Today is, of course, Independence Day, and the beginning of the Sabbath, and the first full day I’m back with my husband in a long time. So obviously I will be celebrating today. To keep up my “Metal for Friday” tradition, I thought there would be no more appropriate song today than Iced Earth’s “Declaration Day,” which is about the adoption of the U.S. Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

“Declaration Day” comes from Iced Earth’s 2004 album The Glorious Burden, their first album with Ripper Owens. Iced Earth and the man who founded the band, John Schaffer, have always been known for being very patriotic and pro-American in their lyrics and subject material. (For the record, I do not agree with many of Mr. Schaffer’s personal political statements, but that has nothing to do with the music). The Glorious Burden was a concept album that highlighted various crucial moments in American history, including the Revolutionary War and the Battle of Gettysburg.

This particular performance was given at Wacken Open Air in 2007. I was there, in the audience as this song was played. I’ve never been a huge fan of Ripper Owens, but I still think this a great song.

Happy 4th of July, Shabbat Shalom, and have a great weekend! \m/