ICED EARTH — Live in Ancient Kourion

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Movie · 2013

Filed under US Power Metal
By ICED EARTH

Tracklist

1. Intro 01:17
2. Dystopia 04:55
3. Burning Times 03:39
4. Angel's Holocaust 04:34
5. Slave to the Dark 04:49
6. V 03:27
7. When the Night Falls 08:09
8. I Died for You 04:06
9. Invasion/Motivation of Man 03:01
10. Setian Massacre 04:55
11. Stormrider 04:12
12. Pure Evil 06:01
13. Wolf 06:03
14. Dark City 05:57
15. Dracula 05:59
16. Ten Thousand Strong 04:54
17. Anthem 04:49
18. Declaration Day 04:23
19. Days of Rage 03:08
20. Melancholy 08:09
21. In Sacred Flames 01:29
22. Boiling Point 03:29
23. Damien 09:53
24. Watching Over Me 07:20
25. Dante's Inferno 17:52
26. Iced Earth 07:10
27. The Hunter 05:55
28. Making of 30:16
29. World Tour 09:18
30. Photo Gallery 04:48

Total Time 03:13:57

Line-up/Musicians

- Jon Schaffer / Guitars, Vocals (backing)
- Brent Smedley / Drums
- Troy Seele / Guitars (lead)
- Stu Block / Vocals
- Luke Appleton / Bass

About this release

DVD, Century Media Records, April 15th, 2013

Recorded at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limassol, Cyprus.

Release date:
- U.S. 16th April 2013
- Europe 15th April 2013

Available as:
- Regular DVD
- Digipack (incl. DVD & 2CD)
- 2 CD Live album
- 3 LP (black vinyl)
- 3 LP (transparent vinyl)
- 3 LP (transparent blue vinyl)
- Ltd. deluxe edition mediabook (incl. Blu-Ray, DVD, 2CD)

Blu-Ray has additional track:
31. Backstage Photo Gallery (17:04)

Thanks to UMUR for the addition

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Live In Ancient Kourion is a live concert Blu-Ray from the American Power Metal band Iced Earth. It was filmed at the ancient Kourion Theater in Limasol, Cyprus (a site with a 6,000-year history according to the liner notes) in 2012, in support of the Dystopia album. The line up features Jon Schaffer, Brent Smedley, Troy Steele, Luke Appleton and then-new singer Stu Block.

The career-spanning set contains 27 songs from all eras of the band’s history, in a concert that lasts around 2 hours and 35 minutes. Its pretty great value for money in that regard.

The performance is very strong indeed, with all band members putting down solid performances with no weak links. Stu capably handles the material of previous singers Matt Barlow and Tim Ripper Owens in a suitable but distinctive way. He fits the band perfectly and is immensely talented. Elsewhere; the dual guitar lines and solos are sublime and the drumming is powerful and rock-solid. If you like Iced Earth then this is a really strong and representative example of what they are all about.

Highlights include strong performances of ‘Burning Times,’ ‘Wolf,’ ‘Declaration Day,’ ‘Days Of Rage’ and ‘Dantes Inferno.’ ‘Boiling Point’ and ‘Damien’ are also especially energetic and exciting here – if you were wondering if you’d enjoy this release, then I suggest trying those two tracks out.

The stage design and the simple, tasteful lightshow in conjunction with the well-integrated use of smoke and pyro perfectly complements the band’s meaty, honest approach to Metal music. The crowd get into it and both clap and sing along on many occasions. Sometimes not only singing the words but also the guitar melodies. The concert really shows a confident band delivering their best to an appreciative crowd.

The camerawork and editing are absolutely solid, the audio recording quality and live mix are spot-on and overall this is a very strong release on both the audio and visual fronts. Sometimes you’ll get a DVD with way too many flashy transitions and cheesy editing choices, or the bass guitar missing from the mix, but a lot of care has obviously gone into making this a tasteful and musician-friendly affair. Admittedly I have seen concert Blu-Rays with better picture quality (Sabaton, Gamma Ray, Stratovarius and Hammerfall spring to mind) and here it can be a tiny bit grainy, soft-focus or washed out at times depending on the lighting conditions in the venue at the time however just because better examples exist, it doesn’t mean the picture here is anything to complain about.

In terms of bonus features there are photo galleries (4 minutes of very high resolution photos of the band and the beautiful Cypriot landscape), a 9-minute world tour story (breaking down the logistics involved such as how many guitar picks and flights the band went through) which mixes photos and graphics with interview footage, as well as the 31-minute Documentary feature “The Making Of Live At Ancient Kourion.”

The version I got comes with a slipcase in a digibook-style box which contains booklet featuring photos, credits and liner notes from bandleader Jon Shaffer. It houses the Blu-Ray version, DVD version and CD version of the concert for maximum flexibility.

The Blu-Ray specs are as follows: Region 0, Format 16:9, Audio comes in a choice of Dolby Digital 2.0 or DTS HD Surround 5.1.

Overall; Live In Ancient Kourion, especially this edition, is a very worthwhile release and I whole-heartedly recommend it to fans of the band, or fans of Traditional Heavy Metal and Power Metal in general.

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