Burnt Offerings
Burnt Offerings
Album info
ReleaseApril 14, 1995
RecordedMorrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida[1]
GenreThrash metal, power metal
LabelCentury Media
ProducerTom Morris and Jon Schaffer[1]

Burnt Offerings is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Iced Earth. Released on April 14, 1995,[2] it was the group's first album since 1991's Night of the Stormrider, after which the band took a three year layoff.[1] During this time they recruited drummer Rodney Beasley and singer Matthew Barlow, replacing Rick Secchiari and John Greely, respectively.

Burnt Offerings has been described as the Iced Earth's heaviest and darkest record.[1][3] Rhythm guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer has said that the heaviness of the songs were a result of his frustration with the music industry.[4] Schaffer's frustration is particularly evident in the title track, which talks about the problems the band had to endure during its downtime.[1]

The album is also notable for including one of the longest songs Iced Earth has ever recorded; "Dante's Inferno". Clocking in at 16 minutes and 26 seconds, "Dante's Inferno" is based on the Inferno -segment of Dante Alighieri's epic poem, the Divine Comedy.[5] The album starts with a spoken line from Bram Stoker's Dracula. The album's original cover art was also a painting by Gustave Doré, of Lucifer from the Divine Comedy.

Track listingEdit

No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Burnt Offerings"  Jon SchafferSchaffer, Randall Shawver 7:22
2. "Last December"  SchafferSchaffer 3:23
3. "Diary"  Matt BarlowDave Abell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:14
4. "Brainwashed"  SchafferSchaffer, Shawver 5:22
5. "Burning Oasis"  SchafferAbell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:00
6. "Creator Failure"  SchafferAbell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:02
7. "The Pierced Spirit"  SchafferAbell, Shawver 1:54
8. "Dante's Inferno"
  • I. "Denial, Lust, Greed"
  • II. "The Prodigal, The Wrathful, Medusa"
  • III. "The False Witness, Angel of Light"  
SchafferSchaffer 16:26

On the original CD, released in 1995, "Dante's Inferno" was divided into three parts.[6] On subsequent re-releases since then, the song has been listed as one track.

2008 Slave to the Dark Bonus DiscEdit

No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Burnt Offerings" (rough mix)SchafferSchaffer, Shawver 7:13
2. "Last December" (rough mix)SchafferSchaffer 3:25
3. "Diary" (rough mix)BarlowAbell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:17
4. "Brainwashed" (rough mix)SchafferSchaffer, Shawver 5:26
5. "Burning Oasis" (rough mix)SchafferAbell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:06
6. "Creator Failure" (rough mix)SchafferAbell, Schaffer, Shawver 6:06
7. "The Pierced Spirit" (rough mix)SchafferAbell, Shawver 1:57
8. "Dante's Inferno" (rough mix)SchafferSchaffer 16:22


Iced EarthEdit

Additional musicians

  • Howard Helm − keyboards[7]

Other personnelEdit

  • Tom Morris - co-producer, engineer[7]
  • Tim Hubbard - photography[7]
  • Axel Hermann - artwork (on 2001 reissue)[7]
  • Travis Smith - artwork (on 2001 reissue)[7]
  • Jim Morris - mixing, mastering (on 2001 reissue)[7]


External linksEdit

Template:Iced Earth

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