Iced Earth – Incorruptible
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Label: Century Media
Iced Earth is one of those bands that I always felt like I was supposed to like. So many of my friends love this band but there was always something about them that I just found kind of off putting. I could never really put my finger on it. They had great vocalists, they had great production but something just didn’t click with me when it came to Iced Earth. As corny as it sounds, I feel like all of their songs sound the same. It’s this bombastic, almost symphonic at times, metal that just seems to run from one song into the other.
Incorruptible didn’t seem to me that it was going to be much different but in all honesty, I found myself really digging the fuck out of this album. There seemed to be a much more dynamic and versatile landscape. The bombastic opening “Great Heathen Army”, the beautifully melodic “The Veil”, and the Iron Maiden influenced “The Relic Pt. 1” really grabbed my attention. Lead vocalist Stu Block has this ability to take his voice to so many different levels that it sounds as if he’s portraying various characters throughout this epic metal facemelter. The addition of former White Wizzard guitarist Jake Dreyer couldn’t have been more perfect. Dreyer and Schaffer sound like they have been a team for years and they play off of each other perfectly.
I’m not sure if Incorruptible will make me a huge Iced Earth fan but what I can say is that Incorruptible is an epic metal album in its own right that really blew me away and enough so to go in for a 2nd listen right after it was over. Iced Earth has created a long legacy for themselves and a diehard fanbase so the guys must be doing something right. After 20 something years of making albums, Iced Earth has made an album that could even make a non-fan really happy and that’s saying a lot.