Following the first work together with Ripper Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and his siren songs which were out of the ordinary with regard to their content, Iced Earth frontman Jon Schaffer returned to a complex fantasy topic on "Framing armageddon (Something wicked part 1)".
Tracklist - Framing armageddon (Something wicked - P...
- 2.Something wicked [Part 1]
- 4.Motivation of man
- 5.Setian massacre
- 6.A charge to keep
- 8.Ten thousand strong
- 10.Order of the rose
- 12.The clouding
- 13.Infiltrate and assimilate
- 14.Retribution through the ages
- 15.Something wicked [Part 2]
- 16.The Domino Decree
- 17.Framing armageddon
- 18.When star collide (Born is he)
- 19.The awakening
EMP Editorial Team (30.06.2007)
Years of work for Jon Schaffer and years of waiting for the fans are finally over. Here it is, the first part of the mammoth concept, and after several listening sessions, it is clear: it was all worth it! The 70-minutes concept album lives up to all expectations, is full of details like no other Iced Earth-album, and reaches from the classic, staccato-driven songs to the variable, multi-layered, and quite complex songs. At the end of the day, one can say that the liking for more melody, epic and bombast has been set forth - which is also connected to the sophisticated concept story - supposed to be set forth in the second part in early 2008. Until then, you should take your time for this first part because the variability and the endless number of details ask for your full attention and several listening sessions. But as mentioned above, it is worth the expenditure - I tried it successfully!