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, 1991
Recorded 1991
Studio Morrisound Studios
Genre Thrash metal, speed 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 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
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm 8.5/10[2]

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

  • 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.