The tenth full-length album by the legendary American Heavy/Power Metal band."The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2" was the first Iced Earth album since 2001's "Horror Show" to feature singer Matt Barlow. "The Crucible Of Man" is the second concept album based on guitarist-songwriter Jon Schaffer's "Something Wicked Saga". It also the third album overall to feature the subject.Originally titled "Revelation Abomination: Something Wicked Part 2" the majority of "The Crucible Of Man" had been written and recorded at the same time as the group's previous album, "Framing Armageddon". Crucible had been intended for an early 2008 release; however, Matt Barlow rejoined Iced Earth in late 2007 and work on the album had to be put-off due to Barlow's prior commitments to the band Pyramaze.The album ended-up being the last Iced Earth studio album to feature bassist Dennis Hayes, as well as vocalist Matt Barlow, who once again left the band in August 2011.Album is a true magnum opus and tracking in at over one hour, it's heavy, and shadowed soundscape the showcases the band at the absolute peak of its power in an illustrious career that has spanned over two decades. After fully absorbing, “The Crucible of Man”, it would seem that the innumerable trials and tribulations mainman Jon Schaffer has undertook over the decades as an uncompromising and never-totally-satisfied songwriter/musician were part of an otherworldly grand design that gave Schaffer the beastly prowess he needed to tell a story of unprecedented originality in Metal music. That story is of course the “Something Wicked Saga”. While Schaffer hinted at what was to come on 1998’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” disc, it wasn't until 2007 that the stars aligned and the story could be revealed in detail with the release of “Framing Armageddon – Something Wicked Part 1”. And although “The Crucible of Man” is the hard-charging sonic conclusion of the “Something Wicked Saga”, fans can expect the story to continue in other media such as print and possibly film in the future.This is definitely one of the best Iced Earth albums to date!!SPV/Steamhammer, 2008 (SPV 91592 CD). Made in Germany. First press.
Tracklist:1. In Sacred Flames 1:282. Behold The Wicked Child 5:373. Minions Of The Watch 2:064. The Revealing 2:405. A Gift Or A Curse 5:346. Crown Of The Fallen 2:487. The Dimension Gauntlet 3:128. I Walk Alone 4:009. Harbinger Of Fate 4:4210. Crucify The King 5:3611. Sacrificial Kingdoms 3:5712. Something Wicked (Part 3) 4:3113. Divide And Devour 3:1514. Come What May 7:2315. Epilogue 2:20Total playing time: 59:09