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Artist:

Iced Earth

Album:

Alive in Athens - The DVD

Year: 2006
Format: DVD
Label: Century Media
Genre: [Power Metal]
Overall Rating: 8.0
Music: 8.5
Production: 6.5


A lot of Iced Earth fans will be pleased to hear that the famed Athens concert, which was originally released as a triple CD, is now also available as a DVD. As one can see from the tracklist, their setlist is pretty good, and the concert has actually been lauded as one of the best metal gigs of all time. In addition to the concert footage that was shot in 2 nights, this release also features some backstage material.

Production-wise this release could be better. It's a shame Schaffer initially turned down this project, as his involvement probably would have made this DVD release of higher quality. Naturally there's not much to do about the picture quality, as the concert was shot with three cameras back in 1999, but at least the audio and picture should be in sync. Unfortunately this isn't always the case on Alive in Athens DVD. Regardless, fans will most likely find this release worth checking out since there isn't another concert DVD available with former vocalist Matthew Barlow. Overall, this is somewhat average release due to few shortcomings regarding the production... musically, however, the material is up to Iced Earth standards.

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- MAGE (January 22nd, 2007)



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LINE-UP:
Schaffer, Jon: Guitars, Vocals
Barlow, Matthew: Lead Vocals
MacDonough, James: Bass
Tarnowski, Larry: Guitars

Guest musicians:
Risberg, Rick: Keyboards
Smedley, Brent: Drums
Producer: Schaffer, Jon & Morris, Jim
Mixing by: Morris, Jim
Mastering by: Unavailable
TRACKLIST:
Iced Earth - Alive in Athens - The DVD  DVD  Cover Image
The Concert:
1. Intro
2. Burning Times
3. Vengeance Is Mine
4. Dark Saga
5. Last Laugh
6. Cast In Stone
7. Last December
8. Pure Evil
9. Desert Rain
10. Dante's Inferno
11. The Hunter
12. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
13. Angels Holocaust
14. Stormrider
15. The Path I Choose
16. Watching Over Me
17. Diary
18. Blessed Are You
19. When the Night Falls
20. My Own Savior
21. Travel in Stygian
22. Violate
23. Stand Alone
24. Brainwashed
25. Disciples of the Lie
26. I Died for You
27. Prophecy
28. Birth of the Wicked
29. The Coming Curse
30. Epilogue

Bonus:
31. Backstage               [4:20]
32. Jon Schaffer in Athens  [3:25]

Length: 170:12
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