Iced Earth - _Alive in Athens_
(Century Media / St. Clair, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
This is too cool. With the actual domestic release of this Iced Earth live release being two CDs worth of live material, I was blown away by what you got, but what got me really going was the European import, which was three CDs (!!!) of live material. Wow! So even with a copy of the new double-disc sent to me, I still opted to buy the three-CD release. Good call, I might say. With the initial double-disc being a solid sounding array of Iced Earth material both past and present, it's the added bonus of the heavier tunes on the third disc (i.e., "Disciples of the Lie", "Violate") that make this a hearty investment. With a grandiose production and abundant ultra-tight musicianship (something guitarist/mastermind Jon Schaffer points out was always the key to this release), Iced Earth rock as hard as anyone could have over the two nights this material was recorded in Athens, Greece. Fans of the band and even fans of live material will be thoroughly impressed by the way Iced Earth weaves an energetic live show and passion into one blinding fury. This is so good, you actually feel as if you are there. Iced Earth have had a pretty good track record over the past few years and this big release is testimony of that. Hail Iced Earth!

(article published 12/10/1999)

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