Overture of the Wicked

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Overture of the Wicked
Iced Earth Overture of the Wicked.jpg
EP by Iced Earth
Released June 4, 2007
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)The Blessed and The Damned2004
Overture of the Wicked
Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1
(2007)Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 12007
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Jukebox:Metal5/5 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 US. 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.

— [3]

Track listing[edit]

1."Ten Thousand Strong"Jon SchafferSchaffer3:54
3."Birth of the Wicked"SchafferSchaffer4:31
4."The Coming Curse"SchafferSchaffer8:00
Total length:22:25