Before the Ted McGinley of heavy metal, aka Ripper Owens, joined Iced Earth, they were a legitimate band, instead of the punch line they have become. Of course Jon Schaeffer is to blame as well, but I digress.
Anyway, there was no better metal band in the 1990's than Iced Earth. Who else can boast 5 strong studio albums that decade (maybe Running Wild or Motorhead)? Anyway, Iced Earth's shining moment is their epic Dante's Inferno, from their brilliant 3 CD live set Alive in Athens, which may be my favorite live album of all time, save Unleashed in the East.