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Great music and awful vocals - 75%

evilution, April 24th, 2003

Well, if you're reading this review you undoubtedly know that this band later became Iced Earth, and this demo certainly shows signs of the greatness which was to come. The two songs display Schaffer's trademark riffing style, although the arrangements are slightly less complicated than those on the first few Iced Earth albums. The lyrics deal with monsters, one classic, the other more contemporary, and unfortunately they are barely intelligible due to Gene Adam's atrocious singing. If you don't like the vocals on Iced Earth's debut, you'll despise these. Other than the vocals, the quality of this recording is quite good, and demonstrates how Schaffer has always been a perfectionist, even when working with a limited budget. All in all, this is definitely a cool item to search out. Now if I could just get my hands on an official copy....