New York City-based progressive rock/metal quartet ICE AGE prepares to release their third album, and first in twenty-two years, with the epic Waves Of Loss And Power, set for a March 10th street date through Sensory Records. Today, the band presents a stunning new video for the album’s first single, “The Needle’s Eye.”
ICE AGE’s Waves Of Loss And Power boasts a unit firing on all cylinders that cannot be ignored. The album showcases vocalist/keyboardist Josh Pincus, guitarist Jimmy Pappas, drummer Hal Aponte, and bassist Doug Odell wearing their varied influences confidently on their collective sleeve. The band conjures the spirits of Kansas and Genesis (“Riverflow”), fleeting shades of Queensrÿche, Rush, and Fates Warning (“The Needle’s Eye,” “Together Now”), and flexes their “hit song” muscle with the infectious hooks of “All My Years” and “Float Away.” In true prog tradition, ICE AGE continues the epic sagas begun on the first two albums with abiding narrative nods to the musical motifs and thematic tapestries of “Perpetual Child” (from The Great Divide) and “To Say Goodbye” (last visited on Liberation). In all respects, Waves Of Loss And Power is a seminal masterwork of catchy, thoughtful, and bonafide progressive songwriting.
Engineering for Waves Of Loss And Power was principally handled by the band’s in-house sonic wizard Jimmy Pappas, with mixing and mastering exquisitely dialed-in by auditory guru Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic, Dream Theater). The cover art concept and booklet design were brought to life by Bjorn GooBes of Killustrations, with a fresh new band logo by Thomas Ewerhard.
“The Needle’s Eye” serves as the album’s opening, delivered through a complex hybrid performance/concept/lyric video artfully conceived and edited by Wayne Joyner (Dream Theater, Devin Townsend, Ayreon), with band footage shot by Nick Dilullo. The mighty, seven-minute opening track comes storming out of the gate with a peanut butter-on-the-brain heavy riff and sets the tone for what is to follow, confirming that ICE AGE is back with all the dramatic prowess and melodic power fans should expect.
Watch ICE AGE’s energetic “The Needle’s Eye” video RIGHT HERE.
Waves Of Loss And Power will be released on CD and digitally through Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records. Find preorders for the CD at the label webshop HERE and the digital at Bandcamp – the standard version HERE and the 24-bit hi-res version HERE.
Watch for additional audio previews and more to post over the weeks ahead.
ICE AGE will also return to the stage this year in support of the new album. The band has already been confirmed to perform at the 2023 edition of ProgPower USA. The massive festival runs from September 6th through 9th and will see the band sharing the stage with the likes of Kamelot, Caligula’s Horse, Myrath, Delain, Green Carnation, Doro, Cynic, Swallow The Sun, and many more. Watch for additional regional dates to post surrounding the release of Waves Of Loss And Power.
ICE AGE Live:
9/06/2023 ProgPower USA @ Center Stage – Atlanta, GA [info]