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2012, Summer. Seattle, Washington, something mucho significant was built by 5 dudes’ touch. It is called Infinity Overhead. When the air filled with this piece, heat, light, noise and color to be transformed into stream and traveled through the air with the time shift. Pull and push, depth versus altitude. This romance is like having a high tech air-in choccolata from east village. Once ... Read more in Amazon's Minus the Bear Store

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  • Audio CD (8 Jan. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Undergroove
  • ASIN: B000RPBW3M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,891 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Burying Luck
2. Ice Monster
3. Knights
4. White Mystery
5. Dr. L'ling
6. Part 2
7. Throwin' Shapes
8. When We Escape
9. Double Vision Quest
10. Lotus

Product Description

Minus The Bear's third album, Planet of Ice, is the perfect
marriage of the bands signature sound and experimental elements, but with
an accessible bent. Nurturing a bold stylistic shift towards progressive
and psychedelic rock Planet of Ice is loaded with hooks.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt Pucci VINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Minus the Bear are a five-piece from Seattle, formed out of the ashes of ultra-heavy math-me(n)talists Botch, and this is their third album proper. There's nothing immediately spectacular about this one, and for long-time fans, it might sound like an unwelcome departure as the band venture into what might be considered more straightforward sonic territory. However, even after just one spin you're likely to feel an insurmountable urge to press play again, as the album contains an abundance of sweet hooks and some genuinely sublime moments that simply demand to be revisited. "You must be an illusion/Can I see through you?" muses Jake Snider on 'When We Escape' over a shimmering guitar line. The album's strange title, meanwhile, proves highly appropriate, as each track reveals itself to be an individual gem of crystalline, glacial beauty.

To fans of the aforementioned Botch, it might all appear a bit po-faced and sincere, but when a band does things with the grace and panache Minus the Bear do, there's sure to be a significant number of listeners who are going to find it difficult not to be won over by this...

Matt Pucci
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Casey Immunitas on 24 Aug. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Minus the Bear have made a mind-blowing album here, making the perfect balance between crisp production and their signature experimental sound. From start to finish, this record sounds excellent.

The songs all show a song-writing maturity, which is to be expected from a band that's been together as long as MtB have. The guitar and bass riffs and licks blend seamlessly with the keyboard, and as always Erin Tate handles the drumming with perfection.

Jake Snider succeeds where others have failed, his lyrics at once beautiful and meaningful. A particular lyrical highlight is 'Pachuca Sunrise', with its image of a Mediterranean beach. 'When We Escape' is also almost ballad-like in its content.

The album also features a few songs slightly closer to the band's old sound, most notably 'Knights'.

While some old fans will miss the slightly stranger, less precise Minus the Bear, the band have opened a new chapter of their career with this brilliant release.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER on 27 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Apparently deriving their name from BJ and the Bear (minus the bear leaving BJ...Whatever can they mean?) I don't know what possessed me to buy this album but I am mighty pleased I did. Psychedelic in parts- a bit Radioheady here and there, some influences from The Flaming Lips perhaps, and to my ears not dissimilar to The Mars Volta This is an eclectic and intelligent album which should be enjoyed by fans of the afore mentioned bands as well as fans of bands such as Porcupine Tree, Secret Machines and the Cooper Temple Clause. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Darker and more complex but brilliant 26 Aug. 2007
By Jay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, first of all I must say that this is most likely not the type of album that you'll instantly love on the first listen. I've been through it about 10 times and it has grown on me immensely. Whether you're new to the band or an avid fan, however, this album may not be for everyone. It is darker, has a more psychedelic sound, and is more complex than their previous efforts. The smooth, easy-going sound of older songs such as "Pachuca Sunrise" are mostly replaced by a more ominous and intricate sound. It may take several listens to fully appreciate.

The band has certainly matured and its sound has, for lack of a better word, evolved. Songs like "Part 2" feature a more mellow acoustic sound, and "Double Vision Quest" and "Lotus" feature the band experimenting with more complex song structures, and it the case of the latter, an all-out 8 minute jam. Covering more familiar territory is the track "Ice Monster," which pairs a great light-sounding instrumental backdrop with a chorus so addictive you'll want it to put it on repeat.

On the surface, though, you will find the catchy guitar hooks, brilliant odd time signature drumming, and soaring vocals that are a trademark of the band. Songs such as "Knights" and "Throwin Shapes" will probably seem most like old-school Minus The Bear. All in all I highly recommend that you do yourself a favor and get this album. If anything, you'll feel like you've experienced something entirely original and refreshing (which, by the way is almost completely lacking in today's pop music scene).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good stuff 2 Oct. 2007
By UltraJoeBot - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When we last left Seattle's indie superheroes Minus The Bear in 2005, they had just released the pseudo-self-titled Menos El Oso, a flawless math-pop album featuring perfectly tight compositions with tasteful guitar-tapping heroics set to danceable grooves. The album had such an impact, it even warranted a collection of remixes, Interpretaciones Del Oso, released in February. The writing was more complex and deliberate than their previous work, the songs more fully-realized with lush arrangements and catchy choruses.

The most striking change evident on their new album Planet Of Ice, is the loose and almost epic feel to the songs. The band is less concerned with formulaic structures and memorable hooks, and more focused on creating dense textures and soundscapes, trading in Menos El Oso's pop sensibilities for prog unison lines, thick vocal layering, and even the occasional guitar solo. Replacement keyboardist Alex Rose adds a new dimension to their signature sound, whether filling the space with subtle rhodes layering or soaring 70s sawtooth synth pads.

Where the spirit of experimentation was contained to brief playful moments on Menos El Oso, here it is decidedly more overt. In the dreamy dance track "Knights," what might otherwise be dismissed as a singular sour note on the guitar, is instead featured prominently, repeated several times and doubled at the octave, as if to tell the listener, "No, seriously, it's not a mistake." On the brooding epic "Dr. L'Ling," it's actually the tight vocal harmonies that ground the song and solidify the tonality, while dual guitar noodling and unison bends serve as accents, rather than the backbone of the song.

Side by side with the more experimental tracks are the catchy pop hooks we've come to expect from Minus The Bear. When vocalist Jake Snider sings "You must be an illusion, can I see through you?" on "When We Escape," it's a chorus you could listen to on loop indefinitely. The balance between infectious pop and meandering prog rock can't be easy to achieve, but the band somehow manages to pull it off, making the jump between the shimmering disco of "Throwin' Shapes" to the unabashed psychedelia of the nearly nine-minute "Lotus" without missing a beat.

I was fortunate enough to hear the song "Ice Monster" previewed on their last tour, and if that performance was any indication, this is definitely an album to be experienced live. In the end, Planet Of Ice will surely alienate a few fans, namely the ones who looked to the band for pleasant background party music, but that was never really what Minus The Bear was about. They're clearly in their element this time around, and they've been doing this long enough to afford themselves the opportunity to make the album they want.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
She's gone across the border, man. 15 Sept. 2007
By Leonidas Abril Baron - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Minus the Bear has progressed since This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic and the era of Highly Refined Pirates (in my opinion, the best MTB album out there.) This CD combines a bit of similar tunes since the previous albums, yet they never fail to combine new amazing tunes and guitar string notes. Also, another great factor to Minus the Bear has always been drums and percussion is in constant progression, lyrical sense has always bothered me with MTB, although some lyrics can be dearly inspiring and sincere and swell, in most of the songs the lyrics simply fade into extremely stupid sentences that make no sense. MTB also can throw a good show, so if you're ever in desire for a good indie show, I recommend MTB. I'm stoked to find out what they boys have in store for the world next.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
So Different, They Needed A New Planet 25 April 2008
By Jason Custer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first became an avid fan of Minus the Bear following their brilliant 2005 album Menos el Eso's release. I read a five star review for it in AP magazine wherein they sounded like the departure from the music I typically listen to (mostly post-hardcore) that I'd long been looking for. I bought the CD, cranked the volume up in my car, put the windows down, and prepared myself for what I assumed would be 40 minutes of blasting my new favorite album down the streets from Best Buy to my house with pride. Within a few blocks I turned the volume down and found the dial in my mind for disappointment to be at an all-time high. Slowly, each listen after that fateful day revealed something new to me, and one good song linked into others, and in time, the album revealed itself to me as the masterwork it is. The same was true of Pirates... if not for Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse (on Pirates), The Fix (on Oso) and the stellar drumming on everything between (something I couldn't help but notice, even as I turned my speakers down for my first MTB experience), it is entirely possible I would have dismissed these otherwise sublime albums instantly and disregarded Minus the Bear completely.

Flash forward to a time a few months prior to the release of Planet of Ice. I started scouting the band's MySpace dying to hear anything new from the band in extreme anticipation. The first tracks I recall them releasing were Dr. L'Ling and Throwin' Shapes. My first listens of both (despite previously learning my lesson) made me cringe a little. After a view more plays, the subtleties became more apparent, and they grew on me. Minus the Bear is not a band that can be fully appreciated in one listen, nor can any of their full-lengths. Songs like Knights come closer than ever before to establishing instant recognition and enjoyment from fans and newbies alike, but impressively, without feeling for a second like an attempt to "sell out," which seems to be all the rage these days. Planet of Ice may very well be their most off-putting album to date, but in a way that true fans of the band will appreciate them for all the more. The intricate guitar play on tracks like Dr. L'Ling, Double Vision Quest, and When We Escape along with the lush keyboard textures throughout provided by newcomer to the band Alex Rose (showcased fully on Lotus) cannot be fully experienced in one listen, which may not appeal to many out there, but anyone looking to dissect and really get into their music (which is one of the biggest draws to MTB, and always has been) will be delighted with Planet of Ice.

Lastly, I would like to address a comment I saw previously while reading others' reviews of this album. It seems people are discontent to see the song titles wrapped up so neatly with three words or less and not completely irrelevant to song's subject matter. I can't speak for everyone out there, but I know I've tried vigorously to get others to listen to and love this band, and when I have to explain that one of their best songs is "Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse," by the time I'm done with the song title they won't listen to another word I have to say. Ever tried to discuss with someone who is not an avid Minus the Bear fan how amazing "Hey! Is That a Ninja up There?" is? If the answer is yes, you can understand why they have simplified their song titles. After three albums, it's not hard to see why they would want to be taken seriously, and while the pointless song titles of the past bring hardcore MTB fans together, it makes it all the harder for outsiders and critics to take them seriously. Their sound has changed enough to remain fresh with Planet of Ice, but it's still an amazing album. Not to mention that they still have a sense of humor. Perhaps I'm the only one who has seen the hilarious video for Throwin' Shapes prior to writing my review... and I seem to be the only one I know who has connected the song White Mystery to the flavor of Airheads candy. Nothing has changed about MTB; they have only grown and have moved in a direction that makes them pioneers of the present and capable of remaining relevant for a long time to come.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
NEW 2014 VINYL RELEASE 14 Nov. 2014
By scotty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This review is for the newly released limited edition vinyl of this magnificent album. About 10 years ago my oldest son turned me on to this amazing band and I have been a big fan ever since! So this is easily my favorite album by them, followed by They Make Beer Commercials Like This and Highly Refined Pirates, which both are fantastic on vinyl. I ended up getting the 180g black vinyl version instead of the purple version, which is just a matter of choice I guess but the one Amazon sent. The sound quality is simply breath taking if you are a fan of this release. Much fuller and with a lot more depth than the cd, which actually sounds good in it's own right. But if you are a fan of vinyl, then this two disc set is an absolute treat and well worth the money. The sides flow like this,
Side One - Burying Luck, Ice Monster, Knights
Side Two - White Mystery, Dr. L'Ling, Part 2 (easily my favorite side)
Side Three - Throwing Shapes, When We Escape, Double Vision Quest
Side Four - Lotus
So very nicely put together running order per side. The reason I called out Side Two is because the songs White Mystery and Dr. L'Ling are my two favorite songs by them, but this album is simply brilliant from start to finish and well worth buying this version if you love vinyl as the sound quality is killer!
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