The Glorious Burden
2004 | Metal
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“So we make our stand and pray on this Declaration Day. -- For independence I will fight, with liberty, I will defy. -- So we make our stand and pray on this Declaration Day. -- Give me liberty or give me death i'll fight 'till my last breath."
- Iced Earth was formed in 1984 in Tampa, Florida under the name the Rose, then Purgatory by guitarist and main songwriter Jon Schaffer and original drummer Greg Seymour.
- The Glorious Burden is a concept album, which explores various moments in military history.
- The album features the debut of lead singer Tim "Ripper" Owens, formerly of Judas Priest.
THE HOT TAKES
An enapsulation of the soul of the Declaration of Independence. While the later drafting of the US Constitution may have yielded mixed results at best, it's hard not to be swept up by the pure rebellion found in the Declaration. But ugh! "Freedom isn't free" finds its way into this song, and that phrase kills me a little bit every time I see or hear it. It is true that there is some cost with anything, right? We're all at least minimally aware of economic principles, here. But the way that catchphrase is used always seems to mean "violence is required to have freedom." It's not. It may be required to get out from under the boot of a tyrant in some cases, but the maintenance of a free society only requires the most basic vigilance on the part of the people. Be aware of what is happening, and that it can't be allowed to progress. Otherwise, you end up with people making excuses for the TSA, the NSA, and the all the rest of the alphabet agencies.
This might come as a shock to some, but I adore The Declaration and the audacious and defiant spirit in which it is written, if not every aspect of its philosophy. It expresses and attitude of independence, and self direction, that has mostly been lost to Americans these days. It's sad to say it, but the climate of the country right now is one of willful ignorance, and brutish defiance to truth, where you only stand up to the tyrant with the wrong little letter by his or her name, or stand up for the tyrants in silly costumes who do their bidding. Americans pay lip service to the ideals of the Declaration, and worship it's signers as demi-gods, all while pissing in their faces. These men were not gods, and they had many shortcomings, but the thing they did was act when it became necessary to, which is more than I can say for even myself today, as I sit in my middle class comfort. What will it take, and when, and how, I don't know. The closest thing I can think of in recent memory to something even remotely close to this was the Bundy's and their family, and even that didn't wake up America from her contented slumber. I don't know what it will be, but we have to figure out how to regain the respect for freedom and spirit of defiance exemplified in The Declaration of Independence.
I'm sure this song is gonna ruffle some feathers, after all, whatever their intentions they landed us here in the biggest government in the history of the world. Understanding that I still think the declaration of independence was a valuable act. I think we need to take it further though. We've seen where the constitution has gotten us.We need anew declaration day for the states. This clearly isn't working. I think to be on the safe side we should have a second one after that where each county decides its sick of the more urban counties lording their laws over people living a way of life they can't comprehend. You know what, while we're at it, lets just have another one where we all decide that our lives are no one elses to dictate. Secession to the individual after all is the gold standard. My review is: nice start but not far enough.