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Kick ass! - 87%

peepsbucket, November 6th, 2003

I got this single because I couldn't wait to hear what the new Iced Earth was gonna be like. At first I had my doubts, but I got my ass kicked. I got totally thrashed by Christy's insane drumming, Tim's exceptional vocals, and Jon's best riffs since Burnt Offerings.
Tim isn't as good as Barlow but he's pretty damn good, and certainly better than Iced Earth's earlier singers.
The production here is reminiscent of Something Wicked, which is certainly an improvement over the muddy sound of Horror Show.

The best song on here is obviously The Reckoning with it's blazing fast riffs.

When the Eagle Cries (unplugged) is slow and gives you a nice break from the insane speed.

Valley Forge obviously has a lot of Maiden influence and kicks total ass just like Maiden.

Hollow Man has some great heavy and mellow parts, a damn catchy chorus, and it closes with a great solo.

Excellent single overall, but it suffers from what all single suffer from - being too short. This is just a taste of what's to come, and I like it a lot so far.