ICS Vortex
Storm Seeker
Style: Heavy Metal
Release date: 22 August, 2011
Playing time: 45:35

When I first heard Simen Hestnęs, the man behind ICS Vortex in Arcturus's La Masquerade Infernale in 1997, I immediately thought I wanted to hear more of that guy. And now we get a complete album where he's the lead singer.

Now we get the chance of appreciating the effect of having him as a main vocalist.On Storm Seeker, ICS Vortex has basically teamed up with a constellation of Eastern Norway's most prominent metal musicians (from Spiral Architects, Satyricon, Sarke...) that can make whatever he fancies sound good. So we get some basic power-ish heavy-metal, some old-school black-metal ą la early Ulver with Vortex's signature voice, some folk tunes, some well-known riffs (find them yourselves) and more 80's sounding stuff, and even some 70's prog groovy rock.

The whole is kind of interesting, full of pomp and will fill your room, but the travels between genres are as wild and high floating as Vortex's voice, never letting the listener a chance to get a proper grasp on the mood of the tracks.

Storm Seeker is nevertheless enjoyable to listen to a bunch of times. I recommend you check this one out! Brand new website out by release date!


01. The Blackmobile
02. Odin's Tree
03. Skoal!
04. Dogsmacked
05. Aces
06. Windward
07. When Shuffled Off
08. Oil in Water
09. Storm Seeker
10. Flaskeskipper
The Sub Mariner

Label: Century Media
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: LyM
Date: 22 August, 2011
Website: www.icsvortex.com