Ichabod Krane is a new band that features veterans of the American underground metal scene. There's Rick Craig on guitar and George Neal on bass, both founding members of American horror metal band Halloween. They haven't recorded together in 20 years. Ex-Sleepy Hollow member Tom Wassman joins them on drums, with Wulfhook vocalist Jeff Schlinz at the microphone.
Day of Reckoning, their debut album, easily falls in line with traditional American heavy/power metal. Considering the 30 years of experience, many listeners will likely find that Ichabod Krane doesn't stray far from the sound of the past bands that the respective members have been involved with. Actually, reading both Facebook bios and label promo sheets, Krane calls themselves a new band doing old school metal. I think you get the picture.
Many of the tunes here lean more towards to the speedier side of power metal, but it's not primary characteristic. Songs like Fallen Angel, Nostradamus, and Evil In You, fin IK moderating the pace in favor of the heavy and steady metal. Then there's, for lack of a better phrase, a heavy metal ballad with Nothing Without You which not only throttles the speed, but also the intensity. What mostly defines the album is Craig's sharp riffs and roaring leads. But this being old school classic metal, what else would you expect? The other factor is Schlinz's vocal style which basically pursues the Sean Peck school of screamo metal vocals. Though not quite as ear piercing and dominating as Peck, Schlinz will wear on you after about four or five songs. I think, if they had a different, more melodic, vocalist, I'd have more interest in Ichabod Krane; although for traditional American power metal this is certainly solid stuff, and suspect they'll return with more in the future.
If they had a different, more melodic, vocalist, I'd have more interest in Ichabod Krane; although for traditional American power metal this is certainly solid stuff.
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