Iced Earth ‎– Burnt Offerings

Century Media ‎– 77423-2
CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered


1 Burnt Offerings 7:22
2 Last December 3:23
3 Diary 6:14
4 Brainwashed 5:22
5 Burning Oasis 5:59
6 Creator Failure 6:01
7 The Pierced Spirit 1:53
8 Dante's Inferno 16:26

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The 1995 original release had different artwork and track 8 consisted of 3 chapters:
I. Denial, Lust, Greed
II. The Prodigal, The Wrathful, Medusa
III. The False Witness, Angel Of Light

(c) 1995 Magic Arts Publishing (p) 2002 Century Media Records Ltd.

Manufactured in Germany.

For the reissue distributed strictly in Germany, see Burnt Offerings.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 277017 742329
  • Barcode (Scanned): 7277017742329
  • Matrix / Runout: [Sonopress logo] A-62379/ 77397-23 A
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L0 30
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 0763
  • Label Code: LC 6975

Other Versions (5 of 23) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
77093-1 Iced Earth Burnt Offerings(2xLP, Album, Gat) Century Media 77093-1 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
TECX-25842 Iced Earth Burnt Offerings(CD, Album) Century Media TECX-25842 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
FO348CD Iced Earth Burnt Offerings(CD, Album, RE) Фоно FO348CD Russia 2004 Sell This Version
FO348CD Iced Earth Burnt Offerings(CD, Album, RE) Фоно FO348CD Russia Unknown Sell This Version
9985791 Iced Earth Burnt Offerings(2xLP, Album, Dlx, Ltd, RE, Ora) Century Media 9985791 US 2015 Sell This Version



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February 8, 2018

After two strong releases and a firm standing as one of power metal's more prominent bands, 1995 saw Iced Earth unleash their third album, 'Burnt Offerings', which many fans consider a career highlight, thus making it all the more confusing that I just can't seem to get into it.

What makes this album notable is the debut of new vocalist (their third in three albums) Matthew Barlow, a man who would go on to become the voice of Iced Earth for years to come, and while his powerful, operatic vocals would certainly help define the band on later releases, here, they come across as rather uninspired, oftentimes feeling out of place or forced.

One of the biggest problems I have with this album is that there's so many time changes and riff transitions that just seem jarring. Like they're just thrown together with no real effort to make it feel organic. The musicianship itself is of a high quality, with incredibly tight guitar playing and atmospheric keyboards. But while 'Iced Earth' and 'Night of the Stormrider' are both fantastic records that have stood the test of time, 'Burnt Offerings' just feels so disjointed.

If I had to dig out any highlights, 'Last December' is a good song, and the title track has its moments, though it suffers from the aforementioned issues. It does have one hell of an intro though, arguably one of the bands heaviest songs. The rest of the album just doesn't work for me, though. The 15-minute 'Dante's Inferno', which is regarded by fans as one of the bands finest pieces, bores the hell out of me. Seriously... what am I missing???

Iced Earth are one of my favourite power metal bands, and while they've built up a solid discography over the years, countless attempts to get into this album have done nothing but made each listen more laborious. It's a shame, because the high reverence it gets from fans makes me feel like I'm missing out on something. But whatever that something is, I'm not hearing it.