Heavy metal favorite sons from Pennsylvania, Icarus Witch, are finally back with a new album Draw Down the Moon, and it's another solid disc of traditional heavy metal. Draw Down the Moon has a slightly heavier feel than previous albums, feeling like Maiden liquored up with some middle era Sabbath. Yet, Icarus Witch is maturing on their third full length work. Songs like Dying Eyes and Draw Down the Moon have a greater degree of complexity, offering interesting twists and displaying the band's authentic musical skills. Jason Myers' bass work shines brighter this time, and especially on Serpent in the Garden. Fundamentally, Icarus Witch still invokes that classic heavy metal sound with a raw, but crisp, production that shines the spotlight on all members with equal clarity. The largest disappointment may be (again) the brevity of Draw Down the Moon, timing out around 36 minutes. Thankfully, Icarus Witch packs a truckload of metal in this short span. There are many bands around the world which are resurrecting the traditional heavy metal genre. Few do it as well as Icarus Witch, and Draw Down the Moon is another solid example of their skill. Quite recommended.
There are many bands around the world which are resurrecting the traditional heavy metal genre. Few do it as well as Icarus Witch, and Draw Down the Moon is another solid example of their skill.
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