Ice Age – Waves Of Loss and Power Review

This is definitely a trip down memory lane, because the American band ICE AGE was part of the new wave of melodic progrockbands that made it's start during the...

Released by: Sensory/The Lasers Edge

Released March 10, 2023

Genre: Progressive Rock

Links: https://lasersedge.bandcamp.com/album/waves-of-loss-and-power

 

Line Up:

Josh Pincus: Vocals and Keyboards
Jimmy Pappas: Guitars
Hal Aponte: Drums and Percussion
Doug Odell: 4 and 5 String Electric Basses

 

Tracklist:

01. The Needle’s Eye (7:05)
02. Riverflow (10:49)
03. Perpetual Child, Part II: Forever (14:36)
04. Together Now (8:01)
05. All My Years (4:36)
06. Float Away (4:31)
07. To Say Goodbye, Part IV: Remembrance (2:31)
08. To Say Goodbye, Part V: Water Child (14:45)

 

This is definitely a trip down memory lane, because the American band ICE AGE was part of the new wave of melodic progrockbands that made it’s start during the 90s to get the melodies of the classic American AOR/Rock back on track, yet in a modern neo-prog/symphonic rock jacket. ENCHANT, CAIRO, SPOCK’S BEARD, SHADOW GALLERY and many others joined this new revolution. Sadly after 2 album releases in the late 90s and early 2000s, it became quiet until 2023, because ICE AGE returns with a new album titled Waves Of Loss And Power.

The band’s new album was mixed and mastered by RICH MOUSER (TRANSATLANTIC, DREAM THEATER, SPOCK’S BEARD…), and all together 8 brand-new songs are included here. Their line-up consists nowadays of almost the entire original line-up, which is JOSH PINCUS (vocals, keys), JIMMY PAPPAS (guitars), HAL APONTE (drums) and DOUG ODELL (bass), and thankfully they have come up with an impressive new collection of strong songs that belong to the better progrock around these days. It starts somewhat rougher with the edgy progressive metal of The Needle’s Eye that has a sorta SAVATAGE meets EVERGREY kinda approach, but it gets very sensational during the following Riverflow. On this song the prog gets a melodic American approach with lead vocals that seem to take us straight into classic theatrical DENNIS DEYOUNG era STYX, so this song is close-call Pomprock, yet combined with the ENCHANT/SHADOW GALLERY kinda progrock. One of the absolute highlights is the ENCHANT meets STYX ish Perpetual Child, Part 2: Forever, a truly wonderful song with marvelous melodies and vocals of Josh, who sounds like he is the brother of DENNIS DEYOUNG.

This is progressive rock of an incredible high level, so make sure to check it out a.s.a.p, if you’re into any of the aforementioned bands.

 

Written by: Gabor Kleinbloesem

Ratings: Gabor   8/10

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