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Black Ice – “Block Ice EP” – [Mungaso]

ophelia necro   5/6/2009   A Library, CD

The return of Black Ice after a 2 year hiatus during which some of the band has been busy reproducing (as in little black ice’s)…This release does not disappoint except maybe one could say it isn’t long enough, the entire ep runs 26 minutes. Female vocals, drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and various effects. “Sooner or Later” is the first track and runs 4 minutes 24 seconds and sounds a lot like the Black Ice we know and love, dark and mysterious, Miss Kel’s lyrics entrancing us while warning us at the same time. Track two “A Call To Arms” is a bit shorter at 3 minutes 34 seconds and a bit more upbeat musically. “The case” runs 6 minutes and 10 seconds offering more dark and creepy synth punk with female vocals. This release incorporates more experimental sounds into the mix especially with track four “Block Ice Machine (Parts 1 & 2)” an instrumental which is the longest track on the e.p. at 11 minutes and 54 seconds and could serve as the newest soundtrack to Metropolis.
Well worth the wait. They are playing a show this month in SF and then will most likely be taking another break to propagate the species even further.

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