Iced Earth Tribute to the Gods
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by Iced Earth ~ The Glorious Burden ~ $16.32
- Released: November 12, 2002
- Label: Century Media
- 1.Creatures of the Night
- 2.The Number of the Beast
- 3.Highway to Hell
- 4.Burnin' for You
- 5.God of Thunder
- 6.Screaming for Vengeance
- 7.Dead Babies
- 8.Cities on Flame
- 9.It's a Long Way to the Top
- 10.Black Sabbath
- 11.Hallowed Be Thy Name
Iced Earth: Matt Barlow (vocals); Jon Schaffer (acoustic & electric guitars, background vocals); Larry Tarnowski (guitar); James McDonough (bass); Richard Christy (drums).
Personnel: Jon Schaffer (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar); Matthew Barlow (vocals); Jim Morris (guitar, background vocals); Larry Tarnowski (guitar); James Macdonough (bass guitar); Richard Christy (drums).
Liner Note Author: Jon Schaffer.
Recording information: Schaffer Sound Studios (08/2001).
Tribute to the Gods is a collection of very faithfully rendered cover versions of some of the archetypal hard rock and metal songs that served as key influences for Iced Earth's classic metal sound. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of Kiss, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Priest, and Sabbath, but the inclusion of Alice Cooper's "Dead Babies" and a pair of Blue ™yster Cult tunes may raise a few eyebrows. Overall, the songs are delivered with note-for-note care, with very few creative liberties taken -- a testament to Iced Earth's respect for their metal forbears. But occasionally, the band's slightly limited chops (by metal standards, anyway) prevent them from executing the material with the kind of technical finesse and intensity heard in the originals, while their generally heavy-handed dynamic approach obliterates most of the creepy, ambient subtleties (yes, subtleties) that made classics like "Black Sabbath" and "Dead Babies" so memorable -- but there's a lot of heart put into these performances nonetheless, and it is clearly a labor of love for Iced Earth. ~ Andy Hinds
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