|Review: Ice War - Manifest Destiny|
Label: Dying Victims Productions
Year released: 2018
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: March 24, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)
I've been following Canada's Ice War for a while now as lone band member Joe Capitalicide evokes the early years of the NWOBHM with his take on the rocking, garage band sound of that movement. Manifest Destiny is the band's second full-length and I'll give Capitalicide this; he's got the vibe, without a doubt. What he doesn't display on this release is anything beyond rudimentary songwriting or performance. The songs are simple, somewhere between KISS and say, early Saxon, which is fine by itself, but combine that with repetitious choruses, uninspired solos and some truly off-key singing and you've got an album that, at only 29 minutes, is still a chore to sit through. There isn't one song that leaves me with any desire to hear it again. I thought Ice War might have been going somewhere with their debut, imperfect as it was, but Manifest Destiny is a step back.
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