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Night of the Stormrider
Night of the Stormrider
Album info
ReleaseNovember 1st, 1991 (Europe)
April 30, 1992 (US)
RecordedMorrisound Studios, 1991
GenreThrash metal
Length46:06
LabelCentury Media
ProducerTom Morris and Jon Schaffer

Night of the Stormrider is American heavy metal band Iced Earth's second full-length album. It is a concept album centered on an idea that was created by the band's frontman Jon Schaffer.

Night of the Stormrider is the only album featuring lead singer John Greely (who was later fired) and drummer Rick Secchiari. Like the album's predecessor, Night of the Stormrider is mostly a thrash metal release, the main reason being that the album is unusually riff-based when compared to other Iced Earth releases, and Greely's vocals, which are slightly more aggressive than the power metal reminiscent vocals of Matt Barlow.

Concept meaningEdit

The album's concept is about a man who is betrayed by religion and turns away from it in anger. The dark forces of nature reach out to this enraged man and use him as their vessel to bring death and destruction to Earth. He is commanded to travel to a desert, where he is given visions that reveal the truth of humanity, and warp his mind further to make him the "Stormrider." After the destruction of the world, he is then damned forever into the depths of Hell, also referenced as the River Styx. After being forever damned and taunted by evil spirits, he eventually sees what he has done, and realizes that it is too late to repent.

ReceptionEdit

Night of the Stormrider has received mixed reviews from music critics, but is often regarded as one of Iced Earth's best albums by fans.

Track listingEdit

No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
1. "Angels Holocaust"  Jon SchafferSchaffer 4:53
2. "Stormrider"  SchafferSchaffer, Randall Shawver 4:47
3. "The Path I Choose"  SchafferSchaffer, Shawver 5:54
4. "Before the Vision"  SchafferDave Abell, Shawver 1:35
5. "Mystical End"  SchafferSchaffer 4:44
6. "Desert Rain"  SchafferAbell, Schaffer 6:56
7. "Pure Evil"  SchafferSchaffer, Shawver 6:33
8. "Reaching the End"  SchafferSchaffer 1:11
9. "Travel in Stygian"  SchafferSchaffer 9:32
Total length:
46:06
2008 Slave to the Dark bonus track
No. TitleLyricsMusic Length
10. "Stormrider" (live)SchafferSchaffer, Shawver 4:48

PersonnelEdit

Iced EarthEdit

  • John Greely – vocals
  • Jon Schaffer – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocals (on track 2), o-producer
  • Randall Shawver – lead guitar
  • Dave Abell – bass
  • Rick Secchiari – drums

Additional musicians

  • Roger Huff – keyboards
  • Kent Smith - keyboards

Other personnelEdit

  • Tom Morris – producer, engineer
  • Jim Morris - mixing, mastering (on 2001 remastered version)
  • Axel Hermann – artwork
  • Travis Smith – artwork (on 2001 remastered version)
  • Rick Borstelman – artwork
  • Frank Albrecht – photography
  • Dirk Rudolph – layout
  • Philipp Schulte - product coordination

ReferencesEdit

Template:Iced Earth

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