Burnt Offerings (album)

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Burnt Offerings
BurntOfferings.jpg
Studio album by Iced Earth
Released April 18, 1995
Recorded Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida[1]
Genre Thrash metal, speed metal
Length 52:39
Label Century Media
Producer Tom Morris and Jon Schaffer[1]
Iced Earth chronology
Night of the Stormrider
(1991)
Burnt Offerings
(1995)
The Dark Saga
(1996)
Alternative cover
2001 reissue cover
2001 reissue cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metal Storm (10/10)[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Burnt Offerings is the third studio album by American thrash metal band Iced Earth. Released on April 18, 1995,[4] it was the group's first album since 1991's Night of the Stormrider, after which the band took a three-year layoff.[1] During this time they recruited drummer Rodney Beasley and singer Matthew Barlow, replacing Rick Secchiari and John Greely, respectively.

Burnt Offerings has been described as the Iced Earth's heaviest and darkest record.[1][2] Rhythm guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer has said that the heaviness of the songs were a result of his frustration with the music industry.[5] Schaffer's frustration is particularly evident in the title track, which talks about the problems the band had to endure during its downtime.[1]

The album is also notable for including one of the longest songs Iced Earth has ever recorded; "Dante's Inferno". Clocking in at 16 minutes and 26 seconds, "Dante's Inferno" is based on the Inferno -segment of Dante Alighieri's epic poem, the Divine Comedy.[6] The album starts with a spoken line from Bram Stoker's Dracula. The album's original cover art was also a painting by Gustave Doré, of Lucifer from the Divine Comedy.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Burnt Offerings" Jon Schaffer Schaffer, Randall Shawver 7:22
2. "Last December" Schaffer Schaffer 3:23
3. "Diary" Matt Barlow Dave Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:14
4. "Brainwashed" Schaffer Schaffer, Shawver 5:22
5. "Burning Oasis" Schaffer Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:00
6. "Creator Failure" Schaffer Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:02
7. "The Pierced Spirit" Schaffer Abell, Shawver 1:54
8. "Dante's Inferno"
  • I. "Denial, Lust, Greed"
  • II. "The Prodigal, The Wrathful, Medusa"
  • III. "The False Witness, Angel of Light"
Schaffer Schaffer 16:26

On the original CD, released in 1995, "Dante's Inferno" was divided into three parts.[7] On subsequent re-releases since then, the song has been listed as one track.

2008 Slave to the Dark Bonus Disc[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Burnt Offerings" (rough mix) Schaffer Schaffer, Shawver 7:13
2. "Last December" (rough mix) Schaffer Schaffer 3:25
3. "Diary" (rough mix) Barlow Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:17
4. "Brainwashed" (rough mix) Schaffer Schaffer, Shawver 5:26
5. "Burning Oasis" (rough mix) Schaffer Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:06
6. "Creator Failure" (rough mix) Schaffer Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:06
7. "The Pierced Spirit" (rough mix) Schaffer Abell, Shawver 1:57
8. "Dante's Inferno" (rough mix) Schaffer Schaffer 16:22

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Burnt Offerings". Icedearth.com. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  2. ^ a b "Burnt Offerings review". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  3. ^ "Burnt Offerings review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  4. ^ "Burnt Offerings at Amazon.com". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Jon Schaffer interview from 1996.". 1996-12-08. Retrieved 2011-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Iced Earth re-record "Dante's Inferno" and give it away for free | The Official Iced Earth Website". Icedearth.com. 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Burnt Offerings at Discogs.". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-06-14. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Burnt Offerings album credits. Century Media. 2001. 

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