Iced Earth – Plagues Of Babylon
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And so with another Iced Earth album comes the march of a different line-up. For such an enduring band they really struggle to hold ’em down, with just a six-string on continuity in founder Jon Schaffer. Yet even with near-constant new faces, Iced Earth seem almost creatively frozen, breaking off another chunk of the expected in Plagues Of Babylon. Despite the promises of the title track opener, the balance is tipped for melody rather than thrash. With a lather, rinse and repeat of riffs, solos, and power vocals, which are particularly strong. Give your time to ‘Resistance’ and ‘Cthulhu’, both of which are going to kill live due to their stirring multi-voice choruses, and the quicky cover of ‘Highwayman’, which features the distinct vocals of Volbeat’s Michael Poulson. Frankly, these first sluggish weeks of the year are when we need epic, rousing tunes and in that way Plagues Of Babylon is a good first recruitment.
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