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Iced Earth
Alive In Athens 2xCD (Century Media)

By: Jeb Branin

It isn't often that a live album is the pinnacle of a band's career but "Alive In Athens" is just that for ICED EARTH (at least so far)! This two CD set finds the band ripping it up in front of absolutely maniacal crowds over the course of two nights in Greece. The band's following in the birthplace of western civilization must be huge (or at least rabid) because it is the crowd's fury and endless singing and screaming that puts the extra electrifying touches on this set and makes it so memorable. Not to take away from the band, who are in top form and have drawn the very best tunes from their career for this collection. Massive metal riffs, soaring vocals and driving rhythms may not be new in power metal but quite frankly there are only a handful of band's around who can even come close to ICED EARTH's magnificence and splendor. It is bands like this that make pure metal the continued force in the music world that it is. My only complaint is that the European version of this release is a triple CD set (!!!) and the U.S. version is only a 2 CD set. This is the punishment the United States gets for being a nation of bandwagon jumping LOSERS who have let metal fade into the background!
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