Icon In Me
Human Museum
Style: Modern metal
Release date: April 24th 2009

This international band-project called Icon in Me was started by Russian guitar player D. Frans (ex Hostile Breed). The Swedish vocalist Tony Jelencovick (M.A.N. ex-Mnemic, Transport League), Danish drummer Morten Lowe Sorensen (Submission, Scarve, The Arcane Order) and the Russians Artyom (guitar) and Konstantin (bass) fill in the other positions.

To make this record a success, they contracted Jacob Hansen to produce it and they invited a hand full of guests. Among them, Steve Smith (ex-Nevermore, Testament), Flemming C. Lund (The Arcane Order, Invocator) and Andy Solvestrom (Within Y, Evildoer).

All ingredients are there to make this an outstanding record. To be honest, it isn't such a bad one either, but there is nothing new! Everything has been done before. The band plays modern metal, with thrash, death and hardcore elements. That's the style half the (metal) bands play nowadays. The harsh and screaming angry vocals, the clean vocal parts, the thrashy hardcore parts, the fast drumming etc. everything passes by. I never get excited and the songwriting is just average. Perhaps this band (project) can do something on the Russian market, but in the international metal scene I don't think they will break bones.

Fans who can't get enough of all modern metal releases should check Icon In Me out. For me it is just a 13 a dozen.

01. Dislocated
02. That Day, That Sorrow
03. End Of File
04. Empty Hands
05. Moments
06. Blood Ritual
07. To the End
08. In Memorium
09. The Worthless King
10. Turn the Dead On
11. Avoiding the Pain
Label: Massacre Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: April 12th 2009
Website: www.myspace.com/iconinme