The Blessed and the Damned

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The Blessed and the Damned
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Greatest hits album by Iced Earth
Released August 10, 2004
Recorded 1990-2001
Genre heavy metal, power metal, thrash metal
Length 2:04:48
Label Century Media
Iced Earth chronology
The Glorious Burden
(2004)
The Blessed and the Damned
(2004)
Overture of the Wicked
(2007)
Alternate album cover
"The Damned" cover version of the album
"The Damned" cover version of the album
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The Blessed and the Damned is a double CD best of compilation album by the American heavy metal band Iced Earth. The CD-booklet can be reversed, to show either angels or demons on the cover. The booklet also includes Jon Schaffer's comments on previous albums and his life. Even though the CD was released after The Glorious Burden, the biography in the booklet makes no mention of it. This is probably because Iced Earth left their record label Century Media Records prior to The Glorious Burden, and signed with SPV. In turn, Century Media released this compilation album.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length
1. "Burning Times" Matt Barlow, Jon Schaffer Barlow, Schaffer Something Wicked This Way Comes 3:43
2. "Wolf" Schaffer Schaffer Horror Show 5:20
3. "The Hunter" Schaffer Schaffer The Dark Saga 3:55
4. "Curse the Sky" Schaffer Randall Shawver, Schaffer Iced Earth 4:43
5. "Melancholy (Holy Martyr)" Schaffer Schaffer Something Wicked This Way Comes 4:44
6. "Stormrider" Schaffer Shawver, Schaffer Night of the Stormrider 4:48
7. "Burnt Offerings" Schaffer Shawver, Schaffer Burnt Offerings 7:21
8. "Travel in Stygian" (live) Schaffer Schaffer Alive in Athens 9:06
9. "Dark Saga" Schaffer Schaffer The Dark Saga 3:43
10. "Written on the Walls" Gene Adam Adam, Shawver, Schaffer, Dave Abell Iced Earth 6:07
11. "Damien" Schaffer Schaffer Horror Show 9:11

Disc 2[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Original album Length
1. "Angels Holocaust" Schaffer Schaffer Days of Purgatory 4:54
2. "Desert Rain" Schaffer Schaffer, Abell Days of Purgatory 6:38
3. "Last December" Schaffer Schaffer Burnt Offerings 3:23
4. "Watching Over Me" Schaffer Schaffer Something Wicked This Way Comes 4:26
5. "Pure Evil" (live) Schaffer Shawver, Schaffer Alive in Athens 6:37
6. "The Path I Choose" Schaffer Shawver, Schaffer Night of the Stormrider 5:55
7. "I Died for You" Schaffer Schaffer The Dark Saga 3:47
8. "Disciples of the Lie" Schaffer Schaffer Something Wicked This Way Comes 4:04
9. "When the Night Falls" Schaffer Schaffer Days of Purgatory 7:50
10. "Jack" Barlow Schaffer Horror Show 4:12
11. "Iced Earth" Schaffer Schaffer Iced Earth 5:23
12. "Violate" (live) Schaffer Schaffer Alive in Athens 4:12

Personnel[edit]

  • Jon Schaffer − rhythm guitar, backing vocals on all songs. vocals on track 6 on disc 1
  • Matt Barlow − vocals on tracks 1-3, 5, 7-9, and 11 on disc 1; tracks 1-5, 7-10, and 12 on disc 2
  • Gene Adam − vocals on tracks 4 and 10 on disc 1; track 11 on disc 2
  • John Greely − vocals on track 6 on disc 2
  • Randall Shawver − lead guitar on tracks 3-4, 6-7, and 9-10 on disc 1; tracks 1-3, 6-7, 9, and 11 on disc 2
  • Larry Tarnowski − lead guitar on tracks 1-2, 5, 8, and 11 on disc 1; tracks 4-5, 8, 10, and 12 on disc 2
  • Dave Abell − bass on tracks 3-4, 6-7, and 9-10 on disc 1; tracks 3, 6-7, and 11 on disc 2
  • James MacDonough − bass on tracks 1, 5, and 8 on disc 1; tracks 1, 2, 4-5, 8, 9 and 12 on disc 2
  • Steve DiGiorgio − bass on tracks 2 and 11 on disc 1, and track 10 on disc 2
  • Mark Prator − drums on tracks 3 and 9 on disc 1; track 7 on disc 2
  • Richey Secchiari − drums on track 6 on disc 1; track 6 on disc 2
  • Mike McGill − drums on tracks 4 and 10 on disc 1; track 11 on disc 2
  • Richard Christy − drums on tracks 2 and 11 on disc 1; track 10 on disc 2
  • Brent Smedley − drums on tracks 1, 5, and 8 on disc 1; tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, and 12 on disc 2
  • Rodney Beasley − drums on track 7 on disc 1; track 3 on disc 2
  • Leo Haocover art