Wednesday 6 July 2016

Ice War - Dream Spirit EP


1. Dream Spirit
2. Warriors Of The Sea
3. Chains And Leather

I've listened to a lot of solo-black and death metal in recent times, but Ice War hold the title of the first solo-heavy/speed metal band to pierce these ears. Beginning in 2011 as Iron Dogs before that band was put to rest in 2015 following an EP and two full-lengths, sole member Jo Capitalicide ventured on to form Ice War. Dream Spirit is the third EP from the band, seeing the light of day on tape (via Shadow Kingdom Records) and on cd (via Hellforced Records). 

Dream Spirit’s title-track takes more than just cues from Ice War’s Canadian nationality. The band is heavily influences and indeed indebted to the native peoples of Canada. It also highlights the immense instrumentation of sole-member Jo Capitalicide. Classic NWOBHM riffs mix with clean vocals and up-tempo rhythms. Warriors Of The Sea at first is even more upbeat and the vocal melody has a certain innocent charm (if that’s the right choice of words!). You’ll see what I mean when you listen to it. Chains And Leather closes out the EP with one last fine display of heavy metal worship, with a nod too snotty English punk for good measure. This release might only just be on the right side of parody for some but it’s great fun and well played. Ice War is definitely worth a go if you less serious than an orthodox-black metal fan (and I mean that in a good way!).

You can stream and download the EP below:-

You can order tape and cd copies from the labels below:-

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