REVIEW: Acid Ice Flows – “Angbad”

By May Wiseman

Chain Border

AngbadSays Marcus Pan: “AIF is going to have swirly Goths falling for them around the globe with their track surrounded.”(1) Point, dismount, goal and all that stuff. Marcus is right on with this band in its’ earliest form.

Selfless, we hear the vapory darkness while reviewing the band’s latest. That darkness urging us to wonder at how these musicians think of going to the grocer; minus the protective suit to shield the “evil sun.” The sound deepens when we think of what the darkest of rain clouds would sound like if they could play instruments or if the cloud knew how to press record on a tape machine. The prodding some of these discs transact.

That thick throaty growl, which never assumes, it just is. The singular vocalist that provokes what a groupie changes her panties for. It’s the one no matter how bad a person appears – you just want to know. Knowing the “what” of it, I’m not sure, but in fact this is what makes a person obtain obsession. That mystery, or darkness. Else, sickly sap you throw in the back of your closet and wonder were it came from in a few years.

GollumAIF has a vocalist named Gollum on the inside jacket. The site however has a man by the name Adam and that of Red that plays drums. They both appear to have the whole Goth attitude down, even though a Gollum never turned up even on their site. The vocals, back to that, are the darkest I’ve heard yet. See above description if you have any questions about the matter. Honestly, getting through the disc reminded me of the same process that kids ride while getting used to the dark. Takes some time, but once your in – you’re good to go.

The keyboards are computer generated for live gigs, using layering effects similar to the old band Europe in the Final Countdown jig that hit airwaves back in the day. There are thirteen tracks on Angbad, of which four are worth a mention, and two are just mixes. The first track Down is definitely progressive with a hefty synth intro that leads into a smooth rhythm. Down is also where you’ll want to brace yourself for the vocal darkness. Be prepared – though things do tend to lighten up about half way through each track, they all begin in the thickest of baritones.

The prog element is present in each of these songs. These guys really do enjoy a good jam which is something you’ll also enjoy and get deep into while listening to this album. The other three tracks are Deception, which carries the same rhythms as one would notice in the German disco scene. Electricity, where the dynamics are similar to Down, but more pronounced in the keyboard work. And fourth, I really liked that red light mix to Stop The Feeling just because the mix gave the song more energy.

Once you listeners overcome the heavy vocals you sink into the sound. It’s not a bad project on their account. The layering is slightly disheveled in areas that even a virgin ear can depict, but it’s certainly worthy of a listen. Marcus Pan’s statement in the beginning of this review makes me wonder if they do indeed transpire the local groupie often. I’ll place bets on that they do since they are both slightly in a state of mysterious misery.

Contact Information:
Acid Ice Flows
Post: 9805 NE 116th St., PMB #7105, Kirkland, WA, 98034, USA
E-Mail: gollum@acidiceflows.com
Web: www.acidiceflows.com

(1) From Pan’s review of The Nature of Gothic compilation in Legends #112.

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