Night of the Stormrider

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Night of the Stormrider
Night of the Stormrider cover.jpg
Studio album by Iced Earth
Released November 1, 1992
Recorded 1991
Studio Morrisound Studios
Genre
Length 46:06
Label Century Media
Producer Tom Morris and Jon Schaffer
Iced Earth chronology
Iced Earth
(1990)Iced Earth1990
Night of the Stormrider
(1992)
Burnt Offerings
(1995)Burnt Offerings1995

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

Night of the Stormrider is the only album featuring lead singer John Greely and drummer Rick Secchiari.

Concept meaning[edit]

The album's concept is about a man who is betrayed by religion and turns away from it in anger.[1] 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
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm8.5/10[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Angels Holocaust"Jon SchafferSchaffer4:53
2."Stormrider"SchafferSchaffer, Randall Shawver4:47
3."The Path I Choose"SchafferSchaffer, Shawver5:54
4."Before the Vision"SchafferDave Abell, Shawver1:35
5."Mystical End"SchafferSchaffer4:44
6."Desert Rain"SchafferAbell, Schaffer6:56
7."Pure Evil"SchafferSchaffer, Shawver6:33
8."Reaching the End"SchafferSchaffer1:11
9."Travel in Stygian"SchafferSchaffer9:32
Total length:46:06
2008 Slave to the Dark bonus track
No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
10."Stormrider" (live)SchafferSchaffer, Shawver4:48

Personnel[edit]

Iced Earth

  • John Greely – vocals
  • Jon Schaffer – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (on track 2), co-producer
  • Randall Shawver – lead guitar
  • Dave Abell – bass
  • Rick Secchiari – drums

Additional musicians

  • Roger Huff – keyboards
  • Kent Smith - keyboards

Other personnel

  • Tom Morris – producer, engineer
  • Jim Morris - mixing, mastering (on 2001 remastered version)
  • Axel Hermann – artwork
  • Travis Smith – artwork (on 2001 remastered version)
  • Rick Borstelman – artwork
  • Frank Albrecht – photography
  • Dirk Rudolph – layout
  • Philipp Schulte - product coordination

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Night of the Stormrider review". Allmusic. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Night of the Stormrider review". Metal Storm. Retrieved September 2, 2012.