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Days of Purgatory [2 Disc]
     

Days of Purgatory [2 Disc]

by Iced Earth
 

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A somewhat controversial release, Days of Purgatory contains re-recorded versions of 15 songs originally featured on Iced Earth's unevenly produced early albums -- the sort of thing that drives musical purists up the wall. However, because it also unearths a few long lost demos for studio resurrection, it also arguably offered the

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A somewhat controversial release, Days of Purgatory contains re-recorded versions of 15 songs originally featured on Iced Earth's unevenly produced early albums -- the sort of thing that drives musical purists up the wall. However, because it also unearths a few long lost demos for studio resurrection, it also arguably offered the best starting point for those first discovering Iced Earth, until the release of 2004's nearly flawless The Blessed and the Damned greatest-hits set, that is. Now, if that information doesn't already have you immediately checking out The Blessed and the Damned, the fact remains that Days of Purgatory still serves its primary purpose: revamping that quality-challenged material with superior sound quality and musicianship, most notably from vocalist Matthew Barlow. All aspects of Iced Earth's songwriting are presented herein: energetic staccato riffing, dual-guitar harmonies, melodic acoustic passages, complex arrangements, and plenty of double kick drums. These are combined most effectively on "Colors," "When the Night Falls," and "Angel's Holocaust," but it's probably the outstanding "Desert Rain," with its atmospheric guitar intro, and the epic nine-minute "Travel in Stygian" that show Iced Earth at their inventive best. [Days of Purgatory was also made available in a two-disc, 20-track edition.]

Product Details

Release Date:
07/15/2003
Label:
Century Media
UPC:
0727701813127
catalogNumber:
8131
Rank:
126249

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Performance Credits

Iced Earth   Primary Artist
Howard Helm   Keyboards
Kent Smith   Keyboards
Jon Schaffer   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Matthew Barlow   Vocals
Randall Shawver   Guitar
Roger "The Hammer" Huff   Keyboards
James Macdonough   Bass Guitar
Brent Smedley   Drums

Technical Credits

David Lanz   Composer
Jason Becker   Composer
Ray Davies   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Jim Morris   Remixing,Re-produced
Tom Morris   Audio Production,Engineering
Tom Schaffer   Composer
Alex Skolnick   Composer
George Winston   Composer
Eric Peterson   Composer
Jon Schaffer   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Audio Production,Engineering
Matthew Barlow   Composer,Lyricist
Randall Shawver   Composer
Dave Abell   Composer
Jim Balent   Artwork
Jason Jensen   Artwork

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