Iced Earth - Tribute to the Gods.
Recorded 2002. Review - It seems crazy to cover definitive Metal songs such as "Highway to Hell," "God of Thunder," and "Screaming for Vengeance" unless you are trying to redefine Heavy Metal, which surely isn't Iced Earth's intention. For their many young fans, however, Tribute to the Gods is a crash beginner course in headbanging history. 'Tribute To The Gods' offers a chance to experience the music that has fueled the band along all these years. Featuring covers of classics by KISS, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Alice Cooper & Black Sabbath. That's right, this is the best CD I've heard in a VERY long time. The grooves here are infectious to say the least, even if none of them are original. And that doesn't even matter. This is a great Iced Earth CD, all covers or not, because as Shaffer wrote in the liner notes, they've "Iced Earthed" these songs, taking them out on their own personal spin. The riff of "Cities on Flame" sounds ten times deadlier than the original, the incredibly distorted guitars add a punch to several of the classic songs, and Matt's vocals are just astounding. He can sound like Paul Stanley, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, or just like himself. The bottom line is that any pure metalhead will rock out to this CD. If you've put off buying it because it's a CD full of covers, I suggest you re-think your position! Track Listing: 1. Creatures Of The Night 2. Number Of The Beast 3. Highway To Hell 4. Burnin' For You 5. God Of Thunder 6. Screaming For Vengeance 7. Dead Babies 8. Cities On Flame (With Rock & Roll) 9. It's A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll) 10. Black Sabbath 11. Hallowed Be Thy Name