ICED EARTH has returned with Alive In Athens - The DVD, which hit stores last week. Their first and only live album, Alive In Athens, was recorded at two sold-out shows on the nights of January 23rd and January 24th, 1999, at the Rodon Club in Athens, Greece. Originally released as a triple CD set in summer 1999, Alive In Athens entered the German charts on #55 and stayed two weeks at #1 in Greece, where it was quickly certified Gold, a feat previously thought unattainable. Click the link below to check out a trailer for this phenomenal DVD.
Seven years after the release of Alive In Athens, a discovery was made when raw footage of the live show itself was discovered in a discontinued archive, and out of curiosity alone the footage was immediately converted to a modern tape format and examined. Although only three cameras were present at the show, the energy and atmosphere of the material was overwhelming, and only three of the 31 live songs (\\"Slave to the Dark\\", \\"A Question of Heaven\\" and \\"Iced Earth\\") were absent or unusable due to videotape changes of the camera team. Not having known that camera footage existed from such a legendary concert, the decision was made to share the material with the world in the form of Alive In Athens - The DVD.
The audio files have been re-mastered for 5.1 DTS surround sound to offer the best quality live feeling. While not as slick as the modern 16-camera, quick-cut DVD releases found today, the fact that fans can now share the visual experience of being at the show is one that will surely be rejoiced. Some backstage footage and a Jon Schaffer interview with the German music channel VIVA TV were also unearthed and added as part of this historical performance, leaving it without the standard bells and whistles but nonetheless delivering more than 2-½ hours of the best metal ever recorded live.