Iced Earth Live In Ancient Kourion One Of 2013’s Best Live Recordings

Courtesy:  Century Media

Courtesy: Century Media

Iced Earth’s new live release, Live in Ancient Kourion is an example of a live release done right in so many ways.  With its combination of solid audio and visual recording and equally impressive packaging, this triple-disc release has set itself in this critic’s list of the year’s best live recordings.

So much can be said of Live in Ancient Kourion.  So what better starting point than its packaging.  The packaging for this release is the first factor that scores points.  It is presented in a triple-disc gatefold package with the DVD and each of the set’s two CDs placed into their own spot in the packaging separate from one another.  There are those that might argue against this form of packaging, and more in favor of the traditional plastic packaging with dual sided insert for the CDs.  Given, this is an ergonomically sound form of packaging.  But it isn’t without its faults.  The use of the plastic packaging increases the risk of accidentally cracking the case or even the insert that would hold the audio portion of the recording.  One of the quick retorts to the use of plastic casing would be the risk of getting the material used for non-plastic packaging wet.  But in reality the risk is just as great for water damage with both plastic and non-plastic packaging.  So that argument is instantly negated, thus making the packaging in which this set is presented that much better of a choice.

Having noted the packaging of this new live release, the next step is to take a look at the recording’s audio and video quality.  The overall audio and video mix of this recording is just as impressive as its packaging.  It goes without saying that this is the most important part of any live recording.  Sadly, there are live recordings out there that are not bootlegs, yet their audio and video mixes are either slightly or completely out of balance, leaving listeners to wonder how experienced the engineer(s) behind the board was/were.  Luckily for fans of Iced Earth and for the band itself, that can’t be questioned in the case of Live in Ancient Kourion.  The mix is expertly balanced both on this recording.  Hearing the pyrotechnics go off on the audio portion is one thing.  But hearing and seeing it throughout the video portion makes the experience all the greater, whether this marks the first time for fortieth seeing Iced Earth live.  Being that this is the most important factor of all in this and any live recording, it goes without saying that Iced Earth fans and that members of the Metal Nation the world over have in this release a concert recording that definitely lives up to the reputation of being one of the year’s best live recordings.

Getting into the actual performance, one can’t help but marvel at the ability of current front man Stu Block to carry a career’s worth of music from this band.  Considering the number of singers that have fronted Iced Earth, he shows in his performance that this doesn’t factor at all.  He shows full confidence throughout the near two and a half hour, twenty-seven song set.  Just as incredible is that this far into the band’s career, Bloc’s band mates show no sign of rust or age.  The songs are just as full of power as they were when the band’s original lineup first recorded them.  Once again, the only thing left to say in taking into account the band’s stamina along with the recording quality and packaging is that this performance is Iced Earth at its live best.  It is one of the best live recordings of the year both in the metal community and in general.  It is available now both in stores and online and can be ordered direct online from the Century Media Records store at http://www.cmdistro.com/Item/Iced_Earth_-_Live_In_Ancient_Kourion_-2CD+DVD_Digi-/44761.

Fans overseas will get to see Iced Earth live this Summer and into 2014, even after picking up this new live release as it tours in support of Live in Ancient Kourion.  Fans around the world can keep up with all of the band’s latest tour updates and news when they “Like” Iced Earth on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth.  Fans can also follow the band on its official website, http://www.icedearth.com

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Iced Earth Celebrates New Live Release With New Live Video

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Courtesy: Century Media Records

Iced Earth officially releases its first ever live DVD and Blu-ray today.  Live in Ancient Kourion hit stores and online outlets today.  In celebration, the band has released a brand new live video for a song from the brand new live release.  Fans can check out the video of the band’s performance of ‘Anthem’ now.  It’s available via YouTube at http://youtu.be/PO21sYoST2c.

Fans can also check out other live performances from the band now on YouTube and SoundCloud.  The link to each performance is available below.

‘Stormrider’ (Live Video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmGXw3pg1j0&feature=youtu.be

‘I Died For You’ (Live Audio):  http://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/iced-earth-i-died-for-you-live/s-PokLi

‘Dystopia’ (Live Video):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFBDjXsu7hk

‘Damien’ (Live Audio):  http://soundcloud.com/centurymedia/iced-earth-damien-live-in

Live In Ancient Kourion Trailer:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbG32SVXd9Q

The band will hit the road this Summer to tour in support of its new live release, beginning with a festival performance at the Burning Sea Festival in Croatia on June 8th.  A full listing of tour dates and news from Iced Earth is available on the band’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth and on its official website, http://www.icedearth.com.

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Iced Earth Offers Fans A Taste Of Its Upcoming Live Release

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Courtesy: Century Media Records

Iced Earth is giving fans a taste of what’s to come on its new live release, Live in Ancient Kourion.  The band has released a live audio track of the song, ‘Damien’ which audiences will get to experience firsthand on the band’s new live DVD.  Fans can check out the track now online at http://www.bravewords.com/news/200770.  Along with the new live audio track, fans can also check out both the official trailer for the upcoming live release as well as a full live performance of the band’s song, ‘Dystopia.’  The trailer is available to watch now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbG32SVXd9Q and the official ‘Dystopia’ live video can be watched online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFBDjXsu7hk.

Live in Ancient Kourion will be available April 16th in the U.S. and April 15th overseas in Europe.  It can be pre-ordered now at http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/iced_earth_live_in_ancient_kourion

The band has a handful of performances set up this summer in support of its new live release starting with a performance at the Burning Sea Festival in Croatia on June 8th.  To get a full listing of tour dates and to get all the latest news from Iced Earth, go online to http://www.facebook.com/officialIcedEarth, http://www.icedearth.com, and http://www.myspace.com/icedearth.

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Iced Earth Announce New Live Release, Tour Dates

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Courtesy: Century Media Records

Iced Earth is preparing to release its very first ever live DVD/Blu-ray.  Live in Ancient Kourion will be released in the United States on Tuesday, April 16th and April 15th in Europe.  The upcoming live release is taken from the band’s epic two and a half hour concert held at the ancient amphitheatre in Limassol on the island of Cyprus.  The amphitheatre itself is roughly six thousand years old.  The upcoming live show will be released both in DVD and Blu-ray format and a deluxe package that includes the complete show on a double-disc CD set.  The audio portion of the show will be available both in double-disc CD set and a triple-disc gatefold vinyl set.

The band will be touring this summer in support of its new live release.  It will be performing at a handful of Summer festivals beginning June 8th at the Burning Sea Festival in Croatia.  Live in Ancient Kourion can be pre-ordered now in all its formats.  European audiences can pre-order the album at https://www.cmdistro.de/Search?q=kourion. American audiences can pre-order the new release at http://www.cmdistro.com/Search/kourion.  And audiences can even check out a trailer online now for the upcoming release.  It can be viewed via YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbG32SVXd9Q.

To get a full listing of tour dates and to get more information on IE’s new upcoming live release, audiences can go to the band’s official website, http://www.icedearth.com, its official Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/OfficialIcedEarth, or its official MySpace page, http://www.myspace.com/icedearth.

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