"The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)"
continues where ICED EARTH's 2007 release, "Framing
Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)" left off. "The
Crucible of Man" features the return of frontman Matt
Barlow who was mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer's
original voice of choice to introduce the "Something
Wicked" saga back in 1998 as a trio of songs which
concluded their album, "Something Wicked This Way
While the 1998 album provided a general overview of the
story Schaffer has been conceptualizing for well over a
decade, the saga is being fully brought to life with
the release of the back-to-back conceptual albums
"Framing Armageddon" and "The Crucible of Man". While
both albums provide answers to mysteries the previous
releases would create, the timeliness of the story in
today's world is guaranteed to keep people thinking and
guessing. Schaffer's ability to convey the central
themes and events of the story without always revealing
exactly "why" characters' decisions are made and "how"
events come to pass, will keep fans of the saga coming
back as future mediums for the "Something Wicked"
storyline are revealed.
"The Crucible of Man"'s release will be followed by a
North American tour that kicks off in September and
features an appearance as headliner for the ProgPower
USA IX festival in Atlanta, Georgia on September 27.
01.In Sacred Flames 01:29
02.Behold the Wicked Child 05:38
03.Minions of the Watch 02:06
04.The Revealing 02:40
05.A Gift or A Curse 05:34
06.Crown of the Fallen 02:49
07.The Dimension Gauntlet 03:12
08.I Walk Alone 04:00
09.Harbinger of Fate 04:43
10.Crucify the King 05:36
11.Sacrificial Kingdoms 03:58
12.Something Wicked (Part 3) 04:32
13.Divide and Devour 03:15
14.Come What May 07:24