The first three albums are superb (I'm a bit of a riff junkie). Favorite songs (off of those three) are Life and Death, The Funeral, Path I Choose, Travel in Stygian, Burnt Offerings, Dante's Inferno. Also, Alive in Athens is an amazing live album.
Germans are fucking cucks just letting any old immigrant fuck up their country, i used to dislike americans patriotism but godamn its a good thing when you look at how europe is raping itself by letting in extremist muslims in the millions
dark_wisdom: Unreflected patriotism is always a problem, especially when your country is blackmailing and terrorizing the rest of the world. Jon Schaffer is a great musician but he is stupid as fuck. I'm living in a country that is occupied by America since 1945. I really don't wanna hear any unreflected patriotism from Americans.
Top 3 Iced Earth for me is probably The Glorious Burden, The Dark Saga and Dystopia - and in that order. TGB is great throughout, and not just because of Gettysburg. It's pretty different from anything else the band has done, and while the controversy surrounding the album is well deserved, it still gets a bit too much flak for things not related to the music itself. But it seems even among the haters Gettysburg is well regarded, as it should be. :3
@dark_wisdom - Nothing wrong with patriotism but the jingoistic outlook of the US government and many of its supporters annoys people. TGB is a product of its time to some extent, being released just after 9/11, with a lot of focus on American history. Not a bad thing in itself as American history is often overlooked in musical terms. The song that I believe most people really dislike is 'The Eagle Cries' which was, at the time of release, probably the worst IE song I had ever heard (although that is more to do with the way it is sung more than anything else). Its overly sentimental. People also don't rate TGB that highly because it was the first album released after Barlow left and Owens was never going to fill those shoes.
Personally, I rate TGB on the whole a fairly average IE album. Better than anything since but not as good as anything previous. Some songs I don't like but the whole album is really saved by the Gettysburg Trilogy, which imo ranks amongst the very best of IE.
v Okay, you didn't like it musically, but I still don't get the "patriotic bullshit" thing. What's wrong about being patriotic? are Americans supposed to hate their own country by default or something?
dark_wisdom: The patriotic bullshit of The Glorious Burden is it what pisses people off. America is the tyrant of the world. Nobody want to hear how "great" American is while at the same time they are destroying one Arabian country after the other for oil and gas. Aside from that it's just a mediocre album.
Could someone help me understand why is there so much hate towards the glorious burden? Is it because of american history lyrics? is it because no Barlow? It is my favourite Kek Earth album as it contains some of their greatest riffs and melodies and I like the spirit in it to be honest.
Over the past week i've listened to all of their albums and i have to say that they are a very consistent band. The albums are either above average to good to great. None of them were bad. Even their lowest isn't bad.