, four EPs, three compilations, three box sets, three live albums and eleven music videos.
A concept album is an album in which its tracks hold a larger purpose or meaning collectively than they do individually. This is typically achieved through a single central narrative or theme, which can be instrumental, compositional, or lyrical. Sometimes the term is applied to albums considered to be of "uniform excellence" rather than an LP with an explicit musical or lyrical motif. There is no consensus among music critics as to the specific criteria for what a "concept album" is.
The album includes a trilogy entitled Gettysburg (1863). Each of the three songs represents one day in the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle ever conducted in the Western Hemisphere and considered the turning point in the American Civil War.
The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, by Union and Confederate forces during the American Civil War. The battle involved the largest number of casualties of the entire war and is often described as the war's turning point. Union Maj. Gen. George Meade's Army of the Potomac defeated attacks by Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, halting Lee's invasion of the North.
The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States from 1861 to 1865, between the North and the South. The most studied and written about episode in U.S. history, the Civil War began primarily as a result of the long-standing controversy over the enslavement of black people. War broke out in April 1861 when secessionist forces attacked Fort Sumter in South Carolina shortly after Abraham Lincoln had been inaugurated as the President of the United States. The loyalists of the Union in the North proclaimed support for the Constitution. They faced secessionists of the Confederate States in the South, who advocated for states' rights to uphold slavery.
This album features the debut of lead singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens, formerly of Judas Priest. Owens, who at that time was still in Judas Priest, was asked to do the vocals as a side project. However, he joined the band full-time after Judas Priest reunited with Rob Halford. The album was first recorded with Matt Barlow on vocals, but band leader Jon Schaffer was not satisfied with his performance. Due to the events of September 11, Barlow became more interested in law enforcement than the music business, and according to Schaffer "Matt's heart was not in it and it showed in his performance."As a result, Matt left the band and the album was shelved until a new vocalist could be found. However, some of Barlow's initial recordings remain on the record as backing vocals, and he is credited with co-writing two songs.
Judas Priest are an English heavy metal band formed in West Bromwich in 1969. The band has sold over 50 million copies of their albums to date. They are frequently ranked as one of the greatest metal bands of all time. Despite an innovative and pioneering body of work in the latter half of the 1970s, the band struggled with indifferent record production and lack of major commercial success or attention until 1980, when they adopted a more simplified sound on the album British Steel, which helped shoot them to rock superstar status.
Timothy S. "Ripper" Owens is an American heavy metal singer who currently performs with Spirits of Fire, the Three Tremors and A New Revenge. He first gained attention as the lead singer of Judas Priest, and then Iced Earth. He took the nickname "Ripper" from the Judas Priest song "The Ripper" during his time in the tribute band "British Steel".
Robert John Arthur Halford is an English singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest. He is famous for his powerful wide-ranging voice and his trademark leather-and-studs image, both of which became iconic in heavy metal. In addition to his work with Judas Priest, he has been involved with several side projects, including Fight, Two, and Halford.
This record is the only Iced Earth album to feature Ralph Santolla on lead guitars. This was the last studio album for bassist James MacDonough and drummer Richard Christy.
Ralph Santolla was an Italian-American heavy metal guitarist. He played in many bands, most recently Deicide, but also including Eyewitness, Death, Millenium, Iced Earth, and the Sebastian Bach band. In 2007, he replaced Allen West in Obituary for their album Xecutioner's Return. Santolla was very proud of his Italian heritage and he played guitars by Jackson and Ibanez with the Italian flag painted on them. He most recently played Jackson Guitars, though he had also been associated with ESP Guitars, Dean Guitars and many others. He also used Randall Amplifiers. He was well known for his shred guitar playing style.
James MacDonough born on April 3, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida US is a professional bass guitarist. He has played with Iced Earth, Nevermore, and Megadeth.
Thomas Richard Christy Jr. is an American drummer, radio personality and actor, best known for being the former drummer for several heavy metal bands since the early 1990s and his tenure on The Howard Stern Show. Born and raised in Kansas, Christy took an interest in rock and heavy metal music in his youth, and started playing the drums at age ten. He played in several bands while at school.
The album was released in three different formats: a limited edition two-disc version in digipak format, an American version and a European version.See the track list for the differences.
Digipak is a registered trademark for a patented style of optical disc packaging. A digipak case consists of a rectangle cardboard package with one or more plastic trays capable of holding a CD or DVD attached to the inside. Variations include where the discs sit on a hub or spindle inside. Among commercial audio CD releases, Digipak-style cases are one of the few common alternatives to the somewhat brittle jewel case.
"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)", "Declaration Day", and the acoustic version of "When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)" were all released as music videos.
|1.||"The Star-Spangled Banner"||(instrumental)||John Stafford Smith||1:14|
|2.||"Declaration Day"||Jon Schaffer||Schaffer||4:59|
|3.||"When the Eagle Cries"||Schaffer||Schaffer||4:06|
|4.||"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||4:57|
|6.||"Attila"||Matt Barlow, Schaffer||Barlow, Schaffer||5:36|
|7.||"Red Baron/Blue Max"||Tim Owens||Schaffer||4:05|
|10.||"Waterloo"||Barlow, Schaffer||Barlow, Schaffer||5:50|
|11.||"When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||3:35|
|1.||"The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)" (references "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Dixie")||Schaffer||Schaffer||12:13|
|2.||"Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||7:06|
|3.||"High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||12:36|
|1.||"The Star-Spangled Banner"||(instrumental)||Smith||1:14|
|3.||"When the Eagle Cries"||Schaffer||Schaffer||4:06|
|4.||"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||4:57|
|7.||"Attila"||Barlow, Schaffer||Barlow, Schaffer||5:36|
|9.||"Red Baron/Blue Max"||Owens||Schaffer||4:05|
|10.||"The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||12:13|
|11.||"Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||7:06|
|12.||"High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||12:36|
|2.||"When the Eagle Cries"||Schaffer||Schaffer||4:06|
|3.||"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||4:57|
|4.||"Attila"||Barlow, Schaffer||Barlow, Schaffer||5:36|
|5.||"Red Baron/Blue Max"||Owens||Schaffer||4:05|
|8.||"Waterloo"||Barlow, Schaffer||Barlow, Schaffer||5:50|
|9.||"The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||12:13|
|10.||"Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||7:06|
|11.||"High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"||Schaffer||Schaffer||12:36|
Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the rhythm guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory". He also sings in his side project Sons of Liberty and played guitar for Demons and Wizards, his collaboration with Blind Guardian frontman Hansi Kürsch.
Days of Purgatory is an American heavy metal album by Iced Earth. It is a collection of remixes and remakes from previous albums. Most of the songs from the Enter the Realm EP, Iced Earth, and Night of the Stormrider were re-sung by Matt Barlow, and on some of the songs the drums and bass were redone. The 2-cd version also has rough mixes of several songs from Burnt Offerings with the opening to the title track re-recorded. The album cover features artwork of the Chaos Comics character Purgatori.
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