Wow, what the fuck is up with that audience? Totally dead.
I've decided that I honestly don't like Stu's vocals in regard to this band. After sitting on the record for a year (which I tabbed out for guitar websites) and plenty of videos to watch online, I just don't like his pseudo-Barlow voice. It's painfully false. You can listen to Matt talk and you know that that is just how he sounds when he sings. But for Stu, it's completely inappropriate. Ripper made no attempt to sound like Matt. He sang the songs in his own voice, and that is exactly what Stu should be doing. Until he radically alters his performance or (inevitably) gets fired, I can't really see myself caring about the band.
As of now, it's a really strange mish-mash on stage. The new bassist and Stu are so scrawny looking. I'm just not intimidated anymore. Remember when Iced Earth was sort of scary? When you wouldn't fuck with them? The fact that I could likely beat at least two band-members at arm-wrestling (and if you could see how scrawny I myself am, you'd giggle) just emasculates the image to me.
I'm waiting for Matt to put out his new project's release and then see Jon once again hound him to come back to the band.
Everything seems to be silly cycles with Iced Earth.