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Ice Dragon : The Burl, The Earth, The Aether

In a time where every hipster band sounds retro because they think that’s too cool, it's a real treat to hear Ice Dragon's sincere music.

Ice Dragon is a trio hailing from Boston. They formed in 2008 as a duo, and soon completed their line-up with a bassist. To date, they have released two self-produced albums, and their music is often described as a mix between Doom Metal and Space Rock, and it's far from being wrong.

’The Burl, The Earth, The Aether’ is their first album. It starts with an Electric Wizard-sounding riff: the opener, ‘Squares Inside Squares’, is a basic yet very effective Stoner/Doom song; it sure reminds of almighty Black Sabbath, but it also crushes you under an almost never reached heaviness (that's the type of massive sound an album like 'Vincebus Eruptum' can release, if you know what I mean).

After this excellent appetizer, the band really demonstrates all its talents within more personal compositions. The heavy riffs are still there to make heads nod slowly, but now they sound like nobody else. The songs are also more psychedelic and repetitive in the good way; no sooner you realize you are flying away, you find yourself drifting in space. Indeed, the songs have a very powerful trippy side, as in ‘Hexagon Riders’, whose evil use of theremin is a real brainstorm generator.

Well you got it: this album bears many influences from the late-'60s/early-'70s scene. You may ask why you should listen to it, while the trend is to make your Doom Metal band sound as 1972 as possible. Plus, you might also claim that Ice Dragon sound a little bit amateurish, and you could take it for a bedroom project. Well, it's this very flaw which makes this album worth listening to: in a time where every hipster band sounds retro because they think that’s cool, it's a real treat to hear a sincere project from passionate people who don't care about touring, selling albums or whatever. Only music matters.

If you like good old tripping music and heaviness, and if you're one of the few who think that 'Black Masses' is perhaps the best release from the English wizards, then Ice Dragon's first album is for you. It's also available for free on their Bandcamp page, therefore there's no risk in trying it. What are you waiting for?

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Squares Inside Squares
2. Spellpouch
3. Meddoe
4. Hexagon Riders
5. The Watcher
6. Alucard
7. Winged Prophet
8. Aquageddon

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

Visit the Ice Dragon bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-11-02 by Rubén Muñoz - - Bertrand
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