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Man In The Moon
4.5

4.5

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Man In The Moon

Ice

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Netherlands

"Man In the Moon" marks the return of Dutch neo-prog band ICE, releasing their second album nearly 20 years after their debut. With a runtime of 64 minutes spread across 10 tracks, this album showcases a band that has honed their craft, resulting in what I feel is a significantly better effort than their first release.

A notable aspect of the album is the consistency in the lineup, even after all these years. Four of the original five members are still with the band, and their chemistry is evident throughout the record. The years apart seem to have only strengthened their musical skills, producing a tight, cohesive sound that stands out in the neo-prog genre.

Ice

Four of the original five members are still with the band, and their chemistry is evident throughout the record. It’s impressive how the band has managed to deliver such a fine bit of art after such a long hiatus.

The album opens with the powerful title track that immediately sets a high standard for what follows. The intricate instrumentation, coupled with thoughtful lyrics and dynamic compositions, creates a compelling listening experience. Each track flows seamlessly into the next, maintaining a balance between complexity and accessibility. There isn't a bad track to be found on this record.

The album pays homage to the greats of progressive rock, with fans of bands like Camel, Pendragon, and Kayak finding much to love. The album’s structure, featuring extended instrumental sections and complex time signatures, is reminiscent of these legendary bands. However, Ice brings their unique touch, ensuring that while there are familiar elements, the music feels fresh and original.

The production quality is excellent, allowing each instrument to shine without overpowering the others. The vocals are clear and emotive, perfectly complementing the intricate guitar work and robust rhythm section. The keyboards add depth and texture, enhancing the overall sonic palette of the album.

It’s impressive how the band has managed to deliver such a fine bit of art after such a long hiatus.

Hear several of the tracks from “Man In the Moon” playing now on Prog Radio, and look for it to be featured in Monday’s “What’s New Proggy Cats?” broadcast.

4.5 Stars

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Jul 8, 2024
1 hr 4 min
Man in the Moon • At the Break of Dawn & Across the Frozen Lake • Inside the Bulb • Returning to the Day • Lost in the Blue
Kevin Carmony
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