THIS KILLING EMPTINESS
ALBUM NAPALM RELEASE: APRIL,
2001 REVIEW: MAY 4, 2001
I laid my hands on this album, I had actually never heard of the band!
Now, I am glad that I got the opportunity to review this rather special
The man behind this band is Richard Lederer, also known
from black metal band Summoning. Imagine the darkest catacombs in a very icy and
harsh world where the echo of metallic industrial sounds and tormented
voices haunt you... The music of Ice Ages sounds clinically clean, cold
and raw. It has definitely nothing to do with neither cheerfulness, nor
anything close to being cute. The rhythms are fleshy with huge amounts
of reverb here and there. Combine that with cold, very striking vocals,
which sometimes turn to sound pretty evil, almost in a black metal manner.
The electronic sounds remind me of The Klinik and yes, this music has
a very Belgian sound. Furthermore, the drums in the fabulous "Lifeless Sentiments"
make me think of "Slaves" by Suicide Commando.
This is a great album with no weak songs, which certainly is admirable.
The music stands out and is very different from the standard trance-inspired
electro dance music filling our ears nowadays - there are no dance beats
and no party factor. Merely torment and painful cold.