Iced Earth ‎– The Blessed And The Damned

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Century Media ‎– 77506-2
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2 × CD, Compilation
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Book One: The Blessed
1-01 Burning Times
Lyrics By – Barlow*Music By – Schaffer*
3:43
1-02 Wolf
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
5:20
1-03 The Hunter
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
3:55
1-04 Curse The Sky
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*, Shawver*
4:43
1-05 Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
4:44
1-06 Stormrider
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*, Shawver*
4:51
1-07 Burnt Offerings
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*, Shawver*
7:21
1-08 Travel In Stygian (Live)
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
9:06
1-09 Dark Saga
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
3:42
1-10 Written On The Walls
Lyrics By – Adam*Music By – Abell*, Adam*, Schaffer*, Shawver*
6:05
1-11 Damien
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
9:11
Book Two: The Damned
2-01 Angels Holocaust
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
4:54
2-02 Desert Rain
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Abell*, Schaffer*
6:38
2-03 Last December
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
3:23
2-04 Watching Over Me
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
4:26
2-05 Pure Evil (Live)
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*, Shawver*
6:37
2-06 The Path I Choose
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*, Shawver*
5:56
2-07 I Died For You
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
3:47
2-08 Disciples Of The Lie
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
4:04
2-09 When The Night Falls
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
7:50
2-10 Jack
Lyrics By – Barlow*Music By – Schaffer*
4:12
2-11 Iced Earth
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
5:21
2-12 Violate (Live)
Lyrics By – Schaffer*Music By – Schaffer*
4:12

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On sticker on the front: "The Best Of Iced Earth! from their classic albums from 1991-2001".
Piece of transparent plastic carries band name and title, you can turn the booklet around for a different cover.

©2004 Magic Arts Publishing
℗2004 Century Media Records Ltd.
Manufactured in Germany

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 277017 750621
  • Label Code: LC 6975
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1; Variant 1, 2): Sonopress 51135862/77506-21 22
  • Mould SID Code (CD1; Variant 1): IFPI 0747
  • Mould SID Code (CD1; Variant 2): IFPI 0753
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2; Variant 1): Sonopress 51135894/77506-2 22
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2; Variant 2): Sonopress 51135894/77506-22 21
  • Mould SID Code (CD2; Variant 1): IFPI 0750
  • Mould SID Code (CD2; Variant 2): IFPI 0753

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martindavey87

martindavey87

November 30, 2018

‘The Blessed and the Damned’ is a 2004 compilation album by American power metal band Iced Earth, and was compiled by their former record label, Century Media, after the band had left to sign with SPV. Consisting of highlights from all the bands albums between 1990 and 2001, including the ‘Alive in Athens’ live album, this is a solid release which still holds up pretty well today, and is a great summary of the bands first eleven years, serving as a great starting point for newcomers.

As is always the case with these types of collections, there’s always going to be a couple of tracks missing and a few I’d have excluded, but none-the-less, all the major hits are here. From the early days with ‘Iced Earth’, ‘Written on the Walls’ and ‘Angels Holocaust’, to later, more polished tracks like ‘Burning Times’, ‘Wolf’, ‘Watching Over Me’ and ‘Burnt Offerings’, there’s a good, varied track list here to please most fans.

In particular, I’m happy the earlier releases were featured here, as the band re-recorded most of their early tracks with third vocalist Matt Barlow on 1997’s ‘Days of Purgatory’, but to be honest, I actually prefer the original versions, so it’s great to see them get some love.

While there’s a good variety of songs, from fast, intense and aggressive to melodic and epic, a lot of the songs do sound pretty similar, and this can be a little tiresome if listened to in one sitting, especially at just over two hours in duration. But regardless, ‘The Blessed and the Damned’ is a good compilation that does the band justice, and is great as a starting point for new fans or as a collectible for old ones.