Kerrang! (UK) - - Reviews -

FOR FANS OF: Iced Earth, Megadeth, Chil­dren Of Bodom

■ Jon Schaffer has been the leader, gui­tarist, and oc­ca­sional key­board player for ex­cel­lent Amer­i­can power-metal out­fit Iced Earth for three decades now. How­ever, be­fore that, he and some of his one-time IE band­mates cut their teeth in Pur­ga­tory, who recorded three demos but never man­aged to ac­tu­ally re­lease any­thing prop­erly. Un­til now, that is. This self-ti­tled de­but EP is com­prised of five stu­dio re-record­ings of tracks plucked from said demos, giv­ing them ar­mour­plated pro­duc­tion and a kick in the pants, while re­main­ing true to their orig­i­nal ‘evil’ sound and the spirit of the band. As such, it does feel a lit­tle dated, and the early-’80s hor­ror movie-themed lyrics – songs about both A Night­mare On Elm Street and Fri­day The 13th mak­ing the cut here – are some­what ju­ve­nile, but fun with it. While ul­ti­mately non-es­sen­tial, it still makes for an old­school good time, and Iced Earth com­pletists are un­likely to turn up their noses at the head­bang­ing tom­fool­ery on of­fer. DAN SLESSOR

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