Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens (again!) – Iced Earth
Albums: The Glorious Burden (2004), Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 (2007)
‘The Ripper’, again? Yep, the man blessed with a vocal ability to shame 99% of his peers was given the sh*tty end of the stick more than once!
Tim Owens stint with Power Metal purveyors Iced Earth also deserves a complete re-evaluation and, similar to his time in Priest, his vocals are pitched to perfection.
Taking over from Matt Barlow, who quit in 2001, ‘The Ripper’ hit the ground running on 2004’s The Glorious Burden album, an American history lesson set to music and a stunning example of Tim Owen’s range and power; give “The Reckoning” a spin, Owens delivers some absolutely stunning vocals.
2007’s Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1 followed and it was equally as accomplished but ‘The Ripper’ found himself ousted in favour of a returning Matt Barlow for the following years, Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 2.
A strange situation that served no real purpose as Barlow departed for a second time soon after.
‘The Ripper”s voice was perfect for Iced Earth and they were mad to let him go. Without question, ‘The Ripper’ is graced with some of the finest pipes in Heavy Metal history and much of his greatest work falls under the Iced Earth banner.