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Finally beginning to gain the attention they deserve at the end of the nineties, ironically long after their classic and most creative period, Iced Earth swallowed its collective pride and released the closest thing they could to a mainstream rock single. The eponymous 'Melancholy' is in reality only one ballad among many from the band's 1998 album 'Something Wicked This Way Comes,' but it has the bonus of being the most effective, before the album's bipolar pairings of fast and slow songs started to get seriously distracting.
'Melancholy' is a fine metal ballad that avoids sounding overly soft, contrived or cheesy, and this is also Matt Barlow's finest performance of the album. The main problem with this E.P. is that it focuses squarely on this power-ballad side of the band that isn't a truly honest representation of their sound, following up with the very similar (yet less effective) 'Watching Over Me' and 'I Died For You,' the latter being a ballad from the earlier album 'The Dark Saga.'
Bulked out with a couple of acceptable yet entirely uninteresting cover songs (I'm particularly resentful of Barlow's unintentional butchering of my all-time favourite Ozzy Osbourne vocal performance in 'Electric Funeral'), this is an item for collectors only... which is good, because its release was fairly limited.
1. Melancholy (Holy Martyr)
2. Shooting Star (Bad Company cover)
3. Watching Over Me
4. Electric Funeral (Black Sabbath cover)
5. I Died for You
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Melancholy [Holy Martyr]
2 Shooting Star
3 Watching Over Me
4 Electric Funeral
5 I Died for You