BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG

History is filled with tons of drama, blood, gore, and probably more blood. It is no wonder that heavy metal draws on history as inspiration for some of the greatest songs of all time. I can really only highlight one example, but suffice to say, history is filled with badasses, archvillians, and crazy stories. Just turn a Ken Burn’s documentary on and crank up the tunes!

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ICED EARTH – Plagues of Babylon

In all honesty, I could do this review without discussing Iced Earth’s history. This is somewhat of a bold statement as the band has steadily been putting out material since the mid 1980’s. Jon Shaffer, who served as the band’s primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist, is now the sole surviving member who has seen, through the decades, a cast of changing musicians. Iced Earth, one of the later entries in the United States Power Metal scene, has seen its sound change slightly through the decades with 4 different vocalists, 7…

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