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Iced Earth: Alive in Athens
Iced Earth Alive in Athens
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2006     2hr 50min


     
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Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock & Metal
Studio: Century Media
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 10/31/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Iced Earth on DVD What more can you ask for?
Robert M. Lisanti | Peekskill, New York USA | 11/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here an awesome review!

Iced Earth: Alive in Athens (DVD)


Join me for a little Heavy Metal time travel as we go back to the year 1999 to find Iced Earth as they record their first concert performance ever. The album would be done in Athens, Greece in front of a comfortable but still sizable audience and be called Alive In Athens. If you are one of the many Metal bangers that own the triple CD set already, then you are well-aware about this concert and just how excellent it was in capturing the best songs that Iced Earth had to offer the world at that time. The recording found the band in tip-top shape and holding a solid footing in their quest for Heavy Metal dominance. Our return from this trip to 2006 will lead us to the news of an old archive being discovered and inside this would be a long forgotten filming of this concert. The footage would be raw and was shot by a three member video team present at the event. Conversion to a more reliable format using the technology available was a smart thought and the decision to share this with the legions of Iced Earth fans became an immediate one. The audio was given some remaster treatment and soon it was ready to be unleashed on the public. It was a great find for Metal as fans everywhere are scooping up bootlegs at conventions and people are posting their own recordings on mediums like MySpace or YouTube. As a concert itself there are moments in the film that make you feel as though you are watching from the balconies while others place you on the stage looking out to the crowd. There are no dynamic effects and instead it's just a sparsely decorated stage with the band members doling out the Metal in excellent fashion. The three cameras do a great job and while some might balk at the limited amount of videographers at least we got something from this monumental show. Recent interviews have found Schaffer himself displeased with the idea of this videos release but it is the only way to see a full concert with the former singer Matthew Barlow; a performer that a majority of the bands fan base misses very much. Sonically and visually I found nothing wrong with this release and totally recommend it for Iced Earth fans old and new. The amount of full concert footage from Iced Earth is currently limited to this release and if you find yourself wanting a show with this line up you need to look no further than here to get it. Twenty eight songs and running 2.5 hours you cannot go wrong with it. Iced Earth has had a number of lineup changes over the years and Schaffer as founder, remains the only constant of the musical vision. Everyone else in the band for this film has moved on to other pursuits in music and life by this time. This video finds the membership roster as Jon Schaffer (guitar), Matthew Barlow (vocals), James MacDonough (bass), Larry Tarnowski (lead guitar), Brent Smedley (drums) and Rick Risberg (keyboards). As a Metal fan that got into this band later than I should have I was happy to find this video released as it is a musical education in the bands back catalog. Favorite tunes are "Melancholy", "Burning Times", and "Walking In Stygian" among many others.


Bonus features include Jon in Athens and backstage footage. A booklet is included and loaded with photos, song lyrics and cool graphics that the group was known for. This is a must have for any Metal fan.


Song Listing
1. Intro
2. Burning Times
3. Vengeance Is Mine
4. Dark Saga
5. Last Laugh
6. Cast In Stone
7. Last December
8. Pure Evil
9. Desert Rain
10. Dante's Inferno
11. The Hunter
12. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
13. Angels Holocaust
14. Stormrider
15. The Path I Choose
16. Watching Over Me
17. Diary
18. Blessed Are You
19. When The Night Falls
20. My Own Savior
21. Travel In Stygian
22. Violate
23. Stand Alone
24. Brainwashed
25. Disciples Of The Lie
26. I Died For You
27. Prophecy
28. Birth Of The Wicked
29. The Coming Curse
30. Epilogue
Reviewer: Ken Pierce"
This has been on the shelf for all these years, why?
Hellion Zephreid | Pittsburgh | 01/31/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I haven't written a review for a long time and basically stopped doing them. Then I bought this dvd. I read Jon's comments about this dvd and that stopped me from ordering this when it came out. I was a fool! This was at a time when the band was arguably at their best songwise as well as line-up wise. I live in Pittsburgh where metal is basically dead. I will never see Iced Earth unless I travel far. The chance to hear and now see this band perform live is just so, so wonderful. I can't think of a better word. I couldn't stop smiling through the first 7 songs when I first played this. I didn't have the time to sit through the entire thing at one time but this is just great. This is a rival to the classic Iron Maiden concert release "Live After Death". The 3 cameras are a blessing, not a negative as from what I have read from other reviewers. I want to watch the guitarist play a solo or watch Jon play a riff or Matthew sing the song. The trend in videos for the new millenium is to have the strobe light editing effect where a person is shown for less than a second and a continue barrage on the senses. A concert is never like this and sitting at home should be a plesure, not give you a headache. Maiden continues to do this and therefore will never have another great concert video. This shows a great band in concert and you as the viewer get to have a front row seat for the entire show. The power these guys had, this is a great snapshot in time when Iced Earth mattered. This is for THE Iced Earth fan and anyone who loves metal. I remember buying the 3 CD set of these shows and that is great. This is for the eyes as well. Anyone looking for perfection should maybe look elsewhere but tell me who has released the perfect concert dvd? Iced Earth live in 1999. Get It. Not a bad price either."
It's not that bad...
Charles O. Stewart Jr. | Wichita, KS United States | 10/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's true that this is not the elaborate production we would all hope for. Only three cameras were used, and there were three songs cut because of crew changeover. So what? This is not hard to watch at all and it is much better than the 02 San Fransisco bootleg I own. I am just happy as hell to have a decent video representation of that lineup and all of those awesome songs. The bonus footage is great, especially the band being interviewed individually by the local press before the show. Kudos to Century Media for finally releasing it and I look forward to that DVD promised after the next tour."
What is Schaffer complaining about?
Rob Smith | Miami, Florida USA | 11/01/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After all the ranting that Schaffer has gone through, I decided to purchase this to see what was all the fuss about. Well, it turns out that everything he said it's not completely true. Yes, it is not a high definition dvd and it was just recorded with three or four cameras but kudos to those guys for doing a great job with the small amount of technology they had available. The footage is more than appropriate and the sound is excellent. It is a blessing to see this lineup perform these legendary songs before our eyes and the band is in top form indeed. The extra material does not deserve any details really but the live footage more than makes up for it. If you are an IE fan, I really don't see where you can go wrong by purchasing this DVD. Schaffer it's been talking about filming a DVD worthy of the fans on the next tour but the fact is that he cannot erase the legacy left by this lineup and especially Matt Barlow. Huge props to CM for releasing this material and a thumbs down to Jon for trying to keep it in the dark for so long."