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Ripper Owens Talks About Priest And Iced Earth

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ex-JUDAS PRIEST throat TIM "RIPPER" OWENS explained the differences between working in Priest and now ICED EARTH, "Well, I had a great time in Priest. The only difference may be that now I can hop in my car for four and a half hours and actually see Jon. I have a great relationship with him, and I've always had a great relationship with the guys in Judas Priest. I didn't get to write, and that was a downfall. Basically though, the biggest problem for me was we weren't busy enough in Judas Priest." The lack of work was financially challenging for Owens, "...You had to figure that I was under a contract where I wasn't supposed to do anything else. Even if I was able to, I never knew when Priest was gonna start working again. If I had decided at some point that I wanted to do a solo record, I never knew when Priest was gonna get back together and start working. It was just a hard thing to do. I was fine with it though because it was just such a great time. We were such good friends, and we all got along so well that it never really bothered me until maybe this past year. That's probably when I first started trying to figure out just what in the hell was going on with that, but it never did hurt our friendship."

Source: Electric Basement

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1. Dave writes:

I got the new album yesterday, as i'm british, and have listened to it a few times now. I must first say that it is a very good album and that Gettysburg is an absolute masterpiece. However a recurrent theme is cropping up in releases from the american metal scene brought about from the events of the 11th of September. I doubt i'm the only person thinking this but the rampant nationalism apparent on the glorious burden is slighty distasteful and seems to hint that Jon Shaffer views himself and his country with an air of superiority, a view also shown by Zakk Wylde on his lasest DVD, boozed, broozed and broken-boned. I think if the band and the others like them who have released a reactionary album to this tradgedy had a closer look at why it happened and what American forgein policy has done to the world then their albums may have turned out differently. That is not to say i condone the dreadful and tragic thing that happened on that awful day and that the war and it's aftermath are wholly justified, but releasing this album seems to me to be trying to incite racism, hatred and xenophobia. Things that this world could do with less of.

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2. deathbringer writes:

I can sympathize with the reaction against over-patriotism following Sept 11. But let's look at this album?

1) Iced Earth play power metal (Albeit a heavy variety). Power metal = swords and battle and glory. Do you expect what they sing about to not be glorified?

2) In telling such tales, of course they want to make it GLORIOUS! So don't read "superiority" into that. Imagine Lord of the Rings if it were told from a neutral standpoint. That'd be pretty lame, huh?

There are 2 sides to be chosen in telling the story, and it's obvious which side Iced Earth has picked here, so don't go reading so much into that. If you don't want a (US) patriotic themed metal album, don't bother with this one. I don't particularly care for the theme either - I've nvver been a big history/revolution era person.

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3. the one that knows writes:

well all i gotta say is that if you were an Iced Earth fan as I am, you would know that most of their albums do have reference to war, battle, and all that sh**. they've always supported america the way they should, not the way everyone else has been since the 11th. i think it's pretty sad how everyone has since gone 'patriotic'. ignorant fools. america is a great country even with how much the government holds information from the public. Iced Earth is the only band that recently came out with an album like this that didn't do it to get their fan base back. they will never need to (nor would they in any case) do that because Iced Earth fans are and always will be the most loyal, loving fans ever to any band. Iced Earth isn't just a great band because they make great music, they're a great band because they stand behind what they say and do. probably one of the last real bands out there.

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