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5.0 out of 5 stars The Year Of Loud, 18 Feb 2013
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Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: You're Nothing (Audio CD)
Certain fires burn themselves out while others go on to rage with nuclear intensity; the one at the blackened heart of Danish four-piece Iceage is clearly borne of the latter type, having grown immeasurably in size and stability since their splintered post-punk debut in 2011. You're Nothing is the result and it is nothing short of unstoppable fury channelled into thirty breath-taking minutes.

Perhaps mocking the onslaught of second-album expectation, they launch headlong into "Ecstasy", intoning "Pressure, pressure / oh God no / can't take this pressure". It's an immediate, two-fingers-up self-referential blast of nihilism full of feedback, buzzsaw guitars and sheer noise-punk that continues the band's fascination with straddling the divides melodic hardcore and full-blown noise-rock.

As such, from here on in, You're Nothing is a real white-knuckle experience. "Coalition" is snotty, fast and loose. Trace elements of guitar surface from within its barrage of maximal noise-punk excess. Later, the fractured surge of "It Might Hit First" tries in vain to keep itself in check and, in between dissonant passages of bile on "In Haze", there is some great guitar-and-drum bridging work well worthy of note.

In the midst of this riot, the pained post-hardcore of "Burning Hand" slows the pace with the help of Elias Bender Rønnenfelt`s deadened vocal and some warped-string fretwork before a brief solo rips its tail-end apart. There's a bleak tear-jerker of sorts in the form of "Morals" too, in which a piano is buried beneath guitar fuzz, nasty drums and angry vocals bemoaning a lack of said morals.

They attack "Wounded Hearts" however with the sort of conviction and energy that only youth can bring - they're even now only just out of their teens. We all know how much it hurts to get scarred more deeply than any moshpit injury can bring and Iceage are no different, hammering home their injustices with vicious vocal harmonies and more razor-sharp guitar lines to cut through the noise. Yet, despite the band's tender years, they're nevertheless worried about "running out of time" on "Awake" - deciding thusly to tackle everything at once and at speed, repeatedly pausing for effect before unleashing their demons in short bursts.

You're Nothing is an intense listen from start to finish, the closing title track not letting up until its final bars and final sneers are done - and Rønnenfelt is scarcely less strained when spitting his viscera in his native tongue on "Rodfæstet" it must be said. Once again though, for those already familiar with the unique charms of historic hardcore and noise, Iceage bring little new to the table, but it's served them so well so far that the explosive You're Nothing will only add to their fearsome reputation.

With the new Pissed Jeans LP already under its belt, 2013 is shaping up to be a loud one.

Advised downloads: "Ecstasy" and "Coalition".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Iceage, 1 May 2013
This review is from: You're Nothing (Audio CD)
With You're Nothing, Iceage, a Danish Punk band bring us their second album. It's not all Punk though, and you can see this in first track "Ecstasy" which channels some post-punk and their are also some Noise Rock vibes flowing through the album. But the first track works really well going back and forth from Hardcore Punk to Post-Punk. The vocals on the album is how I feel the vocals should have been on Bring Me The Horizon's latest album, they should take note.

The album stays energetic for it's entire length of not even thirty minuets, but it is still longer than White Lung's Sorry. The only track where there is a lack of energy is in "Interlude" which feels out of place because of this. It's not as if it's at 1:44 but it's unnecessary, it doesn't tie two songs together, it doesn't really work as an intro, it's just sat there.

The album cruises along at a constant pace of Punk, feeling aggressive on "Burning Hand" and "In Haze" but not quite going to the sound of the album's opener. But this is where we get to the bass heavy tracks "Morals" and "Everything Drifts."

"Morals" starts with the bass plodding along at an energetic pace with piano in the background, it feels very light but moody. The tempo changes for the chorus and it really gets going. The whole song works well with this blend of an unusual verse chorus formula, it's like a roller-coaster that you want to turn up really loud and head-bang to.

"Everything Drifts" gives us bass and more bass with a bass intro and a bass break. It's one of the more old school Punk moments on the album. I feel the modern sounding vocals that sing more than scream/shout/growl, they are clearer but still maintain a Punk feel which gives this album life. The song goes strong until the break where it gains almighty strength, I just wish it was longer and slightly more progressive, but this is Punk.

The rest of the album doesn't really come back after the double bill, it carries on the same energy as before but lacks to go anywhere. But it still shakes you and makes you listen. It keeps you going and in it's short length it never drags. It keeps going and you want to make it too the end, although I did find album closer disappointing, maybe because it was the end.

Overall, whilst lacking in progression, it's a blast and you'll love it for the brief time it's on.

7/10
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great new album ..in these days !!, 18 Mar 2013
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This review is from: You're Nothing [VINYL] (Vinyl)
great loud brash album by bunch of young Scandinavian types,.. brilliant,... gonna find the first album now ! More refined than one would imagine
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