Overture of the Wicked

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Overture of the Wicked
EP by Iced Earth
Released June 4, 2007(Europe)
June 5, 2007(USA)
Recorded March 2007
Genre Thrash metal, power metal
Length 22:25
Label SPV
Producer Jim Morris
Jon Schaffer
Iced Earth chronology
The Blessed and The Damned
(2004)
Overture of the Wicked
(2007)
Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1
(2007)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Jukebox:Metal 5/5 stars[2]

Overture of the Wicked is an EP by Iced Earth, which was released on June 4, 2007 in Europe and June 5, 2007 in the USA. The EP features the band's new single "Ten Thousand Strong" which was recorded for the new album released later that same year Framing Armageddon, as well as a rerecording of the original "Something Wicked" song cycle (from the album Something Wicked This Way Comes). The re-recorded tracks are also slightly rearranged, with the piano intro to "The Coming Curse" notably absent in the new version. This EP was reissued as part of Iced Earth's Box of the Wicked collection.

The four songs features most of the band's October 2006-March 2007 lineup, with guitarist Jon Schaffer playing bass, as former bassist James "Bo" Wallace left before recording began. Overture of the Wicked is the only official Iced Earth release with former guitarist Tim Mills, and the first with drummer Brent Smedley since 1999's The Melancholy E.P..

On the reasoning behind doing the EP, Tim Owens said:

Because it's what the story is about, the next two records are about. So Jon wanted to just re-release that, put that out there so that people kind of start getting familiar with it again. I mean, he wouldn't have done anything else, it just fit what we were doing and since the album was coming out, he thought while we're here let's do the "Something Wicked Trilogy", re-record it. Start the story off again; familiarize people before a couple of times.

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Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Ten Thousand Strong"   Jon Schaffer Schaffer 3:54
2. "Prophecy"   Schaffer Schaffer 6:00
3. "Birth of the Wicked"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:31
4. "The Coming Curse"   Schaffer Schaffer 8:00
Total length:
22:25

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