The Glorious Burden

Steamhammer - Hannover
Release date
9 Jun 2006
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Declaration Day 4:24 45,480
2 When The Eagle Cries 4:06 48,331
3 The Reckoning (Don't Tread On Me) 4:57 23,018
4 Attila 5:43 36,115
5 Red Baron/Blue Max 4:05 8,623
6 Hollow Man 4:26 33,695
7 Waterloo 5:44 30,494
8 Valley Forge 4:46 31,153
9 The Devil To Pay 12:14 22,649
10 Hold At All Costs 7:06 24,729
11 High Water Mark 12:36 23,444

About this album

The Glorious Burden is a studio album by the American band Iced Earth. It is a concept album, which explores various moments in military history, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War, and Waterloo. It also pays tribute to world events such as World War I, the World Trade Center attacks and the ravages of Attila the Hun.

The album includes a trilogy entitled Gettysburg (1863). Each of the three songs represents one day in the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle ever conducted in the Western Hemisphere and considered the turning point in the American Civil War.

This album features the debut of lead singer Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens, formerly of Judas Priest. Owens, who at that time was still in Judas Priest, was asked to do the vocals as a side project. However, he joined the band full time after Judas Priest reunited with Rob Halford. The album was first recorded with Matt Barlow on vocals, but band leader Jon Schaffer was not satisfied with his performance. Due to the events of September 11th, Barlow became more interested in law enforcement than the music business, and according to Schaffer “Matt’s heart was not in it and it showed in his performance.” As a result, Matt left the band and the album was shelved until a new vocalist could be found. However, some of Barlow’s initial recordings remain on the record as backing vocals, and he is credited with co-writing two songs.

This record is the only Iced Earth album to feature Ralph Santolla on lead guitars. This was the last studio album for bassist James MacDonough and drummer Richard Christy. The album was released in 3 different formats: a limited edition 2-CD version in digipak format, an American version and a European version.

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  • Aarny

    Ripper makes this album one of their best.

    20 Feb 6:12pm Reply
  • bonjovyborges


    24 Apr 2014 Reply
  • ScorpionsPriest

    One of my favorite records by them.

    30 Sep 2013 Reply
  • ShowtimeBrazil

    Say what you want about this album but this cover kicks major ass

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ImpotentGod

    "Ripper Owens did a good job, although he's no Matt Barlow". Thank god, he isn´t

    13 Nov 2012 Reply
  • stevosoulglo

    This album kicked ass

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Gorefan

    The worst album of Iced Earth and still it kicks ass

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • dark_wisdom

    Ripper Owens is one of the most underrated vocalist ever, I really can't see what's so wrong with him or this album.

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • hammerstrikebg

    Ripper Owens did a good job, although he's no Matt Barlow. [2]

    7 May 2012 Reply
  • mooseknukle666


    21 Apr 2012 Reply
  • vinneomg

    masterpiece <3

    14 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ArcTheseus

    Hail America!

    4 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Koxo4

    Best IE album for me!!!! Masterpiece!!!! ;) [2] :)

    13 Sep 2011 Reply
  • fretless11

    Best IE album for me!!!! Masterpiece!!!! ;)

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • Fenrisulfrwolf7

    @gotxpez Agreed! The Gettysburg trilogy is epic, heavy, and full of emotions.

    2 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Hollow-Symphony

    America: FUCK YEAH

    26 Oct 2010 Reply
  • GlovesElectric

    This was my second IE album after Something Wicked (got them at the same time, actually) and I never looked back. My favourite 'modern' IE album and one of my all-time favourites.

    11 Sep 2010 Reply
  • DarkScimitar

    The only album with Tim Owens on vocals that I liked. Both of the ones after this were subpar, though that was more Shaeffer's fault than Owens's.

    28 May 2010 Reply
  • Metal4ever88

    First Iced Earth album I listened to. Ripper Owens did a good job, although he's no Matt Barlow.

    19 May 2010 Reply
  • VampyreAngel

    The lyrics here are indeed bad. Not so much for being pro-american, though. They're just not good. Otherwise, it's a decent album.

    1 May 2010 Reply
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