Thursday, 15 December 2011

Iced Earth - 15 Dec 2011 (Pavilion, CY)

Iced Earth and Greece has always been a well-known duet in the world of heavy metal. But what about Iced Earth and Cyprus? Well, it was finally time to find out. The American heavy metal legends, were in Cyprus for the first time of their careers for the final gig of the European leg of the Dystopia tour. However, in the fully packed Pavilion, first on stage were Cypriots death/thrash metalers Sonik Death Monkey. The Cypriots came on stage with a good energy and seemed slightly overwhelmed by the size of the crowd which definitely surpassed the crowds from any previous metal gigs held in Cyprus. Nevertheless, Sonik Death Monkey managed to overcome the situation and get on top of it by delivering a set composed from original tracks. Additionally, by being well known within the Cypriot scene, the crowd seemed to enjoy the set and really got warmed up for what was to become a memorable show. Iced Earth came on stage, with an outstanding energy despite the tiredness that follows a tour. This was not only the first time that most of the Cypriots in the crowd witnessed Iced Earth, but it was also the first time for many of those who did witness the band in the past, to hear Stu Block(Vocals) live for the first time. And what a great impression he left. With an amazing sound and the amazing range of Stu, Iced Earth drove the Cypriot crowd to be one of the loudest the band had witnessed in a while, and tracks such as Watching Over Me were sang so loudly by the public, that Stu’s voice was almost unhearable. The band performed a variety of tracks from the majority of their albums and surprised everyone when they came back for a second encore at the end of the show. The other nice surprise for the crowd, was when Stu came out holding a big Cypriot flag and started waving it around towards the end. Jon Schaffer(Guitar) was so impressed by the Cypriots that he stated the possibility that the next Iced Earth live album, could possibly be recorded in Cyprus which made the crowd go wild. All of this however isn’t planned to happen for another couple of years, so Cyprus will just have to wait and see if they get this massive honour. Until then, however, I believe that the sweet memory of the gig will reign in the minds of many.

Iced Earth: 19/20
Sound: 5/5
Ambience: 5/5
Presentation: 4/5
Performance: 5/5

Sonik Death Monkey: 17/20
Sound: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Presentation: 4/5
Performance: 5/5

Posted by Nick

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