This CD is actually surprisingly good - surprising, if you're the sort who bases his or her opinion on what to buy on the cover of a disc. The CD cover is the visual equivalent of every sp00ky Web page on the Internet, to the point that I suspect if we lived in the futuristic Utopia of a Neal Stephenson novel, and had paper that was capable of motion, the skulls (complete with red, bloody candles stuck in holes in their heads) would be spinning in circles. And the fire would be animated, licking at the corners of the occult-looking symbol that houses all of this quasi-metal, definitely sp00ky looking stuff. But alas! Don't judge a book by the cover.
Acid Ice Flows is a solo project from a man who calls himself Gollum who, luckily for him, does not look terribly much like his namesake. He also has a much nicer singing voice, vaguely reminiscent of Rogue from the Cruxshadows. The music of Dol Guldur is a dark and melodic synth-goth that would likely entice the most hesitant swirly goths to the dancefloor at a club. While the songs are certainly not going to hit on the dancing needs of the EBM/synth crowd, the music definitely has that dancey edge.
Gollum is at his finest with songs like Pierce, pushed along by a driving drumbeat and melodic vocals. And unlike many of his contemporaries - and inspirations, for that matter - the songs of Acid Ice Flows do not run too long. Rather, they end where they it seems they should, as opposed to being extended and remixed until they become the aural equivalent of War and Peace. At points, the songs on the album do start to blend together a tiny bit - possibly a few more up-tempo songs would help here, to keep things interesting, but this is really the only complaint I have.
Clearly influenced by bands like Depeche Mode, Front Line Assembly, Covenant, and Coil - but sounding much like some of the slower moments of The Cruxshadows, the sound Acid Ice Flows is clean and fresh. The production on the CD is well-done, the lyrics are strong, and overall, this is an excellent CD. I look forward to hearing more from Gollum and Acid Ice Flows. If this CD is any indication of what is to come in the future, I'd say Acid Ice Flows has a place in the stereos, clubs, and hearts of gothy-types everywhere.
Post: Acid Ice Flows, P.O. Box 6964, Bellevue, WA, 98008