Iced Earth’s nearly 30-year run makes them a staple of any metal fan’s collection. Jon Schaffer’s hard-hitting, riff-heavy rhythm guitar playing has been the base of the band, and he’s surrounded himself with some incredible musicians over the years. Actually, the band has rotated through about 30 different members including singers Matt Barlow and Tim Owens. Currently, Stu Block takes the mic, appearing on their latest release: Plagues of Babylon. This album is full of darkly epic metal masterpieces that Iced Earth fans have come to expect from this exceptional band. “Among the Living Dead” is an intensely huge and morbid soundscape about wandering hoards of zombie-like creatures. The darkness continues in “Cthulhu,” a massively heavy tune about the rising of an evil demigod. While the band’s sound has evolved over the decades, Schaffer went to great lengths to prevent an overproduced recording, wanting to maintain that waste-laying sound of Iced Earth’s live performances you can hear on the Plagues of the World tour.
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