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Icarus Witch - Songs For The Lost
It never ceases to amaze me what record labels come up with to get their band’s name into music land. As was the case with Icarus Witch’s latest - and second – effort, Songs For The Lost. Let’s strip this album of all the fairytales and see what we have.

This Pittsburgh-based quartet is all about carrying out the legacy that bands of old have left us. Think of Rainbow, Deep Purple, Dokken and Def Leppard; bands who have virtually built the metal world as we know it to this day. Having said that, it’ll be no surprise that the term melodic heavy metal perfectly defines what Icarus Witch is all about.

I must say, reading things like the aforementioned characteristics doesn’t really make one curious as to what a ‘new’ band will sound like. Yet the Americans surprised me with what they could do. We come across classic riffs with catchy guitar solos in intros and old school vocal work. Which is, by the way, perfectly done. Bizilia manages to maintain that perfect balance between melody, purity and aggressiveness. In other words, no annoying yelling or whining like a little girl. That’s the way I like it.

A couple of surprises on Songs For The Lost came in the shape of 'The Sky Is Falling', a classic song with a subtle acoustic intro, 'Afterlife', which really impressed me with the non-standard and rather innovative riffs and the Def Leppard cover 'Mirror Mirror', which features one of Icarus Witch’s vocal heroes on – you guessed it – vocals; none other than Joe Lynn Turner (ex-Rainbow, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, HT Project)!

Comparing a good new band to the great ones of times long gone, I can understand. Calling a second release a neoclassic masterpiece, like the record label did in this case, I cannot. That about summarizes it all. Songs For The Lost is certainly to be recommended for fans of heavy metal, but as for now, there’s still tons of other albums which can top it. But who knows, a classic has to be born someday in history.
Icarus Witch - Songs For The Lost
76/1001Details Cruz Del Sur Music / Cleopatra Records
Released on Friday Oct 12th, 2007
Melodic heavy metal

Writer @Bastian Blackrain on Wednesday Nov 28th, 2007

Tags: #Icarus Witch
Tracklisting 1. Out For Blood
2. Written In The Stars
3. The Sky Is Falling
4. Nature Of The Beast
5. Mirror Mirror
6. Queen Of Lies
7. Devils Hour
8. House Of Usher
9. Afterlife
10. Smoke And Mirrors
Line up Matthew Bizilia - Vocals
Quinn Lukas - Guitar
Steve Pollick - Guitar
Jason Myers - Bass
Eric Klinger - Drums