The Glorious Burden

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The Glorious Burden
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2004
StudioMorrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida
GenreHeavy metal
ProducerJim Morris, Jon Schaffer
Iced Earth chronology
Tribute to the Gods
The Glorious Burden
The Blessed and the Damned
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Metal Storm(8.1/10)[2]

The Glorious Burden is the seventh studio album by the American heavy metal band Iced Earth. It is a concept album, which explores various moments in military history, such as the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the American Revolutionary War, and Waterloo. It also pays tribute to world events such as World War I, the World Trade Center attacks and the ravages of Attila the Hun. See the track list for links to the historical context of the songs.

The album includes a trilogy entitled Gettysburg (1863). Each of the three songs represents one day in the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle ever conducted in the Western Hemisphere and considered the turning point in the American Civil War.[3]

This album features the debut of lead singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, formerly of Judas Priest. Owens, who at that time was still in Judas Priest, was asked to do the vocals as a side project. However, he joined the band full-time after Judas Priest reunited with Rob Halford. The album was first recorded with Matt Barlow on vocals, but band leader Jon Schaffer was not satisfied with his performance. Due to the events of September 11, Barlow became more interested in law enforcement than the music business, and according to Schaffer "Matt's heart was not in it and it showed in his performance."[4] As a result, Matt left the band and the album was shelved until a new vocalist could be found. However, some of Barlow's initial recordings remain on the record as backing vocals, and he is credited with co-writing two songs.

This record is the only Iced Earth album to feature Ralph Santolla on lead guitars. This was the last studio album for bassist James MacDonough and drummer Richard Christy.

The album was released in three different formats: a limited edition two-disc version in digipak format, and single-disc American and European versions.[5] See the track list for the differences.

"The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)", "Declaration Day", and the acoustic version of "When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)" were all released as music videos.

Track listing[edit]

Limited edition digipak version[edit]

Disc 1[edit]

1."The Star-Spangled Banner"(instrumental)John Stafford Smith1:14
2."Declaration Day"Jon SchafferSchaffer4:59
3."When the Eagle Cries"SchafferSchaffer4:06
4."The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"SchafferSchaffer4:57
6."Attila"Matt Barlow, SchafferBarlow, Schaffer5:36
7."Red Baron/Blue Max"Tim OwensSchaffer4:05
8."Hollow Man"SchafferSchaffer4:25
9."Valley Forge"SchafferSchaffer4:46
10."Waterloo"Barlow, SchafferBarlow, Schaffer5:50
11."When the Eagle Cries (Unplugged)"SchafferSchaffer3:35

Disc 2: Gettysburg (1863)[edit]

1."The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)" (references "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Dixie")SchafferSchaffer12:13
2."Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer7:06
3."High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer12:36

American version[edit]

1."The Star-Spangled Banner"(instrumental)Smith1:14
2."Declaration Day"SchafferSchaffer4:59
3."When the Eagle Cries"SchafferSchaffer4:06
4."The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"SchafferSchaffer4:57
6."Valley Forge"SchafferSchaffer4:46
7."Attila"Barlow, SchafferBarlow, Schaffer5:36
8."Hollow Man"SchafferSchaffer4:25
9."Red Baron/Blue Max"OwensSchaffer4:05
10."The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer12:13
11."Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer7:06
12."High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer12:36

European version[edit]

1."Declaration Day"SchafferSchaffer4:59
2."When the Eagle Cries"SchafferSchaffer4:06
3."The Reckoning (Don't Tread on Me)"SchafferSchaffer4:57
4."Attila"Barlow, SchafferBarlow, Schaffer5:36
5."Red Baron/Blue Max"OwensSchaffer4:05
6."Hollow Man"SchafferSchaffer4:25
7."Valley Forge"SchafferSchaffer4:46
8."Waterloo"Barlow, SchafferBarlow, Schaffer5:50
9."The Devil to Pay (July 1, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer12:13
10."Hold at All Costs (July 2, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer7:06
11."High Water Mark (July 3, 1863)"SchafferSchaffer12:36


Iced Earth[6]
Guest musicians


  1. ^ Thom Jurek (January 13, 2004). "The Glorious Burden - Iced Earth | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Iced Earth - The Glorious Burden review". Metal Storm. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  3. ^ "ThinkQuest". July 1, 2013. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  4. ^ Jon Schaffer explanation of Matt Barlow's departure."Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 5, 2004. Retrieved December 14, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Interview with Tim "Ripper" Owens of ICED EARTH". January 26, 2004. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  6. ^ The Glorious Burden album credits. SPV. 2004.