ICED EARTH — The Melancholy E.P.

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EP · 1999

Filed under US Power Metal
By ICED EARTH

Tracklist

1. Melancholy (Holy Martyr) (4:48)
2. Shooting Star (5:15)
3. Watching Over Me (4:28)
4. Electric Funeral (4:53)
5. I Died for You (3:49)
6. The Ripper (2:43)
7. Colors (live) (5:13)

Total Time: 31:11

Line-up/Musicians

- Jon Schaffer / guitar
- Matthew Barlow / vocals
- Larry Tarnowski / guitar
- Randall Shawver / guitar (on #5)
- James MacDonough / bass guitar
- Dave Abell / bass guitar (on #5)
- Mark Prator / drums (on #1, #3, #5)
- Brent Smedley / drums (on #2, #4, #6, #7)

About this release

Released by Century Media.

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martindavey87
Fresh off of an outstanding album, 1998’s ‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’, which sees Iced Earth fight back from a string of disappointing releases, the band give us this short EP, which was originally intended as a promotional tool for radios, but ended up getting an official release for fans to get their mitts on.

While its chillingly emotional verses and catchy chorus makes ‘Melancholy’ an understandable choice for a single, in my opinion there’s much better songs on the ‘Something Wicked...’ album that could have been used. It’s a good song, don’t get me wrong, and it nicely shows the new direction Iced Earth were headed in with their sound. But it just pales in comparison to some of the other potential tracks.

Still, along with ‘Watching Over You’ (another strong number from the same album), there’s three covers, all of which I find pretty disappointing. I’m either not a fan of the band being covered, vocalist Matt Barlow’s voice doesn’t quite suit the song, or I just flat-out don’t really care.

Overall, as is always the case with EP’s, I find them pretty hit-or-miss, and serve more as little collectable items for fans than as serious releases. ‘The Melancholy EP’ is no different. It’s alright for what it is, but not anything worth checking out unless you’re a huge fan of the band.

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1967/ 1976
I DIED FOR YOU because I'm THE RIPPER!!!

Ok, "The Melancholy E.P." is only by an Ep. But was with this EP that I have made known Iced Earth to my friends, giving them some copies! That is strange because only these songs are pure Iced Earth: "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)", "Watching Over Me", "I Died For You" and "Colors" (live) that are Iced Earth original song and the Priest's cover "The Ripper". For the rest "Shooting Star" and "Electric Funeral" not conquest me because too melodic for this band. The sound of the band, in fact, is extremely close to Thrash Metal and also the style of the song is more close to Speed Metal. But the speed of the song is clearly Power Metal.

The atmospheres of the original Iced Earth songs remember me old castles, knights, sieges, Round Tables and Holy Grail... And I think that if you love these things and if you are pure metallers... Iced Earth is another band for you!

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