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I.C.E.- Apocalyptic End In White Crash Music reviewed by: Axeman

Track Listing
1. Cryogenic Communion
2. Astral Frost Invocation
3. Hypothermic Possession
4. Onward Banshee Legions
5. Apocalyptic Blizzard Regime
6. Upheaving The Ancient Thirst
7. Cascade Cavern Catharsis
8. Convulsing Frigid Death
9. Glacial Lyckanthropic Horde
10. Behold They Frozen Artic Kingdom
11. Råvaskeith's Revenge
No matter what anyone says, image plays a huge role in music. IMPERIAL CRYSTALLINE ENTOMBMENT have taken the torch from now defunct Immortal and ran with it. Like frozen, evil wizards from the north pole, they play some intense black-iced metal that really caught my attention. Nothing new is brought to the table here vocally as the mid toned growling takes precedence over most of the tracks but they are a good fit to the speeding glacial attacks. Drumming makes or breaks a band in this genre and this guy is lightning fast and hammers some insane blasts pretty much nonstop throughout the entire disc. Some haunting chord structures really take this disc to another level, never really slowing the pace down but giving the main structures room to breathe some icy-cold air. If you are ever unlucky enough to be chased down and killed by the Abominable Snowman...this is the music that will be playing in the background as you meet your demise!!!

Bottom Line: Great, unrelenting black/speed metal that one-ups all the satanic goat head bands out there with their "cooler" image.


--Axeman 11.04.04
Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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Apocalyptic End In WhiteI.C.E.
2004
Axeman11/4/2004


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