Ice Age - Liberation
Artist: Ice Age (www.ice-age.com)
Label: Magna Carta (www.magnacarta.net)
Genre: Progressive Rock
liberation - with a small l - is the newest thing from progressive metal loudsters Ice Age. The cd cover shows an anxious looking little monkey staring out from behind bars; while inside there are glorified pictures of what this civilization will probably look like once the new ice age sets in.
Imagine Kansas as they are now - or from the classic years with a metal edge - with the Styx lead vocalist on board, and with keyboard-induced sound pictures rolling fore and aft for over an hour, and that is the chill that is Ice Age. There's no weak link. Jimmy Pappas is perfect in everything from heavy to soft acoustic guitars. Josh Pincus is the voice and synth, often rolling Wakeman-great landscapes of pure sound. Hal Aponte unerringly kicks drums, and Arron DiCesare powerhouses bass.
One of the best - and most Styx-like - is the ballad 'When You're Ready', which, as most progressive rock shows, does not keep one voice throughout. The sandwich meat in between is as wild and tightly packed as the guitar rock ornamentation of 'Musical Cages' and the lead-in epic, 'The Lhasa Road (No Surrender)'. The screaming harmonies urge the music on, as do metal-minded tracks like 'The Wolf' which shake and croon with tenor emotion to the high winds. The guitars shudder from the cold but never tire of tiring you out.
Round about 'To Say Goodbye, Part III: Still Here' the Yes influence shows its head, but closer to Rabin than Howe, though much more jazz oriented in melody than Rabin's pop-rock. The planning that goes into long songs like Goodbye show the superiority of progressive rock. Yeah, I'm bias, but only in the way that you can't get around the perfection of Toni Braxton's body. There are just certain archetypes that ring true. If there is a formula to prog, it hasn't been found out by the 4 men that are Ice Age. They wind and weave their songwriting like improv witches, looking for the best craft.
It's no wonder this band is prog for the new century. Keeping close to the elements the originals started in the late 60s (unless you count jazz, and really, you Have to), Ice Age loudly proclaims itself as masters of a form undefined. Trying out new conceptions. Arguing to the gods of fate, daring to suggest better ways, and never stepping back from the thunder. They are simply one of the best of the genre today.
» MusicDish Review: Kenn Rowell Music Video "It's Good To Be Back"
» MusicDish Music Video Review: "CPR (Start Again)" by Metaract
» Rapper Produkt Releases Inspiring Music Video For His Single "Daddy Was A Dope Boy"
» Kylie Marcus Combines Of Funk And R&B With "Yellow Shirt"
» Searching For Sugar Man: Story Of A Forgotten Prodigy
Open Review Directory
» [2017-12-06] Lithuanian Band Grabs Bronze At The Silk Road Indie Music Festival 2017; Antikvariniai Kašpirovskio Dantys Competed With Bands From Belgium, Sweden, Armenia, Germany, Japan, South Africa, India, Norway, Poland, Italy And The UK As Well As China
» [2017-12-06] Live Entertainment Specialists Headliner Launch Premium Artist Booking Service; A Fully-managed Service That Simplifies The Process Of Booking Renowned Artists And Performers For Occasional Event Planners, Agencies And Brands
» [2017-11-27] Voice-Controlled Speakers & The Music We Listen Too; Music Is A Major Part Of The Way Amazon Echo And Google Home Owners Interact With Their Devices
» [2017-11-21] Nordic & British Musicians' Unions' Joint Statement On Sexism In The Music Industry; Discussions On The Issue Of Gender Inequality, Sexism And Sexual Harassment, The Scale Of Which Had Been Highlighted By The Recent #metoo Campaign
» [2017-11-13] Women Make An Impact On The 2018 MPG Awards Shortlist; Nearly A Quarter Of Those Named This Year Are Female, Proving That Music Production Is No Longer A Bastion For The Boys
» [2017-11-13] The Nashville Musicians Sound Healthcare Plan Rolls Out; Sound Healthcare & Financial Announced The Formation Of A True Group Health Insurance Policy Plan For Musicians And Industry Professionals
» [2017-11-09] Streaming & Listening Diversity - Spotify Case Study; Will Artists Have An Easier Time Finding An Audience, Or Will Streaming Focus Global Attention On A Small Number Of Stars?
» [2017-11-09] Two-Sides Of Copyright Finance: Sound Royalties & Kobalt; Sound Royalties Unearths Millions In Undistributed Royalties While Kobalt Launches Fund To Invest In Music Copyright
» [2017-11-08] Career Moves: ROLI, Live Nation Sweden, Music Glue, BBR Music Group, Warner/Chappell Music Spain & Blue Night Soundscapes; ROLI Chief Creative Officer, Live Nation Sweden Managing Directors, Music Glue Global Head Of Business Development, BBR Music Group VP Of International, Warner/Chappell Music Spain Managing Director And Blue Night Director Of Music Clearance
» [2017-11-08] Europe's Digital Music Leaders Form Alliance; European Digital Music Companies Launch Of Digital Music Europe
» [2017-11-05] Pandora Subscriber Base Grows To Over 5 Million; Pandora Premium Paid Subscribers Cross The 1 Million Milestone In October 2017
» [2017-11-05] Hybrid Studios Announces Online Mastering Services; Engineers Billy Klein And Brian Frederick Spearhead New Online Mastering Effort Through OC Studio
follow MusicDish on