ICED EARTH — Alive in Athens

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Live album · 1999

Filed under US Power Metal
By ICED EARTH

Tracklist

Disc 1
1. Burning Times (4:07)
2. Vengeance Is Mine (4:51)
3. Pure Evil (6:25)
4. My Own Savior (3:43)
5. Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (4:55)
6. Dante's Inferno (16:23)
7. The Hunter (4:17)
8. Travel in Stygian (8:54)
9. Slave to the Dark (3:50)
10. A Question of Heaven (8:19)

Total Time: 65:48

Disc 2
1. Dark Saga (4:02)
2. The Last Laugh (4:38)
3. Last December (3:37)
4. Watching Over Me (4:53)
5. Angels Holocaust (4:31)
6. Stormrider (4:50)
7. The Path I Choose (5:44)
8. I Died for You (4:44)
9. Something Wicked: Prophecy (6:10)
10. Something Wicked: Birth of the Wicked (5:42)
11. Something Wicked: The Coming Curse (8:56)
12. Iced Earth (6:58)

Total Time: 64:50

Disc 3: Bonus disc
1. Stand Alone (3:30)
2. Cast in Stone (6:02)
3. Desert Rain (7:19)
4. Brainwashed (5:12)
5. Disciples of the Lie (4:11)
6. When the Night Falls (7:47)
7. Diary (5:52)
8. Blessed Are You (5:46)
9. Violate (3:53)

Total Time: 49:37

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‘Alive in Athens’, released in 1999, is the first live album by American power metal band Iced Earth, and is an absolute marathon of a release, with a staggering duration of three hours split over three discs. Highly regarded by fans, ‘Alive...’ sees the band draw as much material as possible from their five previous studio albums and cram it into two nights of live music at the Greek capital. But is it really as good as people make it out to be?

Don’t get me wrong, this is a good album. The quality of the audio is fantastic, with some songs sounding nearly identical to their studio counterparts, and there’s a lot of incredibly strong material, from earlier hits such as ‘Iced Earth’, ‘Angels Holocaust’, ‘Cast in Stone’ and ‘Stormrider’ to later numbers such as ‘Burning Times’, ‘Watching Over Me’ and the ‘Something Wicked’ trilogy.

So what’s the problem, you ask?

It’s just so bloody long!

Simply put, that’s it. Iced Earth are a great band, but three hours in one go is a hell of a mouthful, with most songs sounding similar to the one before. The musicianship is fantastic, with every track performed to perfection, but there’s not really anything that stands out in particular. There’s nothing overly interesting in terms of crowd interaction, or adding anything new to the compositions. It literally is three hours of repetitive Iced Earth tracks, one after another, with crowd noises thrown in between.

For what it’s worth, this isn’t a terrible album, but the overwhelming duration is a huge detriment, and seeing as I’ve always preferred studio albums anyway, I can’t see myself choosing this over any of their studio releases.

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