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Iced Earth

The Dark Saga

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Category: Power Metal

Year: 1996

Label: Century Media

Catalog Number: 7831-2

Average Rating: 85 / 100 (5 ratings)

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Iced Earth The Dark Saga Album Cover

Jon Schaffer rhythm guitar, vocals
Matthew Barlow lead vocals
Randall Shawver lead guitar
Dave Abell bass guitar
Mark Prator drums
1.  Dark Saga  3.43:
2.  I Died for You  3.48:
3.  Violate  3.38:
4.  The Hunter  3.55:
5.  The Last Laugh  3.47:
6.  Depths of Hell  3.01:
7.  Vengeance is Mine  4.22:
8.  Scarred  5.54:
9.  Slave to the Dark  4.03:
10.  A Question of Heaven  7.40:
Total Running Time:  41.01:30

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Existing comments about this CD

From: Colin Williamso Date: August 12, 2001 at 3:18
my second iced earth cd and not quite as good as something wicked but still good. the only son i don't particularly like is 'I Died for You.' a lot of songs sound a lot like metallica('Dark Saga' for example). my favorite song i would have to say is 'Violate.' nice and fast. good cd it's worth buying but try to burn it as you should save your money for a better one like Something Wicked this way Comes or Horror Show.

From: Czugi Date: February 9, 2002 at 8:08
This is one of IE best albums. Its dark, its sad, its ungry and it kicks ass. Make sure u've got it when u break up with ur chick or when still looking for one. ROCK ON \m/

From: Damien Date: September 10, 2002 at 11:16
This is probably the darkest CD ever produced by Iced Earth. Focused on the story of Spawn this CD covers all emotions of humanity. From hatred to love to denial to compassion. This CD is one the best Iced Earth has done. Worth every cent!

From: The Fizzy One Date: October 27, 2002 at 18:03
My favorite by Iced Earth, although tied with Something Wicked. Great songs that are heavy, but they don't let the heaviness get in the way of being memorable, which unfortunately happened on Horror Show. I like all these songs, but my favorites would have to be 'Violate' (despite a more-than-passing resemblance toMetallica's 'Battery') and 'I Died For You.'

From: Fog-hat Date: December 13, 2002 at 14:24
I saw the movie Spawn and have read several of the Spawn comic's. That's what drove me to purchase this, my first Iced Earth CD. WOW! a great concept album from start to finish. Iced Earth puts the nu-metal bands to shame. Do you like Jag Panzer or Iron Maiden? If so, you may like Iced Earth. My new favorite band.

From: ARXONTAS Date: January 29, 2003 at 15:50
Great band,great lyrics,great artwork.This is my favourite album till now from them and a true masterpice of the power metal genre(with strong tharsh influences)OUTSTANDING!!! Buy or leave in ignorance...Absolutely No Alternative...

From: Scott Date: February 5, 2003 at 17:26
Though the album is a bit more laid back than past albums, Schaffer's songwriting is phenomenal! The first 2 tracks are slow to mid paced, but still excellent. It's not until track three, that the band kicks in the furious double bass assault. This song almost sounds like Testament to me. The interplay between the two guitarists is most impressive especially on the dual harmonies of The Hunter. Matthew Barlow's impressive pipes bring it all together. One of my favorite CDs of all time.

From: SiNMaN Date: June 7, 2003 at 9:55
You cant compare this album with Horror Show. On Horror Show Iced earth are influenced by Blind Guardian and the Lyrics written by Schaffer are at an all time best. This in my oppinion is the best Iced Earth album. If your a Helloween fan youll find some Lyrics to your liking here

From: Date: June 23, 2003 at 18:49
Some asholes that dont no shit about metal say this is a thrash metal band man you are lost this is a classic heavy metal band with many thrash metal influences.

From: Fallen Angel Date: September 18, 2003 at 3:02
HAHA Scott, you're the same Scott from www.nolifetilmetal.com, seeing as how you ripped your own review. I love your site. As for this album, the hooks are magnificent, but c'mon, what were they thinking with this 'try to keep it simple' stuff. That's no excuse to have worthless solos. I would expect more from Randall Shawver. P.S. Arxontas, what are you even doing reviewing an Iced Earth album after all that crap you wrote about Manowar?

From: Scott Date: October 3, 2003 at 12:14
Fallen Angel. Thanks, glad you like my site. By the way, this album rules!

From: black girl Date: October 16, 2003 at 13:04
This album is really GREAT!!! My favourite song is I Died For You. Iced Earth are one of the best metal bands I heard!

From: Raven X Date: November 13, 2003 at 17:37
Good, not great. It was my 3rd album, my favorite ablum at the time. Horror Show being my 1st, and Night of the Stormrider being my 2nd. However, after I bought Burnt Offerings and Something Wicked, it soon moved down to my 3rd favorite, SWTWC taking 1st and BO taking 2nd. The main songs I like on the album are the last 4, especially Vengance is Mine.

From: Black Angel Date: September 22, 2004 at 12:01
One Of Her MasterPiece Album Of Their Career Motherfucking Good Album!!!!!!!!!!

From: Painkiller Date: June 10, 2005 at 5:56
This album is a decent Iced Earth album. If you're thinking of buying your first Iced Earth album, don't get this. This stuff on here is good but not hard like it should be. Get Iced Earth or Days of Purgatory. If you're a spawn fan, get this album. This album is a concept album of Spawn. AWESOME. 7/10.

From: Doghouse Reilly Date: August 8, 2013 at 20:58
A somewhat restrained album from Iced Earth, as less thrashy, more emphasis on melody. They used a session drummer on this album, which may have been part of the reason. The title track opens the disc and actually reminds me of something off "Enter Sandman." Dark Saga is a concept album, based on the first ten installments of the Spawn series. Commic-book metal concept albums usually spell disaster, or at least heaping piles of cheese, but I dug this album from the first listen. Matt Barlow sounds like a ballsy mix of Hetfield (that "ah!) at the end of each line) and Paul Stanley, and his singing is strong and emotional throughout, but especially on "A Question Of Heaven," when he duels with some angelic female backing vocals. Really, the only weak track might be "Depths Of Hell," but the big highlights are "I Died For You," "Violate," "The Hunter," and alll of the closing trilogy.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: June 21, 2014 at 21:45
Powerful album in all aspects..."I Died For You" is the best cut here,PERIOD!...some other fine moments are tracks 1,3,4,5,7,9 & 10...in general lines this album kicks serious a**...93/100

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