Released by: Fearless Records.
Release Date: October 5th, 2018
Spencer – Vocals, Screams
JD – Guitar, Screams
Conor – Drums
Justin – Bass
The American Nightmare
Thank God It’s Friday
Stabbing In The Dark
The Jig Is Up
A Grave Mistake
Rocking The Boat
Enjoy Your Slay
The World In My Hands
IT Is The End
Greetings friends, its that time of year again, as we whip out the pumpkins, indulge in masquerading in costumes to pay homage to our favorite Horror movies (or Star Wars If that’s what you’re into) We obviously have a few albums we frequent to get us all into the spooky spirit
And no…I don’t mean the Scooby Doo Soundtrack… Yeesh.
This Samhain I’m glad to be reviewing a delightful album recently released by Boston’s very own, Ice Nine Kills (INK) – titled The Silver Scream
The album was dropped yesterday (5th October) and already it’s being well received, and no wonder, they chose their release date perfectly as the band itself fits into several categories that are bound to shake the bones of many a horror fan.
The album artwork is fabulous, captivating what the band is all about. The artwork, in my opinion, is largely inspired by old-timey horror flicks with the font of the album title definitely paying homage to the likes of modern day spooks such as The Conjuring.
The opening track ‘The American Nightmare’ is definitely one to catch the curiosity of a Cat..woman (because…Halloween…yeah…) anyway, the opener kick starts the album with eerie unnerving 1950s radio lo-fi broadcasting for a few seconds complimented with cinematic score, then, much like a jump scare in any good old-fashioned horror form, the transformation into mind-melting riffs commences.
Lyrically the album contains an array of perfectly thought out phrasing. With chants that the audience can participate in live and that adds a collective backing to the band’s size, it’s not hard to see why fans of bands such as Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Monuments and While She Sleeps would enjoy this track for track.
This theme of cinematic score meets metal continues throughout the album. With little Horror Easter eggs laid out throughout each track, (even Jaws at one point, I’ll let you figure out where it is) The album itself definitely has a pedigree in modern day metal.
My personal favorite track would have to be the heaviest, ‘The Jig is Up’. The band blends so well with the theatrical score in this track, and I’m a sucker for any band that has an ability to blend cinematic score and metal in a way that compliments each other (Xerath is a perfect example) It is a hard task to do! Musically, you’re walking a tightrope between too cheesy and too messy, however, Ice Nine Kills have NAILED it in this track, especially in the breakdown (which is initiated by a very Sci-Fi like “Game over” a nod to the Alien franchise perhaps guys?) and overall album alone. Kudos.
Written by: Mo Sheerin