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Slave Vows

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  • Audio CD (8 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Agitated
  • ASIN: B00DDUHS86
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,314 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brand new album from LA hellions, the Icarus Line, is quite possibly their best album yet. Harking back to the fury of Mono, the fire of Pennance Soiree and dragging the swagger out of the Black Lives / Wild Life albums, 'Slave Vows' is quite simply a fearsome vitriolic rock and roll outpouring that starts, and never lets up for every 45 minutes of Stoogian styled glory. Evoking Funhouse, Everything Went Black, Goats Head Soup and Maggotbrain in one fell swoop, it could be said that the Icarus Line have finally made the album they set out on making in 2001... this is not for the fainthearted! Some of these songs were blooded on their support slot with Killing Joke on their European tour in 2012, this album also features the best rhythm section the band have had (new drummer Ben Hallett and original bassist Lance Arnao completely NAIL IT!), underpinning the white hot guitar flow from singer/leader Joe Cardamone, the songs..ebb, and flow, slash and burn...cauterizing any that stand in their way. This is pure rock and roll hellfire distilled onto vinyl and CD... first 250 LPs on coloured vinyl w/ DL codes/poster CD is digipak.

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Often you track a band closely over their entire career. Other times, for no real reason at all, your orbits only align periodically and before you know it - bang - you're back on collision course. Parting ways in this case after the world-beating Penance Soiree in 2004, Slave Vows is that jolt to the equilibrium, a battle cry so loud as to defy you to even try and look away.

On another note, have you ever wished last year's massive Swans opus The Seer was somewhat more pocket-sized? Joe Cardamone is for all intents and purposes The Icarus Line these days and clearly he has done, in part creating just that here. The militaristic "City Job", for example, cruises into town guns blazing like some swarthy desperado, its crunching metal riffs ripped straight from Michael Gira's raw bosom. When the epic, eleven-minute opener eventually subsides from heavy repeats, drone and crackling feedback, Cardamone wearily croaks his way through the tension like Gira at his most unhinged too.

Slave Vows is far from aural fan-fic however. Cardamone has been in the game too long for such tawdry activity, and, now that's he's principally working alone - lead, rhythm, the works - he can stamp the LP with as little concession for populist motifs as he sees fit. As such, the guitar-work on "Dead Body" alternates between wailing and serrated, helping to usher in a veil of hard rock channelled directly from its aesthetic heyday over which a very angry Cardamone scorches his lungs with sound.
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The best album by the best underground band in the world. Now buy the album and make them superstars. Because The Icarus Line deserve it.
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