Ice War – Ice War

Rating: 0.5/5
Distributor/label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Distributor/label URL: http://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/
Released: 2017
Buy Album [URL]http://www.shadowkingdomrecords.com/item.asp?cID=151&PID=35126
Band Website: https://icewar.bandcamp.com/

Band line-up:

Jo Capitalicide
Tracklisting:
  1. Battle Zone
  2. Dream Spirit
  3. Standing Rock
  4. I am the Prisoner
  5. Slavers Whip
  6. Reverence of Gold
  7. We Will Stand
  8. Falling Out
Review:

It really isn’t funny to tell your drunk uncle he can sing really well when he is obviously unable to remain in key, or to allow them to create a whole album of badly played, weakly written, poorly produced and terribly recorded songs. This is an album of stuck in the past songs, very much based on early Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, but nowhere in their quality. It is stated this album was influenced by Native Americians and their mythology, hence the artwork on the cover.

Jo Capitalicide from Ottawa, Canada is proclaimed as a prolific artist, most of these songs were previously on the Ice War EP and the band were begun as Iron Dogs in 2011, he changed to Ice War in 2015 but there seems to be a lack of band members mentioned, so this would appear to be mainly the work of Capitalicide alone. The sound is at best muddy and muffled, the songs are very generic and unoriginal, the guitar work is basic and unimpressive. Had this been a punk album, with an edgy anger to it, the vocal style might have worked but for NWOBHM styling his voice is not suited at all and it is very hard to listen to as it is flat with no range and the tone is unpleasant.

The songs are all pretty much of a muchness and there is little to recommend this album at all. Its only saving grace is that it is short, only eight songs on offer. Its certainly not worthy of any more of a review than this.

Review by Lisa Nash
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