Power of Metal.dk Review

Icons of Brutality
Between Glory and Despair
Style: Death Metal
Release date: 22 February, 2013
Playing time: 31:58

There's nothing, I repeat: NOTHING wrong with being old school. Especially not when it's old school, European death metal and when it's done with heads down conviction!

When I say European death metal I mean that the influences for this Dutch lot clearly vary from Swedish (Entombed/Dismember/Grave) to British (Bolt Thrower) to Poland (Vader) to the Netherlands (Asphyx). Yes, that's a broad spectre of death, but it makes sense when you listen to it since it's been put together professionally without sounding clinical in any way. Au contrare, 'Between Glory And Despair' has a live and very early nineties feel to it.

Admittedly, no bars have been pushed, it's not avantgarde or post black sludge techno metal or anything, but, hey, that's part of the deal when it's called old school innit! Sometimes a man like me just need a band to go 1-2-3-uh! and break some necks in a headbanging frenzy. That's what Icons Of Brutality provide and for that I'm grateful. Thank you.

Especially recommended: Accompanied By Attrition and Right Leg Solution.

1 - Just Let Them Burn
2 - Between Glory And Despair
3 - Accompanied By Attrition
4 - Icons Of Brutality
5 - Built To Grind
6 - Unleashed By The Carnifex
7 - Right Leg Solution
8 - Sacred Days Of Tyranny
9 - Battalion 666
Label: Cyclone Empire
Promotion: SureShot Worx
Artwork rating: 60/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 31 March, 2013
Website: www.iconsofbrutality.com