by Iced Earth
Released: Oct 2011
Label: Century Media
Florida's most famous Viking rockers deliver a concept album -- and maybe surprisingly, it involves single moms, homeless folks and interplanetary aliens who get off on "filling our heads with false identities" and leaving us "imprisoned in celestial space." The plot's hard to follow, of course, and its weight is even harder to bear. But at the end, some microchips get removed and the resistance prevails over the dystopia after all. The music, naturally, is power metal that marches and flexes muscles throughout, breaking ranks with one crooned power ballad and a couple speedy concise slammers.
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