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.