I.C.O.N are a gritty metal act, that have a steady fanbase throughtout the UK. They have shared stages with the likes of Anvil, Breed 77, Blaze Bayley amongst many others. Throughout 2015 the band have signed with Metalbox Recordings and ADL Management in March, in June they have released their album ‘The Blacklist’, and are currently touring.
If you’re like my best friend Roger, then this album will be an absolute must have. By applying reverse psychology on myself and figuring that as much as I dislike this style, I can use that, turn it around and say that fans of it will love it. It’s not that it’s a bad album; it just doesn’t do it for me. If you love the aforementioned acts, or are already a fan of SOiL, then chance’s are pretty good Whole will be an album you’ll want to check out. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so checking out a new band playing a style I may not love, you never know when it might turn your opinion around.
Hailing from Northern Ireland, the band got their start in 2004. With their third and newest release Three Kings the band continue putting out excellent music. Initially the name put me in mind of probably standard power metal, but nothing could be further from the truth. They do have some aspects that hearken to that genre, but they’re actually more of a classic metal sound akin to Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, but have a more melodic sound going for them, plus a hint of another legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy