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Plagues of Babylon (Deluxe)

Iced Earth

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Iced Earth devote their 11th album, Plagues of Babylon, to sprawling accounts of gothic warfare between the forces of good and evil. The veteran Florida combo continue to purvey a thrash-tempered metal sound with the same dogged ferocity that’s kept them on the concert circuit for nearly three decades. With recent recruit Stu Block handling lead vocals, the band courses with revitalized blood, evident in snarling, upbeat rockers and seething slower tunes alike. Largely avoiding the leaden breakdowns and harsh bellows that typify metalcore, Iced Earth go for the savage grandeur of early Iron Maiden here but add enough contemporary touches to avoid mere revivalism. Lyrically, Plagues of Babylon extends the dark mythology initially fleshed out on the band’s Something Wicked albums. Tracks like “Democide,” "Among the Living Dead,” and “Cthulhu” achieve a cinematic sweep illuminated by the closely meshed guitar work of Jon Schaffer and Troy Seele. “Peacemaker” stands out for its muscular dynamics and gunfighter imagery. A metalized (and surprisingly effective) cover of Jimmy Webb’s “Highwayman” complements the band’s originals.

Customer Reviews

Great album!

First new metal for me in 2014, and it's great! If you enjoyed Dystopia, chances are you'll really like this one as well. Stu Block has confidently cemented his place as the band's vocalist and it shows on each song. Jon Schaffer's riffing is as vital as ever, especially in the title track, "Cthulu", "The Culling", and the Iron Maiden-like "The End?". The cover of Highwayman is a nice addition and features Russell Allen (Symphony X) and Michael Poulsen (Volbeat). It's not complicated; if you love Iced Earth or metal of any kind, then buy this album

Iced earth

This album is just Fing amazing man the band is just a kick a*s creation and an amazing listen-heavy metal fans

Unleash the PLAGUE!!!

Very solid album Stu's vocals kill! I may be going to see these guys in Columbus Ohio on the plagues tour. My favorite song off this album are Plagues of Babylon Democide The End? and If I could see you

Biography

Formed: 1985 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Fashion trends may come and go, but Florida's Iced Earth has remained steadfastly committed to championing the cause of heavy metal through thick and thin. After years of laboring in obscurity and undergoing countless lineup changes, they...
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Plagues of Babylon (Deluxe), Iced Earth
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Metal, Music, Rock
  • Released: Jan 21, 2014

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