Night of the Stormrider

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Night of the Stormrider
Studio album by Iced Earth
Released November 1st, 1991 (Europe)
April 30, 1992 (US)
Recorded Morrisound Studios, 1991
Genre Thrash metal
Length 46:06
Label Century Media
Producer Tom Morris and Jon Schaffer
Iced Earth chronology
Iced Earth
(1990)
Night of the Stormrider
(1991)
Burnt Offerings
(1995)

Night of the Stormrider is American heavy metal band Iced Earth's second full-length album. It is a concept album centered around an idea that was created by the band's frontman Jon Schaffer.

Night of the Stormrider is the only album featuring lead singer John Greely (who was later fired) and drummer Rick Secchiari. Like the album's predecessor, Night of the Stormrider is mostly a thrash metal release, the main reason being that the album is unusually riff-based when compared to other Iced Earth releases, and Greely's vocals, which are slightly more aggressive than the power metal reminiscent vocals of Matt Barlow.

Concept meaning[edit]

The album's concept is about a man who is betrayed by religion and turns away from it in anger. The dark forces of nature reach out to this enraged man and use him as their vessel to bring death and destruction to Earth. He is commanded to travel to a desert, where he is given visions that reveal the truth of humanity, and warp his mind further to make him the "Stormrider." After the destruction of the world, he is then damned forever into the depths of Hell, also referenced as the River Styx. After being forever damned and taunted by evil spirits, he eventually sees what he has done, and realizes that it is too late to repent.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Storm 8.5/10[1]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]

Night of the Stormrider has received mixed reviews from music critics, but is often regarded as one of Iced Earth's best albums by fans.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Angels Holocaust"   Jon Schaffer Schaffer 4:53
2. "Stormrider"   Schaffer Schaffer, Randall Shawver 4:47
3. "The Path I Choose"   Schaffer Schaffer, Shawver 5:54
4. "Before the Vision"   Schaffer Dave Abell, Shawver 1:35
5. "Mystical End"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:44
6. "Desert Rain"   Schaffer Abell, Schaffer 6:56
7. "Pure Evil"   Schaffer Schaffer, Shawver 6:33
8. "Reaching the End"   Schaffer Schaffer 1:11
9. "Travel in Stygian"   Schaffer Schaffer 9:32
Total length:
46:06
2008 Slave to the Dark bonus track
No. Title Lyrics Music Length
10. "Stormrider" (live) Schaffer Schaffer, Shawver 4:48

Personnel[edit]

Iced Earth[edit]

Additional musicians

Other personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Night of the Stormrider review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Night of the Stormrider review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-02.