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Iced Earth - Gettysburg (1863) DVD (2005)
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Iced Earth is an American heavy metal band from Tampa, Florida, that combines influences from thrash
metal, power metal, progressive metal, opera, speed metal and the New
Wave of British Heavy Metal. Iced Earth has been known to have a
volatile and often changing line-up. Founding member, songwriter, and
rhythm guitarist Jon Schaffer is the only original member who has
remained, handling nearly all of the songwriting and leading the band.
Former vocalist Matt Barlow and former lead guitarist Randall Shawver
are the next longest-tenured members. They are the only people besides
Schaffer to have spent a full decade in the band. Shawver, the first
lead guitarist to record with the band, joined in 1988 and remained
until 1998. Barlow joined in 1994 and remained until 2003. However, he
returned to the group in late 2007, making his live return at the 2008
Chicago Powerfest. In March 2011, vocalist Matt Barlow announced his
intentions to leave the band. Stu Block, from Into Eternity, was named
as Iced Earth's new singer.

Originally formed as Purgatory by Schaffer in 1984, the band spent five
years playing live locally and went through several line-up changes.
After changing their name to Iced Earth, the band recorded the 1989 demo
“Enter the Realm,” which landed them a deal with the German label,
Century Media Records.

One year later, the band recorded their self-titled album “Iced Earth,”
followed by 1991's “Night of the Stormrider,” which peaked at #60 on the
Japanese Oricon charts. Three years later, Iced Earth released “Burnt
Offerings,” featuring new vocalist Matthew Barlow, followed by 1996’s
“The Dark Saga,” but both releases failed to chart.

In 1997, the band re-recorded the best of their early material, and
released it as a compilation titled “Days of Purgatory.” Released in
1998, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” reached #19 on the German Media
Control charts. They followed up with the 1999 live album “Alive in

In 2001, the band released their sixth full-length “Horror Show,” which
reached the Top 30 on the Austrian Ö3 Top 40 and German charts. Also in
2001, the five-disc box set “Dark Genesis,” which contained remastered
versions of their first three studio albums, the demo “Enter the Realm,”
and a studio album only of cover versions, titled “Tribute to the
Gods.” “Tribute to the Gods” was later also released separately in 2002.

Two years later, Iced Earth signed a deal with SPV, and hired singer Tim
“Ripper” Owens to record vocals for “The Glorious Burden.” The album
reached the Top 30 in Austria, Finland and Germany. For the first time,
the band entered the American Billboard 200 Albums chart, at #145.

Between 2007 and 2008, the band released two concept albums for the
conclusion of the “Something Wicked” saga. The first part, 2007’s
“Framing Armageddon,” reached the Top 30 on the German and Swedish
Sverigetopplistan charts. The following year, they released the second
part “The Crucible of Man,” which reached the Top 40 on the Austrian,
Finnish, German, and Swiss charts. A second live album, “Festivals of
the Wicked,” was released in 2011.

2005 Gettysburg (1863) DVD


DVD 1:
- Gettysburg (1863) - Dolby Digital 5.1 Metal Mix
- Gettysburg (1863) - Dolby Digital 5.1 Orchestral Mix
- Gettysburg (1863) - Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo Mix
- Gettysburg Battlefield Tour
- Spirit of '76
- Photo Gallery
- Trailer

DVD 2:
- When The Eagle Cries (Video)
- The Reckoning (Video)
- Jon Schaffer Interview

Label: Steamhammer

It could be construed that picking up something out of a bargain bin, a few years after something has been
released, skews the listening experience a bit in favor of enjoying
what you’ve bought. But this is how I came to own this DVD, which is
essentially a surround sound rendering of a 3 part epic Iced Earth song
with a montage of still photos depicting various events around the time
of the battle of Gettysburg. Being someone who doesn’t live too far away
from the site, I’ve been there a few times and am familiar with the
background, which probably further biases me away from how most would
view this.

Basically this is fan-boy fodder, to the very last split second of video
footage. This doesn’t necessarily make it bad, but it definitely limits
the audience to a narrow group of people who are anxious to see an
interview with Jon Schaffer, because it’s the high point of the viewing
experience. As someone who doesn’t follow Iced Earth heavily outside of
their major studio releases, it is an educational interview that gives
some good insights into how their songs are created, as well as the
historic trials and tribulations of trying to keep a style of music
going in America that has been ridiculed up until just a few years ago
for most of one’s career. Jon definitely comes off as forthcoming and
concise, and even gives a solid retort to those who accuse him of
recycling guitar riffs. Being someone who has played many of them, I can
testify that in addition to being murder on your picking wrist, there
are noticeable nuances between every song, though obviously some of them
come off as watered down in comparison to the early Thrash material on
the first 3 albums.

The rest of the video material on here is somewhat par for the course.
Despite my own personal issues with my country’s unquestioning sense of
patriotism after the 9/11 attacks and all of the political nonsense that
continues to plague this country, the video for “When The Eagle Cries”
does work well as a sort of folk/pop rendering of a melodic metal
ballad, being pushed along by Tim Owen’s unique and eccentric vocal
style. “The Reckoning” gives a brief glimpse into Iced Earth’s
power/thrash history, though with a vocalist that is naturally even
closer to Rob Halford in sound and style than John Greely was. The
content of the videos is pretty standard, though the imagery on “The
Reckoning” looks like it was put together in a pretty short period of
time and doesn’t really add much to the experience of seeing the song
played live at a small venue, save perhaps all of the light bulbs
hanging around.

The video montage found on “Gettysburg 1863” gets old pretty quickly,
even if one approaches it with barely any knowledge of civil war
history. You might as well just be listening to a surround sound version
of the song with a public school history textbook in your hand,
flipping pages every 7 or 8 seconds. The song itself, for anyone who
hasn’t heard “The Glorious Burden” but is familiar with Iced Earth’s
“Something Wicked This Way Comes”, this is basically a slightly more
interesting version of that epic song cycle, with a much better vocal
performance. Schaffer relies a bit more on orchestration than on slow
acoustic alone passages, which keeps things a bit more interesting. The
riff construction tends to be pretty formulaic, which has been the case
for this band’s sound since “The Dark Saga”, and caters more towards a
conceptual vocal narrative than the pulsating rhythmic attack that the
band imported from the Bay Area thrash scene in the early 90s. It’s
interesting to hear once in a while, but it wears thin and gets
predictable after a few listens.

The ultimate impression that this DVD gives off is the same as what was
put forth on “The Glorious Burden”, and that is Schaffer wishes to adapt
a rather important part of American history to the metal medium. It may
have had the unintended consequence of educating some people who were
let down by America’s failure of an education system, but mostly it
listens like a familiar story being retold in a different medium.
Schaffer firmly believes that this event in history is not his to visit
judgment over; something which I personally disagree with as I see it to
be an essential step to avoiding any future mistakes by looking at
history critically, but it is all laid out for one to disagree with.
This is something that will be welcome in the collection of any strong
fan of this band, but probably will have little appeal outside of their
current audience. If you’re looking to take a risk on it, I paid about
$7 for it, which is pretty close to its actual value.

Disc 1
Quality: DVD9
Format: DVD Video
Video codec: MPEG2
Audio codec: AC3
Video: 720X480,NTSC,4:3
Audio: DD 5.1 DD 2.0

Disc 2
Quality: DVD5
Format: DVD Video
Video codec: MPEG2
Audio codec: AC3
Video: 720X480,NTSC,4:3
Audio: DD 2.0

8.23 GB

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