The Glorious Burden

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The Glorious Burden
Studio album by Iced Earth
Released January 12, 2004
Recorded Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida
Genre Heavy metal, power metal
Length Disc 1: 46:51
Disc 2: 31:56
Label SPV
Producer Jim Morris
Jon Schaffer
Iced Earth chronology
Tribute to the Gods
(2002)
The Glorious Burden
(2004)
The Blessed and The Damned
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm (8.1/10)[2]

The Glorious Burden is a studio album by the American heavy metal band Iced Earth. It is a concept album, which explores various moments in military history, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War, and Waterloo. It also pays tribute to world events such as World War I, the World Trade Center attacks and the ravages of Attila the Hun. See the tracklist for links to the historical context of the songs.

The album includes a trilogy entitled Gettysburg (1863). Each of the three songs represents one day in the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle ever conducted in the Western Hemisphere and considered the turning point in the American Civil War.[3]

This album features the debut of lead singer Tim 'Ripper' Owens, formerly of Judas Priest. Owens, who at that time was still in Judas Priest, was asked to do the vocals as a side project. However, he joined the band full-time after Judas Priest reunited with Rob Halford. The album was first recorded with Matt Barlow on vocals, but band leader Jon Schaffer was not satisfied with his performance. Due to the events of September 11th, Barlow became more interested in law enforcement than the music business, and according to Schaffer "Matt's heart was not in it and it showed in his performance."[4] As a result, Matt left the band and the album was shelved until a new vocalist could be found. However, some of Barlow's initial recordings remain on the record as backing vocals, and he is credited with co-writing two songs.

This record is the only Iced Earth album to feature Ralph Santolla on lead guitars. This was the last studio album for bassist James MacDonough and drummer Richard Christy.

The album was released in three different formats: a limited edition 2-CD version in digipak format, an American version and a European version.[5] See the tracklist for the differences.

"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)", "Declaration Day", and the acoustic version of "When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)" were all released as music videos.

Track listing[edit]

Limited edition digipak version[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Star-Spangled Banner"   (instrumental) John Stafford Smith 1:14
2. "Declaration Day"   Jon Schaffer Schaffer 4:59
3. "When the Eagle Cries"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:06
4. "The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:57
5. "Greenface"   Schaffer Schaffer 3:03
6. "Attila"   Matt Barlow, Schaffer Barlow, Schaffer 5:36
7. "Red Baron/Blue Max"   Tim Owens Schaffer 4:05
8. "Hollow Man"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:25
9. "Valley Forge"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:46
10. "Waterloo"   Barlow, Schaffer Barlow, Schaffer 5:50
11. "When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)"   Schaffer Schaffer 3:35

Disc 2: Gettysburg (1863)[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)" (references "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Dixie") Schaffer Schaffer 12:13
2. "Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 7:06
3. "High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 12:36

American version[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "The Star-Spangled Banner"   (instrumental) Smith 1:14
2. "Declaration Day"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:59
3. "When the Eagle Cries"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:06
4. "The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:57
5. "Greenface"   Schaffer Schaffer 3:03
6. "Attila"   Barlow, Schaffer Barlow, Schaffer 5:36
7. "Red Baron/Blue Max"   Owens Schaffer 4:05
8. "Hollow Man"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:25
9. "Valley Forge"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:46
10. "The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 12:13
11. "Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 7:06
12. "High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 12:36

European version[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Declaration Day"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:59
2. "When the Eagle Cries"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:06
3. "The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:57
4. "Attila"   Barlow, Schaffer Barlow, Schaffer 5:36
5. "Red Baron/Blue Max"   Owens Schaffer 4:05
6. "Hollow Man"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:25
7. "Valley Forge"   Schaffer Schaffer 4:46
8. "Waterloo"   Barlow, Schaffer Barlow, Schaffer 5:50
9. "The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 12:13
10. "Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 7:06
11. "High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"   Schaffer Schaffer 12:36

Personnel[edit]

Iced Earth[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

Other[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thom Jurek (2004-01-13). "The Glorious Burden - Iced Earth | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  2. ^ "Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  3. ^ "ThinkQuest". Library.thinkquest.org. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  4. ^ Jon Schaffer explanation of Matt Barlow's departure.Archived February 5, 2004 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Interview with Tim "Ripper" Owens of ICED EARTH". Metal-Rules.com. 2004-01-26. Retrieved 2014-05-18.